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New member here, trying to decide if Insight is worth it

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Obviously, the Insight is worth it to the owners here, but I'm trying to decide if it will be worth it to me in my own personal circumstances.

I currently drive a Honda Del Sol, which is enjoyable especially during Spring and Fall, but I really want better gas mileage than the low 30's I'm getting with it. It cost me about 5 grand, but it's paid in full, and has so far not had any major problems at 140k miles. I'm currently a student with a very small commute, but for those roadtrips and trips home, it would be handy. I'm also moving to Houston for the summer where I'll have at least a 25 mile commute to work. The increased mileage of an Insight would be extra nice here.

I considered purchasing a used Insight until I read the forums here for a week or two. The general direction I was getting from owners was to buy new to get the warranty and possibly a tax break. I even called the dealer and found that I could have new one in two weeks if I pay a deposit. However, purchasing an Insight would require me taking out a loan, and I will be paying it at least until April 2007. Plus, from what I've read here, there won't be a tax credit for the 2006 Insight, and may or may not get a tax deduction.

So, while this will be a personal decision, I wouldn't mind some input from experienced Insight drivers (and possibly some individuals older and wiser than me). Is the better gas mileage worth getting into a car loan, and will the savings really pay for themselves in my case?
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I purchased my Insight used last fall. Before this car I drove a Del Sol for many, many years. My main reason for purchasing the Insight was because of the access to the carpool lane which cuts 10-30 minutes off my comute each day. I recently looked at what I paid for gas for the last few thousand miles compared to the last few thousand miles on the Del Sol. There was not a huge savings. I think I actually paid a little more for the Insight gas because of higher gas prices. I did buy less gas, but not a mind blowing amount. I kept the Del Sol because if I ever change jobs I will probably go back to driving it because it is all paid for. So finacially I would stay with the Del Sol because it got decent milaege....That being said I LOVE THE INSIGHT I don't know if I could part with it!! Anyone want to buy my Del Sol??
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