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GE8 – Introducing Penny, our 2011 Honda Fit

My wife has been driving a 2000 Saturn since college. She has been long overdue for a newer ride. After some discussion we set out to find what would work for us. Of course with my background, my comfort level rested with a Honda. M was not against the idea.

Knowing we wanted something with low miles in good shape, I started looking towards CarMax. I narrowed the search to an XB, Fit, or CRV. M did not like the awkwardness of the body styling on the XB and the CRV was a bit too big for her. So, our last choice is what we went to look at.

This particular 2nd Gen, 2011 Honda Fit Sport, was in good shape, had low miles, and M liked the color. After a phone call we scheduled an appointment to go look. New tires, mostly clean interior, and everything worked while sitting on the lot. A test drive later we discovered that the passenger side caliper had locked up. I realized that when I was driving because the wheel was shaking and their was no power.

CarMax took care of fixing what was needed. This included turning the rotor, a new caliper, and slide pins. We got a call two days later that the car was ready for pickup. It was all shined up and pretty. M was happy, our little one was happy, and after driving it without a stuck caliper the car felt much better. This thing isn’t fast by any means but, it is peppy. It is a fun little car to drive.

Since my wife is an auto lover and the Sport gives us flappy pedal shifters, 16 inch wheels, a 260 watt 6 speaker stereo, aux input, and USB charging. This one came with the upgraded in dash navigation system as well which, I have to say, works well. The touch screen is responsive and it sounds decent for a stock stereo system. I like having tunes while driving so that was important for me.

Overall after a week of ownership we couldn’t be happier. I’m glad to have two Honda’s back in the garage. Stress levels are back at nominal rates now. I do not have anything planned for little Penny at this time but, that is always subject to change.


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