In 2008 I purchased my first brand new car ever. Since the Honda Fit came out I had wanted one knowing it would be a great little car with plenty of space for me and my dogs. I considered other cars similar to the Fit but decided to stick with Honda for their reliability even though it would cost me more.
One year after purchasing the car I began to smell something in my car. I discovered the back seats and floor boards of my car to be not only wet but have mold growing on them (since I rarely have anyone in the back seats but my dogs I always have the seats folded down). Ironically I had gone through something similar with my Neon right before I got rid of it so I immediately knew I must have some type of seal leaking.
I brought it to be serviced which was a nightmare in itself because initially they tried to tell me I left my windows open and wanted me to pay to pick the car up. I convinced them to keep looking and they discovered a leak and resealed the tailgate body seam.
To try to make a long story short since that incident this past year my car has been back to the service department 4 more times. 3 times it has been for a new water leak and once for them to replace the carpets. I thought when they replaced the carpets a few months ago I was finally in the clear until this past week it began to stink again and I found water in my car. So back to the shop for another seam to be fixed.
Its leaked in 3 different seam locations (trunk, tailgate, and right rear door area) and once was a repair to a seam they claim must not have been sealed properly.
My car is 2 years old and for 1 year I have been dealing with driving a wet and moldy car. Now that I finally got the carpets replaced (they refused to do anything about the wet musty seats) it leaked again and spots again smell. Also the side that is leaking has completely rusted out parts below the seat. Honda wont fix it.
I went into the dealer to see about getting rid of the car..they will give me $7500 for it..I owe $11500. So basically I have to pay $4000 to get rid of the car or suck it up and deal with a car that obviously has defective seams/seals.
Im in the process of trying to do a lemon law/magnusson moss warranty act claim but even with that it seems I should not expect to be able to get more than a couple thousand returned to me if Im lucky.
Any suggestions on where to turn or what to do? Am I crazy for feeling ripped off and like they should admit that I obviously was sold a dud car???