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Old 11-26-2012, 09:33 PM   #29
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All years of the Fit are approved by Honda for four down towing with either manual or automatic transmissions.
After buying a 2012 FIT on the advise of the Honda dealer for towing, two weeks later I see the owners manual specifically prohibits towing beind a MH. Talked to Honda Corps and they affirmed "Do not tow!" or you void warranty. This is true ONLY for the 2012 FIT. Up to that year, towing was permitted. Rason: parts of the 2012 are manufactured in the US. Previous years were made entirely in Japan. Had to sell Fit back to dealer and buy a CR-V (ONLY 2012 Honda that is towable!)
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:22 AM   #30
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They must have changed something mid –year. We bought our 2012 Honda Fit in Feb. this year. Before buying I looked at the owner’s manual to be sure that it could be towed 4 wheels down. The manual gives instructions for towing behind a motor home. We towed 4 wheels down close to 6000 miles this summer with no problems.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:27 AM   #31
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The FMCA towing guide for 2012 lists the 2012 Fit as towable with either manual or auto. I need to call Honda tomorrow about the battery in my wife's '08 Civic anyway so maybe I'll remember to ask while on the line.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:09 AM   #32
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Towing a Honda Fit

I had a 2012 Fit and towed to the west coast and back to Ohio, no problems, but stopped every 300-500 miles and ran engine for a few mins. then back to drive for a min. , then to neut, VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!! Along with stopping occasionally and starting the engine to get oil to the gearbox. I now tow a 2012 Crosstour, same thing but only cruise at 55-60 mph.[C],, So whatever they say you have to keep the transmission lubed, more the better but at least a few times a day on the trip. I always do it whenever we stop for gas or whatever?
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:56 AM   #33
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Have been pulling my '11 Fit behind our motorhome using a Demco dolly. This is a real hassle. Makes you overall tow length longer, and then you have to find a place to keep the dolly when you get to your destination. These dollys are heavy and difficult to move. I bought a small hand dolly that I use to move the big dolly. That too is difficult to store.

Last week I realized that I had to make a change. Decided to switch to four down. Many hours on the internet helped in this decision. First I started looking for tow bars. Having seen many Blue Ox products installed on other coaches in our travels, and having ask many questions of their owners, I started with this product line.

Wow, lots of prices and features for tow bars. I had almost decided to place an order last Saturday. Thought I would take a quick look to see if a decent used bar could be found. Nothing easily found on the net, so decided to take a quick look at the local Craigs List before placing my order.

SCORE. I found an ad for a Blue Ox Aladdin (aluminum, 7500 lb. capacity), model BX2253. Gave the guy a call, and even though it was starting to get dark, decided to make the 15 mile trip anyway. It was a few years old, but looked as if it just came out of the box. I got it for $150.00, and Blue Ox wanted just over $800.00 for this model.

Yesterday I ordered a base plate (no deal on these) from an Amazon ad. This is a real Blue Ox plate, in the box, new, free ground shipping, no sales tax. Saved over 50 bucks from the Blue Ox site.

After a few days waiting for these parts, the real work will begin. That and trying to sell my Demco Tow-It 2 dolly (with brakes) for a reasonable price.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:17 AM   #34
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After buying a 2012 FIT on the advise of the Honda dealer for towing, two weeks later I see the owners manual specifically prohibits towing beind a MH. Talked to Honda Corps and they affirmed "Do not tow!" or you void warranty. This is true ONLY for the 2012 FIT. Up to that year, towing was permitted. Rason: parts of the 2012 are manufactured in the US. Previous years were made entirely in Japan. Had to sell Fit back to dealer and buy a CR-V (ONLY 2012 Honda that is towable!)
Gee, my owners manual states specifically that 1) IT CAN BE TOWED BEHIND YOUR MOTORHOME and 2) FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE TO DO SO

My Fit was built in Japan and imported in April of 2012. I purchased it in June of 2012.

As far as I know, Fits have never been produced in the US nor or there plans to build them here.

Not to start a war, but I kind of question your sources on this one.
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luvlab when you say that you "open the clips under the headlights" what do you mean? Do you insert the putty knife between the headlight and facia and push in or push down to free the clip? How many clips are there?

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luvlab when you say that you "open the clips under the headlights" what do you mean? Do you insert the putty knife between the headlight and facia and push in or push down to free the clip? How many clips are there?

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There are 3 or 4 small clips under each headlight assembly. You will see them after you remove all of the other clips and try and pull the fascia away from the headlights. They lock into small tabs on the fascia.

Just slide a putty knife between the headlight and the fascia to unclip them. Don't force it.
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morejean, here is a video you can follow
Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit Installation - 2010 Honda Fit - etrailer.com - YouTube
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After buying a 2012 FIT on the advise of the Honda dealer for towing, two weeks later I see the owners manual specifically prohibits towing beind a MH. Talked to Honda Corps and they affirmed "Do not tow!" or you void warranty. This is true ONLY for the 2012 FIT. Up to that year, towing was permitted. Rason: parts of the 2012 are manufactured in the US. Previous years were made entirely in Japan. Had to sell Fit back to dealer and buy a CR-V (ONLY 2012 Honda that is towable!)
The 2013 Honda Fit has a specific section in the owners manual (page 159)for towing behind a Motorhome. It seems odd that only a certain portion of 2012 models cannot be towed as some 2012 owners have the same language mine does.
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I'm not necessarily doubting the OP on this, ....but.
We have a new 2012 Fit purchased in June, 2012. Read PAGE 159 of the owner's manual. It has the specific information for towing behind a motorhome.

Sorry, about that. I see that the above poster has already indicated the correct information on the subject. And no, most Honda salesman do not know this information.
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Luvlabs: I personally spoke with the Honda Corps rep for my info. Then, I had my dealer speak with them and they confirmed my information thus causing the trade-in/purchase of the CRV. Dealer told me info about some parts for FIT made in US as reason for warranty void. I will return to dealer to further pursue the truth. I will be extremely disappointed if it turns out the 2012 FIT is towable 4-down. I really like that car! All hindsite now for me, I'm afraid.
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cycletwo,

It's best always to refer to the manual for the vehicle that you want to tow. If the manufacturer (in this case Honda-Japan) says it is good to go, then it is.

I'm sure that the Fit and other Honda products have parts that are made by American Honda - after all they are a global company. It's no different for GM or Ford and you'll find parts sourced globally for them as well.

Sorry you didn't get your Fit but at least you got a good toad in the CRV.
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Luvlabs: I personally spoke with the Honda Corps rep for my info. Then, I had my dealer speak with them and they confirmed my information thus causing the trade-in/purchase of the CRV. Dealer told me info about some parts for FIT made in US as reason for warranty void. I will return to dealer to further pursue the truth. I will be extremely disappointed if it turns out the 2012 FIT is towable 4-down. I really like that car! All hindsite now for me, I'm afraid.
It is entirely possible they misconstrued what you were asking or they heard towing and stopped listening. The Fit cannot tow anything but can be towed behind a Motorhome. The owners manual is consistent on this subject and no one has provided any language to the contrary.

Copied from the Owners Manual:

Towing Your Vehicle
Your vehicle can be towed behind a motorhome.
Perform the following procedure before towing your vehicle.
1. Check the transmission fluid level.
u Make sure the fluid level is between the upper and lower marks.
2. Start the engine.
3. Depress the brake pedal. Move the shift lever through all its positions.
4. Shift to (D and hold for five seconds, then to (N. Let the engine run for three
minutes, then turn it off.
5. Release the parking brake.
6. Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (q.
u Make sure the steering wheel does not lock.
7. Turn off all the electric devices. Do not use any accessory power sockets.
u This can prevent the battery from running down.
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