A replacement blower fan assembly came in from Amazon...in a wide open package...broken. One of the positioning pegs is broken off. Should work fine.
On attempting to install some springs...the rear went as expected and took minutes...the front...had everything (literally) stuck and one of the strut shaft bolts released its threads on the way out...killing both the bolt and shaft. Complete KYB struts are on the way...but what a hassle. I spent all day carefully working corroded fasteners out...just to have the most important one fail spectacularly. 20191219_092307 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
I just ripped out a piece of glued on floor mat. There was glass and dirt all underneath it. The carpet got a few bald spots getting that out. Who does that? It was completely sealed around the perimeter. Some jerk glued it over a dirty carpet.
Those wheels look good on it.
Some lady driving by the other day laughed at it. I assume that means she's quite impressed.
Blower motor looks like it is needed for that green house front window.
I keep it on a pretty low setting this time of year...the 2nd lowest fan setting and lowest heat setting. The old Fit had a hard time keeping the rear seaters cool in the summer. We'll see how this one does.
I really like how this car handles. With 100% more power it would be a legitimately fast slow car.
Right now it's getting 32MPG over mountainous terrain. Not too bad.
So, took the Fit in for an alignment and passenger airbag recall. Feel better about carrying a front passenger, and the front toe was corrected. The right rear toe is 0.01° out of spec (not adjustable). I could probably loosen the entire rear beam to see of I can center it up or leave it be. It used to oversteer a bit when pushed a little. It's more neutral now. Not sure how I feel about that It saves from undue front tire wear, in the least.
I was expecting the usual dealer list of things to correct that often don't even apply to the vehicle in question, but they were honest. They also missed that the TPMS system light is on as the new wheels don't have the sensors. They also didn't check the tire pressures...which is a very basic and fundamental thing to do...one would think.
A salesman came up in record time...and opened with an offer to run numbers on a new car. How bonkers. I literally just wanted to see a new Fit up close as I haven't had the opportunity...said he'd pull one around for me. I said, "no thanks, I'll look for myself," at which point he slinked back into the dealership with a dejected look on his face.
I really like the interiors of the new cars...it's a bit more refined...but the 2nd Gen car is probably the best. I'd like to drive a 2018 or '19...but I'm not signing a sales contract first
In order to return the car to its formerly misaligned front end responsive glory, a 19mm rear sway bar is coming. Previously, pushed hard it would oversteer. Currently, the tendency is the typical FWD understeer.
I have full race car mod. Sometime during it's previous ownership life someone curbed it pretty good...cracking the bumper cover. The crack was propagating steadily, so out came the drill and zip ties. 20200117_120916 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
I saw a picture somewhere that had a cracked bumper cover. It was a white car and they drilled holes about an inch and a half apart along the break. They then used the black wire ties to hold it together. It looked just like stitches! I thought it was brilliant!