Electrical and fuel system issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
When in the market for a compact car, many customers turn to the 2019 Honda Fit. After all, it was awarded with the 2019 ALG Residual Value Award, making owners believe that it provided a good value. However, many of these same drivers found that the structure, electrical system and fuel system have a lot of faults that make it a lemon.
Problems with the Vehicle Structure
The Honda Fit boasts of numerous capabilities, but some customers find fault with the structure and overall design.
Here’s one Cars.com review. “Small, tinny, undersized heater, defroster, air. Lots of road noise. You feel every bump. Even a modest wind is felt. Took 20 miles of driving in 10 degree weather to warm interior. Car is best for commuting only, not engineered for hours of interstate travel. My model has a 5 speed manual tranny, desperately needs a sixth gear.”
It turns out that these aren’t the only issues. Even Service Bulletin #APaS11262018904 states that the rear door latches may begin to bind or fail. However, there isn’t a listed fix yet for technicians. Instead, they are “investigating” what’s causing it. In the meantime, customers might not be able to use these doors, further creating more inconveniences. It turns out this Honda model may not “fit” every need, after all.
2019 Honda Fit Complaint Summary
|Complaint Category||Number of Complaints|
|Unknown Or Other|
|Fuel System, Gasoline|
|Vehicle Speed Control|
Problems with the Fuel System
The Honda Fit isn’t known for being exceptionally speedy, but the fuel system should be reliable. However, this isn’t what the research shows.
Just look at this NHTSA complaint. “Fuel injector failure at 8770 miles. Originally dealer believed it was a cylinder misfiring and replaced cylinder #2. When the problem reoccurred within the same month, they replaced 1 of the fuel injectors.”
It turns out that the Fit has a massive recall related to the fuel system. NHTSA Campaign Number 20V314000 states that the fuel pump may fail on over 135,000 vehicles. If this occurs, the vehicle might stall while driving, further leading to an accident. While Honda has been known for reliability in the past, the Fit changes direction and leaves many people vulnerable. Instead, maybe this vehicle could find a spot to “fit” in at the junkyard.
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Problems with the Electrical System
Finally, a look at the electrical system shows numerous issues as well. Considering how valuable this system is to a modern vehicle, it can’t be much fun to drive this car when the systems begin malfunctioning.
Another NHTSA customer says, “The auto-lock fails intermittently after exiting the Fit with the key fob on my person, engine off, all doors shut, leaving the car’s contents insecure and at risk of theft. The dealer and Honda American after 3 months don’t know how to fix it. The concern is further escalated when concealing legal weapons in the vehicle.”
It’s doubtful that Honda is covering the losses stemming from this situation. Unless customers travel with nothing of value, this is going to be a real concern for most owners. Yet, this is only the tip of the iceberg related to electrical concerns. Service Bulletin #A19-048 also talks about trouble connecting the Apple CarPlay to the system. With most of today’s vehicles offering this as standard technology, the Honda car is a step behind the game, further proving that it might not be the best “fit” for all.
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