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Old 02-17-2017, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2010 insight worth it.

I'm going to a dealer soon to look at some cars and one of the ones I'm interested in is the 2010 insight for $5,995 it's has 127k miles on it and was wondering it if would be worth it to buy I am mainly concerned about how long the battery will last. Also I've heard that the insight burns through oil very fast is that true?

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Welcome.

That offer sounds reasonable.

The oil consumption issue is limited to 2012 and early 2013 Insights. A 2010 will not lose any oil at all.

Hybrid battery failures are highly uncommon with the second gen Insight, maybe a couple from very hot climates.
Mileage is no concern for the battery; long periods of disuse is.
The OEM 12 Volt battery is a known weak point. Have it replaced when you are in doubt, monitor its voltage anyway. But they are cheap.
I expect a 2010 to be already on its second 12V battery.

Make sure the service history is complete.
Check for CVT fluid changes and the spark plug change. The Insight uses 8 iridium plugs which last very long but are not cheap to replace.

When you do a test drive check whether the transition from low speed to higher speed (around 10 to 15 mph) and vice versa is smooth. a slight bump is common, a stronger jerking or shuddering is not. These often clear up with a proper CVT fluid change - but not always.

At speed check for a high-pitched whine around 60 mph. Mine does that, while most other Insights don't. You would not notice it with the radio on, it is not that hard - but I'd rather not have that anyway.

When hit with side wind at or above 50 mph there can be a burring sound from the top windscreen seam if that is not tight. Should be an easy fix with kit, but again - better to have one where the seam is tight.

Check out the rims and tires.
The Insight is sensitive to tire pressure, especially when it is lower than standard.
Many find handling improves with slightly higher pressure than the door sticker advises.
185 mm width tires on 16 inch rims are noticeably more precise than 175 width 15s which were OEM to 2010 Insights. The ride is more firm, economy nearly the same.

The Insight horn and halogen low beams are not impressive. I replaced them with an Accord (high tone) horn and cheap Chinese HIDs which works out quite well. LED grids in the dome and boot lights are an easy improvement too.

The Insight is a reliable car, good value for money.
Have a look around, do some searching.
Post a picture when you do buy it
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At speed check for a high-pitched whine around 60 mph. Mine does that, while most other Insights don't. You would not notice it with the radio on, it is not that hard - but I'd rather not have that anyway.
My 2010 has done that since new.
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My 2010 has done {the high pitched whine} since new.
After 3 years of driving in silence I reinstalled my USB stick with 300 albums the other day. Guess what - haven't noticed the whine since
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I'm going to a dealer soon to look at some cars and one of the ones I'm interested in is the 2010 insight for $5,995 it's has 127k miles on it and was wondering it if would be worth it to buy I am mainly concerned about how long the battery will last. Also I've heard that the insight burns through oil very fast is that true?

Thank you for your time.


I got my 2010 @118k km for 11k CAD after tax and all other charges... and yes I live in a country with stupidly high tax the asking price for the car was 9000 I believe


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Old 04-30-2017, 08:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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im looking forward to a 2nd 2011 Insight, 60000km.
really do serious homework about Insights, found pros and cons.
is the odometer tamper-proof? that 60000km reasonable for a 2011 Insight?
what other factors should i check when seeing that car?
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As for odometer, do a carfax. Go on feebay and you can find generous folks selling them for only $4. I have used them numerous times. They are fast like in minutes you get a pdf emailed to you. Then make sure the registration events and current mileage is correct and makes sense. I used to know a car salesman who drove so much he had the miles taken off before he smogged the car and it was like 2007ish sti or wrx.

Check the body panels and make sure the stickers are visible and not painted over.
Check the inside of the oil cap and inside of the valve cover to make sure you dont see gunk or brown caking in the cap.
Use you finger and wipe the inside of the tail pipe. If its gooey run away, as that indicates oil burning/piston ring faliure. It should be a dry residue, black is normal or none at all is great and means it hasn't been floored all the time. If the shocks feel soft use that as a price lowing point by calling a local stealership and getting a quote for shock replacement. And if it needs shocks then use one of the cheap honda sites like majestic or honda parts cheap depending which side of the country you are in. You can also make a friend at the local parts counter and show them what you can buy the parts for and they may try to match it. I was able to get cvt fluid for only 7.60 a quart (bought a case for that price).
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Well worth it,best car I've owned,fab, quirky, dependable, economic.
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Bought my 2010 new fully loaded with navi and what not.

Installed custom leatherClazzio seat covers. Built in seat heaters,under dash led lighthing, LED fog lights, Front and back DVR with back up camera and some more. (all done by myself so it cost pennies... all my mods combined don't even break $1000)

Even now 7 years later i can tell you that the navigation system,steering wheel controls, and and bluetooth is more than enough feature wise to hold it's own against newer cars. And from first hand experience it's a easier to use system than the lexus, mercedes and bmw navis and voice controls.

Take it for a test drive. Drive it hard and fast on some turns and straight aways. Mess around with the RPM with the manual paddle shifters while in sport mode. Then drive it with minimal gas pedal at highway speeds. See if it can maintain a 40'ish average mpg.

If you don't hear strange noises in any of those scenarios and under the hood everything looks good clean enough you probably have a great used car.

They are pretty simple mechanically so really reliable. I wouldn't overthink it. Esspecially for that $.
A new cheap 20k insight level car will cost you about 5k a year to finance so even if it only lasts a few years you're still in the green.,

Also pro tip...i heard if you get it in white and tinted with good black tints all around and slap on a shark fin antenna it will add an additional 80 horsepower.

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Old 05-20-2017, 12:24 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Got my 2010 Insight today with 62000kms only.

I just got my Insight a few hours ago. Paid 12000 after taxes but extremely clean , 1 owner, and only 62000kms.

Would you guys say this was a fair price for the car that I paid or it could be better?

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