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Owner: mpg_numbers_guy
Dreamsight (Personal Driving): 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

Best trip so far: 90.9 MPG over 31.6 miles, all back roads. Temp ~ 50 F.
Build Thread: 2006 Honda Insight MT Build Thread
Current Mods: Fuel Economy:
  • Bridgestone Potenzas @ 80 PSI.
  • Lower grille block
  • Warm air intake
  • 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)
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
  • Modified center console from 6th gen Civic w/ custom armrest
Lighting:Instrumentation (besides factory):
  • Scangauge II (curtesy of Ecomodder & Linear Logic: Ecomodder 11th Anniversary Contest)
  • Torque Lite app as an altimeter (hypermiling tool)

Planned Mods:
  • Full IMA delete & Meanwell PSU alternator:
  • Rebuild floor with foam board, plywood, and carpet, lower post IMA delete
  • Arduino board set up to send a 100% IMA SOC to the ECU to run the most efficient engine map
  • Cut rear springs to relower rear after IMA delete.
  • Upgrade speakers
  • Experiment with boattail using coroplast, aluminum, and wood.
Official Fuel Economy Ratings
EPA city 48 mpg(US)
EPA highway 58 mpg(US)
EPA combined 52 mpg(US)

Actual Fuel Economy Performance
Lifetime 78.05 mpg(US)
Last 3 tanks 81.37 mpg(US)
90 days 78.05 mpg(US)
View Fuel Log
Last updated: Mar 17, 2019

(Created: 2018-11-22 15:18:42 / Modified: 2019-03-17 14:01:32)

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