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#109 of 181 Honda Insight wheel skirts
Aug 17, 2005 (11:52 am)
Something to consider before buying a Honda Insight: The rear wheel skirts are attached with two quarter-turn screws that evidently are prone to release. I just lost a wheel skirt on the freeway this past week after having my tires rotated. Thankfully, the airborne skirt did not strike another car, but it was totally destroyed. Cost to replace the skirt and the two bolts: $275. This event totally wiped out my savings on gasoline for the past six months. I read in the Edmund's road test review of the Insight back in 2000 that the team experienced the loss of a wheel skirt during their 15,000 mile test.
Also of note: I bought the car used and wanted to replace the cabin air filter. The dealer had to order the filter and it took a week to arrive. I was expecting the skirt and bolts take at least as long. Oddly, the wheel skirt and the bolts ($15 each) were in stock in the local warehouse. That's seems peculiar for a car with such a limited production run.
I'd like to get some feedback from Honda Insight owners who have had the same experience, to see how extensive this problem may be.
#110 of 181 Re: Honda Insight wheel skirts [txhondafan]
Aug 17, 2005 (1:33 pm)
I would hit up the tire people for sloppy workmanship. You may get something from your insurance on Comprehensive. May not be worth the hassle.
#111 of 181 Re: Honda Insight wheel skirts [gagrice]
Sep 01, 2005 (6:12 pm)
Is it still possible to order a new Honda Insight through the dealer or are they completely gone?? What is the MSRP if they are still available?? Thanks...
#112 of 181 They are still available.....Honda sold 80 of them in August
Sep 02, 2005 (6:07 am)
Honda sold 80 of them in August, so they are still around....
#113 of 181 price for new insight
Sep 02, 2005 (7:15 am)
I was wondering if anyone on here has purchased a new Insight recently and what price they have paid? Im going to stat looking and wanted to get an idea what i would expect.
#114 of 181 Re: price for new insight [mike025]
Sep 02, 2005 (7:25 am)
I was quoted MSRP( Baytown ) with $1,000 deposit to special order a 5-speed manual. The automatics did not seel weel here and at least one car dealer has three sitting on their lot; I think one of each color. ( Gillman Houston)
However, I really don't think you can order a 2005; production has stopped. Probably could order a 2006, but the wait migth be 3-6 months.
P.S.- I drove a used 5-speed, but apparently it wasn't very well maintiained. When it started up the was a lot of valve clatter; either the oil was now low or it had become low in the past. I passed on buying.
P.S.S. - I think the insight is awesome in mileage, features and styling. My wife said I would not be happy with the performance though; she is usually right!
#115 of 181 Re: Honda Insight wheel skirts [txhondafan]
Sep 16, 2005 (2:23 pm)
One of my wheel skirts flew off at about 70mph. (unrecovered)
Two things can cause this: 1) turning too sharp and running over a curb will loosen the structure. 2) Service techs do not care about the cars they work on and when rotating tires fail to tighted bolts.
#116 of 181 What happened to inventory
Sep 30, 2005 (10:31 am)
Are they going to manufacture 2006 model Insights.
Will it sell with the 2nd gen Civic Hybrid boasting 50 MPG and costing the same amount of money.
#117 of 181 Insight question for owners
Oct 04, 2005 (3:46 am)
I really want a 2006 Insight. As they are order only I cannot test drive it. Also, there are no used ones in the tristate area, my dealer searched last night. I want to know if it is too small of a car. I have a 2dr civic now and love it. I have never put anyone in the back seat, maybe threw a sweatshirt back there, but that is about it. My husband has a pickup truck, so if i get the Insight we will both have cars that cannot fit more than 2 people. (opposites attract, his car gets 12mpg on a good day!) But we have no children or dogs. The price difference between the Insight and the Civic hybrid are pretty darn close, but the civic only comes in 4 door and is really plain looking. Basically, what I want to know is if anyone feels that their Insight is too small? I need to get my order in ASAP and cannot make a decision.
#118 of 181 Does Honda intend to redesign the Insight?
Oct 20, 2005 (11:52 am)
Does anyone know if Honda is intending to redesign the Insight, or come out with an all new hybrid-specific model? IMO, Honda needs to do this in order to compete with Toyota in the hybrid market. The current Insight (if you can even get one) has 6+ year-old technology and needs a facelift. The new Civic Hybrid makes no economic sense to me when compared to the Civic LX (only 11 mpg better in highway mileage). The Prius on the other hand is a good car, but too big for my needs.
What would make sense is an all new Insight capable of EPA mileage of at least 75 to 80 mpg. It would be the perfect commuter car. Are you listening Honda???