1st Generation Honda Insight

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Randalla
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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by Randalla » Sun May 03, 2020 10:14 am

Lisa and I headed out to Bartlett Lake yesterday and the little guy did good. This morning I changed out the rear engine mount, which is a known weak point on these cars causing the engine to rock back and forth and clunk under acceleration. The rubber and metal on the old mount had completely separated. Constantly amazed how easy these cars are to work on and how inexpensive to repair (except the battery if you need one.) Put well over a 100 miles on the car yesterday. The AC even does a good job of keeping up. Contemplating Dynamatting the interior to quiet road noise.
1967 1/2 Roadster- 1600 4 cyl.
1971 Series I 240Z - 240 I-6
1972 240Z- 280 I-6
1975 280Z SCARAB- 350 V-8
1975 280Z - I-6
2003 350Z Track- VQ V-6
2005 Mazda Speed Miata- Turbo 4 cyl.

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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by L320-Dale » Sun May 03, 2020 5:47 pm

That's great! They are fun little cars.
Dale - Gilbert, Az
1965 L320 - Bamboo Tan / 1972 1200 - Sun-light Blue / 1970 240Z - Silver

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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by Randalla » Wed May 06, 2020 3:59 pm

My brother and I road tripped the Insight today (250 miles). We took the same route some of us drove on one of our recent runs. 60 east to the 177, south to Winkleman, then the 77 north into Globe for lunch at Guayo's, then back home. Today was a good test with a good number of fairly steep grades and hot temperatures. The car performed flawlessly and returned over 43 miles per gallon. Was hoping for a bit better MPG, but with my heavy foot and the AC on the entire trip I guess that's not too bad. I'd not seen another Insight since purchasing mine, but of all places, we saw a silver one parked at a residence in Superior.
1967 1/2 Roadster- 1600 4 cyl.
1971 Series I 240Z - 240 I-6
1972 240Z- 280 I-6
1975 280Z SCARAB- 350 V-8
1975 280Z - I-6
2003 350Z Track- VQ V-6
2005 Mazda Speed Miata- Turbo 4 cyl.

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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by AZhitman » Wed May 06, 2020 8:50 pm

Little things make a huge difference in mpg on those...

Make sure the belly pan is intact and secured firmly, run the tires a little overinflated, and read up on lean-burn driving (the hypermiler forums are a rabbit hole of cool info). :)

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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by Randalla » Fri May 08, 2020 11:12 am

Front belly pan is off the car currently and tires are set at 38 lbs. per spec. The tires are Michelins, not the OE Bridgestone low rolling resistance tires. I've read that running the OE tires can add up to 10 MPG.
1967 1/2 Roadster- 1600 4 cyl.
1971 Series I 240Z - 240 I-6
1972 240Z- 280 I-6
1975 280Z SCARAB- 350 V-8
1975 280Z - I-6
2003 350Z Track- VQ V-6
2005 Mazda Speed Miata- Turbo 4 cyl.

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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by AZhitman » Fri May 08, 2020 8:45 pm

Yep, get a belly pan - I think there's a forum post that has a pdf plan so you can DIY it.

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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by Randalla » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:54 am

Had my fun with the Insight and have decided to sell it. Have improved it a lot. Pass the word to anyone you think may be interested. Thanks!
1967 1/2 Roadster- 1600 4 cyl.
1971 Series I 240Z - 240 I-6
1972 240Z- 280 I-6
1975 280Z SCARAB- 350 V-8
1975 280Z - I-6
2003 350Z Track- VQ V-6
2005 Mazda Speed Miata- Turbo 4 cyl.

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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by Randalla » Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:55 pm

SOLD today! Gonna miss the little guy.
1967 1/2 Roadster- 1600 4 cyl.
1971 Series I 240Z - 240 I-6
1972 240Z- 280 I-6
1975 280Z SCARAB- 350 V-8
1975 280Z - I-6
2003 350Z Track- VQ V-6
2005 Mazda Speed Miata- Turbo 4 cyl.

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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by insitu_az » Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:19 pm

I'm sure you will miss that gas mileage. ;)
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Re: 1st Generation Honda Insight

Post by Randalla » Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:49 pm

No doubt.
1967 1/2 Roadster- 1600 4 cyl.
1971 Series I 240Z - 240 I-6
1972 240Z- 280 I-6
1975 280Z SCARAB- 350 V-8
1975 280Z - I-6
2003 350Z Track- VQ V-6
2005 Mazda Speed Miata- Turbo 4 cyl.

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