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  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,795
    Depends on what you're meaning by even more. Go online or contact the dealers by email yourself. Make'm an offer, you never know!
  • tjostestjostes Posts: 1
    I just got a 2000 insight w/14K for $11,400! (manual transmission) Saw a 2000 w/30K for $9,900! Deals are out there! Had a dealer tell me he'd sell me a new 2002 w/CVT for $5K below MSRP. Seems like dealers are trying to unload them since the Civic Hybrid is now available...go shopping and ask!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and congrats on your 2000 Honda Insight purchase. Please keep us posted on your ownership experience.... Happy motoring! ;-)

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  • I've got a 2000 insight (manual transmission) for a 1.5 years and have already
    23,000 mills average 65 gml shows in the computer display, 80% hway,
    and $5700 tax brake for a price $21000 including tax and 6 years warranty I paid cash.
    It can go easy to 100 ml/h and I can pass 800 mills with one tank.
    It all depend how you are driving and how you are shifting and using the battery.
    This is the best thing ever happen to me.
  • alindaalinda Posts: 67
    our dealership will do 4k behind invoice, maybe more. one cvt in silver left.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    from Edmunds' Headlines Section: Honda Insight Tops Feds' Fuel Economy Rankings.


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  • Does the Insight come with a disable switch for the passenger side airbag? (If you want to carry a small child)
  • Why not just get a used 2000 or 2001 Chevy Metro (or Suzuki Swift) for ~$4000-6000 (depending on condition, miles, etc.). They get 50 mpg (with 1.0L 3-cyl and manual tranny). Plus they seat four quite comfortably and you don't have to worry about replacing batteries. The money you'd save in purchase price alone would pay for A LOT of gasoline and would more than make up for the difference in fuel efficiency.

    Metro's/Swift's are very reliable cars too. Just go to the Metro thread to see what I mean.

    Just to give an idea of cost: Let's assume you drive 20,000 miles per year (quite a bit more than average) and an Insight gets 65 mpg average. If fuel costs $1.75/gallon (it's less in most places in the U.S.) then you'd spend $538.46 per year on fuel. With a Metro/Swift, let's assume you average 43 mpg (easily done). Then the cost per year for the same assumptions would be $813.95 per year. That means the Insight is saving only $275.49 per year for the Insight. That's less than one monthly payment for a new Insight, and even if you could find a used Insight for $10K, it would take you ~15-20 years to make up the purchase price in saved fuel (more if you have to pay interest on a loan).

    I like the Insight, but it's just too expensive for an "economy car".
    That's the real reason the big 3 aren't biting yet. They're using their heads!
  • rfruthrfruth Posts: 630
    I agree the Metro / Swift is a good choice, wish they were still manufactured, hope discontinuing them (and not replacing) wasn't a example of them using their heads. Rob (hatchback) Fruth
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Well depending on what state you live in, there is a nice tax credit ($2000+) if you own a Honda Insight. Perhaps that might help balance the scale a little in comparing the Insight costs... to other economy cars.

    To rfruth- Just curious, are you still thinking of trading up your Civic for a Honda Insight?

    It would be interesting having more Insight owners participating here.... ;-)

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  • "I agree the Metro / Swift is a good choice, wish they were still manufactured, hope discontinuing them (and not replacing) wasn't a example of them using their heads." Rob (hatchback) Fruth

    That's a good point. :)
    Yeah, I always liked Metros but never bought one...till recently, I bought a low-mileage '98 for $3200. Great car! It's a shame GM/Suzuki had to cancel them, but I guess people just wanted SUV's.

    I do understand that some Insight buyers just want to be as green as possible and saving money is not the primary motivation for buying one. That I can respect and I imagine that is the major reason that most Insight buyers opt for the insight over other less expensive economy cars.
  • I'm looking to buy a used Honda Insight and was wondering if there is any difference between the model years available. They are all hybrids right???
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Not sure if you found the information you were looking for, but in's New and Used Vehicle Pricing Guides, you'll find the Standard Features and Options for each model year. Also, check the Overview sections to see what's new for each year. To answer your last question: all Honda Insights (2000, 2001, 2002) are hybrids.

    Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase.


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  • knahsknahs Posts: 5
    I have heard that when you reach 70,000 miles on the Insight, you have to replace the battery which costs $5,000. Has anyone had an Insight this long and is this true?
  • rfruthrfruth Posts: 630
    If anyone has paid to replace the battery while its still under warranty I have some ocean front property in Arizona for you, pls contact me !
    - snip -
    Warranty Information

    The Insight has a typical Honda warranty for most of the car, with a much longer (8 year) warranty for many of the new technologies included in the car. Here is a brief summary of the warranty that applies in the United States:

    Full warranty coverage: 3 years / 36,000 miles
    Conventional portion of powertrain: 5 years / 60,000 miles
    Battery: 8 years / 80,000 miles
    Various computer, control and power modules: 8 years/ 80,000 miles
    Catalytic converters: 8 years / 80,000 miles
  • knahsknahs Posts: 5
    If the vehicle is out of warranty - does the battery cost this much? I mean - I'd rather have a vehicle that gets half the mileage and have that bill every time I fill up than a $5,000 bill at 80,000 or so miles. I am just trying to find out if this is true or not in considering this vehicle as my next car or not.
  • rfruthrfruth Posts: 630
    Sorry bout the ocean front property in Arizona comment, I suspected you meant when the battery is out of warreny would it be 5 grand to replace and I wish there was a quick answer but there isn't - the upcoming Ford Escape HEV FAQ says "the life of the battery and it's warranty will be competitive with other hybrid vehicles in the marketplace." (Toyota & Honda make similar claims) so I'd venture to guess the battery is good for 175,000 miles (corse like a flashlight you and I might not agree when the batteries are shot (no lead acid in hybrid traction batteries) and by the time you need a battery the price might be less ? No one on the Honda hybrid list has mentioned new batteries and some are over 100 K miles.

  • I've been reading alot lately (eg. 'Consumer Guide') slamming the Insight (and other hybrids) as 'costly for an economy car... the payback in fuel savings will take years to recoup'. I don't believe the Insight (or other hybrids) have ever been advertised as 'economy cars'. They're green cars and their investment is in saving the planet through lower emissions rather than saving money through lower gas consumption.

    As the US goes to war for 'cheap gas' for huge SUVs, please keep the idealism behind the Insight alive. They're not cars for 'cheap consumers', they're cars for responsible citizens of planet earth.

    BTW, I've just ordered a silver 5spd. Ok, back to munching my granola... <G>
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    You said: "They're green cars and their investment is in saving the planet...." and "They're not cars for 'cheap consumers', they're cars for responsible citizens of planet earth."

    Good points. Also, some would argue that the manufacturers bear some of the responsibility here as well. And creating green cars that are affordable to people of all income levels would make a more a significant impact. Not to mention, manufacturers that have been breaking profit records, year after year, can certainly afford to invest in this.... Just my two cents. ;-)

    To get back to the subject: congrats on your Honda Insight purchase! When do you expect to take delivery? We look forward to hearing all the details.... Thanks for your participation!

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  • Hey Everyone,

    I'm a new soon-to-be member of the Insight family. I'm in Vancouver, BC, and have just purchased a 2000 5spd w/AC from a dealer in Ontario. The dealer is shipping it out to me next week. I'll have my VIN in a few days... It was a trade into Image Honda in Hamilton, Ontario, with only 23,000 KM on the odometer. Paid $17,800 CDN with 60 month Honda Canada financing at 7.4%.

    The identical car is available used in Vancouver now (at Regency Honda), however it has 72,000 KM on it, and looks rough (mangled alloys, broken skirt, cracked tail light, and it was the 'burger bus' for the dealer, so the cargo area is completely stained). After viewing the car once when it was priced at $16,800 CDN, then asked to come back again when they'd reduced it to $14,900 CDN. Was about to put my offer in when the salesman said that, since they had just reduced it, there was NO WAY any offer below list price would be entertained... (all I wanted was new, cleaner, floor mats...). That blew me out the door.

    Now the amazingly great staff at Carter Honda in Vancouver have graciously offered to accept my car shipment from Image Honda, handle all my documents for me, clean it, and have offered the services of their 'Insight' technician to spend a couple hours going over all the details on delivery.

    This is my 5th honda product, and the service just keeps getting better. With my last Honda purchase, a new 1998 Accord from West City Motors in Belleville, Ontario, my salesperson Karla had a box of home-made cookies she'd made herself waiting in the back seat at delivery....

    I realize, factoring in the US exchange rate, that perhaps I've given average to high dollars for the car. But I also feel better knowing that perhaps the little extra commission was enjoyed by the salesperson, and some extra profit has helped operations at the dealership.

    It's good 'Car-ma'....
  • Today, I test drove an Insight. I LOVED IT! It had 242 miles on it. They have a 'sale' price of $19,400 USD. I expect prices should be low on these with all the new models coming out next year from Ford (Escape), Honda (RAV4), and others. Does anyone have suggestions for a reasonably good price in Southern California? I read the posting for a person buying used in Canada at around $10,000 with 20 or 30k Km.
  • Hey there, got mine (a 2000 Insight with 23,000 KM) for $17,700 CDN ($11,700 USD). It's a silver 5spd with A/C, purchased in Ontario, Canada, and they're shipping it to Vancouver, BC. I missed the very last new, unregistered 2000 model by a couple weeks. It was a red 5spd with A/C, sold in Edmonton, AB for $19,000 CDN ($12,600 USD).

    It sounds like your sale price is pretty close to list. Search online, and don't be afraid to buy one out-of-state. CA has a high demand and short supply. I believe there was one dealer in Lousianna selling then for $5000 under list; shipping should be under $1000...

    Good Luck
  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    Can an Insight substain 80-85 miles per hour ?

    If not what is an expected highway speed on fairly flat smooth highway. with one person ? with two?
  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    What should a person pay for a new Insight? 5-speed with air. A $1,000 discount is not very good anymore is it?
  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    No one discusses Insight any more?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,081
    A journalist is looking for a person who is in the market to buy a hybrid vehicle. If you care to be interviewed, please respond with your daytime contact information to [email protected] by Friday, July 11.


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  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    Is a 2003 Isight worth buying? What should the price be? It seems as the new 2004 Prius will elcipse the Honda Hybreds. Honda salesmen don't even carry the insight at lagre dealerships. The Insight and this board appear to be dead.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,081
    A major magazine is looking to interview someone who considered buying a Prius or a Honda Civic hybrid, but decided it wasn't worth the extra $3,000 to $4,000 price premium over the regular gasoline versions of the Corolla or Civic.
    Please respond by October 22 to [email protected] with your daytime contact info.
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  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    A California reporter is looking to interview any California resident who has owned a Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight or Toyota Prius.
    Please respond to [email protected] by Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 with your daytime contact info if you care to share your story.
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