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Are my driving habits compatible with an Insight?

2000 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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xcel said:
you might be able to squeeze some fantastic numbers out of a 5-speed Insight even in an all city environment.
Agree w/ Wayne. I had an approx. 5 mile round trip commute on suburban streets with few stops and was consistently able to beat 70mpg in my 5spd. The stops are critical. My current commute has many more stops and speedbumps in it, and I find it hard to get over 60mpg.
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