I have honda fit GP1 (Manufacture year - 2013) and well maintained. 78000km is done up to now and I normally use 10W30 synthetic oil. as I feel engine oil is burning faster than normal vehicle. After service I can run nearly 3000km without refuel engine oil. here is my problem.

last week when I drive suddenly I see engine check light turn on and in my IMA shows

VSA warning

after that I can not drive car because when I accelerate car does not go foreword. After I carry car to technician he said that this is common problem for Honda Fit GP1 modal, you have to replace piston set and do engine overall.. :( what is the problem here and what should I do..?

Note: technician showed me spark plugs and said oil is leaked to spark plugs. After he washed all spark plugs, then issue was fixed.

  • The technician told you what the problem is... Up to you to decide if you want to do that work or get another car.
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 20, 2018 at 8:25

3 Answers 3


Before you look at having any overhaul or similar done at a third party it's worth checking with your local Honda dealership as there is a recall for the Fit GP1 regarding the oil consumption issue.

Basically there is a flaw in the design of the pistons which allows a dirty sludge/deposit to form on piston ring, this means the ring doesn't seal properly and oil then leaks into the combustion chamber (initially manifesting as oil consumption and ultimately misfires and a general failure to proceed).

I believe the first steps they take is to clean the pistons/rings/plugs (and then presumably cross fingers and hope it doesn't happen again) or if it reoccurs then they replace the pistons and rings with an updated design.


To expand upon my earlier thoughts it's worth clarifying what the technician actually did - if they only cleaned the plugs then the buildup on the pistons/rings is still there and the problem **will* be back relatively soon. The pistons rings and oil return hole also need cleaning or oil will start building up on the plugs straight away.

  • So, basically what the technician told the OP...
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 20, 2018 at 10:27
  • @SolarMike yep but with added "why" and bonus recall info Dec 20, 2018 at 12:33

Thank you @motosubatsu for your answer. I checked with my local Honda dealer about free repair and they said that because of that Gray import there will not be free repair.. :(

I think they only clear spark plugs and did engine tune up. what is the best solution for this.. ? is it clean pistons/rings or replace them.. ?

lets say I replace those pistons and is there any chance to occur that problem again.. ? what is your suggestion about use this vehicle for long time or is it good to change vehicle. because I can not afford more repairs like this..

  • I have experienced the same problem and contacted Stafford Motor(Honda agent in SL) . They said that Honda has officially sent a proper modified parts to solved this problem.Now they have a permanent solution for this which is replacing rings,pistons and few other parts.Even though this is a design failure they charge this for around LKR200,000/= which is unacceptable. Jan 1, 2019 at 5:41

Before spending money on any major repair. Try this:

Drain whatever engine oil is left in the engine. If you have good level of clean oil then you don't need to drain.

Fill the engine with 2 litres of flushing oil aka cheapest engine oil that you can get - it must be thin oil.

Add engine flush. I used a can of WHIZ. Now keep your vehicle on a flat surface, and idle the engine for 3 to 5 min.

Drain oil. In my case to my horror the oil was all black.

Refill with 5w-30 synthetic oil. Do not go for thicker oil like 10w or higher. 0w 20 for areas with cold weather. I live in Karachi, Pakistan so this suits me during winters.

Enjoy your ride. Keep monitoring oil level and oil color. It should stay fresh Monitor your vehicle. I experienced better mileage and still monitoring oil level as it's just one day has passed.

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