Honda Insight Forum banner

first-time stick driving on Insight

3804 Views 23 Replies 16 Participants Last post by  figgy
I just bought an '01 5-speed Insight on e-Bay, and I have to fly down to Anaheim this week to pick it up. Problem is, I've never driven stick before. Is the Insight an easy car to learn on? It seems like the Auto-Stop function would make stalling I right? Are there any other quirks and foibles I should know about manual Insights?

Much appreciated,

-Igliashon Jones
1 - 1 of 24 Posts

I learned to drive on a stick shift, and learned to depend on "feel" and the engine "sound" to know when to shift. I am a non mechanical person and I can drive one like a pro. So you can do it, I am sure, with a little practice. I test drove a manual Insight, but it is different than others I have driven. The engine is so quiet. I couldn't "hear" when to shift. I was unsure when to shift. I used what were the gears and mph I thought to shift, but didn't feel certain I had it right. I think think 1st and 2nd have a wide mph range, but 3rd, 4th and 5th were narrower than I remember other cars having. So I was in 2nd going 25mph on a side street, rather than 3rd. I bought a CVT which is on it's way, instead, but for different reasons than the transmission.

I found a forum to read about how to drive a standard/manual shift car. It's Maybe reading will help with the reality. Good luck!
1 - 1 of 24 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.