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  1. Ima and CEL

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hi folks ! I bought a first gen insight last week. It's a 2001 , manual with 272 000KM on it . A guy had 6 Honda insights and used to fix and sell parts. He passed not long ago, and the family took care of the estate. I bought one of those, and they gave me some extra parts with it. The car has...
  2. Prospective DIYer Wondering About Battery Recondition

    Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    I'm thinking about buying a Honda Insight 1st generation. It looks like the IMA battery is not working, though the car still runs fine with only the internal combustion engine. This type of question has probably been answered lots of times, but I'm trying to figure out what the best way...
  3. Replacing the 12V battery fixed my IMA issues?

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    About a month ago, my IMA light came on. It wasn't unexpected; my car is almost old enough to consent and it's still on the original battery. About two weeks ago, the Charge / Assist meter stopped working, the battery level started acting wonky, Auto Stop never activated even under ideal...
  4. Do I have a bad BCM? please help

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hello all, My car its been giving me 3 IMA codes: 58, 66(P1568), 74(P1449), which I already diagnosed using the repair manuals, by testing the BCM terminals and these are the results: * C9 and C20: 13.1 * C20 and C7: 12.9 * C7 and C18: 13.2 * C18 and C5: 12.7 * C16 and C15: 13.1 * C15 and C14...
  5. Got new 8-amp IMA installed - Greentec Auto

    Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    I just got a new 8 amp IMA battery installed in my 2005 CVT Insight (mileage 178K). I live 20 miles east of Seattle and discovered a company called Greentec Auto about 30 miles south. I was going to go to Bumblebee Batteries in Portland, OR but decided to go here instead. Here's their page for...
  6. Bumblebee warranty replacement experiences?

    Bumblebee Batteries
    Edit - Got a hold of Eli. They've had some staffing change-ups but are getting caught back up with communications and orders and are fully standing behind all warranties. So it seems just a temporary communication issue but not any significant problem with actually getting the warranty...
  7. Electrical Static through Sound / IMA Light P1447

    Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    My IMA battery light popped on about a week back and about two weeks before that, I started getting an intermittent electrical static sound through my speakers. They may be unrelated, but I wanted to check to see if my trouble shooting is on-track: For the IMA Light (P1447 error code), I've...
  8. IMA Light On No Bars for IMA Battery

    Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    Hi, I am the proud owner of a 2000 red and a 2001 blue Insight. I recently bought the totaled 2001 Insight. I drove about 4-5 hours to get it. When I drove it home everything seemed fine. I had it to a few repair shops. I had to by a new 12-volt battery because the old one was bad. After I...
  9. Making sense of error codes and terrible MPG

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hi everyone, I've been following this forum since I got my 2000 Citrus about a year ago and finally decided to ask more directly for your collective wisdom. Background: My car is a Sept. 2000 MT A/C with 244k that I've owned since 220k. It was a single owner car for 16 years driven by an older...
  10. Error Codes coming up on 45,000 original miles

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hi everyone, I have done my best to seek out this info - perhaps these two issues are related - perhaps not. My guess is they are as IMA light and Check engine came on at the same time, two minutes into driving - having not driven the car for three days - noting also that the temperatures were...
  11. Grid charger

    Modifications and Technical Issues
    i plan on putting a grid charger in my 2000 honda insight. it has an after market bumble bee battery in it. does anyone have any recommendations on what grid charger i should buy?
  12. Battery HELP: grid charge, or new battery?

    Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    Hi, I am new to insightcentral, and a new owner of an old 2000 Insight. I only purchased just over a month ago. The IMA light came on around Thanksgiving, as a "1447" code. There is someone who fixes Insights near me, who helped me find the code. The person who sold the car thought that the...
  13. IMA battery: Honda vs Bumblebee??

    Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    I'm about to replace my IMA battery and have been hearing differing opinions on whether to get a Honda battery (all of which are refurb) or a Bumblebee battery (new cells). Curious what people's experiences have been? ~Deana 2002 Red Insight
  14. Help a Virgin

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hi Members I am Irish gonzo and I’m now the proud owner of a Honda Insight first gen. After searching for a clean first gen Insight for 18 months I eventually purchased 2 in Japan. And even that took 6 months to find and a further 4 months to import to Ireland. It was a bit like waiting on a...
  15. 2000 Insight with rebuilt battery dies while driving

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Problem #1: I replaced the IMA battery sticks in a 2000 Honda Insight about three years ago. It seemed to drive normally for a while, then exhibited non-robust IMA behavior. The IMA light was (and is) not on, and it appears to be assisting and charging somewhat normally, except that it is not...
  16. 2002 Silver MT 79K, newer IMA; brand new tires [*AS-IS*]

    Buy/Sell Insight-Related Items
    $1,000 OBO Pics available by email - I don't have enough other posts to include, or you could look at imgur album ggp4V Des Moines, IA The Good: This was my daily driver for a couple years. Brand new tires. I just took it in to have the brakes done (new front; resurfaced rear). All 4 tires are...
  17. Normal behavioir?

    Troubleshooting and Problems
    Maybe I'm just too finicky, but yesterday the IMA did not switch off the petrol engine once. Assist works, I can coast electrically, battery being charged, just doesn't stop the petrol engine at red lights anymore. AC was off, lights off, fan at the second lowest, radio playing at very low...
  18. IMA ac voltage output, and possible charging system modifications

    Modifications and Technical Issues
    Hey guys, I am carefully considering getting rid of the entire hybrid battery pack and electronics components out of my insight and using the IMA motor as a "Permanent Magnet Alternator", however I was unsure how to design the rectification and regulation circuits of if off the shelf components...
  19. IMA Light Immediately On Regen

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hello everyone. I purchased my 2004 Gen1 Insight about a month ago with a bad IMA battery. I purchased a grid charger and got the lights to stay off for about 2 days to pass smog until they came back on. The code I was getting was a P1449 flash code 78. After taking the IMA battery apart and...
  20. IMA failed? A/C failure related?

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hello, I have a 2000 Insight, 205k miles. Battery has deteriorated and I have been charging using a Prolong charger. A few months ago I did a deep discharge and recharge. A few drives after that I got the IMA light, P1576 DTC 12. I have the OEM manual, and followed the troubleshooting flow...
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