What to look for when buying a used Honda Fit

Updated: January 16, 2019

The Honda Fit is a practical fun-to-drive subcompact. It's surprisingly roomy and has plenty of cargo space. If you want to haul tall objects, the rear seats flip up, so you can fit even a flat-screen TV in the second row. On one of the forums, Fit owners were discussing the biggest size flat-screen TV that you can fit in the second row and the 50-inch TV was the winner.

Honda Fit 2008
2008 Honda Fit Sport.

Thanks to the elevated roof line, the Fit offers easy access and plenty of headroom for front and rear passengers. The interior is very basic with simple instruments and easy to use controls. Front visibility is good; the rear view is a bit obstructed by rear headrests. The split rear seat folds down flat, providing a huge 41.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Honda Fit was only available as a 5-door hatchback. The Fit is good on gas and doesn't cost a lot to maintain. This generation Honda Fit has been sold in other markets for a while, so it doesn't have the usual first-year model glitches. It's reliable, but there are a few things to watch out for. One thing that might keep some people from buying the Fit is its firm ride and road noise. The Toyota Yaris is a similar car and is worth considering if you prefer a softer ride.

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Powertrain: The only engine is a 1.5L 16-valve SOHC VTEC. Transmission choices included a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. The Honda Fit Sport with an automatic transmission has paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

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Fuel Economy: The 2007 Honda Fit is rated at 27/35 mpg city/highway (8.7/6.7 L/100 km). These numbers put Honda Fit near the top of the small car class for fuel economy. With a 10.8 US-gallon tank, Honda Fit is estimated to drive 292 miles, or 469 kilometers, on one full tank of gas.

Handling and Ride: On the road, the Honda Fit is fun to drive. It holds the road much better than you'd expect from this type of vehicle. The Fit's compact size and small turning radius make city driving and parking easier. The 1.5L engine is responsive. The ride is firm and the road noise is pronounced.

Safety: The front, side, and side-curtain airbags, as well as the Antilock braking system (ABS) were standard. The 2007-2008 Honda Fit received five stars for both the driver and the front passenger in frontal crash tests performed by the NHTSA. In the side-impact crash test, the Fit scored 5 stars for the driver and 3 stars for the rear passenger. For more details, visit Safercar.gov. In the frontal offset crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2007-2008 Fit received a "Good" overall rating.

Pros: Good on gas, practical interior, plenty of cargo space, fun to drive, maneuverable, reliable, easy to maintain.

Cons: Firm ride, road noise, small tires wear fast, low front bumper is easy to scrape, front seats lack height adjustment.

Reliability and problems: There are some complaints about the electric power steering, and some other issues. However, overall, the 2007-2008 Honda Fit is a great little car. Consumer Reports rates the 2007 and 2008 Honda fit 'above average' for reliability (as of October 2019).
According to the Honda bulletin 10-082, the Check Engine light with the DTC P1172 or P2A00 can be caused by a faulty air/fuel sensor. The recommended repair involves updating the ECM/PCM PGM-FI software, then replacing the air/fuel sensor.
The Honda bulletin TSB 09-088 advises replacing the A/C and rear window defogger switch if they don't stay on or if the fuse 22 is blown.
As specified in the Honda bulletin 14-058, the warranty coverage for the electric power steering has been extended to 10 years from the original date of purchase or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Timing belt or chain: The 1.5L engine doesn't have a timing belt; a timing chain is used instead. The timing chain doesn't need to be replaced in regular intervals.

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What to look for when buying a used Honda Fit: When buying a used Honda Fit, check used car history records in advance; you don't want to buy a vehicle that has been involved in an accident or had other issues in the past.


The Fit base model doesn't have the cruise control; if you need it, look for the Sport model. During the test drive, watch out for anything irregular with the way the automatic transmission shifts; a "clunk" when shifted into Reverse is a sign of a problem. Honda issued several recalls for the 2007-2008 Honda Fit, check with Honda if all the recalls have been done. Check for recalls at the NHTSA website.

The Fit has a small engine, so it's a good idea to avoid cars with high mileage. Some of the reported problems with the Honda Fit are with the electric components. This means it's a good idea to check all the features, such as the air conditioner, power windows and locks, the audio system and cruise control. Check for front bumper damage since this car has low clearance. Read more: How to inspect a used car - illustrated guide. Before buying, have the car properly inspected by a mechanic.

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Maintenance: Don't miss your regular oil changes to keep your engine in good shape. The owner's manual for 2007 Honda Fit recommends using the 5W-20 engine oil. Check the oil level regularly; the engine oil dipstick has an orange loop handle.
Change transmission fluid at recommended intervals. The owner's manual for 2007 Honda Fit says to Always use Honda ATF-Z1 automatic transmission fluid. If your car has a hesitation or misfiring and the problem is diagnosed as a bad ignition coil, it's recommended replacing all spark plugs along with the coil.

Where to check for recalls: Safety Recalls - NHTSA

2007 Honda Fit short specifications

Overall length:
Overall width:
Overall height:

157.4 in (3,999) mm
66.2 in (1,682 mm)
60.0 in (1,524 mm)
96.5 in (2,450 mm)

Seating Capacity:


Cargo Volume:
with seat up:
with seat down:

603 liters ( 21.3 cu. ft)
1,186 liters (41.9 cu. ft)

Engine: 1.5L 16-Valve SOHC VTEC In-Line 4-cylinder
109 hp @ 5,800 rpm (SAE net)
105 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

EPA Fuel Economy (US mpg, L/100 km):

Manual transmission:

Automatic transmission:

Automatic transmission (Sport):

city: 8.4 L/100 km (28 US mpg)
hwy: 6.9 L/100 km (34 US mpg)

city: 8.7 L/100 km (27 US mpg)
hwy: 6.7 L/100 km (35 US mpg)

city: 8.7 L/100 km (27 US mpg)
hwy: 6.9 L/100 km (34 US mpg)

Recommended Fuel: Regular unleaded

Fuel Tank Capacity:

41 liter (10.8 US gal)

Engine oil change capacity:

including filter: 3.8 US qt. (3.6 L)
By Samarins.com Staff