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car shuts off???

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hey everyone! I am now an offical Insight owner- after 6 long months of waiting- and absolutly LOVE it! So far my only complaint is that the cup holders cant hold a Gaterade bottle (lol I'm a bit of a sport addict so its my fav drink).

I am kind of wondering though about the engin maybe..cutting out for a split second. When I'm on the highway the car sometimes jolts and the little fuel comsumption gauge drops- but not to 0 - and then picks back up. Almost like it just decided that it didnt want to run the engin.
Has anyone else had this problem???

I put the primum fuel in every time -except once cuz the gas was like $1.10 can. - which I know I dont have to but I figured being my first new car I'd be nice to it =)

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Are you running the dashboard in liters/km? If so, then when the instantaneous fuel consumption display goes towards zero, you are burning less fuel. Is it a 5 speed? You are probably simply going into lean burn mode. I assume that the tachometer is not also dropping almost to zero. Is it really a "jolt"? On a flat stretch of highway, at about 90 km/hr, gently ease off of the accelerator, trying to keep the speed almost the same, but letting the fuel consumption decrease. The engine will switch into lean burn mode and the FCD should go down (up in mpg) while almost maintaining speed. This will be easier if the a/c is off, no rain, not cold out.

On the fuel, the Insight was designed to run on regular fuel (about 87 octane) so you don't need to buy the premium - save your money. The "name" brands may have different additives so it might be worthwhile to buy Amoco or Exxon etc instead of the discount places, but many people just buy gas where it is least expensive and do fine. If you buy "cheap" gas and it doesn't run as well, try something else (600 miles later) :) .

Good luck.

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