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30yo/male/married/no-kids(still practicing:)/mech. engr./SJSU grad in 1.5yrs/ride all kinds of bicycles/disc golf/hiking...campin/love all kinds of food/owner 97' Ody EX (recumbent and mtb bike hauler), 03' Accord EX-L Navi 4-banger (hers), and as off Saturday the 13th 10 o'clock AM 03' Insight (CVT/AC/19.8k mi/bitchin blue/$15.6k...thanks Jonathan @ Auto Connections)

Simply put this little car is amazing! It's everything my 92' Miata was and more. No one mentions the fun factor, handling and stealth sleeper performance on all the message boards. Everyone seems consumed with drafting semi-trucks to break 110.03445532mpg ;) not that it's a bad thing. If I'd only known that the handling and overall performance was so good, I would have made this purchase a looooooong time ago.

Advice please, here is the short list of items I need to locate and purchase:

- stock wiper blade (probably my local dealer, Tracy Honda)
- factory manual (not included with vehicle)
- 2nd key for wifey, w/ remote
- floor mats, Insight specific would be cool, all weather good also
- touch-up paint (probably my local dealer, Tracy Honda)
- cargo cover (have net but having other options would be great)
- cargo mat (just want to keep her nice and clean)
- Honda Care 100k ext. warr.
- Invisible bra (a friend recommend a brand call Lumor iirc?) est. $750 installed, but she's worth it

Haven't considered any exterior items, still not sure what all is available. Ideally, I'd really like to put a "hidden-hitch" like I had on my Miata (remove the tongue, and you or your shins will never know it's there), so I can haul around bicycles to the trail or century rides in the SF Bay Area and central valley.

Just started reading this egroup, and others...already spent the past couple years off and on reading InsightCentral.net. The news of the Fastrak, and HOV lanes spurred my decision (thanks Zach for the emailed news article:) I am still unclear if I am allowed to cross the bridges (mostly Richmonds, Bencia, Antioch, and Oakland) with the hybrid transponder...during "all hours"???

I'll post some pics when I get them up and report back on my mpg etc. So far I am driving her like a mad loon, sniping unsuspecting sports cars in the corners, and dropping guzzler fuv's off my rear view mirror horizon :) and still getting 46mpg. Will switch the lead foot to a carbon fiber foot starting next week on the commute. The blue color is absolutely stellar...the car is mint inside and out. Plan to install my XM Roadie2 asap, and a MobiBLU 1GB mp3 1" square (check it out at Walmwart.com)

Thanks in advance eh.

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~Nanda

small - 03 Insight "nooblu"???
medium - 03 Accord
large - 97 Ody
 

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Glad you like your Insight. The folks who race them on the weekend would agree with you about the sporty handling. Check out http://www.insightracing.ca

There was an Insight owner posting here a while back that set up an internet buisness selling Insight accessories, try seaching this site for floormats.

Yves built a nice hitch for his Insight. He also added spacers to the rear suspension, which is probably a good idea in this case.
 

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Accordance said:
No one mentions the fun factor, handling and stealth sleeper performance on all the message boards. Everyone seems consumed with drafting semi-trucks to break 110.03445532mpg ;) not that it's a bad thing. If I'd only known that the handling and overall performance was so good, I would have made this purchase a looooooong time ago.
The performance of the Insight is some times over looked. The CVT is good, but the 5 spd is even quicker. I statrted Autoxing my Insight on one SCCA event weekend about 1 year ago. I took the 1990 Miata to the first day and the Insight the second day. I feel in love with the Insight's handeling. If you think the handeling is great stock, try some "R" compound tires (used for racing). The insight will stick to the wall. I have been running the Insight in the local San Diego, CA region. I'm currently in first place in HS class. You'll have to bring the Insight to one of the races and have some fun.

Enjoy the new toy!

Oh yeah BTW the Insight gets great gas mileage as well.

I attached a link to pictures of my Insight with the race wheels and tires and numbers in place.
http://www.we-todd-did-racing.com/wetod ... F5NTQx.jpg
 

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Accordance wrote:
Everyone seems consumed with drafting semi-trucks to break 110.03445532mpg
Not everyone, but we have the only vehicle in the world that is capable of 100 MPG and 100 MPH, (Not at the same time) my Insight has seen both. :D
 

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Welcome to the board! Congratulations!

A lot of your parts are available online cheaper than you'll get them from your local dealer. A qiuck search here will turn up a list of online dealers - often considerably cheaper than your local dealer.

If you don't mind a used remote, probably the best price you'll get is on ebay. The Insight uses the same remote as the CRX (IIRC) - just make sure you get one with the same number on it as the remote you have now. (There are two numbers there - it's been so long since I picked up the second remote that I can't remember which number you need to watch - I think it's the FCC #). Do a search, you should be able to turn up the info you need to get the right remote.

As far as the "invisible bra" - usually either the material will darken with time, or the paint under it won't fade along with the rest of the paint. The ideal solution would be a force field. :D
 

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I don't have a remote at ALL, and I'd like to get one. So...if I don't have the FCC# from one remote...how do I pick one? Thanks all.

and welcome, accordance! i'm new here, too.

Lindsay
 

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Insight Remote FCC ID: E4EG8DJ

S2000 and CRV I believe use the same remote so you can probably find those much cheaper. The remote for the Insight is specific to it having only the lock, unlock, and panic buttons. If you get a S2000 remote like I did you'll have an extra button that does nothing for the trunk pop, but considering how much less you'll spend on one it's probably worth it. If anyone needs programming instructions pm me with your email and I'll send you the file I have.

Key's.... if you have a working key the parts department at your Honda dealership can clone your existing one. You can get this done for less than $20. Have your VIN number handy because they keep track of what keys have been cloned for what vehicles.

I only got one key and remote with my Insight, but was able to put together another set for probably ~$30 by getting a used remote on eBay and having the working key cloned.
 
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