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Old 12-12-2012, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just purchased the above vehicle after being flipped from a prius to a honda. I must say that after three days I am very happy with the car and the decision to with the i2 vs a prius. I called the dealer to find out what service they did on the car between last owner and my purchase. My finding was not as good as I was looking for. They put two new tires, topped fluids and changed the oil.

I am wondering if any of you can give me an idea of what I should change out just for peace of mind. I am thinking about doing the CVT fluid and doing my own Oil change to a higher end synthetic. Other than this should I be looking to do anything for routine care? The car has 77,000 on it by the way and car fax shows last major service done at the honda dealer around 44,000 miles.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would definitely do the CVT fluid right away. The maintenance minder seems to want do it every 30K, if the last change was at 44K, you have 33K on it now. Others prefer more frequent replacement of the CVT than 30K, and they may be right, it is probably the part that is most sensitive to problems if the fluid gets old. I wouldn't waste the money on the syn oil if the Honda 0-20W was just done by the dealer. What does the maintenance minder indicate on the oil life - if it says 100% then the dealer reset it and you can wait for it to indicate the need for an oil change. I would order an air filter and cabin filter from Bernardi online and do those as well, not much money and both are easy.

The manual says to replace the brake fluid every 3 years. Brake fluid absorbs water over time, when it gets to a certain percentage there is risk of corrosion and brake failure due to the water boiling if the brakes get very hot. I did this at the dealer for $125. You may want do this a well if it has not been done.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate it.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The other reason to do the brake fluid is that now it runs through an expensive ABS controller that you do not want to corrode. But really the Insight (and most modern cars) require very little maintenance. I agree that you should just use up the oil that's in there. And there is no need to change it any more often than the MID says.

By the way, if your Insight still has the stock wiper blades, then add some new inserts to your online filter order.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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+1 on the brake fluid. Honda says to use only regular dot 3, therefore I end up going to teh dealer. You need 2 1/2 bottles for the whole system and need to do it backwards from the drivesider wheel to the furthest away.

I do it yearly and that is some containiated stuff that comes out of the system.
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