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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,229 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 032014


  • miles


I have a 2008 Honda Fit that is leaking in the back floor boards and trunk.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #12

Jan 202014


  • 75,000 miles
I own a 2008 Honda Fit (manual transmission). Beginning last winter (January 2014), ice forms on the interior of the windows of the car (windshield, driver side and passenger side). This is very dangerous as it limits/blocks visibility. The windshield clears after running the heat, but the side windows do not. At stop signs, when it is below freezing out, I have to roll down the windows in order to see if cars are coming. I have not brought this in to the service department, but will consider doing so this winter. Shouldn't there be a recall on this problem? thank you.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #11

Apr 172014

Fit 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
My Honda Fit is currently sitting outside my apartment and one day I was stupid and didn't roll up the rear windows. I had about 3 inches of water in the car the next morning. I mopped all of it up and got some damprid from home depot to try and get the stagnant water that I couldn't get to. I've been very vigilant about keeping the windows up since then. I just came back from a weekend away where I left my car and drove my wife's car with her to see my parents for mother's day. I got back into my car today and as usual I check to see if there is water in the back. And with the windows up all weekend the carpets are soaked. This is a tested and real problem that started out as human error and now is a health hazard with mold.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #10

Dec 092013

Fit 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Vehicle parked during rain event, noted heavy leakage into spare tire well and passenger side rear floorboards. It appears to be coming from multiple sources. Windows heavily fogged/iced up from moisture in cabin. This happened twice this month. Secured dealer appointment, but when I arrived I was told that I have to bring it in when their leak specialist is at the shop (why does Honda have a regularly-scheduled leak specialist??). I was also told that I have to pay for diagnosis and repair since the vehicle is out of warranty. I have never had a car that leaked water. The Fit now has rusty metal parts, wet carpet, and possibly damaged electrical components from water infiltration.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #9

Oct 142013


  • miles
When it rains the car leaks from their doors onto the floor and back spare tire area. This car has been recalled for switch board defects which potentially can start a fire in the car. There hasn't been a recall for the doors leaking into the car.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 202011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Water in spare tire well. Originally thought water in the tire well was due to hatch opening during rain/snow, but since vehicle was not used for a week during heavy rain, this must be due to a leaking window seal.

- Okauchee, WI, USA

problem #7

Nov 152011


  • 37,000 miles


Noticed damp/wet carpet under rubber floor mats on Nov 15th 2011, noted a moldy smell. Cleaned car dried out carpet. Noticed rear carpet very wet after rainy period Dec 21 2011. Pulled up carpet, water all over top hump were seat brackets attach to car frame, carpet was soaked all way to front seats. I feel this may be a structural issue and safety issue. Over on miles for warranty to cover. Schedule with local dealership.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 052011


  • 27,000 miles
Water in the spare tire well.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #5

Dec 012008


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Fit. While parked, the contact noticed that the carpets in the rear and the trunk were wet. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was exposed to rainy weather. A passenger that routinely traveled in the vehicle began to get sick and the contact noticed mold was growing on the carpets. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told the rear doors were not properly sealed which allowed water into the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Pinole, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 132010

Fit 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I own a 2008 Honda Fit. Approximately one year ago - in the winter of 2009 my car started to get a moldy musk smell. I've noticed that the smell is much stronger after it rains or snows. Yesterday I went to get in my car and all of the windows were fogged up, and I hadn't used the car in many hours. I am in the process of replacing the rubber molding on all of the doors to try and stop the leaking, but I've been waiting to try and get some help from Honda. I am very concerned about mold growing and causing health problems. I've researched a few blogs and have many other Fit owners who are having the same problem.

- American Fork, UT, USA

problem #3

Nov 162010


  • 37,979 miles


My car has 38000 miles on it. Within the last few months, I've noticed a bad smell in my car after it has rained and the interior of the car has been allowed to warm up due to sunlight. I've found water underneath my front driver-side floor mat. It seems to be coming from the bottom portion of the seal that surrounds the door frame of the car, not the door itself. This only happens after heavy rains. It is possible that it comes through the insides of the door, as it ends up on top of the plastic mold, which is inside the door frame seal, that leads to the floorboard. Again, it leaves a bad, moldy smell and is ruining my floor mat. I've visited an internet message board, which is mainly discussions on my make and model car, and this problem has been noted amongst some members of the forum.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 152010


  • 35,000 miles
I first noticed water pooling on the rear passenger floor spring 2010. Took to Honda dealer where they also found water in the trunk under the spare tire. Sealed several areas including around right rear window. Water continues to leak into rear floorboards, now on both driver and passenger sides, as well as a small amount into the trunk area. This happens while vehicle is parked nose up on a slight slope for the most part. Dealer has re-examined car and determined that it is a result of body work to rear drivers side door, alleging that the very bottom of the door is uneven (and well below the level the water is coming in). However water continues to come in the passenger side and the rear hatch area where no body work was done. (car had a deer thrown into the 2 drivers side doors and front quarter panel, this was not a vehicular accident, no frame damage, etc, just dented doors). The water on both sides of the rear floorboards (which has a "hump" in the middle of it) is almost 1/2" deep after a steady rainstorm.

- Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 032010


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Fit. The contact stated that water was leaking on the rear floor board behind the front passenger seat. The contact did not know where the water was coming from. The contact had noticed numerous complaints regarding water leaking on the rear floor board. The dealer offered a trade in for the vehicle but the contact does not wanted anyone else to own this vehicle. The contact wants the manufacturer to pay for the repairs. The failure mileage was 57,000.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

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