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Old 01-30-2019, 09:28 PM   #53 (permalink)
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90 day: 54.26 mpg (US)

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Originally Posted by Xist View Post
How much maintenance would a 60+ MPG car need to not be worth fixing?
Frankly that engine is probably good for 2-300,000 miles with nothing major, just spark plugs and maybe a serpentine belt and cleaning the EGR valve and plate every decade or so. The transmission might want the syncros fixed in another hundred thousand miles, replace the ISB and throwout bearing while you're at it and you're good until gasoline cars are banned globally.

With the hybrid system already disabled it's not any more complicated than your run-of-the-mill 5MT Civic, maybe less.

I will say that some things are more expensive in an Insight. If you need an engine mount they're ~$100 rather than ~$30 for a Civic since there is no aftermarket. Control arms also run about $100, and a clutch is a little more than your typical Honda, presumably from low sales volume.
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