cghstang_chris Dork
9/5/19 1:19 p.m.

2000 Honda Insight -

I'm putting the sale of this car on hold; need to keep driving it for the time being.

Will update post when it's back on the market.

pictures: google photos link

vin based history info scan and rebuild info:

120,000 miles

5 speed manual transmission

Rebuilt Title. I have all documentation including photographs from rebuild due to deer strike: new hood, headlights, & core support.

Exhaust is loose and could use some work, parts included.

Bumblebee replacement hybrid battery.

Hybrid Automotive grid charger with discharge harness.

IMA light has been coming on frequently. I use a switch to keep the hybrid system disabled most of the time.

Gaz rear shocks and Matiz rear springs.

OEM wheels with old LRR tires

Extra set of rear wheel covers (spats).

Some other suspension parts that I haven't yet messed with; complete cvt struts, civic si front springs that may or  may not work, corolla rear sway bar, etc.

JVC CD player, replacement door speakers. 

I have averaged 55mpg over the last 20,000 miles with normal driving techniques. Higher mileage possible with LRR tires and more conservative driving.

This is a cool little car with its fair share of quirks.

Posting it here on the off chance that someone wants it because when I’m actually ready to sell it I might just donate it to goodwill.


If anyone is actually interested, I'll take some current pics.

Old pic with different wheels/tires:

EvanB MegaDork
9/5/19 2:18 p.m.

Enough goodwill auction cars grace my driveway that you could just consider me goodwill and donate it to me...

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
9/5/19 2:33 p.m.

Someone should scoop this up

I would, but I already have too many cars that I can’t drive

tdrrally HalfDork
9/5/19 2:38 p.m.

that kind of MPG would be nice for my drives to Pittsburgh 

clutchsmoke SuperDork
9/5/19 3:01 p.m.

Good deal for that little aluminum gem!

chandler PowerDork
9/5/19 5:13 p.m.

Crap, I’m in Fairborn but the dolly is already full!

EvanB MegaDork
9/5/19 6:02 p.m.
chandler said:

Crap, I’m in Fairborn but the dolly is already full!

Does the vehicle on the dolly have a trailer hitch on it?

cghstang_chris Dork
9/5/19 8:29 p.m.

Okay, this generated more than zero interest which was unexpected. 

I have two sets of wheel covers, neither is on the car right now. I was going to cut one set out to 'normal' wheel arch openings.

The exhaust is loose at the 'donut' gasket after the 1st catalytic converter. The muffler was also cut off by one of the PO's. It was clamped on (poorly) for the first 2 years of my ownership and has been off for the last 2. The car sounds a bit agricultural currently, mostly due to the leak up front. Removing the muffler didn't do much for the sound.

Paint is mostly ok I think. My daughter put a couple of scratches on the passenger side with her scooter or bike or something. See pics.

I've gotten P1447 and P1449 IMA codes.  I didn't get the grid charger early enough to maintain the back before it got out of balance and I'm pretty sure at this point that a couple of sticks are just bad. I haven't been on the insight forum much recently but it seems that the bumblebee batteries have not fared as well as oem honda batteries. I'm not interested in pulling the pack, testing all the sticks, and putting in unmatched ebay sticks but that would be a viable option for someone else. If there was anything close to a supported DIY lithium pack swap I would be all over it. The car was pretty decent when the battery was strong and with a current hack it could be downright entertaining. If I end up keeping it and doing anything significant to improve the car it will be getting a Honda Civic manual trans swap or a Fit gearset swap into an insight case. 

cghstang_chris Dork
9/5/19 8:34 p.m.

Oh yeah, It has a bunch of the typical insight faults: wet seatbelt syndrome,leaks around the rear quarter windows, non functioning hatch release, only a couple strips of the defrost work.

But no crunchy synchros.

rustybuckets Reader
9/7/19 12:17 p.m.

Dumb question because I know so little about these. Does it drive with a bad battery pack? I assume it does but with worse gas mileage? And how intensive is battery repair? I weirdly love the yellow wheels lol 

Adelphie2 New Reader
9/8/19 7:28 p.m.

Looks a like a new one. Though already run 120000 miles. 

Ignatius_reilly None
9/8/19 9:37 p.m.

Carter needs a small fuel efficient ride that doesn't have much room, but Jamie might kill me so...

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