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Well I just received word yesterday from the dealer that my Insight battery is gone. I have 104K on the car so its way out of the warranty. My 2000 Insight has been a wonderful car. The service manager told me yesterday that I could expect to pay upwards of 5K to replace. This is not good news. The dealer is currently contacting Honda to get a firm price for the replacement and they will let me know on Monday. The dealer here in Austin, Texas stated that this would be the second replacment they have done this past month on an Insight. Does anyone know how much this might be exactly? I am really shocked I am at this point already. I was expecting this not to happen for at least a couple of more years or ever at all. Is this a common problem? I owe 5K on my Insight so if I am going to have to invest an additional 5K just to keep it going in normal operation they can forget it. At this point I would consider my car totaled. All of that gas money I have saved over the past couple of years just came due in one large payment. Hopefully HOnda will come through and offer me something a little more reasonable.
I will never buy another hybrid again until the battery prices are more reasonable and or if they can fix this problem and or extend the warranty. I am not sure if any Insights have made it to any local junk yards around here but I look around. The car is so limited I would think that it would be hard to find one in a junk yard. You never know.
Boy-$5000 at 100K-not what Toyota and Honda have been implying with their 150-200K life.
Can the Insight be modified to run on just the gasoline motor.It should get excellent mpg-40+) with the tiny motor and under 2000 lb wt-low drag also.This woulkd certainly be the most cost effective solution.Forget about that $5000 battery(unless Honda discounts it heavily,or just gives it to you).Luck,Charlie