really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,326 miles

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2007 Honda Fit steering problems

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2007 Honda Fit Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #31

Jul 152011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 34,900 miles


About three weeks ago, while my wife was driving to work, shortly after leaving our home, the steering wheel became extremely rough and started to shake the car violently through a turn and the eps malfunction indicator came on. She turned the car off and back on again and the issue remedied itself and the eps light turned off. This past weekend, as I was driving the car, the same issue presented itself. This time, however, the unexpected loss of power steering caused me to veer into opposing traffic. Luckily, other drivers in the opposing lane were able to respond quickly and avert an accident. I researched this issue online, including on popular Honda-specific forums, which I am a member of, such as Honda-tech.com and fitfreak.net, as well as general auto forums such as on edmunds.com. It became apparent that this is a common issue among owners of Honda Fits, with some owners stating that this occurs 1-2 times a month. Upon further research, I found Honda technical service bulletin 09-043, stating symptoms of ┐the steering feels heavier than normal, ┐ a euphemism for the power steering failing┐a very dangerous occurrence, which I am disappointed that Honda did not issue a full safety recall for, and which we had to find out the hard/dangerous way that this is an issue with our vehicle.

- Oakland Gardens, NY, USA

problem #30

Jun 302011


  • miles
Around June 30, 2011, shortly after starting the car, the power steering caution light came on, and the power steering failed leaving the car with no steering capabilities. After turning the car off and then back on, the power steering returned to its normal operation. This same thing happened again around July 4, 2011, on July 19, 2011, July 22, 2011, and July 25, 2011, all shortly after starting the car. The car was diagnosed by appletree Honda and they reported that the electronic powering steering unit was defective and needed to be replaced at a cost of nearly $900 at our expense due to the expired warranty. They based this diagnosed partially on a Honda service bulletin #09-043. When the powering steering fails, all vehicle operations remain active, the car is impossible to steer, thus causing a safety hazard not only to the passengers of the Fit, but also to other motorists on the road. After contacting Honda, they said there was nothing they could do except replace it at our cost.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #29

Jun 122011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2007 Honda Fit power steering stopped functioning on several occasions while the vehicle was being operated.

- Oxford, MA, USA

problem #28

Jun 252008


  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit. The contact stated that while in reverse, the power steering failed with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #27

Apr 182011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 58,800 miles
The electric power steering doesn't work.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #26

Mar 172011


  • 71,000 miles
Every morning when the temperature is below 40 degrees I have no power steering making it very difficult to drive the car. It is a 2007 Honda Fit.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #25

Feb 152011


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit sport. The contact stated that she started the vehicle, the power steering suddenly failed. The contact tried to move the vehicle but the steering wheel would not turn. The contact turned the vehicle off and restarted it; the power steering reset itself. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Morro Bay, CA, USA

problem #24

Feb 052010

Fit 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I purchased my 2007 Honda Fit approximately one year ago at 49,000 miles. My eps indicator came on less than one week after purchase; it is possible that this was an issue prior to the purchase of my car. On page 62 of my owners manual it says to restart the engine and the issue should go away so that is what I did. It only recommended to have it checked if the light didn't go away when restarted. The issue happened several times over the past year but always went away after restarting the engine. It seems to happen more during cold weather. I had it checked by a local mechanic and he could find nothing wrong with it. After it started happening with increased frequency, and persisted after multiple restarts (although if I came back hours later it would be fine) I decided to take it to the dealer where it was diagnosed with "eps control unit internal failure, eps control unit needs replaced" not covered under warranty and it costs $800 to replace. This is a frightening safety issue because the wheel is virtually impossible to turn when this indicator is on. I have been very fortunate in that it has never come on while I am driving although from my research on this issue I have learned there are others that have not been as lucky as I have in this regard. It is also frightening that this is not an issue that is easily diagnosed my mechanics outside the dealership. For Honda owners like myself that live an hour away from the closest dealer; we are likely to take it somewhere closer first; where we are told there's nothing wrong with our car, although there is a potentially life-threatening issue wrong with the car.

- Cambridge , OH, USA

problem #23

Nov 012009


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit. The contact stated that in cold weather when turning the vehicle on, the electrical power steering warning light would illuminate on the instrumental panel. While driving at various speeds, the power steering would fail when making a turn causing it to be difficult to manuever. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that there was a tsb related to the failure and they are aware of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 27,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #22

Nov 232010


  • 51,500 miles
The electric power steering on my Honda Fit failed to function. Fortunately, the event happened in my garage, but it was almost impossible to steer the wheels. So, I had to find other transportation to make my thanksgiving dinner. This could have been a disaster had the failure occurred on the road.

- Columbiana, OH, USA

problem #21

Nov 012010

Fit 4-cyl

  • 39,800 miles


Power steering failed while driving. Restarting the engine restored the power steering.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #20

Nov 162010


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit. While driving 15 mph, the power steering failed. The contact pulled over, turned off the vehicle and restarted it. The power steering reset after the restart. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that they could offer no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 36,000.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #19

Nov 072010


  • 31,000 miles
I started up my car (Honda Fit 2007) from a cold start and the power steering locked up. I restarted the car a few times after wards and still to no avail. The steering wheel was extremely hard to turn and when checking under the hood, nothing seemed to be wrong. After waiting about a half hour the car started up normally again. 2 days later same issue happened. I read online about an malfunction in the eps system that alot of other Honda Fit 07 users were having also. I haven't repaired my car yet because my car warranty just ended a couple months ago. My only fear now is if the power steering locks up while I'm cornering or driving and forcing another car out of their lane or having an accident from this.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #18

Dec 152008


  • 37,650 miles
Problem has occurred multiple time over the past 2+ years: Situation 1: while driving, without warning, total loss of power steering, steering warning light and other lights on dash light up: Situation goes away by turning off the car and re-starting it. Situation 2: starting the car, car starts, power steering and other lights remain on, no power steering. Situation goes away by turning off car and re-starting. Situation 1 potentially deadly - happened to my wife while driving, very difficult for her to make a necessary turn on winding road.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #17

Oct 012010


  • 30,000 miles
I started my 2007 Honda Fit sport model to pull out of a parallel parking spot. When I backed up and turned the steering wheel, the steering locked and I was unable to turn the tires. I could however move the car forward and backward. I turned off the engine, got out and inspected the car. Nothing appeared amiss. When I restarted the vehicle, it worked normally. I contacted my Honda dealer and was told they probably wouldn't be able to diagnose the problem without being able to recreate it. However, after the car was in the shop, they advised that one of their mechanics remembered a technical service bulletin - tsb 09-043 - that referred to the problem. The eps control unit would need to be replaced. Since I have read that this problem can also occur while the car is moving, I strongly believe this should be a recall item instead of merely a tsb! in my case, I was lucky that one of Honda's employees just happened to remember it. I was also advised by the Honda service employees that it was an "intermittent" problem and the car was safe to drive. How can a car be safe to drive when the steering locks up?

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

Sep 152008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit. While starting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the steering wheel was very stiff and difficult to turn. The contact turned the vehicle off and restarted it; after the restart, the vehicle functioned properly. The failure occurred intermittently for the past two years and was worse in cold weather. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000 and the current mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Disputanta, VA, USA

problem #15

Aug 172010


  • 65,000 miles
Eps powersteering system on vehicle failed during cold start of vehicle. During a cold start the vehicle starts up normally until you turn the wheel. The eps turns off and a powersteering light turns on. Turning the vehicle off then back on again resets the system. This problem occurs at least once a week. Eps can be replaced by dealership but costs about $1000 total.

- Auburn Hills, MI, USA

problem #14

Aug 082010


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit. The contact stated that when turning the vehicle on the power steering light would illuminate and then it would shut off. The failure also occurred when the vehicle was idle which made it hard to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer for the identical failure; however, they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35000. The current mileage was 56000.

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #13

Jun 012007


  • 80,000 miles
1. power steering did not turn on when car is started and power steering fails when car is in motion. 2. occurs approximately 1X month; the failure results in loss of control of the steering; steering becomes impossible to maneuver around corners at low speeds and very difficult to steer at speeds of 40 - 50 mph. 3. power steering unit was replaced by the dealership.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 012009


  • 13,000 miles
Power steering repeatedly disengages while driving causing power steering failure. This happens approximately 1 out of 25 times the vehicles is driven. When steering fails, it is nearly impossible to control the vehicle.

- Whitewood, SD, USA

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