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Old 05-14-2008, 04:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Delta Flyer View Post
Driving an Insight with MIMA I'd liken to having a low-powerd PC running linux - great if you know what you are doing, but disaster if you don't.

The first couple of years (2000-2001), the Insight had traction pack problems because the software let the state of charge get down to 15%, but the factory recall has it at 40% like Toyota. Also, people that tend to lug 5-speeds, stress the pack - that's why Honda no longer makes 5-speed hybrids.

Actually, I use the Assist sparingly to nudge my Insight into the lean burn zone.
Welcome to EM! I had no idea that was the reason. I thought it was because they were giving up and copy-catting the Toyota Hybrid design and dropping the manual to simplify the production line.


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