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I just got off the phone with Honda Motorwerks in La Crosse WI. According to the salesperson, Joe B., they just got the catalog for 2005...which included the Insight and apparently new colors as well though he didn't go into details.

Apparently the owner thought they were being discontinued and was going to keep their last blue one for himself. Still waiting for him to make a decision and let me know.
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My current drive is a '99 Ford Ranger XLT. I'm getting 16-19 mpg. My regular commute is 13 miles, from Westmont to Itasca, all non-highway (route 83). For this, I'm not expecting miracles.

However...

I'm a PC tech for US Cellular. So my job regularly has me driving all over Chicagoland, As far north as Gurnee and as far south as Lansing. In addition to Chicagoland I support stores as far east as Fort Wayne IN, to Springfield IL. I hit these remote locations up to 5 times a month. I also love traveling by car. Road trip to Key West, Vegas, New Orleans, etc.

Three years ago I test drove an Insight and I would have bought at that point if the dealer hadn't jerked me around on my trade in (the blasted ranger again) and I couldn't find another one at a different dealer.

Times have changed. I'm almost done paying for my truck ($1007.78 and counting) and my fiance just bought a Jeep Wrangler. She didn't realize they sucked gas like it was no one's business and it would be nice to help her out.

As for the unattractiveness. I love the way the Insight looks. I would get a silver one and do a gullwing conversion if I thought I could get it to look like an updated Delorean (love that movie). As for drivability, we both know how well the State of Illinois takes care of its roads. For you non-Illini, that means "badly." I've been driving a small truck for the last five years and I could really get used to the stiffer, less bouncy ride.
During my test drive several years ago, I noted that the interior felt more like my old Ford Aspire than my fathers Civic. Though the trim is sparse, I would much rather have the more comfortable seating position of the Insight over the Ranger or the Jeep that I was planning on replacing Old Red for.

My truck gets an average 17mpg. My fiance's 4 cyl Wrangler gets about 16. I simply cannot afford to feed both tanks on a regular basis and though the payments of a $20,000 car are not much different from my truck, I can much easier offset that by the lower annual fuel cost. Even if I drive it poorly and get only 50 mpg, I'll be 25mpg over the best I've ever gotten in my truck.

I don't want to piss anyone off here, so don't take it badly. It seems that everyone (minus my father and fiance) is trying to talk me out of this. I have been thinking about this for three years and the current prices of gasoline do not help.

Just think, when gas drops back down to 99cents per gallon, we'll all be able to buy a new house! I appreciate that the Insight is not for everyone. But my truck is no longer for me, and my fiance is counting on me.

Oh the joys of responsibility :)
 

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No worries. The time is just right though. At the beginning of the month I had a motorcycle accident (always wear a helmet, it saved my life) and the insurance settlement came out to about $1500 more than I expected, and coupled with what I was saving for a down payment, I can knock the price down a notch. I couldn't ask for better circumstances. The planets are in alignment. The cards say go for it.

I've seen the hybrid Civic and photos of the Fit. IMO, the Civic looks like an old Ford Escort and the Fit is a bullet. TCO isn't really a big deal for me, the 18K I spent on my truck is only returning 3500 but I've gotten much more use out of it than I expected. I'm putting my money on Honda's reputation for long lasting cars and I plan to keep this for at least 8 years, likely more.

Thanks though
 

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$20,870. I'll definitely be seeing you. I know theres another blue that lives near me as I've seen it half a dozen times getting onto 83. Can't remember the plates though. If I get a chance I'll flag him/her down.

Maybe we can go on a road trip sometime
 

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Looks alone

I would have accepted the Civic...had it not looked like an old 4 door Escort. My dad drives a Civic coupe and it's quite attractive.

Yeah yeah yeah, they're putting it up against the Prius, but can't they make it a bit prettier?

IMHO
 

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Billy, I see you are right, my bad.

Tru,
You are absolutely correct. They were extremely friendly and professional. The owner is truly mad for these cars. If they gave you the schedule of events I'll probably be seeing you at one when I can get away. If the schedule has not been posted here I'll try to put it up.

http://www.4ahybrid.com/
 
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