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Are my driving habits compatible with an Insight?

1985 Views 13 Replies 11 Participants Last post by  b1shmu63
After spending hours poring over the topics in this forum, I'm beginning to wonder if I really should be considering an Insight.

I average about 7,000 miles of driving per year. My commute is currently a mere 14.5 miles round trip and I often bicycle to work.

Many of you have looong commutes and Insights with six-digit mileage on their odometers. Would it be harder on the battery packs and electric motor if an Insight had lower mileage, and perhaps frequently spent five days in a row sitting idle in a garage?

The other concern I have after all this reading is that there seems to be wide variations in prices paid (although maybe this is normal--never studied vehicle prices outside beyond a local market) and availability. There are a few new and used Insights in my area, all CVTs. I credit this to the fact that the people knock each other over to get Priuses.

My primary motivation was that I promised myself I'd get a hybrid next car when Insights weren't available yet in '99 and I don't need to seat four with four doors--rather have a hatchback, even a smaller one.

Thanks for all the great advice offered so far!
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I own my car from 2000 to now 2004. I have 66000km on the odometer (probably around 40000 miles) so you are 'about' like I am. I almost always drive in the city.

The only effect I see is that the body receives less rocks so it looks newer than the ones who drive on the highway. The battery pack does not seam to have problems (I do not have recal problems).

I think that, like any other object, the more you use it the more it will wear. So your car will last longer:
then it is a good thing to have an aluminium body.
People who do not drive their car much usually have the body dissapear before the mechanical stuff breakdown.
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