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Hi folks!
You would think that I would have learned something from my Red 2000 Insight, but no, I had to buy another one! I bought a totaled Blue 2001 at a good price ($1,100). I drove it home a distance of about 200 miles.

There wasn't much wrong with it. I replaced the windshield, ($315) and the 12 volt battery, ($163) so far. It needs a right fender and headlamp assembly. The hood and right door need a little repair, and the right door mirror needs replacement. But other than that it looks pretty good. A buck deer was chasing a doe and ran into the right front of the car.

I took the car to the Honda dealer and they told me that the IMA light was on because it needed a new ECM Electronic Control Module, ($1,100). That was as much as I paid for the car! I coughed-up the money for that, and then got the windshield replaced and the 12 volt battery replaced immediately afterwards at Sears. While driving home from the Sears, 5 miles or so, the battery charging and assist bars went off completely. I believe that the IMA light was off, I can't remember now, it has been several weeks ago. I was able to continue driving home.

Now the dealer is telling me that the IMA Battery Module needs replacement at a tune of $2,100! Right! Like I am going to believe them now? Next thing they would say is that it needs a new IMA Battery Pack. I think I am getting the run-around from the dealer or else no one knows what is wrong and they are just guessing.

I have a compressor noise ($1,375) as well as a shifter (automatic transmission) problem ($577) [I use a screwdriver in the hole by the shifter].

I want to eventually fix all the problems with the car, but I don't want to shell-out $4,500+. The car does drive, do you see any harm in driving it as is till I get things fixed?

By the way, I pulled the ECM out of my Red 2000, and they hooked it up and told me that it would not work. I am very suspicious about that! One other thing, I asked the service writer if I could drive the car without the IMA battery hooked-up, he said he didn't know. I have read on this site that you can. I am beginning to think that I need to do all this work myself, I will know what is going on with the car, and I will save a lot of money and headaches.:(
 

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Correction: The service writer said it needed a IMA Control Module. I guess that it controls the IMA Battery Pack. I have a lot to learn!
 

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You have a lot of reading to do here at ICN "Grasshopper". By a case of beer and start reading.
First get the codes that are set.
All your problems can be solved if you follow the best instructions given here at ICN.
HTH
Willie
 

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For what it's worth, I'm selling a complete IMA battery with computers for a fraction of what they wanted for just the computer. It's a weak battery so it's not a replacement for your own weak battery, but if you need further electronics, it's an option.

Dealers generally have no idea what they're talking about with these cars and are inclined to throw (very expensive) parts at them.
 

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There's almost certainly nothing wrong with your IMA computers... the only failure I've seen is quite specific, and easy to check for (see your other post where I outline that issue). The dealer wants to replace those computers because their diagnostic manual says "IMA issue? Charge customer $$$ to replace computer! Problem still persists? Replace PDU! Problem still persists? Buy a new Honda!"
 
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