Modding the Ol' Honda Fit...
As we trundled down the highway on another dog-related venture my odometer on the trusty ol' 2008 Honda Fit (my first own vehicle) officially hit 100,000 miles. It's scratched, beat up from the seats up, been peed/pooped/vomited in by a variety of four legged creatures and a reptile or two, covered in nose-prints, has the carpet a bit chewed out from my friend's husky, and whose back seats (folded down) have not seen daylight in over two years. To reward my gorgeous creature we went to the car wash and enjoyed a nice refreshing bath. As I vacuumed out the usual twelve pounds of dog hair and shocked passers-by with the amount of crap I can keep in there (from spare leashes and water buckets to the spare tire and enough bungee cords to hold up the empire state building) I got to thinking about the ol' girl. Really, her trade-in value has to be near zero. Between her less-than-stellar exterior status, enhanced by my SA dog's desperate clawing to get inside when I made the mistake of parking it in the yard, and the interior being composed of significantly more dust and hair than actual car-related material... perhaps it's time I just give up and totally mod her out. She's structurally sound, runs well, and really when I clean her up she's not bad at all. But still, the lure of a DIY project and a custom interior...
I loved seeing what other folks have done with their cars when there's just no hope of seeing any trade-in value back on it. I figure I can actually remove the back seats and save about 80lbs worth of dead weight, then add a floor over the resulting cavity and have some storage space underneath. I could make an interior shell that went up the sides, although at this stage of destruction... what's really the point of that? I could also take out the front seat, although in my nearly-eight years of owning the vehicle I have had a passenger on occasion.
Anyway, just wanted to get some opinions. Is it worth 'modding' a car at this stage or should I still hold out hope that some poor used car salesman might actually take it off my hands? Has anyone done it? The rear seat removal is rumored to 'take only five minutes' and be completely reversible (evidently racing enthusiasts remove them for particularly relevant races because it can cut your time down by milliseconds). It's fun to dream about and plan, but should I really deconstruct my car for the sake of fun and dogs? :p
I don't know if you should, but if you do, I'll be very interested to hear how you go about it.
It's unlikely that we'll be getting a new car anytime soon -- our current Honda works fine, gets good mileage, is pretty reliable, and neither my husband nor I care remotely enough about cars to want anything more than that -- buuuutt the one thing I occasionally hesitate about is that a sensible city-sized sedan is not ideally designed for dog events. It's impossible to crate the dogs in the car, is the main thing.
But if we took out the back seats, hey...
A custom interior in a fit would be cool (I have a 2012 my self)
if you do it you just have to be ok with pretty much never selling it or loosing more value than you already have.
I have heard the rear seats are extremely easy to remove...I've modded cars but haven't touched the Fit since its just a normal car and rather pointless to mod performance wise.
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