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Old 04-04-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Towing 2012 Honda Fit

Does anyone tow a 2012 Honda
fit Sport, Automatic--If so any problems?
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:22 AM   #2
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Fits make great toads, whether you have a manual or automatic transmission. You are going to need to make some modifications - base plate, tow bar, light kit, supplemental braking system, and possibly a toad charge system.

Follow your owners manual for specific towing instructions for your automatic (it's under RV towing, not regular towing instructions).

Enjoy your Honda Fit.
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We are towing that exact car. It is great. Carefully read and understand the owners manual instructions. Before towing, start the engine, put the transmission in reverse for a few seconds, then in drive. I let it warm up a little. Move the transmission from drive to neutral and shut the engine off. NEVER MOVE THE TRANSMISSION FROM REVERSE TO NEUTRAL AND TOW IT. Always from drive to neutral. Turn the key off. It will not lock because it is in neutral. Turn the radio off. We towed 2700 miles from NY to FL and back in February with no battery discharge problems.
I think it is a good choice.
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Fits make great toads, whether you have a manual or automatic transmission. You are going to need to make some modifications - base plate, tow bar, light kit, supplemental braking system, and possibly a toad charge system.

Follow your owners manual for specific towing instructions for your automatic (it's under RV towing, not regular towing instructions).

Enjoy your Honda Fit.
Thank you--I have towed our manual 2007 Honda fit across the country twice, and experienced no problems. If I do go to the 20012 Honda I will have to change my base plates, but the rest of my 5250 Falcon tow bar can be used. Generally, a front wheel drive car, following correct procedures as you outlined can be towed. I was a little leary going from my manual to an automatic for towing, but my wife would rather have the automatic.
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Sorry, here I am again, but I want to make sure before I trade--When you said exact same car, I hope you mean automatic--reason for my question is that looking in the manual there is no discussion on towing, only emergency towing--called Remco, and they said for some reason they did not put it in the manual of the sport automatic, but they feel the base fit and the sport have the same trans. Sorry for being a pest--
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Sorry, here I am again, but I want to make sure before I trade--When you said exact same car, I hope you mean automatic--reason for my question is that looking in the manual there is no discussion on towing, only emergency towing--called Remco, and they said for some reason they did not put it in the manual of the sport automatic, but they feel the base fit and the sport have the same trans. Sorry for being a pest--
We flat towed a 2012 Honda FIT Sport Automatic with no problems. The towing setup procedure was right there in the owners manual. Just make sure you read the section on RV towing, not emergency towing. Our FIT had paddle shifters on the wheel. I think that's what makes it a Sport model.
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Sorry, here I am again, but I want to make sure before I trade--When you said exact same car, I hope you mean automatic--reason for my question is that looking in the manual there is no discussion on towing, only emergency towing--called Remco, and they said for some reason they did not put it in the manual of the sport automatic, but they feel the base fit and the sport have the same trans. Sorry for being a pest--
It's on page 159 of the manual under the header "Towing a Trailer". We have a Sport Automatic as well.
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We tow a 2012 Honda Fit Sport automatic 4 down and have had no problems. We do the transmission procedure (in the owners manual) at the start of the day and when DW is making lunch. Honda says max speed is 65 and trans fluid should be changed every two years.

I have seen many Fits being towed. Our Fit is Key Water Blue (Blue Raspberry)
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http://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/p.../TK61212OM.pdf

The owners manual is online from the Honda web site. It is on page 159-160.
You can print it out.

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Have a 09 sport automatic we have towed since new -- over 24,000 of towing behind the Motorhome and no problems. Make sure you either pull the accessory fuse or start the car every few hours to avoid a dead battery (this issue is common to all types of cars being flat towed since key must be in ignition set at the accessory spot to keep the steering wheel unlocked.) If you don't pull the accessory fuse make sure the car dash fan switch is off and the display on your nav unit if you have it is also off. Always best to carry a battery quick start jump box for such emergencies unless your coach batteries are within the distance of a couple of jumper cables from the front of the car (of course you need the necessary jump cables with you anyway). Of course make sure your car's parking brake is off before towing!!!!
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