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Hello all, I used to browse these forums a lot and just now found the link once more. Some of you might remember me, but if not, that's fine as well. I had a Honda CRX, which was supposed to last me until after graduation so that I could purchase an Insight for college. However, a couple months back, and bad incident with an animal left my car destroyed:



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Anyways, I now drive a Chevrolet Caprice, and am going to sell it (MPG is too hard) and purchase an RX-7 for this school year, until I can get out a loan for the Insight next year.

The point of my post is to keep anyone who was interested posted on what I have been doing.. Also, I have been doing tons of car shopping and have decided that an Insight is the car for me. I don't know much about them, anything I should look out for next year with them? Also, anyone planning on selling their Insight next year about this time? :wink: haha.. Also want some idea of how much an Insight would be about that time? If it has high miles, thats fine by me.. I just don't want to get screwed. Thank you for any and all responses I get from this post, and happy driving :p
 
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Hi SinisterCRX:

___Sorry to hear about your baby. What kind of animal jumped out into the road? By the appearance of the background, (open, not fenced, plowed rows, and steep ditch) was it a fox? Also, what type of damage besides what we see from the pic? If it is not bad, you could always just pull that fender away and tie down the hood and drive it until the wheels do actually fall off if the underpinnings and ICE are still in good shape. It might be your best cost saving measure until you are ready for college.

___As far as Insight’s for sale, mine will be soon enough but they are available now and they will be available next year about this same time as well. Unless we have $3.00 + a gallon gasoline that is ;)

___Good Luck with the repairs if you decide to go that route.

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
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Hi Eric:

___I have met and far exceeded every goal I had set for my “Little Beauty” but my job may be changing with a much shorter commute very soon. With that, a 2006 Honda Fit w/ a 1.4 iDSI has my name all over it. I have the Corolla LE and Ranger XLT to get me through the late fall, winter, and spring so it is not like I need an automobile immediately. The only real negative is that the Honda Fit might only receive 50 - 60% of the Insight’s highway mileage which I will miss greatly :(

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
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I can't conceive of a car getting totalled by a fox. Must have been a deer. He should have used his deer whistle.
 

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It looks like the car went into at least one ditch, so it may not have been the animal that directly caused the damage...having said that, the deer whistle is equalled in uselessness only by those pest devices that emit various frequencies...and chiropractic.
 

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Anyways, I now drive a Chevrolet Caprice, and am going to sell it (MPG is too hard) and purchase an RX-7 for this school year, until I can get out a loan for the Insight next year.
You're selling the Caprice for an RX-7 in an attempt to get higher MPG? Wow. Get ready for a wakeup call...You'll be around 8-18 MPG in the RX-7, and don't expect it to be a cheap car to operate.
 

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Wayne,

If you sell your insight you want be able to do a cross country mpg champion race. Would love for Honda to sponser such an event. I am over the 100K mark now and expect to drive mine well past 300K mark. I will be driving out to St Louis in Sep perhaps we can meet somewhere in between for Dinner and Insight discussions. My Lmpg is up to 90.2 now. Have fun, RIck
 
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Hi Rick:

___I would love to run one of those and especially with you, Billy, and Chisight in a 2 car Insight caravan. Boy would we make a statement to Honda and the world! When you head to St. Louis, give me call as I would love to meet up with you.

___Great job on the 90.2 lmpg. I only have about 2 months of semi-warm weather left so she will probably top out around 91.5 - 92.0 lmpg and then begins the long slow fall of < 32 degree F winter driving :(

___As for the Insight leaving the fold, unfortunately with my job situation, a much shorter commute expected, and the Insight being the third of four cars we don’t need to pay insurance on … I am sure you can understand :(

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
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Hi, a Rabbit or some small creature went in front of me. I hit the brakes, they locked and I skidded right across the hot tar.. and then my one drum unlocked and the other stayed locked.. Look up to see what happened :-\

Aaron Cake, is really that bad, even stock? The one I'm looking at is a 1g RX-7, NA. I was thinking it was more around the 25-30 range.
 

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Aaron Cake, is really that bad, even stock? The one I'm looking at is a 1g RX-7, NA. I was thinking it was more around the 25-30 range.
Subtract 10MPG from those numbers, and you're about right. They're really not that bad on the highway...Around 20-25MPG. But in the city if falls to around 15-10MPG, with the lower number being more common.

The rotary is a great engine, but a fuel saver it is not. Besides, there's no way you'll be driving this car easily. The moment you experience the engine above 6K, you'll never want to let it below that point again...
 

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Hi, a Rabbit or some small creature went in front of me. I hit the brakes, they locked and I skidded right across the hot tar.. and then my one drum unlocked and the other stayed locked.. Look up to see what happened :-\.....
So what happened to the rabbit? Boy, you got a ton of self-sacrifice points coming your way. :wink:
 

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Aaron Cake - Thanks for that bit of info. I've driven them before, I know what you mean about them going above 6000 RPM's. Its crazy. Too bad they dont get as good as MPG as I thought.. 15-20 would still be better than the 10 or so I'm currently getting :roll:

Holicow - Well, I guess he ran away. I don't even brake now when I see animals.. If I hit one, I hit one. My car was pretty low to the ground though, I was worried about screwing up my bumper.. and look at it now.. :evil:
 

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Holicow - Well, I guess he ran away. I don't even brake now when I see animals.. If I hit one, I hit one.
Not a bad plan, but probably more important to practice your panic stops (or buy an ABS car).

This is how you spin out: First you lock the front brakes. You have no steering, so your steering reflex goes 'open loop' and you start oversteering bigtime. Then you let off enough for the fronts to start rolling. But you're at a high steering angle with lots of weight on the front (because you're on the brakes). Maybe a big slow car you can correct, but in a sporty car you're toast.

For non-ABS the idea is to squeeze the brakes (so you get weight transfer before lockup), then if you get lockup steer straight and let off so you roll. Then press again, but a little less hard so it squirms but doesn't break loose. There's no chance of getting this right on the first try... you have to practice. I'd go out in the caprice to a wet parking lot and try it at 20 or 30. After a while you can move up to a dry deserted road with your Rx-7. This was tough on my '85 Accord... a sporty car is going to take serious skill.

The only hitch is that 'stomp and steer' is the right thing for ABS. Once you get one of those you need to re-learn your instincts.
 

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Found your Insight

Honda Insight 2001 $15,399 42,988 Tamarac,
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hey sinister, where you from in PA? Just curious because that road looks familiar...
I live in the Pitt area and had to go to the DC area to buy one since the dealerships around me don't keep any in stock.
 

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hey sinister, where you from in PA? Just curious because that road looks familiar...
I live in the Pitt area and had to go to the DC area to buy one since the dealerships around me don't keep any in stock.
It's in a small town called Prospect, you've probably never heard of it. I know I'm going to have to travel to find an Insight, I've only seen one, ever. :wink:
 
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