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Just thought I'd let you guys know that I bought a Citrus 2001 5sp Insight yesterday. It has been looked after and has a respectable 73 lmpg (imperial). I will now have to change my forum name from The Silver Streaker to The Citrus Smoothie! I never really appreciated how bright the Citrus colour is - hopefully other drivers will see me coming and I will be less likely to be involved in an accident!

The important thing, apart from getting a two year younger Insight, is that I now have a UK specification & warrantied car. This also means that I now have:

*Motorised Headlight Levellers
*Fully working MPH & MPG Display; immobiliser & sidelights warning symbols
*MPH / KMH Toggle Switch
*Rear Foglight built into one side of back bumper (I actually prefer the Japanese importer adaption that is fitted centrally below the bumper on the silver '99)
* A VIN Number at the bottom of the windscreen
*An engine with 0W-20 oil inside (how did the sellers dealer get that oil and mine couldn't?!?)
*No hidden compartment above the rear registration plate and a fitted plastic attachment for the front registration plate.

I am now looking to sell my silver Insight.
As part of the '01 Citrus purchase I also have four unused Honda bumper corner protectors if anyone in the UK wants them.
 

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Awsome! Hope you enjoy your new Insight as much as the last.
 

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Congradulations.

What does and Insight driver upgrade too? Another Insight naturally. Insight, accept no substitute!

Will you remove your "this car sips......." decal before advertising? :wink:
 

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Great news. What is "Motorised Headlight Levellers"

Do you have remote buttons to move the headlights up/down to have a better view if the car has a higher load in the back?
 

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Congrats on the upgrade!!

Now a question, were you heading west on the M4 Sunday afternoon the 25th or it could have been counter clock wise on the M25? only I caught a glimpse of a citrus yellow slipping by in the opposite direction as I returned from the west country to East Anglia.
Just curious as it was the only one I saw in about 450 miles this week-end.


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Yves M. said:
Great news. What is "Motorised Headlight Levellers"

Do you have remote buttons to move the headlights up/down to have a better view if the car has a higher load in the back?
I thought it's mainly an automated feature, which levels the headlights relative to the position/angle of the vehicle.

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Motorised headlamp levelers are common in Europe and are electric motors that raise or lower the reflectors to compensate for different loads carried by vehicles which tend to react more on the rear suspension.Headlamp beams on a car without this tend to blind other drivers when the rear sags due to these loads.
They are controlled by a multi position switch which allows several different heights to be selected.
The first use I know of for this facility was the Citroen 2CV designed in the thirties and built till 89 which had a rotary knob below the dash that linked via a long rod to the headlamp mounts and achieved the same results.
This was necessary due to the Cits soft suspension and ability to carry varing loads.

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Hey Silver ahhhh CitrusStreaker...

Congratulations with your new Insight !! I think it is not that bad a Citrus colored Insight. Don't sell your silverbird and keep it !! Always nice to have 2 Insights 8)
 

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Thanks for the replies guys.

b1shmu63 - I had to remove "my car sips" a couple of months ago when I started using the Silver Insight on official business...

Yves M - Dgate has described the headlight levellers well. There are four different positions to choose from, according to load.

Dgate - Sorry it wasn't me, I picked up the new Insight on the Saturday. I often do the same thing on the motorway, I see a flash of Citrus Yellow and think it might be an Insight. The Citrus colour is actually relatively common and it usually turns out to be a Fiat Punto, Renault Scenic or Citroen Xara etc etc

Windmill - Nice idea but I need to sell the Silver Insight. Can't be paying for two lots of insurance!
 

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CONGRATS!!

Love that Citrus yellow car!!

I am sorry to say that it can't be the least accident prone, I got rear-ended at a full stop, multi-warning border patrol checkpoint. I find it hard to believe that he did not see me.

Oh, well. Best of luck with that good-lookin car! :D
 

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OK, I have gone a bit mad and bought a 2000 Red CVT. I bought it for my wife to learn to drive in. I now (temporarily) have three Insights! :D

The current plan is to sell my Silver and Citrus Insights and keep the Red CVT as a joint car for both me and my wife. Hopefully I will buy an Insight 2 for myself in 2006 and then the Red CVT will become her car (and she can drive herself to the shops :wink: ).

When I get the chance to park all three Insights together, I will take a photo to share with you guys.
 

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Or ....

You could adopt. I mean adopt a child, an 18 year old kid that has his/her driver's permit and you could just give the third car to your new child as a "birthday" gift :)
 

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I was going to ask if it was a manual for her...

Did she try the 5spd and find it too hard to learn?

I am trying to teach 5spd to someone, and I am wondering if the Insight might actually be harder for a learner than other cars.

I first figured that the forgiving nature of the IMA (lugging never seems to really happen woudl be good). However, it seems that the tall gearing may be making it harder.

Maybe this should be a new thread!
 

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Dgate said:
Motorised headlamp levelers are common in Europe and are electric motors that raise or lower the reflectors to compensate for different loads carried by vehicles which tend to react more on the rear suspension.Headlamp beams on a car without this tend to blind other drivers when the rear sags due to these loads.
Wow. We need these in the US. Soooo badly.
 

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