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Battery charge level

5231 Views 19 Replies 11 Participants Last post by  Mike Dabrowski 2000
Hi fellow Insight owners,
I am curious if anybody has noticed what I have been noticing about the battery state of charge meter in the 2000 5 speed Insight.
I bought mine used @ 23,000 miles and have driven it 1000 miles thus far.

I notice that the meter shows charge draining really fast under half to full acceleration as well as when climbing hills. For instance, the meter is near full and after a half to one mile of acceleration later the charge indicator shows half charge or even 1/4th charge.

On a similar note, I feel as if something is off kilter on the way the accelerator pedal is functioning. It is almost difficult durring cruising to not allow power to be used from the battery to assist. On the other hand, full acceleration use of the battery/motor seems not to give all that much power for accelerating.

I appreciate any comments on this subject.
2000 Silver 5 spd
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On My 2000 5 spd I notice a drastic usage of battery power when making long hill climbs. Trips to San Diego on I-8 I will see My battery deplete and recharge a minimum of 4 times. I will drop to 4th as soon as I hit the grade and keep RPMs at around 3000-3500. as the battery level drops I will drop to 2nd and maintain RPM at approxiamtely 3500-4000 and recharge battery while maintaining speed up hill (this is a steep long grade about 18 miles of grade). On flat ground which is what most My commute is I can maintain a charge level of about 3/4 most times and notice a "recalibration" discharge about every 2 weeks (my comute is about 80 miles day).
On MIZR teh SOC calibrations seemed to really get more frquent just before My battery pack died. I would see a recalibration sometimes 2 times in 45 mile comute. But the biggest concern just prior to or should say reason I took MIZR in for a check up was the IMA light and the CEL coming on. I had complained several times prior to toal failure of battery pack of a IMA light coming on while traversing the "grapevine" section of I-5 but it would go off and stay off once i stopped and restarted the engine with the key. Now i havnt seen recalibration since having the battery module replaced and it seems to hold a steady charge level even better than when MIZR was new.
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