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Old 06-10-2019, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I'm having a lot of trouble with my gen1 '06 Insight's IMA, and unfortunately I don't have the time/money/energy/know how to fix it. So I'm thinking about letting it go. Any advice about the best way to sell it? I would like to give it to someone who will love it as much as I have! I'm in the Midwest if any of you are interested in it!
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Probably the IMA battery is finished. There are easy ways to bypass the battery and run without it, but there will be warning lights on the dash. You can ignore them if you don't have pollution inspection. The acceleration will be pretty slow.

There are also ways to turn off the warning lights but that requires some electrical wiring and minor computer skills.

How many miles and what condition? What is your state.
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That's not a bad idea but I don't think I want to do that. I will have to pass an emmissions test eventually and it is crazy slow without the IMA.

I live in Illinois. 114,000 miles. Condition is otherwise pretty good. It's got it's issues (I can detail them if you're interested in it) but it's clean and doesn't have any other mechanical problems. It's also red which I've heard is rare for the '06!
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Have you tried a grid charging cycle of three charges and two discharges?
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Miles are fairly low but you don't mention if it's a stick or automatic. If it looks and runs nice otherwise, expect to get in the $1500 range +/- a few hundred.
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I have a grid charger but not a discharger. The charger worked great at first but now it won't hold a charge for more than a couple days.
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I don't personally need another Insight, I have three. But, 114,000 is pretty low mileage and would probably be attractive to some member. Pictures are worth a 1000 words. You could list it down in the buy/sell area of the forum, with some pictures, description and an asking price. Heck, folks even buy the high mileage ones, so yours should sell.
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Miles are fairly low but you don't mention if it's a stick or automatic. If it looks and runs nice otherwise, expect to get in the $1500 range +/- a few hundred.
It's automatic. That's kind of what I was thinking too. Hopefully to another Insight fan.
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I don't personally need another Insight, I have three. But, 114,000 is pretty low mileage and would probably be attractive to some member. Pictures are worth a 1000 words. You could list it down in the buy/sell area of the forum, with some pictures, description and an asking price. Heck, folks even buy the high mileage ones, so yours should sell.
Ok thanks! I will try that!
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I have a grid charger but not a discharger. The charger worked great at first but now it won't hold a charge for more than a couple days.
A discharger can be made from a lightbulb. But I am not the guy to guide you through this. I have the grid charger and discharger boxes to do it for me because I am just not savvy enough to not screw it up. I'd hope there is someone in your area who can at least try this to see how bad your IMA really is. If the Prolong package can do it for you you could consider that as an option. https://hybridautomotive.com/ Many folks besides me use these and swear by them. Hopefully someone local to you can run your Insight through the charge-discharge cycles and see what happens.

It would be a shame to let go of the car if the problem can be solved this easily.

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