BCM - I fried it on accident - DO NOT BLOCK BATTERY INTAKE VENTS on accident or on purpose - replaced under warranty $0 65,000 miles
BCM-MCM-Battery replacement *warranty work* free $0 70,000 miles
I may be starting to have EGR valve issues so I'm saving up just in case.
Save up for the possibility of a cat replacement too - VERY! costly.
Insurance - Mine goes on liability only and is actually my CHEAPEST car to insure - check my sig, I also have an Escort wagon not listed in it. Corolla is only car with full coverage & the Metro cost more to insure than the Insight. Driving record has a bit to do with it.
Your local roads account for a LOT on the mileage for these things. Since my battery replacement I have been getting around 63-65MPG (avg 70mph) - manual transmission. Personally, I don't care for Honda's early CVT's. If you opt for one, make sure someone has records to back up MX on the tranny. One of the main reasons I got rid of my Civic Hybrid was the CVT even though I was fanatical about MX. The ride is bumpy, I don't notice it since most of my cars have bumpy rides - the 50psi in th etires doesn't soften the ride either.
If you acheive great MPG with your normal car, you are capable of phenominal MPG with an Insight. The first time you break 80MPG on a tank you'll never want to get rid of it - no matter what the MX cost.
I'd buy an Insight. I do use a truck often enough that I wouldn't have it as my only vehicle, but other than that it should do everything I need. I'm waiting for them to get a bit cheaper, though I doubt they'll ever be very cheap, due to their rarity.
One nice thing is that they were a very basic hybrid design. The Prius absolutely needs its hybrid stuff to move. The Insight is like a 21st century CRX with a flywheel alternator/starter/assist. It even has a normal starter as backup.
A turbocharger complements an Insight well. Imagine having the capability of 0-60 mph in < 7 seconds, without any loss in fuel economy under normal driving conditions.
Personaly, I'd rather build an EV with that kind of cash, but if you absolutely need the range, this would be one of the best cars you could get if FE is your goal. If efficiency AND performance is your goal, turbocharge it.
Toecutter- I never thought I'd hear FE and performance in the same sentence... the last thing I would ever want to do to a dual power souce auto is modify it in a significant way. Anybody have any reservations about purchasing a six year old insight with absurdly low mileage, meaning any knowledge of the IMA batterys loosing charge capability after they aren't driven for long periods of time?
when you say 70MPH Average, do you REALLY mean average? If you're getting 63-65 at an average of 70MPH, then you're doing over 70MPH?? (and under, of course). If this is the case, I'm wondering what people with Insights are averaging for MPG at an average of 65MPHour...which is probably where I'm at. I'd love to have an Insight, but I'm worried about the costly repairs I read about. The cost of replacing the IMA alone is more than what my CRX HF was purchased for.