About Honda Insight
As the first hybrid electric vehicle available in the U.S., Honda Insight was manufactured by the Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation Honda from 1999 to 2006; after two-year hiatus, it again was put into production from 2008 to 2014 and Honda decided to continue to produce it since 2017. During its two-generation lifetime, Honda Insight received many awards and recognition such as Climate Protection Award, North American Car of the Year, Top Commuter Vehicle, Top Safety Pick, Top 10 Green Cars and so on.
The first-generation Honda Insight was produced from 1999 to 2006 and went on sale in the United States in December 1999 as a 2000 model. It came with only one trim level and was powered by a 1.0 L ECA inline 3-cylinder lean-burn gasoline engine operating in conjunction with an on-demand crankshaft-mounted electric motor, which was powered by an array of 120 NiMH D-cell batteries. Engine sent power through a 5-speed manual transmission, CVT automatic and CVT. Then the second-generation Honda Insight started in 2009 and ended in 2014. It went on sale in the United States on March 24, 2009, as a 2010 model. Available in three trim levels: base, LX and upscale EX, Honda Insight got power from a 1.3 L I4 engine rated at 88 horsepower and 88 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission directs the power plant's output to the Insight's front wheels.
Honda Insight Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a compact vehicle with superior fuel economy and affordable selling prices, Honda Insight is very popular among white-collars and young people. But as the accumulation of mileage, you should be careful about if these common problems would appear on your Honda Insight:
First, excessive fuel consumption is a most common issue met by Honda Insight drivers during driving. Though it is a hybrid electric vehicle with excellent fuel economy, its engine still could not withstand the natural beat and results in this consequence. Some kind Honda Insight owners offered some signs to help you diagnose this issue as early as possible. It starts from metallic sounds and smoke from the engine, evolves as engine performance reducing and gas mileage decreasing. During the process, overheating due to leaking coolant deteriorate this situation. In the end, the engine may break down completely. To avoid this situation arises, when Check Engine Light comes on, you should check the Insight air filter, intake manifold gasket, oil filter, and oil pan gasket in time.
Second, issues on transmission, steering and suspension system are also very tricky to tackle. Some Honda Insight drivers said the transmission issue would have symptoms including transmission slippage, transmission fluids leaking and difficulty shifting gears, the automatic transmission filter and transfer case seal are often the culprits. Steering and suspension issues have similar signs such as uneven or excessive tire wear and shaky loose steering wheel. But if your Honda Insight tends to bounce and vibrate intensively, it is the suspension system that goes wrong. Tie rod end, coil springs and coil spring insulator should be taken good care of.
However, routine maintenance is a duty that Honda Insight drivers must undertake for driving comfort and safety. Cabin air filter should be clean so that passengers won't get allergic by contaminants in the air; window regulator and power window switch should work properly so that windows could lower or rise normally; headlight and headlight switch should be in good condition so that drivers have excellent visibility in the dim driving light. All these parts should be maintained on a regular basis in your Honda Insight. Other parts such as antenna base, emblem, wiper blade and so on need your more attention as well.
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