Honda Insight repair question

Discussion in 'Insight' started by ziggie, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. ziggie

    ziggie Guest

    I am thinking of buying an Insight, but have heard that the only place
    that will repair it is a Honda dealer.
    Is this true?

    Are other independent garages unfamiliar with it, and, as a result,
    stay away from it?

    This would affect my decision about buying one.

    thanks for any help!
    ziggie, Jan 25, 2004
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  2. Check out dealerships in your area. Some are total rip-offs while some
    can compete with the locally owned shops. Larry Hopkins Honda here can
    do good repairs at 1/2 to 1/10 the cost of bad repairs at Stevens Creek

    The electric assist is the only scary thing and you can get by without
    it in an emergency. The rest of the car should resemble a Civic enough
    for any good mechanic to perform emergency engine repairs.
    Kevin McMurtrie, Jan 25, 2004
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  3. I have a feeling not all Honda tech would be informed about
    electric motors systems. They may spend half a week relearning
    everything about electric motors systems - wasting your time.

    I've heard the 10-year about $10k NiHM battery is a bummer. I
    thought the 6-year $600 timing is belt is a bummer already. The
    Prius is probably the same but unlike the Insight, the Prius runs
    its electric motor in city, which is much more quiet and zippy.

    I'd keep a service manual in the trunk for a clueless mechanic. And
    if the problem is minor enough to do yourself, you save $80/hr for
    diagnose work.

    I'm not scaring you away from going electric. It's open-minded
    folks like you that help keep electric cars price down so I can
    afford one too.

    Tibur Waltson, Mar 7, 2004
  4. ziggie

    dold Guest

    I had that problem with my Mazda RX-2. I couldn't get my uncle's shop to
    change the plugs and points, because they didn't work on rotaries.
    I bought a timing light, dwell meter, and never looked back.

    My Civic Hybrid is different though. I can't work on it. With my other
    recent cars, my service record at anyplace other than the dealer is
    abysmal. There is too much specialized knowledge required.
    You think the electric motor is going to fail? I think there are thousands
    of other components more likely to fail, some already familiar, others
    disgnosed by computer.
    Where did you get an estimate of $10k? That's nonsense. Half the price of
    the car new, for one component that I could change myself in an hour?
    The Civic has 120 each of D-Cell 1.2v NiMH batteries, at 6 Amp Hours.
    I found 9000mAH for $6.83 quantity 100+, $819.60 total.
    In ten years, I expect the price of NiMH to drop more.
    This isn't electric. It's hybrid.
    will lead you to 160 articles in this newsgroup with Insight and either
    break or fail in the article.

    One of them refers to a price quote of $1300 of the battery pack, and
    mentions that if the battery pack goes dead, you can drive without it while
    you shop price. The battery pack has an 8 year/80,000 mile warranty, so I
    don't have to worry about the cost immediately, but I'll be out of warranty
    before I anticipate a failure anyway.
    dold, Mar 7, 2004
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