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    1. · Registered
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      Hi all,

      I've been following this forum for about a year in hopes to purchase my own insight. A few months ago, I pulled the trigger on my new car - a silver 2005 insight (CVT)!

      Now I am wanting to get it in tip top shape, so I can keep up on all maintenance.

      I have scoured the forum but need your input on where to source parts. Or am I overthinking this? Can I just buy things at AutoZone?

      The maintenance I'd like to preform immediately is struts, brakes, wheel bearings and rotors. Along with an oil and transmission fluid change (need to make sure I have proper filters).

      I would also like to get new pistons for my back hatch.

      Sorry if this seems redundant, I am very new to this world and appreciate any and all input! Thanks in advance!

      Here's a photo of how happy I was when I first bought my car!

      View attachment 95292
      honda store prices are ridiculous highway robbery ...

      hatch struts ... $40 ...honda expect $150 plus $25 shipping or more

      brakes, brake pads, rotors autozone ok

      shocks/springs rear/front struts so far from honda ...ridiculous prices

      wheel bearings generally not needed unless they make noise

      oil 0W-5 mobil 1 fully synthetic walmart cheapest 5 gallon, sale 2x for less sometimes

      oil filter mobil M-108 $10

      air filter fram or stp $20 i use k&w filter, a bit of work to clean & re-oil involved, lasts a lifetime

      plugs hard to find, other than honda extortion no explanation as to why
      Spark Plug (ILZFR5A11 ) (Stamp below, look behind engine block to find out)
      (Ngk) - Honda (12290-3-PHM-A01) $15-26 each ... ime they give better mileage than cheaper autozone

      all models & stamp spark plugs
      12290-PHM-A01 = A
      12291-PHM-A01 = B
      12292-PHM-A01 = C
      12293-PHM-A01 = D

      thx for all the work you do to keep the earth, air, water clean
       
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      honda store prices are ridiculous highway robbery ...

      hatch struts ... $40 ...honda expect $150 plus $25 shipping or more

      brakes, brake pads, rotors autozone ok

      shocks/springs rear/front struts so far from honda ...ridiculous prices

      wheel bearings generally not needed unless they make noise

      oil 0W-5 mobil 1 fully synthetic walmart cheapest 5 gallon, sale 2x for less sometimes

      oil filter mobil M-108 $10

      air filter fram or stp $20 i use k&w filter, a bit of work to clean & re-oil involved, lasts a lifetime

      plugs hard to find, other than honda extortion no explanation as to why
      Spark Plug (ILZFR5A11 ) (Stamp below, look behind engine block to find out)
      (Ngk) - Honda (12290-3-PHM-A01) $15-26 each ... ime they give better mileage than cheaper autozone

      all models & stamp spark plugs
      12290-PHM-A01 = A
      12291-PHM-A01 = B
      12292-PHM-A01 = C
      12293-PHM-A01 = D

      thx for all the work you do to keep the earth, air, water clean
      Thanks for the great info on parts sources.
       
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      Thanks MN Driver.

      That seller doesn't make it very easy to see, but they're selling StrongArm 6239 lifts at a slight premium.
      search Amazon and Ebay for "StrongArm 6239" to find slightly lower pricing.

      Today the best deal that I found is:
      2 New Liftgate Lift Supports Strut Prop Rod Arm Honda Insight Electric 2000 06 | eBay

      I have not yet purchased any.

      Chisight
      Careful. It's not just the StrongArm 6239. There is extra hardware that you get from Lou's/Life Support detail including the weird angle pieces and washers that you need and can't just pull off of your existing strut to make them work.
       

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