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For a 2000 Insight (purchased 8/1/05 as a used vehicle)

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Keyless Remote

The remote that I got was broken, and did not have a hatch unlock button. A replacement that I just got has a hatch unlock button.

Should I be able to unlock the hatch with this button? It doesn't do anything, even if I hold the button down for a few seconds. To open the hatch, I have to hit the unlock button twice, which also opens the passenger side door.

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Tires

The spec tire is: P 165 / 65 R 14 78 S

What I have are:

65K - Bridgestone, Insignia SL (USA) P175 / 65 R 14 81 S M+S Trac A Temp B Tread 460 44 PSI max cold

??K - Delta, Essex (China) 175 / 65 R 14 82 H M+S Trac A Temp A Tread 340 36 PSI max cold

I found that the only tire that meets specifications is the Bridgestone Potenza RE92 $80 each

One tire store said that the 165 is hard to find, and expensive. If I'm on the road, and have to wait for one, it could be a long time. 175's are common, and much less expensive. They go for $49 to $95 each.

The dealer said that the 175 could reduce fuel efficiency, and throw off the speedometer. One tire store said that a taller tire means that it turns less, which slows the engine down. This would be easier on the engine, because it would use fewer RPM's. If the speedometer were off, it would be 1 mph slower, if at all.

One tire store recommended getting the 175, in any of the following tires (which are low rolling resistance):
a) the Bridgestone, Potenza $84
b) the Goodyear, Integrity $87
c) best: the Michelin, Harmony 80K $89

I have been getting 55 mpg with my current set of tires, doing mixed city and highway driving.

Any commments as to if it's a good idea or not to keep my current set of tires, or would you recommend geting 4 new ones in 175 that are LRR (like the Michelein, Harmony), or would you say to upgrade two at a time in 175's to LRR?

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Battery

I had the OEM battery, 279 cold cranking amps. It died on me once, I had it tested, and found it to be going bad.
Two battery stores said that they they could not tell what battery it was, or what the car took. I was finally referred to a motorcycle battery store, and they put in : Type 51-50, cold cranking amps 450, $59.95, 4 year warranty
I called another battery store, and they said that the Optimus is the battery for the Insight, a gel battery, cca 500, $139.99

Do you think I'm ok with the 51-50?
 

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mb1285 said:
Should I be able to unlock the hatch with this button? It doesn't do anything, even if I hold the button down for a few seconds. To open the hatch, I have to hit the unlock button twice, which also opens the passenger side door.
This is normal behaviour. The OEM remote does not have a dedicated button to unlock the hatch.
 

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Hi mb1285 and welcome to the forum :!: :D

Most of your questions are common to a new Insight owner and have been asked and answered several times. Try the forum search feature.

However I'll touch on them briefly:

Pressing the remote 2 tines in the interval that unlocks the passenger door should also unlock the hatch, but you'll have to manually release it.

Any other LRR tire other than the OEM's aren't as "LRR" and you will limit your hyper MPG potential with the benefit of better handling in extreme conditions and a smoother ride. Its your choice. Just try and match the circumference as closely as possible to minimize MPH, Odometer and MPG display error.

The 12v battery's capacity is a minimal factor in its service life for an Insight because it will rarely be used (except in cooold conditions when the 12v back-up starter may be needed). A 51 series battery will be more than sufficient.

Again there are several threads on your 2 latter questions. And quite recent too. Review at the first 3 pages of the most approptate forum or try the forum search feature :idea:

HTH! :)
 
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