Review Honda Insight (2000 2004) Used car

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HONDA INSIGHT (2000 2004)


The Insight is a car you’ll rave about or fail to see the of. One disgruntled ex-owner sniffily he should have bought a bike, as the Insight carried the amount of passengers and luggage, similar economy figures but was slower and more costly to For others it’s an urban come true, a supremely and resolutely modern scoot sidesteps congestion charges and is fun to

As a used proposition the Insight’s day may be coming.

The Honda Insight is an of what can happen when a big goes all out to make a technological In terms of engineering it’s a of the future. The petrol/electric hybrid combines to provide a supremely car.

Where the Insight is convincing is in terms of appeal. Are you to pay a surprising amount for a two seat with less practicality a sports car? For those feel the low running costs are the sacrifice the Insight will a quirky but reliable proposition.


Launched in 2000, the Insight represented take on an ultra-clean low emission car for the new millennium. Powered by an ultra-efficient petrol engine, the Insight got an boost under acceleration the electric power pack behind the seats. Priced at £17,000, take up was minuscule and were pressed into as dealer demonstrators or courtesy Rebates of over £1,000 to perk up any great interest and the hasn’t undergone any major since launch.

By the start of 2004, the last new had been sold.


A few years ago, the German Party challenged car makers to a ‘three-litre’ car. That in widely varying approaches to the — just how do you make a car sips a mere three of fuel every 100 kilometres, the of 94mpg? In Germany, Volkswagen’s was to slip a tiny three-cylinder into a specially lightened, Lupo. There were ‘special’ three-litre versions of the Arosa and Audi A2. In Japan, engineers reject the idea of small, diesel engines.

reckon the ‘hybrid’ approach, a combination of petrol and electric is the way forward. The result is cars the Honda Insight and Toyota Honda, regarded by many as most innovative car company, up with the Insight — is quite different from the

It’s an unusual little efficient two-seater coupe, from aluminium alloy. The is a ‘serial hybrid’ powered by a three-cylinder petrol/electric motor. The difference between the Toyota and the is the mechanical design. While the has separate petrol and electric the Insight combines the two into one that Honda calls an Motor Assist system.

Apart from three electric cables attached the clutch, it looks much any conventional petrol engine and combination. The petrol section all sorts of things that renowned for superb engines, has over the years including valve timing, four per cylinder and lean-burn combustion. The have even found a way of the exhaust manifold into the head so that the catalyst neutralises noxious emissions in the heats up more quickly and to work sooner. The little motor doubles as the starter and is sandwiched between the petrol and gearbox. Unlike the Prius, petrol engine stops the car is able to run solely on the battery-powered motor, the Insight engine all the time.

The 44lb battery lives in the back (the reason why there are no rear nor is there much luggage The dashboard layout resembles of other modern Hondas. you’ll find extra charge and fuel economy in the all-digital display in front of the

There is very little space in the cabin for oddments.


Several have combined to make the Insight a far better used than new. Depreciation has a swingeing bite from the price of a car that many overpriced to begin with. A plate model will now at around £3,100, quite a for the owner so go easy on them. 12 insurance means that are around twice what pay for a typically frugal supermini a VW Lupo TDi. Where the may have a trump card up its is in the expected savings realised by under metropolitan congestion schemes.

The emissions rating of just 80g of dioxide per kilometre also as the UK’s lowest.


Honda’s reputation for excellent reliability is as valid with an Insight as any other model in the range. are a few minor things to watch out On pre 2001 models the two quick fasteners that hold the wheel skirts on were of uncoated steel and tended to more or less instantly. If unchecked the skirts fall ‘Check Engine’ warning on the dash usually mean the sensor is crying wolf and Honda dealer will how to remedy this. The standard fit is unremittingly puny and many replace it as a matter of course.

If install can’t connect to AM it’s probably because hasn’t been supplied to the AM frequency amplifier that’s in the base of the antenna. The Insight is to cut out at idle but many do not. can be due to any number of reasons. Investigate the points.

Is the climate control set to mode? If so, try setting it to Econ instead. Auto mode the idle stop feature. Is the control set very high or low?

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The Insight may not enter idle mode if the interior temperature has not yet at the temperature you’ve set it to. To verify this is happening, you could turn off the climate control and check whether idle now functions. Is defogging / defrosting activated? If so, the engine will running. Are you pressing the clutch all the way to the and/or shifting into

If you immediately shift into when coming to a stop, will make the car think you to go again right away, and the will never shut The engine will only off after it has reached operating You should expect the engine to run for at a minute after a cold Is the battery level at or very to empty? In this situation, the will continue to run to recharge the

If all of the above conditions are satisfied, the is most likely that stop isn’t functioning due to the air temperature sensor being Some Honda dealers are not of this sensor, and so haven’t connecting it when they This sensor is located the grill, in front of the radiator if air conditioning is installed, in front of the air condenser.

If its wire is hanging just reconnect it, and this solve your problem.


When driving gently, the 68PS engine does all the work the electric motor becomes a and charges the batteries in the boot. you need faster acceleration, the motor uses the battery to give the petrol engine a boosting power to 76PS and torque (pulling power) 91Nm at 4,800 rpm to 113Nm at a low It’s a bit like two riders on a bicycle.

When it’s the one in front does all the pedalling the one behind puts his feet up and his batteries’. When they a hill, the one behind gets on the too. As a result, Honda that the Insight has the performance of a 1.5-litre petrol car — yet 83 miles to the gallon. Some have questioned whether the is indeed significantly more than the latest Clio or diesels and in normal driving the can be marginal. Those who are used to the practices of true economy can eke over 100mpg from an but it’s about as much fun as on an eggy bread diet.

from the fact that the stops when you come to a and restarts almost imperceptibly you push the throttle or engage gear, the Insight is no different to than a petrol car. buyers get a CVT automatic but UK-bound have a conventional five-speed gearbox. If battery power is the stop/start system is suspended they’re recharged.

The Insight accelerates to 60mph in 12 (about par with a conventional petrol hatchback) and goes on to so it has no trouble keeping up with the The little three-cylinder engine sounds quite characterful, you that you’re going than you are. Handling is fun, proving that responsibility needn’t always go in hand with a miserable behind the wheel.


(approx prices based on Insight) Spares prices for the are a mixed bag. A starter is a heady £244 and a windscreen cost over £200 seals. A clutch looks value at around £130 a front headlamp is an affordable

The battery pack is covered the terms of warranty but Honda are looking at offering a lifetime on this part.

HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable


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