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Old 01-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Maybe this will help

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The first "TURBOCHARGED" Hybrid, Insight G1-(01/2003)@65K miles. RIP 334K
MaxIMA Battery (Serial #2), on 8/25/12 @ 301K miles
Use: 385,000 mi. @ 58.2 LMPG.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:48 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Varak View Post
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!
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Lots of engine malfunction codes
wet seatbelts, crappy stereo, lots of rattles
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:37 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I'm a little late to the conversation, but did the repairs repair the jerking issue? I am having that same issue with my car. I have been through every part but injectors, ecm and wiring (like yours was found bad).
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:42 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I emailed Varak and he said this:
"There were two shorts in the main wiring harness leading to the coil for the 3rd cylinder. It took awhile for them to find it, but fixing the shorts solved the problem.

I was initially irked at the price, but then learned that a new wiring harness is over $700 for the part alone, so guess I shouldn't complain too much."

Seems I remember someone else having shorts in the wiring harness to the coil packs.
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