really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,849 miles

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problem #11

Apr 032019


  • 101,000 miles
Car stalls and dies after initial start. Sometimes even with warming car up for 5-10 minutes. Outdoor temperature can be 90 degrees and this still happens. If I start my car, let it run for 5 minutes, put it in drive, the minute I begin to slow for a stop sign or simply for an approaching stop or intersection my car will shudder and die. There is no check engine light and two mechanics have found no codes soft or hard to shed any light on why this is happening. I have already paid $300 for a valve adjustment, replaced spark plugs and I'm still having the issue.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #10

Aug 172018


  • 130,500 miles
On August 17, 2018 my Honda Fit stopped moving while I was driving on the entry ramp of a freeway. It was towed to repair shop where I was told the #2 spark plug was damaged. They installed a thread insert and replaced the ignition coil and spark plug and it cost $812.55. The mechanic said that the spark plug popped out because it was not installed correctly. When I asked for reimbursement for the repair at the Honda service center that had done the 100,000 major service on the Honda three years ago, I was told the warranty had expired and they would not reimburse me. I have since researched the problem online and discovered that problems with spark plugs popping out or blowing out in Honda Fits are not uncommon and that occurrence is extremely dangerous. If I had been warned of this potential problem I could have had it checked out and avoided the expense as well as the dangerous break-down when entering a freeway. I am including the repair receipt.

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 042018


  • 125,000 miles
While driving from Oklahoma to California (specifically kingman, AZ to barstow, ca), my engine spontaneously caught on fire. It was put out immediately by a good samaritan. After the fire, there was oil leakage all over the highway and where it was towed; there was also gas leakage. It was towed to the dealership on 6/7/18. They say that there was no motor oil prior to the fire starting so are blaming me for the fire. I had an oil change about a month ago and saw no signs of oil leakage at my parking space or any time during this trip. There were no warnings prior to this fire and no indication that anything was wrong. I was very frightened and am still impacted by this fire. I am being told that the repair will be $14,000 which is way more than the car is worth. I am 68 years old and am on a fixed income. I have always taken good care of my cars and took good care of this one. It was purchased in January 2017 and has been a good car. It has been driven less than 50 miles a week since it was purchased. It is customary to "blame" the consumer for what happens. I do not believe I did anything to cause this fire. It is impossible to get the service department at the car dealership to listen to anything, especially that the oil leakage occurred after the fire, not before it. There was tons of oil leakage all over the highway, at a car repair shop & all over a uhaul car Transport trailer. I truly believe there is another cause for this fire.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 092015


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. While driving 80 mph, fuel fumes emitted in and around the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the spark plugs were loose and fuel was leaking onto the engine. As a result, the spark plugs and the coil needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #7

Sep 212014


  • 13,221 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled on several occasions after being serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 11V101000 (engine and engine cooling). The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 13,221.

- Newfield, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 122014


  • 69,479 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle became unresponsive when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,479.

- Bradbrook, CT, USA

problem #5

Oct 032014

Fit 4-cyl

  • 23,950 miles
Engine stalls while driving.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 042013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while attempting to brake to a stop. The contact also stated that the engine was cold when the failure occurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Madisonville, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 142013

Fit 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
When the car sits for too long in cooler weather, it stalls when it is in gear. I started the car this morning, put it in reverse, and it stalled. In the past I have gotten beyond the garage and had it stall at a stop sign or light. The problem ceases when the engine warms up. The problem seems similar to the one addressed by the following recall: Recall id # 80366 - engine and engine cooling read more: www.motortrend.com/cars/2009/Honda/Fit/recalls/#ixzz2pdfz2Z9U Honda maintains that my vehicle is not covered by this recall.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 082011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 18,694 miles
Dec. 8th, 2011 - 18694 miles Dec. 8th, 2012 - 24941 miles Dec. 21st, 2012 - 25225 miles March 30th, 2013 - 28300 miles the problem is that suddenly the car losses power while driving, it does not respond to any action and stalls; the engine and vsa lights come on. The exact same incident occurred at each one of the dates provided. Every time this happened I took the vehicle to the dealership service department, got it back supposedly fixed, and with the assurance that the problem had been taken care of, obviously this is not the case. The problem persists, the car has broken down on an average of every 3,000 miles. From the very first time, besides been told by the service advisor (mary roe) at courtesy Honda in sanford, fl; I knew without any doubt that we were dealing with a safety issue. I am submitting the information pertinent to these occurrences because my confidence in this car is compleatly eroded since the nature of the problen could definitely be the cause of a crash, injury or death. I consider myself fortunate enough to have been driving on local roads every time this problem has occurred, the result of this type of malfunction on an expessway could certainly have been disastrous. Since March 30th, 2013 the car has been in the shop, and it has proven difficult communicating with Honda. Their willingness to assist me with this less than safe and unreliable vehicle, seems to be decreasing rapidly with each new incident. Any assistance your office provides on this matter will be immensely appreciated. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 112013

Fit 4-cyl

  • 44,500 miles
The vehicle stalled after 3 minutes while stopped at a red light. I had to turn on the hazard lights, put the car transmission in park, and re-start. Same incident happened again a week after.

- Bayomme, NJ, USA