Tag: 2016

2016 Honda Fit: Fuel Economy

One of the reasons we bought a Honda Fit was for fuel economy. The stick is fun to drive, and the car has enough power for regular driving. In three years the fuel economy has gotten a little bit worse, but still ok. We use winter tires in the winter, and change tires in the summer.

Winter driving is in snow and ice, resulting in fuel economy dropping in January-February.

Honda Fir 2016: 3 year Fuelly numbers in L/100km, almost all city driving

Honda Fir 2016: 3 year Fuelly numbers in L/100km, almost all city driving

US Anti-Scalper Bot Bill may soon come to Canada?

Want you do, to go to a concert, but just after the supposed start time for ticket sales, all the tickets are gone. You, again, have lucked out. Minutes later these tickets are all available on reseller sites for double the price. It really does sound like a scam. While the US just enacted a federal law, here in Ontario we are just starting the investigation phase. I hope that we can adopt something as strong as the US in order to keep an even keel with bot technology and online shopping safe.

2016 Honda Fit Oil Change, Splash Shield

2016 Honda Fit, after removal of the splash shield, The oil filter is blue, the oil drain plug is more rearward. Toronto, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

2016 Honda Fit, after removal of the splash shield, The oil filter is blue, the oil drain plug is more rearward. Toronto, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

My 2016 Honda Fit told me it needed an oil change. This is my first oil change. In order to do an oil change I needed to remove the splash shield. The splash shield covers the bottom of the engine bay from road debris and dirt. Because the Fit only has 5.5″ of space under the splash shield, I needed to make ramps in order to gain more space under the Fit. Convoluted for the first oil change, yes, but hopefully much easier for the second oil change.

2015-2017 Honda Fit DIY Wooden Ramps

2016 Honda Fit on DIY wooden 2x10 ramps. Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

2016 Honda Fit on DIY wooden 2×10 ramps. Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

I do love the car, but my 2016 Honda Fit does have some “beauty spots”. Going to the dealer, like others have, may have resulted in parts of the car not being reinstalled correctly, and then falling off. If the splash shield was designed properly I would have probably considered going to the dealer.

First Snowfall 2016-2017 Winter: Toronto, Canada

There is always the first snowfall that is somewhat startling. For us non-believers this is the irrefutable evidence that winter is on its way. Oh, no, as we lament the passing of summer and warmer temperatures. Today is -2C, 60-70kph winds. Cold.

First snowfall for winter 2016-2017, Toronto, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

First snowfall for winter 2016-2017, Toronto, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

First snowfall for winter 2016-2017, Toronto, Canada. Photo2 by Don Tai

First snowfall for winter 2016-2017, Toronto, Canada. Photo2 by Don Tai

2016 Honda Fit vs Mouse: Toronto Canada

Surprised, I was, that mice seem to really like my 2016 Honda Fit, in Toronto, Canada, and I am not alone. There was evidence of infiltration into the car, and I was not willing to give them a pass. Vermin, tell your friends.

2016 Honda Fit: 4, Mouse: 0

It seems like in their efforts to improve ecology the Honda engineers have opted to use soy based coating on electrical cables, foam, and other items that used to be plastic-based. There are numerous complaints of mice eating away at electrical systems, causing much heartache to car owners.

2016 Purple Lilies, Toronto, Canada

These purple lilies 百合 faithfully come up every year. They are beautiful but very delicate. Any little wind and the petals flop over like silly dog ears. Vibrant colours shine in the sun. They only last for about 7 days.

Purple Lilies, 2016, Toronto, Canada, photo 1 by Don Tai

Purple Lilies, 2016, Toronto, Canada, photo 1 by Don Tai

Purple Lilies, 2016, Toronto, Canada, photo 2 by Don Tai

Purple Lilies, 2016, Toronto, Canada, photo 2 by Don Tai

Purple Lilies, 2016, Toronto, Canada, photo 3 by Don Tai

Purple Lilies, 2016, Toronto, Canada, photo 3 by Don Tai

2016 Crab Apple Tree and Blossoms, Toronto, Canada

This year, 2016, is a an excellent year for my crab apple tree. The blossoms are really pretty, and the weather has cooperated. They will stay fresh for only 5 days max, and then will die. For now we can enjoy them, as they splash their pink hue from outside into our house. The tree is male, so bears no apples.

2016 Crab Apple Tree, male, a couple of days before full bloom. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

2016 Crab Apple Tree, male, a couple of days before full bloom. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

2016 Crab Apple Tree bloom, a couple of days before full bloom.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo 1 by Don Tai

2016 Crab Apple Tree bloom, a couple of days before full bloom. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo 1 by Don Tai

2015 2016 Honda Fit: Jack Points

Discussions, there are, on how best to jack up the 2015 2016 Honda Fit, for such chores like changing tires and oil changes. The owner’s manual points to the 4 reinforced jack points on the side rails, and these are all good, but jacking up the car one tire at a time with the scissor jack that comes with the car is time consuming and exhausting. There must be a better way.

2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards Install

Not being one to was the car often, I’ve opted to install rear splash guards. They will keep the rear of the car cleaner, as there will be less splash up of water and snow. The front splash guards came with the car. As all Canadian Fits already come with front splash guards I only had to install the rear ones. I did not need to remove the rear tires to install the splash guards, but did need a really short philips screwdriver. Here in Canada these rear splash guards cost $61CAD for the pair. The quality of the splash guards is quite good. The fit was also great.