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I have recently bought a 2001 Blue Insight from Toyota of Orange for $12800. It has a 3 month warrenty, AC, MT and 55K miles. Driving to Sunnyvale on 101(near San Jose) I got 55 mpg at 70-75mph. I have now joined this forum where I learned I better check my tires and the OAT plug. Sure enough the tires were at 32psi and the OAT was unplugged. Now autostop works as advertised and my 1/2 city 1/2 freeway driving at around 60mph is up to 64.8.
The reason I bought this car is that my new commute will be Minden NV to San Francisco Airport seven times a month. 500 miles round trip and two crossings of the Sierra Nevadas. Thats 3500 a month for the next 11 years until I retire. The poor car will be left out at the airport right by the bay. Think it will last? I plan to keep right up on the maintence but 400,000 miles will be a lot. Previous car was a 1983 Corolla that only got 26mpg and had four inches of water in it after the New Years storm.
The 60mpg and use of carpool lane was the clincher vs an older MBZ 240D or a mid-90s Buick both of which get suprisingly good mileage, are comfortable and "CHEAP"(I am a pilot after all!). A new Corolla, KIA or Chevy could have been purchased for the same $12.8, but they would be stripper models and their real world mileage just didn't add up compared to the Insight.
So, I am a guy who bought a clean hybrid becasue it was the most practical car out there. How about that!
Rusty
 

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Congrats on the purchase and welcome!

The poor car will be left out at the airport right by the bay. Think it will last?
Well, as you probably know, most of the car is aluminum and plastic so it is not subject to the amount of rust that other cars would accumulate. There is just enough steel in the car to be annoying, I wish they hadn't used any (carbon fiber brakes, anyone?).

Given the low cost of maintenance, high fuel mileage, and aluminum construction, it sounds like you made a good choice.

Hopefully you can find a good service facility that knows what they're doing. That seems to be a rarity these days (and I'm referring to more than just Insight maintenance and repairs. I've had some pretty bad experiences with Subaru and Nissan dealers as well).
 

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Hey, almost neighbors!

I assume you'll be mostly be driving 207 into South Lake Tahoe, then 50 to Sacramento? The climbs into SLT and over Echo Summit are a bit steep. Plan to take them in 3rd, maybe 2nd gear in spots. Otherwise you shouldn't have any problems: I drive 50 and the Mt Rose Hwy a lot.

Of course there are going to be days in winter when you won't want to try the trip in an Insight, or any other 2WD car. Cable chains work ok (a bit of a bear to get on, with the limited clearance), and you should be able to go as long as the snow's not up to the belly pan. If that happens... well, let's just say that the Insight does not make a good snowplow :)
 

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Glad to know there are some people around me. I have a 1999 Tahoe when I need 4wd, and I will be taking either 88 to 89 to 50 or take 88 to 99 to 4 to 5 to 580. I have to figure out which is best. We'll see how it handles the mountains but since I spent 20 years with 40hp Beetles I foresee no problems.
Now as for service, my wife saw a red Insight driving down our street in Minden so there is another one in this area anyway, but if I need Honda's help I plan to use Hopkins Honda in Sunnyvale. I still have connections in that city, plus there is always an Insight in back so someone that works there must own one.
Think I'll have any resale value when I hit 400,000 miles in 2016?
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Ah, taking the scenic route, I see. And avoiding the SLT traffic - though it didn't used to be too bad if you cut behind the casinos (just before the state line), then down Pioneer Trail to join 89/50 past the Y. I haven't driven all the way down towards Sacramento in years, though.

I don't know much about service, since I do all my own work. I do know the Honda dealer in Reno was pretty clueless: when I was originally looking for one, their sales people didn't even know what an Insight was. The Carson one is better, at least they knew, and were willing to scout around to see if they could find one, though I wound up buying one off eBay.
 

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Welcome rusty

About water in your Corolla after a storm ..... you should check threads on this forum about water coming in around the drivers door.

Not saying it will happen to you (it hasn't happened to me - but my car is stored under cover) - but its worth checking the posts to see if there is any preventative maintenance you can do.
 

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As a pilot you will probably feel more at home in the Insight than most. Sure reminds me of a small aircraft, but a lot quieter, and you don't have to wear the heavy headset with a boom mike! :wink:
 
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