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Advice on Purchasing a new Insight 2006

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I am new to this forum..but have been considering buying a new insight and need some advice. Manual or Automatic? which would get better MPG? I am looking at keeping the costs down..nothing fancy? Air conditioning is a must? Buying advice? Live in Indianapolis? Mainly highway driving to and from work..30 miles each way..I am open to any advice..thanks Dennis
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Insight as Volume hauler?

Valiant118 said:
If you need to haul more than one passenger, or routinely carry a lot of stuff around with you, this isn't your car.
I met a fellow near me here in N. CA, who took his right front seat out of his 2000 Insight, and he puts his kayak inside the passenger compartment on an angle, and all his paddling gear, and it all fits dandy.
Your imagination is the limit. Your persistance is the key.
Enjoy, Berk[/b]
Fred said:

Regarding the 2006 Federal Tax Credit, are you sure of that?

Also, if I may ask, I live in NE Pennsylvania and you're not all that far from me ... by chance did you purchase your Insight from a Pennsylvania dealer?

from the research I did it seemed to be the case - has a webpage that lays out a lot of estimated credit amounts, and they state this:
"By the way: Based on info currently available to ACEEE, the Honda Insight manual, as well as the upcoming Saturn VUE and Chevy Malibu hybrids, may not meet the necessary Bin 5 emissions levels required for the tax credit."

I think it's ridiculous! but it's one of the reasons why I rushed my purchase last year - I wanted a manual transmission hybrid, and the insight is the only model where it's offered.

I got my insight through a NJ dealer (Jersey City). It was a real hassle, I wouldn't recommend them!
I saw that suggested/proposed Federal Tax Credit you reported on. It's a good bit more than I was expecting, not that I'd turn down a lesser amount either.

As for that NJ dealer, thanks for the tip. It's appreciated.

On this end I'll be picking mine up from a NY dealer on Monday AM and I look forward to the drive home; about a 100 mile trip, westbound on I-80.
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