Hello, I just bought an 2000 Insight from an auction with blown engine. Wher can I get a used low mileage engine? Longblock will be fine as I will be putting in the engine myself. Also looking for the rear wheel covers.
Thanks for your response. I have only got to look at the car 2 times since I got it. The first time I checked it out I lifted the hood and saw the valve cover off and the camshaft was broken 3/4 way down from the cam gear side. I then looked in the back of the car and saw what seemed to be the block girdle or block itself. I have not had enough time to research on the engine, but it seems that the block is made up of two pieces. Anyways it didn't look good. I do almost all my own mechanic work and looking at it for a little told me that a used engine would be my best option. I will take pics on Monday and post them. Now that I will see the engine internals exposed I might have to get into some special internal mods so that I can run some turbo boost like the (Red Rocket)!
I fully inspected the blown engine in the car. To start of the camshaft is broken, all 3 connecting rods broken, and a hole in the block on #3 cylinder. The only thing salvagable is the crank, block, misc assy.,and maybe cyl head. I was going to replace the engine but I'm going to turn the car into a drag race car and put a K20a out of a RSX type S. I found another Insight with low miles that I wil keep as a Hybrid. I will try to post pics of the damage soon. In the meantime anybody need a used IMA, trans, battery etc. 98,000 miles.
About a year ago there was a guy in Miami who was installing an "electric turbo" on an Insight (dealer).
I had his web site on my favorites list (think I deleated it) and I think I posted some comments about the setup on the "turbocharged Insight" thread.
Basically it was a turbo spun by an electric starter motor.
Could this be the same vehicle? I'll do some more searching and see what I can find.
Back in 03 I inquired at a Honda dealership about the price of a "short block" and a long block, "JUST IN CASE".
I was quoted 1,500 for the short block and 3,000 for the long block.
Maybe I should check again......
I will be pulling the engine and tranny out of a rolled 2000 Insight that only had ~40K on it, sometime next week. We are mainly interested in the tranny and the IMA motor for building a hybrid technician training demo of a 3 phase brushless motor.
The guy that owns the car had suggested we sell the engine (it runs fine) on e-bay.
Not sure what he would want or how you could get it, but if you change your mind about needing an engine, send me a PM, and I can connect you to the guy.