really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,527 miles

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2008 Honda Fit body / paint problems

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2008 Honda Fit Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jan 032017


  • miles


Water leaks into the interior of the car. After it rains, floors in front and in back are soaking. It takes a long time to dry out and has lead to mold growth.

- Littleton, MA, USA

problem #20

May 032016


  • miles
Noticed red paint fading on roof, trunk, doors, etc. Understand Honda cheaped out on the primer and uv protection clear coat on their cars. I understand that they need to make this right and provide a free paint job to the affected customers and that includes me!

- South Haven, MI, USA

problem #19

Feb 122016


  • miles
2008 Honda Fit sport: Pool of water forms in the hatchback where the spare tire is stored. Floor of back seat and the cargo area behind back seat is always wet, and is now growing mold. Water has dripped down on the driver side hitting my head. I am also concerned that the floors will rust as well. This is ongoing. I live in seattle and have lived in St. Louis with this car. Between this structural issue and the airbag - last time I buy a Honda.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #18

Mar 102016


  • 90,000 miles


My car is currently "leaking". there's no other way to describe it. When it rains a pool of water forms in the hatchback where the spare tire is stored. The floor of the back seat gets soaked through with water. Because the water is so excessive, the car is never able full dry out, and mold is forming. I do not have a garage, therefore the car is always subject to the environmental elements. I have serious concerns about exposure to mold growth from this situation. I am pregnant, with a child due in September. I am concerned because my daily commute to work is over 30 minutes each way (over an hour total) and my shift begins so early I always have the windows all the way up (too cold in Ohio). I use this car to Transport myself everywhere, and once the baby comes I don't feel comfortable exposing an infant to that kind of mold. Its extremely dangerous for children (and people with compromised immune systems, like pregnant women!) to be exposed to mold on a daily basis.

- Columbia Station, OH, USA

problem #17

Dec 272015


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Fit. The contact stated that the rear floorboard in the vehicle contained a large pile of mold. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #16

Nov 052015


  • 73,000 miles
After a very heavy rainstorm, we found a couple inches of water in the front passenger side floor. Since then even light rains are causing water to accumulate both in the front passenger side and back passenger side floor. It is difficult to remove the water and mold will certainly be starting to form soon.

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #15

Jan 252014


  • 65,250 miles


Bought used 2008 Fit in Jan/2014. Noted water in driver and rear passenger floors/carpet and doors following rain storm. Took wet car to sheehy Ford in mechanicsville (where I purchased it) within the used warranty. Was told they "could not find cause". nothing done. Since then and to date (10/30/2015), water continues to accumulate in these areas following rainfall. Musty/mold odor - where is the recall on this issue?

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #14

Jun 152015


  • 47,000 miles
Rain water is leaking into the interior of the car from multiple entry points. One identified entry point are cracks in the bonding material between the roof and rear upper side panels that allows water into the spare tire well and rear floorboards. Additional water is accumulating in the front passenger footwell from an undetermined location behind the glove box/dash. This has resulted in mildew and mold growth in the interior carpeting, matting and foam. This is a health risk especially to young children and adults with respiratory conditions.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #13

Apr 152015


  • 96,000 miles
The upper rear panel (where there is a groove where the frame comes together and you could attach a roof rack) on the driver's side separated a little and water came into the car. It soaked the trunk and floor behind the drivers seat. The water also damaged the ABS sensors. I had to replace the ABS sensors and sort of caulk the gap between the panels. I found out about the problem when my ABS light on my dash went on.

- Church Hill, MD, USA

problem #12

Jun 222015


  • 105,322 miles
2008 Honda Fit base model: Floor of back seat and the cargo area behind back seat is wet, and is now growing mold. I have no idea how so much moisture/water is getting into the carpet. I am also concerned that the floors will rust as well. Seriously, Honda step up and issue a recall and fix this issue!! I will be filing a complaint with the ag's office!

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #11

Oct 012014


  • 90,000 miles


After a day of heavy rains, the floor panels in my Honda Fit puddle up with water. The rear floor panels (underneath the passenger seats) in particular pool with water and have started to rust the hinges of the car foldaway seat mechanisms as the fabric liners get soaked with water. My concern here is that mold will build up in my car making my car unsafe to be in. Thank you for reading this.

- Boxborough, MA, USA

problem #10

Apr 072014

Fit 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
Driver side door lock cylinder has failed. Honda dealer states it'll be over $300 to fix. Search of the web shows it's a known issue around 100K miles for Honda Fits.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 102014

Fit 4-cyl

  • miles
Passenger side front window leaks water when driving at 50-65 mph water enters at very top of window.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 132013


  • miles
Have had two blowouts on the same wheel (rear passenger) with different tire brands in less than three years of owning the car (blowouts were 16 months apart, maybe 8K miles). The Honda Fit is not capable of driving on highways! I was traveling at 75 mph, the tire pressure light came on the dash, my car and steering wheel began to vibrate/jerk, car fishtailed, and I was thrown perpendicular into traffic! I was lucky to not be hit by other drivers on the highway as they were able to stop (second time, there were no other cars behind me). This happened twice! these wheels are not safe! NHTSA needs to launch a full investigation.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 012011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
While parked my 2008 Honda Fit has a water leak that can seem to be found. According to internet message boards this seems to be a problem plaguing many if not most 2007-2008 Fit owners. The water leaks and pools on the rear floors causing mold to grow with a strong smell of mildew. When I contacted Honda they told me it would cost approximately $150 per hour to diagnose the problem alone. Instead of that I took it to a local mechanic who could clearly see there was a water issue, but after 2 hours of inspection, could not find the leak. I believe this is a manufacturing defect and should be recalled, especially considering that the carpet has to be replaced to be completely free of the mold. The vehicle has never been in an accident, is not misused, and is serviced regularly (following the recommended Honda maintenance schedule).

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #6

May 312013

Fit 4-cyl

  • 1,000,000 miles
My son hit a trailer from behind. Truck decided to back up at same time my son took off. Air bags did not go off. Extensive damage to front of car and frame. Son suffered a stiff neck and achy back. The air bags did not work on two accidents T his car has been in.

- Abbeville, LA, USA

problem #5

May 012011


  • 45,000 miles
This vehicle has been leaking through the door seals completely soaking the rear carpet causing mold to grow and puddles to form. Honda has issued recalls for leaking water into switch areas but denies all knowledge of this issue. Any internet search will bring up hundreds of 2007 and 2008 Honda Fits with this exact problem. This vehicle was purchased new and has never been in any accidents. The mold issue has rendered the vehicle unsafe and lowered any resale value. Dealerships want approximately $400 to just diagnose the problem and the Honda corporation will not help in any way with the problem.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #4

Jan 312011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Water leaking through rear hatch weather seal. Originally thought water came through rear hatch whenever I opened it to get things during a storm.I began to realize that water would accumulate when it rained even when the hatch was never opened. I started to hear splashing type sounds thinking it was the fuel or a low coolant level. A few months ago I was vacuuming the car and lifted up the rear floor covering over the tire well and discovered at least two gallons of water almost submerging the spare tire. Shortly afterwards I started to observe water dripping down through a plastic cover that houses a utility hook on the car's ceiling. The headliner also was leaking near the hatch.I now check the tire well after it rains and it never fails that the tire well and surrounding area are wet. I can only use the defrost setting because if I don't the windows will fog up. I have also noticed the rear seat carpeting getting damp even when only the driver's door is used during a storm. The dealership has down played the situation suggesting I have the weather seals replaced by them with a charge for the part and labor. I spoke to Honda of America and they told me to take it to a dealership to be diagnosed for a fee. I have spent several months investigating on my own and have reached my own diagnosis that the weather seals on Honda Fits are defective. I am about ready to trade the car in for something else besides a Honda. I love the car but can only foresee more aggravation down the pike. I am capable of applying silicone caulk under the existing weather seals but will not because I am dissatisfied that Honda has not done anything to fix the problem on all Honda Fits.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 012012


  • 17,500 miles
I started building condensation up in my car. I took it to straub Honda in triadelphia, West Virginia. They said that it seemed to be a door seal was leaking. They changed the door seal and dried out the whole car. First of all, for a vehicle for not even 18,000 miles on it should not have seals going bad. Then about 2 weeks later it was leaking again. I couldnt even see out of my windows because they were frozen from the inside. When they thawed out, my windows were dripping water onto my dash and doors. I took my car back into straubs again. They said that they had called a number to see if this problem was occurring nationally. He told me that there was some Honda Fits that were doing the same thing and that there was cracking along the hatch of the car and water was running through the interior of the car and settling at the back passenger side of the car. I dont know much about the interior wiring of the car, but I hope there is no wiring that this water traveled through. Now, I have paid $300 out of pocket to fix a problem that is occurring to other Honda Fits as well. If the same thing has happened to ours, than its only a matter of time before there is more occurences. If you would like to get in contact of straubs for any reason, I have that number available also. I also have a picture of what it is like trying to drive the car while the window is defrosting, you cant do anything withn it until it is melted 25 minutes later.

- Moundsville, WV, USA

problem #2

Nov 032008


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Fit. The contact stated that the seal between the door and the window was defective and as a result, water would leak into the vehicle. In addition, mold was growing in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the seal needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who offered to pay for 40 percent of the repair costs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 36,000.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

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