Got a weird one for you, but I think it makes sense
I've had my 06 Insight since February (love it!!), and have averaged about 58 mpg. Not too bad.
That being said...I think the car has been trying to charge a failing battery this entire time. I would notice 4 green charge bars maybe 80% of the time while driving, and the orange battery meter would shoot up and down frequently.
Here's where it gets interesting........
The inevitable finally happened....IMA light came on this week.
Since then, the car doesn't try to charge, nor give me assist at all. That part makes sense.
BUT, because those 4 green charge bars aren't constantly trying to charge the battery, my fuel economy has shot up to 90-100mpg!! (See the photo! I just took a 15.9 mile drive, and got 90.7mpg!!)
Here's my really curious question, and I'd love to get your thoughts
If I'm getting 90.7mpg with the IMA light on, why in the world would I ever spend a ton of money to fix this??
Please let me know if I'm missing something obvious, but if this car runs this efficiently without hybrid assist, I'm sort of wondering what the point of the heavy battery is altogether?