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#144 of 181 Rough engine vibration when engaing & releasing gas pedal
May 26, 2009 (2:48 pm)
On weekend, we went to a local Honda dealer to test drive the 2010 Insight (we picked a base model). After driving it a few blocks, both myself & my wife came to the same conclusion about the following 2 annoying things about this latest Insight:
(1) First, when engaging & releasing gas pedal from standing still, there was a brief sub-second moment when the engine would vibrate like its spark plugs were misfiring, a symptom that one would only see in high-mileage cars. I can't say for sure if it is just an isolated incidence or a common problem across all Insights due to rough transitioning between gas & electric motors.
(2) Second, we really don't like the 2 blind spots on both sides in the rear which make us feel uncomfortable in changing lanes or backing out.
We would like to find if there are others who may share the same concern about the new Insight.
#145 of 181 Re: Rough engine vibration when engaing & releasing gas pedal [dhsieh9]
May 27, 2009 (3:24 pm)
1. The gas shuts off whenever you come to a stop to preserve fuel. It also turns back on when you release the brake. That's the noise you're hearing. It's not an isolated incident. It will happen all the time you have the Econ mode on.
2. I work this out by spinning within my seat instead of trying to look in between the driver and passenger seats. I move my body forward and turn my head so that I can see out both sides of the driver's seat head-rest to give me better peripheral vision when backing out.
#146 of 181 Re: Rough engine vibration when engaing & releasing gas pedal [galileo5]
May 28, 2009 (9:18 am)
Interesting, I wonder if Prius has the same issue with these 2 annoyances I observed on Insight since they are similar in body style and also use hybrid technology albeit with different design.
#147 of 181 May-2009 Sales
Jun 02, 2009 (7:19 pm)
In May-2009, 2700 + Insights were sold. Thats nowhere near Honda's target of 8,000 units / month.
But in Japan, its one of the best selling vehicles. Whats wrong with US sales, are they overpricing it, or they dont bring enough units here.
Please write to Honda if possible to ensure that more units are allocated to US and prices are made affordable.
#148 of 181 Re: May-2009 Sales [yerth10]
Jun 02, 2009 (8:29 pm)
I had the chance to test drive & compare both cars in my local dealers last weekend. I must say that with extra 2k+, Prius has much more appealing cabin design. They are roomier with higher quality interior material and have plenty extra std. options than the Insight. This is not to mention that even the base Prius has alloy wheels & rear disk brakes while Insight only comes with rear drum brakes and steel wheels. As for ride quality, Insight seems to be a little more sporty. However when factoring in everything, I think most families would prefer Prius over Insight if they can afford the extra 2k since those who buy hybrid cars would probably care less about the performance but rather more on the mileage per gallon, a definite advantage for Prius. This also explains why our local Toyota dealer sold out their 3 allocated 2010 Prius on the 1st weekend they arrived. According to the Toyota sales person, there are many dozens buyers who have already placed their orders. For the 2nd time, Honda is still playing catch up in this ever more important hybrid market and in my opinion, it still doesn't have what it takes to overtake Toyota.
#149 of 181 Honda Insight after 1 week of ownership
Jun 26, 2009 (7:24 pm)
I have owned my Insight for 1 week now. Some observations: C pillar has a blind spot, inside mirror quivers, electronic steering is vague. Fairly quiet ride except on acceleration. 2 sets of golf clubs require the back seat to be down. However, first tankful gave 45.5mpg. Second tank has 200 miles and is about the same. Car is nice looking. Not a sports car. Acceleration not great. It is what it is: 45.5mpg.
Jul 30, 2009 (6:02 am)
I have several questions concerning the 2010 Honda Insight, but this forum does not clearly distinguish between the new(2010) Insight and the original(two seater)Insight. Why not divide it intotwo categories.
#151 of 181 2010 Honda Global Small Hybrid
May 01, 2009 (7:29 pm)
#152 of 181 2010 Honda Insight
Jun 22, 2008 (4:31 pm)
The new Global hybrid will probably retain the insight name. Less mileage but will have room for 4 doors and a back seat. Uses a hatchback configuration. Power is by a version of the current Civic Hybrid's engine. Not much more info but should come out by 2009 as an 2010 model. They may change the name though.
#153 of 181 Re: 2010 Honda Insight [rv65]
Aug 06, 2008 (11:27 am)
This hybrid should be smaller than the prius and should have Outstanding mileage. Larger than the current insight but has a back seat and should have better performance. Honda has found a way to make their hybrid system cheaper, lighter, and smaller which helps drive this hybrid's costs down. It will start at under 20K. Not too many options. Maybe a leather model, a tech package that includes navigation, bluetooth etc, and maybe thats about it. Info is still scarce but it's coming out anyways.