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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442392 05/30/20 10:08 AM
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If the mileage was tampered with I'd say run. I'm surprised it's not a salvage title vehicle.


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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442395 05/30/20 10:15 AM
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Is the seller in Washington DC?


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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442398 05/30/20 10:19 AM
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I would run away fast from a Honda Fit for a myriad of other reasons.....

Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442415 05/30/20 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by lizpat
I found a 2012 Honda Fit on Craigslist with 113,000 miles on odometer (actual mileage: 230,000+ odometer tampered with, CarFax calls this car a Branded Not Actual Mileage car.)

You can feel the clunking the slight lurch (and kinda hear it too) in various acceleration actions (though not decelerating I think.) What do you suppose the problem is? Do you think this is something I can fix short of replacing the AT?

Other than that and the fake mileage, the seller is asking for about half the cost of a typical 2012 Honda Fit, a quick VIN search on Google reveals that this car was sold at action for about a thousand less than his asking price. The seller is a Craigslist curb stoner, my guess is that they generally buy cars at auction to refurbish for sale at dealerships, but rejected this one for possible real transmission issues----this would explain why they didn't fix the minor issues such as the mirrors not working or one of the windows not working (why put more money into it right?)

Can the AT be repaired? Other than this clunking the engine accelerates very well, the CarFax reveals that the previous owner did maintenance religiously on it.



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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442425 05/30/20 10:45 AM
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I think you have already answered your own questions.

Just in case you want to buy it, add at least another $2000 to $3000 for a new transmission or rebuilding the current transmission price.
You may be able to find a JDM shop in your area that can do it for around $1500 parts (JDM take off transmission) and labor.

Of course, it can also be just need a fluid change but it is already clunking.

Is the record include some trans fluid change? I doubt it, though.
It is mostly just oil change and bulb changes.

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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442428 05/30/20 10:50 AM
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Run, don't walk...

Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442430 05/30/20 10:54 AM
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Thank you all for chiming in----I think I have my answer: I'm going to pass on this one.

Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442435 05/30/20 10:59 AM
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My 2002 Accord that I bought with 150k and flaring/clunking transmission that I thought was going to have to be replaced is still kicking at almost 220k. The transmission hasn't gotten better or worse. I'm pretty impressed by how is holding up. I know it's not the same as a fit bit it's some comparison from one Honda to another.


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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442439 05/30/20 11:02 AM
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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: PimTac] #5442444 05/30/20 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by PimTac
Is the seller in Washington DC?


No, he lives in a million dollar brick house in the suburbs! LOL

In all seriousness let the car go to someone else who thinks Japanese=gold.

Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: joegreen] #5442451 05/30/20 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by joegreen
My 2002 Accord that I bought with 150k and flaring/clunking transmission that I thought was going to have to be replaced is still kicking at almost 220k. The transmission hasn't gotten better or worse. I'm pretty impressed by how is holding up. I know it's not the same as a fit bit it's some comparison from one Honda to another.

I wouldn't compare a pre '05 Accord to a Fit, an Accord is a MUCH better car. Has Honda lost their way somewhat? I remember my old '90 & '89 Civics, they were almost indestructible!


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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442457 05/30/20 11:25 AM
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I would be even more worried about it being sold by a flipper. They know all the tricks to cover up issues and if he could not cover up the transmission problem its most likely worse than it appears.

Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442459 05/30/20 11:29 AM
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Don't buy from a curbstoner. Don't buy an odometer fraud, and don't buy the car if you already know it has transmission problems smile

Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: marine65] #5442553 05/30/20 01:57 PM
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Find out what a trans rebuild costs from a dealer then deduct the price plus a thousand dollars more off of the asking price.


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Re: Automatic Transmission clunking in Honda Fit, stay away or buy? [Re: lizpat] #5442654 05/30/20 05:23 PM
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I’m more concerned about the intentional rollback of the odometer, and the “craigslist stoner”. Usually they buy auction cars and try to sell it to the unsuspecting high school teenager looking for their first car on their own, who has their parents “cash”. Usually it winds up in a seller that can disappear after the transaction never to be found again, a teenager that is grounded for the rest of their high school tenure, and a parent that puts $2k of repairs into the car Before realizing it needs another $3k of work ...and sells it for a loss in a few months.

You can take it for an inspection before buying, but I figure an inspection won’t find a lot of the stuff wrong with the car.

Sorry, I’m cynical. it’s your money, your decision. It’s just a car. It’s not like you’re deciding between brain surgery or not.


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