Originally Posted by Varak
The car is definitely somewhat gutless and my mileage has dropped 5-10% from when I first got it. It is starting to use a bit of oil as well, maybe a third of a quart in the 5-7K miles between oil changes.
My driving conditions are about the worst possible, I think. 30-60K miles/year, 90% of which is stop and go traffic in the Phoenix heat.
Any tips on what I can do to prevent further deterioration?
Just hit 272K miles on it.
Just keep a replacement motor in mind, and pick one up when a cheap one is close enough to fall into your lap.
My two cents... from a guy with the same miles!
2002 Honda Insight 5MT
280,000 miles, Bumblebee MaxIMA battery, Bumblebee OBDIIC&C gauge