hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,952 miles

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2008 Honda Fit engine problems

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2008 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 032013

Fit 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Rough idling and stalling. Tried lots of things to fix: Tune up, replaced spark plugs, fuel injectors cleaned, replaced clutch, valve adjustment -- nothing fixed it. Dealership now says a spring in the engine's variable valve timing system has failed. Problem causes increased risk of collision. There is a recall for the 2009/2010 models, but none for 2008. Honda Fit recall #11V101000, R66. Same problem. Recall date needs to be extended.

- Crestline, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 032011


  • 90,000 miles
The same recurring problem has been happening for about a year or so. In the morning when I start my car, especially worse in the winter, my car will stall out 2 to 3 times just while warming up. When the engine is warm and I start to drive it stalls out in the road at least 1 or 2 more times. I have had the Honda dealer I bought my car from as well as my mechanic look at it and have not been able to diagnose the problem for about a year now. I have had valves and sensors changed as well as battery and had fuel injectors clean. It is incredibly unsafe to drive in these conditions especially with it stalling out in the middle of busy intersections. Something must be done.

- Great Meadows, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 062012

Fit 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
At times car stalls at red light. Car has also quit running at 70 mph. Have had car at Honda dealer several times and there are no falt codes. Car is now turning on check engine light. Dealer is no help. Have replaced coils, spark plugs, air filter and V-tec oil pressure switch. Trouble still exist. Honda dealer has no clue and is no help in resolving this issue. I am afraid that someone might die in the car before the trouble is fixed.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 092009

Fit 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
When driving vehicle, engine lags at about 50 mph. Also when engine is still cold and transmission is in drive it stalls, it does it repeatedly until it reaches normal operating temperature. It seems something is wrong with fuel distribution, which may be very dangerous.

- Gaithersburg , MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 292009


  • 19,760 miles
2008 Honda Fit Aug. 29 2009: Vehicle in reverse, foot on brake, engine surged with no use of accelerator, put vehicle in neutral, surge stopped shortly lasted about 10 + seconds. Strong surge, would have been enough to propel vehicle rapidly. Have since gone about 20 miles with no recurrence. Notified pensacola Honda, Florida service department, this date at approximately 1300, she wasn?T aware of any recall and was unable to log this event as history on my record. Asked me to bring it in. Found the following on line: Replying to: Shelley04 (Apr 23, 2009 10:19 am) I found your post because I was looking for others having the same problem as I'm having. I have a 2008 Fit. I haven't crashed (yet) but it's certainly very disconcerting. It usually occurs at very low speed, when I step on the brake the engine surges, but only occasionally. The first time it happened I thought maybe I'd accidentally stepped on the accelerator, but since I've never done that before, I thought it was a bit weird that I'd do something like that. It's happened 3 more times since then, and each time I've verified that my foot is on the brake peddle. I have to really mash down on the brake to stop the car. It has happened both when going straight and when turning, so I don't think that has anything to do with it, and road conditions have always been dry. I will be taking it to my Honda dealer next week, but since it's not something that happens every time, I expect that it will not occur during the test drive. I hope Honda America will take this seriously and correct the problem before someone gets hurt, as could very easily happen if it occurs when there's a pedestrian or bicyclist near the front of the car.

- Crestview, FL, USA

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