Honda Fit Common Problems
One of the bestselling cars by Honda in recent history, the Honda Fit subcompact provides a lot of comfort for such a small car. Its revolutionary monospace construction offers lots of interior space while its “Magic Seat” system provides various cargo and seating modes for versatility on the road. Today, the Fit is found at nearly every corner of the globe with nearly 5 million units on the road.
The Honda Fit is a symbol of Honda’s drive for maximizing efficiency in its cars, but just like any other vehicle, it does have its own share of flaws. Here are some of the more frequent problems found in Honda Fit vehicles.
Variable Valve Timing
One or more of the four springs found on the engine’s variable valve timing system has been known to fail in Fit subcompacts, leading to rough idling and stalling that can severely affect handling and steering performance. Fit owners who encounter these problems must have their cars inspected and, if the spring is found to be at fault, replaced as soon as possible.
Owners of 2007-2008 Honda Fit models have also reported problems with the A/C system, particularly with the fan speed control switch. This problem is usually traced back to defects in the A/C fan, which cause the resister pack that controls the fan to burn out. Replacing both the fan and resister pack typically solves this issue.
Window Switch Water Damage
Honda has issued a recall for Fit vehicles in lieu of several cases of water damage on the power window switches on the driver’s side window. Water intrusion into the switch can lead to switch failure and pose a fire hazard. Dealers are instructed to inspect the switch; if the switch is damaged, it will be replaced immediately, but if no damage is found the switch can still be replaced but will be put on a waiting list.
The fuel filler doors of 2009-2014 Honda Fit models have been reported to not open or require a deal of force to do so. A fault in the spring and mechanisms in the door is typically the source of the problem and must be replaced.