VX vs. Insight? - Fuelly Forums

Android Users - Coming Soon! - Migrating from aCar 4.8 to 5.0

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-02-2007, 12:05 AM   #1
Driving on E
 
Matt Timion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 3,110
Country: United States
VX vs. Insight?

Recently I posted about me wanting to buy an Insight for a number of reasons.

Read thread here

It has become clear to me that Insights have lots of issues... issues with the catalytic converts, IMA battery packs, and a few other small things. The only problem is that repairs costs an arm and a leg, and the only people who will actually do the work are the dealerships. It's almost impossible to find a mechanic comfortable working on a hybrid.

so, the Insight (A decent one) will cost about $7000-8000. We're looking at 50-60 MPG... possibly more if I do highway driving, which I don't.

Found a 1992 VX (160k on motor) within a 10 hour drive for $2600.









here is a thought... buy the VX... take the z1 engine out of my frankencivic and sell the shell. Take the VX rims off of the frankencivic and swap for the rims/wheels on the VX now. Keep the z1 engine in my garage until I need to replace it. i'll be losing some money on the frankencivic sell, but that's assuming it'll sell anyway. Besides, having a spare engine isn't bad, is it?

Meh... this whole decision making process sucks...

With a VX, I KNOW that if something breaks I can fix it myself... or it can be done cheaply at a shop. With an Insight... not so sure. A new Cat for an obd1 Civic VX would be cheap. Besides, I already have one here... thanks Bunger.

Cost wise, it makes perfect sense to go for the VX. I'm starting to think that it makes sense emotionally too, as I wouldn't have to worry about little gremlins in the VX as much as I would the Insight.

feedback appreciated.
__________________

Matt Timion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 12:37 AM   #2
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 262
Country: United States
The red VX looks like real clean, I would go with the VX, save money and when you will be ready, buy a Prius in a few years (a new one maybe).

On the other hand, the Insight is great car with big potenciel, more expansive, but worth more than a new (most).
__________________

GasSavers_BIBI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 12:44 AM   #3
Supporting Member
 
cfg83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,779
Country: United States
Matt -

I'm not the smart one in this, but it sounds like the VX gives you more control over your destiny. Nothing to say you can't get an Insight later. Maybe someone will come up a cheaper 3rd party battery solution by then.

CarloSW2
__________________
Old School SW2 EPA ... New School Civic EPA :

What's your EPA MPG? http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/calculatorSelectYear.jsp
cfg83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 12:46 AM   #4
Driving on E
 
Matt Timion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 3,110
Country: United States
Quote:
Originally Posted by BIBI View Post
The red VX looks like real clean, I would go with the VX, save money and when you will be ready, buy a Prius in a few years (a new one maybe).

On the other hand, the Insight is great car with big potenciel, more expansive, but worth more than a new (most).
I'm really starting to think that if money (saving it) is a big factor, which it is... then the VX makes the most sense.

I could remove my z1 from the frankencivic for a spare, and sell off what I don't need... sell the shell for $300 or so...maybe less. it's wired for obd1 after all. It all seems like a very viable option. Now I just need to get the VX purchased.
Matt Timion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 02:54 AM   #5
Driving on E
 
Matt Timion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 3,110
Country: United States
Quote:
Originally Posted by theclencher View Post
trend is towards budget and away from dream car now?

tempo/topaz!
budget has always been a big factor. going this route would allow me an extra 3-4k to throw towards my existing debt... which paying off now would greatly benefit me.

I could always view the VX as a transitional vehicle until all of my debt is paid off... and then maybe I can get a junker Insight and fix it myself.
Matt Timion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 04:26 AM   #6
Junior Mint
 
dogncatboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 105
Country: United States
If money is the issue [when isn't it?] get the VX. No worries about future battery replacement and it is a breeze to work on. Best of all you can get the debt monkey off of your back while at it. It sounds like you already have a solid plan, you just haven't bought into it yet.
__________________
... D'oh!
dogncatboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 05:39 AM   #7
Registered Member
 
UfoTofU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 330
Country: United States
You sound about as indecisive as me, it literally takes me 20 minutes to decide on what kind of ice cream or beer I want to try at the store, my girlfriend loves it.

If I were in your position I would go the VX route.

What is wrong with the Frankencivic though?

From the sounds of it your answer is already in your posession.
__________________
- UfoTofU

UfoTofU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 05:59 AM   #8
...
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 425
Country: United States
Quote:
Originally Posted by UfoTofU View Post
... Frankencivic ...
From the sounds of it your answer is already in your posession.
A "feel good" purchase or just buying to achieve change will not help your situation. I believe the best advice of all is quoted above .just sayin...
MnFocus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 06:21 AM   #9
*shrug*
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,195
Country: United States
Insight!
SVOboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 06:29 AM   #10
Driving on E
 
Matt Timion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 3,110
Country: United States
Quote:
Originally Posted by UfoTofU View Post
What is wrong with the Frankencivic though?

From the sounds of it your answer is already in your posession.
a few things.

It's died on me twice

I dont like it... i smells.

I want an airbag... this is 2007 after all.

I don't have time to track down wiring gremlins.

Aerodynamics on it suck.

I leaks water when it rains.

it leaks coolant.

oh, and I'm sick of working on it. It was a great learning experience, but I've been over that car for a year now.
__________________

Matt Timion is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
partial fuel up... pbfoot Fuelly Web Support and Community News 6 12-29-2013 11:54 PM
U.S. Cars Show No Fuel-Efficiency Gains in 2006 MetroMPG Automotive News, Articles and Products 3 04-26-2007 12:15 PM
0 to 99 mpg GasSavers_Kraig General Fuel Topics 8 09-17-2006 06:50 AM
Let the games begin! Matt Timion General Fuel Topics 3 08-18-2006 08:22 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.