I am interested in buying a 2000 Honda insight. I looked at one and noticed that the SOC (State of charge) was only about 1/2 way up. Upon questioning the current owner he stated that he had just been sitting in traffic and that the meter was usually pretty high up.
This insight had a bad IMA and it needed to be replaced about a year and a 1/2 ago at 56,000 miles. It now has 78,000 miles. Should I be concerned about the SOC being so low for this relatively new IMA? Also the 12volt battery was noticed to be very low on charge and was just replaced.
Could the 12 volt battery have caused the 1st IMA to go bad and have been low for a year and a 1/2 unnoticed? Could this have caused the 2nd IMA to go bad over the past year and a 1/2?
Also is it common for the SOC to show the IMA at 1/2 charge after driving on the highway for 30 consecutive min then exiting and sitting in 15min of stop and go traffic?