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Old 01-03-2013, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Honda Insight....

Looking at buying one....an older one in the 3K-5K range. Anything I should be aware of? How many miles do they last? Auto vs manual? Etc. Will be an 80-mile a day commuter car. Hybrid also needed for carpool lane. Shaves off an easy 20-30min a day here in Los Angeles.

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Old 01-03-2013, 11:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The regular hybrids no longer qualify for single occupancy carpool lane use. You need to look into plug-in hybrids, electrics and CNG cars.
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Not familiar with the carpool regs.

But if you're shopping: get a manual. Better mileage, more engaging, many other benefits.

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Why don't you just carpool.
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I do carpool sometimes, but 9mpg in my friend's 1970 Challenger, or 16mpg in my 4x4 diesel isn't the best option. They sound like pretty good cars, thanks for the advice MetroMPG
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I use to cycle 40 miles to work and 40 miles back home. If you did that in LA the smog would burn your lungs out. When I lived in LA I carpooled every day, there were 3 of us in the car, sometimes 4. Your post reminds me of when the guy that worked for the undertaker and got a ticket for using the carpool lane. The Judge said the people had to be alive in order to use the lane..
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How is public transit in LA? It works in the Phoenix area for getting to and from school, but I can hardly think of anywhere else to use it, even though I already paid for it.

I once heard that my uncle was riding his bike an hour and a half each way, my jaw dropped, and my sister explained that I was envious. Now, when I ask her about riding my bike somewhere she comes up with some reason not to.

PS, when I came home from Active Duty I took her dogs running. They were noticeably calmer, but she put obstacles there, too.
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Why don't you get a motorcycle? If I remember correctly, they're allowed into the carpool lanes.
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I've been surprised by the number of Insights I see here in western Wisconsin. A few red ones, at least three silver ones, today I spotted a dark blue one at the local waterin' hole. Thought about stopping by and staring through his windows, or maybe going in for a drink and/or discussion, but had the significant other with me...

So many small things on those cars add up to major savings. Would love to try to build fenders that mimic the Insight.

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