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I'm going to a dealer soon to look at some cars and one of the ones I'm interested in is the 2010 insight for $5,995 it's has 127k miles on it and was wondering it if would be worth it to buy I am mainly concerned about how long the battery will last. Also I've heard that the insight burns through oil very fast is that true?

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That offer sounds reasonable.

The oil consumption issue is limited to 2012 and early 2013 Insights. A 2010 will not lose any oil at all.

Hybrid battery failures are highly uncommon with the second gen Insight, maybe a couple from very hot climates.
Mileage is no concern for the battery; long periods of disuse is.
The OEM 12 Volt battery is a known weak point. Have it replaced when you are in doubt, monitor its voltage anyway. But they are cheap.
I expect a 2010 to be already on its second 12V battery.

Make sure the service history is complete.
Check for CVT fluid changes and the spark plug change. The Insight uses 8 iridium plugs which last very long but are not cheap to replace.

When you do a test drive check whether the transition from low speed to higher speed (around 10 to 15 mph) and vice versa is smooth. a slight bump is common, a stronger jerking or shuddering is not. These often clear up with a proper CVT fluid change - but not always.

At speed check for a high-pitched whine around 60 mph. Mine does that, while most other Insights don't. You would not notice it with the radio on, it is not that hard - but I'd rather not have that anyway.

When hit with side wind at or above 50 mph there can be a burring sound from the top windscreen seam if that is not tight. Should be an easy fix with kit, but again - better to have one where the seam is tight.

Check out the rims and tires.
The Insight is sensitive to tire pressure, especially when it is lower than standard.
Many find handling improves with slightly higher pressure than the door sticker advises.
185 mm width tires on 16 inch rims are noticeably more precise than 175 width 15s which were OEM to 2010 Insights. The ride is more firm, economy nearly the same.

The Insight horn and halogen low beams are not impressive. I replaced them with an Accord (high tone) horn and cheap Chinese HIDs which works out quite well. LED grids in the dome and boot lights are an easy improvement too.

The Insight is a reliable car, good value for money.
Have a look around, do some searching.
Post a picture when you do buy it :)
 

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I'm going to a dealer soon to look at some cars and one of the ones I'm interested in is the 2010 insight for $5,995 it's has 127k miles on it and was wondering it if would be worth it to buy I am mainly concerned about how long the battery will last. Also I've heard that the insight burns through oil very fast is that true?

Thank you for your time.


I got my 2010 @118k km for 11k CAD after tax and all other charges... and yes I live in a country with stupidly high tax :( the asking price for the car was 9000 I believe


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im looking forward to a 2nd 2011 Insight, 60000km.
really do serious homework about Insights, found pros and cons.
is the odometer tamper-proof? that 60000km reasonable for a 2011 Insight?
what other factors should i check when seeing that car?
 

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for most cars this applies

As for odometer, do a carfax. Go on feebay and you can find generous folks selling them for only $4. I have used them numerous times. They are fast like in minutes you get a pdf emailed to you. Then make sure the registration events and current mileage is correct and makes sense. I used to know a car salesman who drove so much he had the miles taken off before he smogged the car and it was like 2007ish sti or wrx.

Check the body panels and make sure the stickers are visible and not painted over.
Check the inside of the oil cap and inside of the valve cover to make sure you dont see gunk or brown caking in the cap.
Use you finger and wipe the inside of the tail pipe. If its gooey run away, as that indicates oil burning/piston ring faliure. It should be a dry residue, black is normal or none at all is great and means it hasn't been floored all the time. If the shocks feel soft use that as a price lowing point by calling a local stealership and getting a quote for shock replacement. And if it needs shocks then use one of the cheap honda sites like majestic or honda parts cheap depending which side of the country you are in. You can also make a friend at the local parts counter and show them what you can buy the parts for and they may try to match it. I was able to get cvt fluid for only 7.60 a quart (bought a case for that price).
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Bought my 2010 new fully loaded with navi and what not.

Installed custom leatherClazzio seat covers. Built in seat heaters,under dash led lighthing, LED fog lights, Front and back DVR with back up camera and some more. (all done by myself so it cost pennies... all my mods combined don't even break $1000)

Even now 7 years later i can tell you that the navigation system,steering wheel controls, and and bluetooth is more than enough feature wise to hold it's own against newer cars. And from first hand experience it's a easier to use system than the lexus, mercedes and bmw navis and voice controls.

Take it for a test drive. Drive it hard and fast on some turns and straight aways. Mess around with the RPM with the manual paddle shifters while in sport mode. Then drive it with minimal gas pedal at highway speeds. See if it can maintain a 40'ish average mpg.

If you don't hear strange noises in any of those scenarios and under the hood everything looks good clean enough you probably have a great used car.

They are pretty simple mechanically so really reliable. I wouldn't overthink it. Esspecially for that $.
A new cheap 20k insight level car will cost you about 5k a year to finance so even if it only lasts a few years you're still in the green.,

Also pro tip...i heard if you get it in white and tinted with good black tints all around and slap on a shark fin antenna it will add an additional 80 horsepower.
 

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Got my 2010 Insight today with 62000kms only.

I just got my Insight a few hours ago. Paid 12000 after taxes but extremely clean , 1 owner, and only 62000kms.

Would you guys say this was a fair price for the car that I paid or it could be better?

Thanks in advance.
 

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I just got my Insight a few hours ago. Paid 12000 after taxes but extremely clean , 1 owner, and only 62000kms.

Would you guys say this was a fair price for the car that I paid or it could be better?

Thanks in advance.
Depends on where you are and what model you got. For an EX NAVI and Canadian dollars, you probably did fine.

62,000km=38,525mi
 

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I anticipate picking up a 2010 Insight with 91000 km (56544 miles) soon, for about $8k CAD. It's spot on the KBB value and comes with winter tires on rims and a locking roof rack. I figure that's a good deal.

My question is how I should go about verifying the health of the hybrid battery. I'll be bringing it to a Honda Dealer, but I'm not sure if their inspection includes that or if that info is available through the OBD interface. Have any tips?
 

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If you test drive it and it AutoStops when you stop at the lights (once it is warm and Eco mode is on and the gear lever in D), if you brake and the needle on the left goes to the bottom of the green zone for max regen, if you accelerate hard and the needle is happy to go way up in the blue for full support;
If the car spent its days in Canada (instead of Arizona, Texas, Florida, Death valley);
If the car has not been parked unused for several months at a time;
then the battery is most likely OK.

Gen2 battery failures are rare, even while many do not meet the above criteria. If it behaves well don't worry about that; check the service history for CVT oil changes as that gets postponed sometimes which may be harmful. It should be replaced at least once every 40.000 km.
Even so, there are Insights about on the original CVT oil after 100000 miles, but they do reward regular changes by improved handling. A well maintained CVT gearbox should outlast the car.

A 2010 Insight does not have the 2012/13 piston ring oil consumption issue so you are good on that. (Honda fixes it for free under TSB 16-101 btw.)

OBDII tools do not show the service history. You need the book.
A Honda dealer should be able to tell you the history of the car and if all recalls have been done.
 

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Thanks for the tips! I've got the pre-purchase inspection done and everything looks in good shape. Just basic crap like the brakes are low on life, tires need rotating and the 12v is borderline. I'll be driving it again and checking the green and blue zones and turning off eco and seeing how it can handles a hill, that sort of thing. I could well be buying it tomorrow.

Have any recommendations for 12v batteries? The only suggested battery with Canadian Tire is pretty poorly rated.
 

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And if you get the updates, the car will perform better. Only way to check on this is to have it plugged in at a Honda dealership.
 

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That's really good to know! I'll make sure the firmware is updated when I take it in to deal with the driver side airbag recall. Thanks!
 
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