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Old 12-29-2018, 02:27 PM   #52 (permalink)
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deals are out there

I dunno if I ever posted what I paid for mine, but FYI I got a very good deal on my 2000 Insight. I wasn't shopping for one (also, they're exceedingly rare in Canada, with fewer than 500 sold here). It just dropped in my lap.

269k km / 167k miles on it, a trade-in at a local used car dealer -- traded because the IMA was light on, and the previous owner panicked from the Honda dealer quote for a new pack (which was tired, but not damaged - rebalancing brought it back enough to be serviceable). The EGR was plugged, so it didn't drive well (bucked).

Result: broken, oddball car, and the little used car dealership just wanted to get rid of it.

I cleaned the EGR, cleared the IMA codes, replaced the front brake pads, and it passed inspection. (After it passed, I pulled the pack and re-balanced it.)

It was cosmetically excellent too, and dealer-maintained by the book. The 2nd gear prob had been repaired at the dealership. The entire car had been repainted a few years before because a temporary car shelter (tube & tarp) it was parked under fell on top of it in a wind storm. (Definition of irony?)

I paid $1400 for it, and that was 7 years ago (holy cow, time flies). Deals are out there!
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