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Owner: mpg_numbers_guy
Dreamsight: 2006 Honda Insight MT
Displacement: 1 L
Fuel type: gas/electric hybrid
Transmission: manual
Curb weight: 1881 lbs
Coefficient of drag: 0.25
Frontal area: 20 sq.ft.
Description: Note: IMA system disabled, gasoline only.

Bought with 254K miles for $1500. Mechanically perfect. 99% rust free for being a Michigan car. 1 owner except for the guy I bought it from owned it for 1 week and didn't like it. Has none of the common issues with Insights - no oil leak, no transmission grind, no wet seatbelt issue, almost no rust, rear hatch works, power locks and windows work. Body needs a little work - paint is scuffed and needs to be buffed and retouched (partially fixed). Fender skirts are bolted in place (fixed). One rearview mirror is bondoed back on (removed). Front pumper is pitted and I am hoping to repaint or replace it eventually (partially touched up).

254,800 - valves adjusted, new 12V battery installed
255,000 - ground straps replaced
255,500 - brighter reverse LEDs installed
256,000 - panoramic rear view mirror installed
256,100 - passenger mirror deleted
256,200 - smaller driver's side mirror installed
256,300 - license plate light replaced with LED
256,400 - Regen switch wired up and rear belly pan installed
256,500 - Car detailed and paint touched up
256,600 - Scott's belly pan installed
257,500 - LED brake lights & running lights installed
258,500 - Front-mid belly pan installed (connects Scott's to mid area panels), LED headlights installed, custom center armrest & console installed
259,300 - WHITE/GREEN wire on DC-DC cut to keep 12V fully charged

Best tank: 85.74 MPG (709.7 miles, filled on 5/10/2019).
Best long trip (>100 miles): 92.5 MPG (319.2 miles, 5/5/2019).
Best short trip (<100 miles): 106.6 MPG (6.5 miles, 5/18/2019).
Build Thread: 2006 Honda Insight MT Build Thread
Current Mods: Fuel Economy:
  • Bridgestone Potenzas @ 80 PSI.
  • Lower grille block
  • Warm air intake w/ resonator bypassed
  • Rear wiper delete
  • Rear belly pan
  • Passenger mirror delete
  • Smaller driver's side mirror
  • Scott's belly pan (link to buy)
  • IMA disabled (improved highway fuel economy)
  • Brake reduction clips (link to buy)
  • K&N air filter
  • Full synthetic oil (0w20, Honda recommended)
  • Front-mid belly pan (connects Scott's to mid area panels)
  • Cut WHITE/GREEN wire on DC-DC converter to maintain full charge ouput
Comfort & Convenience
  • Rubber floor mats
  • Panoramic rear view mirror, removes blind spots (link to buy)
  • Paint touched up with OEM Honda Rally Red (Civic SI coupe OEM color). Very close match to the Insight's New Formula Red
  • Ecomodder window sticker
  • Modified center console from 6th gen Civic w/ custom armrest
  • Brighter LED reverse lights (link to buy)
  • LED license plate light
  • White LED front parking lights (link to buy)
  • Front side parking lights delete
  • LED "CK" non-polarity-specific brake/taillights (link to buy)
  • LED headlights (link to buy)
Instrumentation (besides factory):
  • Scangauge II (curtesy of Ecomodder & Linear Logic: Ecomodder 11th Anniversary Contest)
  • Torque Lite app as an altimeter (hypermiling tool for hilly and mountainous driving)

Planned Mods: Fuel Economy:
  • Arduino IMA bypass
  • Gut IMA area except for DC-DC converter
  • Scangauge Lean Burn Indicator X-Gauge
  • Modify climate control wiring to prevent AutoStop
  • Modify ambient temp with resistor to get lean burn on cold days
Comfort & Convenience
  • Rewire brake light button
  • Add sound deadening to the rear
  • Recarpet new rear floor area
  • Build frame to surround DC-DC converter, including:
    • Carpeted top
    • Vented sides made up of screen and black plastic mesh.
  • Upgraded speakers
  • Front & rear window curtains (for when parked)
  • Coroplast side window blocks (for when parked)
  • Interior LED lighting
  • Trunk LED light bar
Official Fuel Economy Ratings
EPA city 48 mpg(US)
EPA highway 58 mpg(US)
EPA combined 52 mpg(US)

Actual Fuel Economy Performance
Lifetime 79.6 mpg(US)
Last 3 tanks 85.96 mpg(US)
90 days 82.95 mpg(US)
View Fuel Log
Last updated: May 20, 2019

(Created: 2018-11-22 15:18:42 / Modified: 2019-05-20 22:11:50)

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