LONG-Term Honda Insight
By Woody Smith on
Vehicle2004 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback w/Air Conditioning (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)
ReviewMine is a 2000 Insight purchased in
March, 2000. It now has 116,000 miles
on the odometer and has been absolutely
trouble free. I mean, not even as much
as a single lightbulb has ever needed
In brief, it is the very best car I have
ever owned by a VERY wide margin, and
I've owned a few, including a big
Mercedes, two BMWs, two Volvos, an Alfa
Romeo, and other nice cars. It's a
spectacular long-distance cruiser -- I
once went over 800 miles actually
nonstop, and only stopped then because I
had to pee -- I still had gasoline left
in the 10.6 gal tank. It's quiet and
comfy and is the only car I've ever
owned where I don't need the seat all
the way back. I absolutely LOVE it!
Best FeaturesExtreme gas mileage, extreme reliability, comfort even for big folks (I'm 6'4", 290 lbs.), Buck Rogers styling, lidar stealth technology (!), ergonomics, maneuverability, and the way it still, even after 5 years, draws a crowd in a supermarket parking lot. Again, it;s the best car I've ever had.
Worst FeaturesThey should use lithium ion batteries with higher capacity, allowing the electric motor to take more of the load for longer periods of time. The peculiar 165/65R14 tires are very hard to find with only Bridgestone Potenza RE92s available when I'd rather run on quieter, better handling Pirelli P5s.
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