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Old 15 Jul 2007, 11:08 pm
lymecheck@hotmail.com
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Default Honda Fit Mileage?

I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
c fan speed #2 or 3.

Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
thinking that would help some.

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Old 16 Jul 2007, 12:11 am
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<lymecheck@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
> averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
> round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
> c fan speed #2 or 3.
>
> Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
> thinking that would help some.


Well, I'm certainly no expert, but it seems incredibly low to me, as I'm
averaging 35.69 MPG, but that is for a 5 speed manual trans. I think the
mileage would depend a large part on what your speed is when the a/c is on.
In city driving, especially stop and go, the A/C can take a huge toll,
especially for a small engine such as the 1.5 liter Fit engine.

Also, I think the paddle shifters would not increase your mileage; I think,
if anything, they would decrease it.

Robert A. Cunningham


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Old 16 Jul 2007, 03:25 am
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lymecheck@hotmail.com wrote:
> I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
> averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
> round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
> c fan speed #2 or 3.
>
> Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
> thinking that would help some.
>



Try switching the A/C off to accelerate, leaving it on when
cruising, braking and stopped. Also try being a little more gentle with
the throttle; speed isn't as important as how hard you accelerate.
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Old 16 Jul 2007, 06:11 am
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lymecheck@hotmail.com wrote:

> I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
> averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
> round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
> c fan speed #2 or 3.
>
> Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
> thinking that would help some.


How many miles on it so far? If not much, it's probably not broken in.
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Old 16 Jul 2007, 07:20 am
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<lymecheck@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
> averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
> round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
> c fan speed #2 or 3.
>
> Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
> thinking that would help some.
>
>

As HTM says, break-in normally improves fuel economy. My next question is:
how long are most of your trips in town (count all legs when the engine
stays warm as one trip)? All cars get awful economy the first mile or so as
the engine warms up.

If you don't mind doing a chicken dance, you can try something that has
worked for some Prius owners when their economy is low after the car is
serviced. Sometimes the parking brake is set too tight, so the procedure is
to apply the parking brake hard and release it about ten times. Cheap and
easy, even if only a shot in the dark.

Mike



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Old 16 Jul 2007, 09:24 am
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lymecheck@hotmail.com wrote in
news:1184558907.386147.124610@g12g2000prg.googlegr oups.com:

> I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
> averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
> round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
> c fan speed #2 or 3.
>
> Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
> thinking that would help some.
>


just the driver or with a couple of passengers,or a lot of extra weight in
the car?
Have you checked tire pressures?
Are you one who's heavy on the gas pedal?(I note it's a "Sport" version...)

running AC will drop mileage a bit. It's an extra load on the engine,and
IIRC,the gov't mileage tests do not include running AC.
Fan speed doesn't matter.

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Old 16 Jul 2007, 11:43 am
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In article <1184558907.386147.124610@g12g2000prg.googlegroups .com>,
lymecheck@hotmail.com wrote:

> I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
> averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
> round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
> c fan speed #2 or 3.
>
> Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
> thinking that would help some.


Here are your EPA figures.
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/calcu...jsp?column=1&i
d=22862

The EPA MPG is 27-city 34-Hwy.

You are on the low side of owner reported mileage of 21-city 37-hwy.

Here are some good tips on driving efficiently:
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.shtml
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 09:26 pm
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Default Re: Honda Fit Mileage?

Hey...thanks everyone for the tips!

The car was new in April this year, about 1,300 miles on it. My
driving is usually local, no more than 10 miles a shot, usually more
like 5. But I do get on the freeway for a 60 mile round trip every
Sat.

Not heavy on accelleration or speed, pretty conserative driver here.
70-80 on freeway (this is California, if yu don't keep up, you get
creamed). Not a hard breaker either.

May try the parking break trick, that sounds reasonsable. If mileage
does not improve in the next month, I will probably take it in for a
look see.

Thanks again!

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Old 21 Jul 2007, 09:21 am
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My wife's base Fit A/T gets 22/25mpg, no highway, all in town Los Angeles
area.
The Fit has 5 star crash rating, that comes at a cost. That cost is
weight... the Fit is heavy for it's size.
Blame it on all the airbags, and steel to make the crush zones that make
it safe(?)

On the other hand, if a person's budget is stretched that tight. That
another 10$ at the pump is the difference between travel and eating.
Perhaps they should consider an alternative such as a motorbike or
bicycle...



lymecheck@hotmail.com wrote:

> I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
> averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
> round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
> c fan speed #2 or 3.
>
> Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
> thinking that would help some.


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Old 21 Jul 2007, 09:22 am
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Default Re: Honda Fit Mileage?

All current model Honda's turn the A/C compressor off during spirited
acceleration. The Myth Busters proved that car's get better mileage with
the A/C on and windows closed.

"mjc13" wrote:

> lymecheck@hotmail.com wrote:
> > I bought a 07 Honda Fit Sport version in April and so far, am only
> > averaging 22 mpg. This is mainly surface street driving with 60 mile
> > round trips each weekend. About 3/4 of total driving has been with a/
> > c fan speed #2 or 3.
> >
> > Can this be normal? I don't normally use the paddle shifters, but
> > thinking that would help some.
> >

>
> Try switching the A/C off to accelerate, leaving it on when
> cruising, braking and stopped. Also try being a little more gentle with
> the throttle; speed isn't as important as how hard you accelerate.


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