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#78 of 90 Re: Low MPG on 2010 Honda Insight [lsmookler]
Oct 25, 2011 (8:57 am)
Yes Lewis, A/C will drop your mileage. The hotter the temps, the harder the A/C has to work, and the more it will rob your MPGs. It also does something else too. It sometimes causes your engine not to shut off when stopped at a traffic light, which it usually does to save gas. This means you will be often idling, and therefore further robbing your gas mileage. This is because the engine needs to run in order to run the A/C. So the engine keeps running to keep you comfortable. ...Unless you are in the ECO mode.
In the ECO mode, the engine is MORE likely to shut off when stopped at a light in order to save gas (although not always). But at the disadvantage of making you warm during that time. You will cool down again when you get moving again. But keep in mind that even in the ECO mode there are often times when the engine only shuts down for 14 seconds before restarting. Other times it wll still will not shut down at all. (It has to do with the humidity -- the car tries to make sure that you don't fog up your windows while sitting at a light.)
So yes, 12mpgs makes sense. I'm assuming nothing else about your driving conditions/style has changed besides temperature (like traffic, tire pressure, etc).
For tips on how to increase your overall mileage, check out the posts on the Insight board under the topic of Real World MPGs. I and others have some helpful posts. Some posts have talked about how to use your A/C without having as much of an impact on your mileage.
#79 of 90 Buying extra warranty at purchasing?
Nov 30, 2011 (2:42 am)
I recently purchased a new 2012 Insight base model and the dealer pushed me to buy an extra warranty for 7 or 8 years / 80,000 miles for $967.00.
I did not, since most of the time, if it's offered , you don't need it. I read in the warranty booklet, that in Rhode Island the IMA system is covered for 10 years/80,000 miles. Has anyone on this forum bought the extra warranty? Should I have?
I posting my question here because no one on the forum"Buying experience" has answered the same question.
Thanks in advance
#80 of 90 No extra warranty needed
Nov 30, 2011 (4:33 am)
No. I didn't buy it either. It's a Honda. Right there is my assurance that it's a reliable car.
#81 of 90 New Insight 2012
Dec 01, 2011 (3:01 am)
Thanks for the positive answer "spunjorno, "!
After 358 miles, I did my first gas fill up and the display showed 49.9 mpg!
Love the car so far.
Still puzzled why at a red light, the car goes is "motor shut off", but not in a parking lot in the gear at "parking position"?
Thanks for the reply.
#82 of 90 Re: New Insight 2012 [dnatech]
Dec 14, 2011 (9:38 am)
That threw me at first too. But then it occurred to me that to go to Park you have to pass through Reverse. The car has to come out of "autostop" in order go into the reverse gear.
And 'Park' is where you start the car. So it can't be in "autostop" in the gear where you need to be able to start...
#83 of 90 Re: Question:How to improve mpg on 2002 Insight?
May 10, 2012 (8:22 pm)
I have a 2002 Insight and enjoy the ride. Took it down to L.A. from S.F. and arrived much less battered than with my prior car, a Mustang. The Insight handled smoothly , its low-slung profile a great feature.
Noticeaby, the car's miles per gallon increases with long distance driving and at prolonged higher speeds. Is that to be expected?
And how does one "tune" this vehicle to increase its mpg from an average 34-35 mpg. around town? Thanks in advance,
#84 of 90 Re: Question:How to improve mpg on 2002 Insight? [pete450]
May 18, 2012 (3:55 am)
There are some helpful tips on increasing Insight mileage in the other discussion board. Under "Insight", look for the discussion titled, "Honda Insight MPG-Real World Numbers".
#86 of 90 Aero pan under engine needed?
Dec 27, 2012 (12:59 pm)
I have a 2004 Insight and there's a fiberboard(?) pan under the engine that must be removed in order to drain the engine oil when changing it. The original mounting bolts for this "pan" have long ago frozen and I've been using nylon wire ties to refasten it following each oil change. Question: Is this pan really needed? What purpose does it serve? It's a real pain re-fastening it every time I change the oil and I'd like to just discard it but not sure if it's needed for anything besides fuel mileage improvement. Thanks (in advance) for any answers!