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Old 06-08-2012, 10:04 PM   #181 (permalink)
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EDIT: I have to wonder if there isn't some other reason that Honda did this, since it's not well thought out from a safety or efficiency standpoint. It almost seems like they needed to see a 12v load on cold starts for some other reason and just said, "hey, why don't we use the rear defroster on a timer for our load?"
Oho, that is crafty! The emissions regulations require lighting off the cat within a certain amount of time, which is hard to do when you're sipping fuel so slowly. The regulations ought to require you to light off the cat before a certain cumulative emissions threshold is reached, which would put gas misers at an advantage. It would also allow Honda to enable auto stop at lower temperatures.

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Old 06-08-2012, 11:55 PM   #182 (permalink)
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Darin... you've had this car over a year but you still haven't updated your avatar??
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Super late reply: fixed it!
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:23 PM   #184 (permalink)
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Is this rear defrost for 25 minute something that you can't know when its happening? No lights in the dash?
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:34 PM   #185 (permalink)
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Rear defrost does not come on automatically in my Insight. (2000)

Checked with multimeter at the defrost leads. Did not drive the car but started and ran it for 5 minutes.

My guess is that there was a translation error which meant to say that the defrost is on a timer that shuts off after 25 minutes.
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:34 PM   #186 (permalink)
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why did I get rid of the Insight?

Had a private question from another forum member, but I figure the answer in public is potentially more useful...

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Hey Metro, what happened to your insight. I just popped on to see what others had and had to say about them and noticed that you "retired" yours, what's up with that?

I'll have quite a weekly commute staring up in a couple of weeks and was looking at getting a 00-03 Insight. There is one a few hours away from me for $3800, low miles and the IMA light is one. The owner said he simply disconnected the battery and runs it straight motor with no working assist etc.
No reason other than I bought it on impulse, really enjoyed modding & piloting it, but ultimately decided I had too many vehicles. (I knew that when I bought it, but rationalized it anyway! You don't pass up the chance to own a "fuel economy Ferrari".)

Despite how much I liked the Insight, I decided to keep the Firefly/Metro: slightly less efficient, but only ~10% of the distance on its odometer.

As you may have seen from this thread, you might just be able to get a "dead" pack working again, in a diminished capacity: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...a-19975-2.html

And keep it going indefinitely with a grid charger.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:47 PM   #187 (permalink)
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Thank you kind Sir, i so totally can relate to that! :{)

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