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This is new for me, although I've had my Insight since January 2000 and 128,000 miles in Northern Calif. My question has to do with the IMA light which just flashed on for two days then when of. No power loss or other issues arose. The Honda dealer said it was failing and needs to be replaced at a cost of $2000. No lights are on and no other signs of malfunction. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm inclined to drive it until the light goes on again and stays on.[/b]
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Power Control Module Replacement

To Aron Cake et al:
I'm not sure I understand your recommendation: Is it to not drive until the light goes on, perhaps forever, or to fix it now? I do want my Insight to see 200m miles Currently 128m miles) but I don't think it will fetch two grand on the market(american $, of course). :)
 

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MCM Replacement &Seats

Thanks for the words of wisdom. This is a teasury of info. While we're at it: where do you get good seat covers or replacements? The Insight's seats were never cool: They're magnets for dirt and impossible to clean.
Lamb seat covers look like junior pimp-moble from the 60's. There most be something that looks and feels better.
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:( Well, I just had my 5 yr old Insight diagnosed as needing a whole new IMA system, including the MCM, the BM and the BCM. And the cost is $5700! far more than the car is worth. All the local dealers want to replace the entire bundle: few dealers or Honda repair shops have a clue in replacing one part or repairing the system. I understand these are literally whole computers , not just a chip, so I can understand they are expensive. I can get the parts used but nobody wants to install them. And of course, nobody will warrent anything. I don't mind putting some money into extending the life of my lil' baby but this is rediculous!

By the way, the HAP yard in Rancho Cordova, Nor Cal, has batteries for less than $1000 if any body needs one. They're $5000-6000 at the dealer. I don't need one yet.........
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:roll:I've been able to drive it with out the IMA for the last week and it runs fine. No zip from or assist from stop lights or going up hils but it still gets 49-55 mi/gal and hits 75....slowly but gently. I'm going to continue too hunt for a good knowledgeable mechanic that can be more specific about what has to be replaced. I've put on about 500 miles without the IMA working and, while not the pistol it was before , it's still OK.

The battery was fully charged when this happened two weeks ago then its gone to zero in a heartbeat. I hope the battery hasn't gone out as well.

Oh, and don't buy the Miata. Its noisey and getting long in tooth.

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