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Old 03-12-2012, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2006 Honda Insight, 5 speed 125,000 miles. I gave 7,999 for it.


Picked this up friday. I was surprised at how dirty the air filter was--but it shouldn't be too hard to swap out. I'll probably go ahead and change the oil and give it a new filter.

Think I should go ahead and put in new sparkplugs as well?

At anyrate, It sure beats driving a v8 truck around as a daily driver

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Think I should go ahead and put in new sparkplugs as well?
Depends on what the car's manual recommends. If they do need replacement, make sure you buy the OEM ones and have them installed the proper way; as they are indexed.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Is that really why you got it? Did you do the math on payback, or was that a factor in the purchase?
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Love the color !
It seems 98% are silver.

Is that a repaint or factory color ? It looks almost like a metallic midnight blue.

Any chances on more pictures ?
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Nice buy! Look forward to many reports of progress from you.

I like these earlier Insights much better than any Toyota.

I really admire the CD figures for your body. Admittedly , when they first came out, I thought they were geeky looking, but now its purity of aero lights me up!
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[IMG]Think I should go ahead and put in new sparkplugs as well?
Depends on whether you know if it's likely to have been serviced according to Honda's service dates. The recommended replacement interval is 105K miles IIRC, so unless you've a good idea that they've been replaced already, it'd be a good idea. As mentioned, they are indexed, and come in A, B, C, and D sizes. The proper size should be stamped on the cylinder head next to the plug hole.

It's also time to check & adjust valve clearance.

Another item to check/replace is the cabin air filter. You have to remove the glove box to get at it, but it's not hard.
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Depends on whether you know if it's likely to have been serviced according to Honda's service dates. The recommended replacement interval is 105K miles IIRC, so unless you've a good idea that they've been replaced already, it'd be a good idea. As mentioned, they are indexed, and come in A, B, C, and D sizes. The proper size should be stamped on the cylinder head next to the plug hole.

It's also time to check & adjust valve clearance.


Another item to check/replace is the cabin air filter. You have to remove the glove box to get at it, but it's not hard.
same thing as performing a valve adjustment?
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Is that really why you got it? Did you do the math on payback, or was that a factor in the purchase?
I did some math. If I drive 15,000 miles a year I save around $179/month in fuel (assuming $3.69/gal. and 18 mpg in the truck and 60mpg in the Insight.)

I understand I could have great savings and a quicker payoff if I were driving a 30-40 mpg cash car. But now I can have fun trying to hit 100 mpg and enjoying the hybrid technology.

I suspect the first generation Honda Insights may hold their value and even become more valuable collectables in my lifetime. I figure it's a good investment either way

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