I hope you are right. While I haven't seen any firm quotes from Honda, the rumors I heard were about 2-3 times as much as your numbers.Hambone said:Back when I got my Insight in mid 2000, Honda originally estimated that replacing the battery pack would cost somewhere around $1,500, but more recently I've seen estimates closer to $1,000.
I seriously doubt that. Since the Insight will be discontinued, Honda won't spend more development $$ on its battery. The battery packs for the Civic and possible future hybrids are significantly different and definitely not interchangable. So there will be little if any trickle-down to the Insight.I'd imagine as battery technology advances, and Honda increases the number of cars it is selling with its IMA system (currently only the Insight and Civic Hybrid, but I'd imagine within the next few years the CR-V and the Accord at very least will come in Hybrid versions), the cost of replacing the batteries will decline.
Now you are getting seriously wrong. No offense, but the battery pack is made out of 120 cells, connected in series and mounted in sticks of 6, two of wich form one module (12 cells). If a cell goes bad, yes the rest will still operate for a while, but the shortened cell will increase the packs internal resistance and reduce the voltage, significantly reducing available power. It will also increase the strain put on the other cells, causing them to die soon after. Once one cell dies, the pack is needs to be replaced. There will be an IMA light and error code indicating this when it happens.The pack is not one battery but 16, and while over the life of the pack individual elements of the pack may go bad, the others should continue to function, albeit at a total capacity somewhat lower than it had been.
The cells are made by Panasonic. There is a thread lower in this forum has has the part number and price. If you have the patience, I'm sure you could buy each cell individually and assemble a new pack.Tim Maddux said:insight battery info:
Can't find a 3rd-party source for the batteries to get a decent price estimate (as opposed to what Honda would charge for a parts replacement).
I knew they were Panasonic, that's what my links were to. I found the part number elsewhere in these forums. HHR-650D.Aaron Cake said:The cells are made by Panasonic. There is a thread lower in this forum has has the part number ...
I wouldn't worry about it. First of all, they're just rumors, and I've been hearing the same rumors for years (that there would be no 2002 Insight. or that there would be no 2003 Insight). Now there will be no 2004 Insight. Or maybe no 2005.Coyote said:...the first time I heard about the Insight being discontinued was in these forums. Suggested links/reading for me to followup on?