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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,950 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Honda Fit engine problems

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2009 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 302010

Fit 4-cyl

  • 12,500 miles


I bought a brand new 2009 Honda Fit in February 2009. The following year by July 2010 the ac unit did not work at all. I took it to the dealer where I had bought my car, who told me that a rock from the road had hit the ac unit, the refrigerant had escaped and I had to pay usd$ $890 to repair it, because that repair was not covered by the manufacturer warranty. Then I realized the front bumper under the tag had big spaces that may allow a rock to go through and hit the ac condenser. This is a manufacturing defect and Honda should cover the cost of the repair.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #5

Mar 242011

Fit 4-cyl

  • miles
Honda is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Honda Fit vehicles. There is a potential for one or more of the four spring assemblies on the engine's variable valve timing and lift electronic control (vtec) system to fail. Dealer performed recall and as a result of replacing the valve springs the valves were very noisy. Had to bring vehicle back and leave it for valve adjustment when engine was cool. Make sure adjustment is done at time of recall.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 262011


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. The contact stated that she received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V101000 (engine and engine cooling) and contacted the dealer April 21, 2011 to secure an appointment for repairs. The dealer advised that the earliest they could secure her appointment was for July 6, 2011. She then called the manufacturer but they referred her back to the dealer. Later, while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the failure recurred three additional times and the contact had to call a tow truck company to jumpstart the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for the failure. The contact was unsatisfied with how far out the recall repairs were scheduled for and believed it to surpass a reasonable amount of time. The failure mileage was 11,000 and the current mileage was 12,000.

- Maspeth, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 232011


  • 25,000 miles


I bought a brand new 2009 Honda Fit, heard noise from motor, right after I received a letter stating this car had a recall (springs) in the motor, took the car to dealer, they replaced the springs, car still had noise, took it back & following day said they had to re-adjust the valves, picked up the car the next day & still noise, dealer refused to take cr back, car make noise from the valves in the motor, these defective springs caused damaged to my brand new vehicle.. I don't feel safe driving this car, I fear for other's safety & my family's safety... I am requesting from Honda that they refund the money I paid for this defective car & take the car, the car doesn't respond well when I accelerate it... I don't know what to do..please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

May 272010


  • 17,000 miles
Towing a 2009 Honda Fit behind a motorhome when it locked up. Everything was set according to the manual. It is automatic. We were told it could be the battery but we are not satisfied with that explanation. Have you heard of other Honda Fits locking up the front wheels while towing. It drives fine if not behind the motorhome. We dragged the toad for about 50 feet and had to replace two front tires.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 282009


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. The contact stated the vehicle would sporadically stall without warning when traveling at any speed. The contact stated the failure has occurred over 20 times however, the dealer was unable to duplicate or locate a failure in the vehicle. The dealer advised without being able to diagnose the vehicle they were unable to make any repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated in order to get the vehicle to function normally he would have to shut off the engine during the failure and shift into park. When restarting, the vehicle would resume normal operation. The failure mileage was approximately 200 and the current mileage was approximately 2,000.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

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