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Considering trading Honda Fit in on 12-17 Beetle.. bad idea?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Considering trading Honda Fit in on 12-17 Beetle.. bad idea? Reply with quote

So I've had my 2011 Honda Fit Sport for about 2 and a half years now, and it's always been a great car, I've had zero issues with it. It's easy to park, it can haul a ton of crap with the seats folded down, It's a near perfect daily driver. It also has a manual transmission, so it's fun enough to drive. The problem is that it's little more than an appliance, it just doesn't seem to have much soul or personality. It's also kinda ugly, but to be fair I don't really find any modern cars all that attractive or interesting to look at. But it is extremely practical!

I recently started entertaining the thought of trading it in on one of the 2012-2017 Beetles, but I don't know if I'll end up kicking myself in the ass or not. While it's actually kinda cool looking, and would look more at home in my garage with my 66 and 73 bugs, I don't know if it'd be worth it. From what I've read it has significantly less trunk space than the Fit, and the back seats don't fold flat. Has anyone done a rear seat delete on one? I'm also not sold on only having the turbo engine available, my dad has always said "a turbo is just one more thing to break!"

Does anyone have any insight? Would I be making a big mistake to give up my pretty much perfect daily driver Honda in favor of the Beetle?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Re: Considering trading Honda Fit in on 12-17 Beetle.. bad idea? Reply with quote

Keep the Honda. The 2.0 t's have timing chain tensioner issues, you'll miss the utilitarian nature of the Honda.
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PostPosted: Yesterday 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Considering trading Honda Fit in on 12-17 Beetle.. bad idea? Reply with quote

I would recommend the 2.5 liter 5 cylinder gasoline engine which I believe was available until mid 2014. I previously had a 1990 Honda and a 2005 Honda (both were very very very reliable!)and was wanting to add a new Beetle to compliment my 1970 Beetle. So far so good at 22,000 miles. No issues, no recalls, just a cool modern matching friend for my 1970.
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