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Well up until recently this car has been trouble-free. However at around 112,000 miles I've started getting a grinding noise coming from the CVT. Happens under load at about 1600 to 1800 RPM. Recently also been getting some noise at low speed when the auto-clutch engages. No warning lights or anything and the transmission still feels smooth. But it sounds like it's deteriorating.

Car always serviced with Honda and always had CVT fluid changed on time. I know how horrendously expensive a replacement CVT from Honda is, so I've emailed a Honda transmission specialist to find out how much having it swapped out for a refurbished one would be.

At some point I'm going to have to change car anyway. The kids are getting taller and it won't be long before rear headroom is an issue. But I'd say up until this point it's been the best and most reliable car I've owned. Not sure I'm ready to part with it yet.
 

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Contacted a lot of transmission specialists and most not willing to work on hybrids. https://www.nwtgearboxes.co.uk/ have got back to me and indicated they can probably do the work. I'm expecting a phone call from them soon to discuss details.

Meanwhile the car is quite drivable and feels fine. With the stereo on I don't notice the noise and I'm switching between D and S to keep it out of the offending RPM range.
 

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So here's the bad news. Dismantling and refurbishing the CVT will be about £3-4k. That's about what you'd pay for an Insight of this age and mileage from a dealer. It's estimated to be off the road for a week while the work is done.

On the other hand, I'm not going to replace the car like for like. If I replace it, it will be with a much newer and more expensive car.

So I'm kinda tempted to go for fixing it. The engine's fine. The car has FSH. It's just had new tyres and an exhaust.
 

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So... In the last service I had at Honda they had overfilled the CVT fluid. About a week or two ago I drained the excess. And gradually the noises have stopped.

It's at the transmission specialist but they now can't find anything wrong. So it looks like a couple of hundred for inspection and fluid flush. Replace a drop-link that was causing a knocking noise on uneven roads. And maybe things will be OK without a big bill.

For the time being I have a brand new Skoda Kamiq hired. And TBH, I prefer driving the Insight. Looking forward to having my car back.
 

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So basically this turned into £400 ish all in for CVT fluid flush and filters. Also I'd noticed a knocking noise from suspension and so a drop-link was also replaced.

Transmission noises have essentially stopped. I suspect they were related to overfilled transmission fluid from when it was last done at Honda.

Annoyingly now I've got the car back I've noticed a rear brake caliper is sticking sometimes (disc gets hot, some noise at times). So that needs adding to the to-do list. I think unfortunately, at 11 years old and 113,000 miles the car has just got to the kind of age and condition where things start to wear out from time to time.
 

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A few weeks later and getting the CVT fluid to the right level and having it flushed seems to have sorted the noises out. There's some very slight lack of smoothness when allowing the car to roll downhill as it adjusts the ratio, but otherwise it's behaving itself.

Rear brakes are a different story, but it looks like neither issue is going to present a big bill, all being well.
 

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So... In the last service I had at Honda they had overfilled the CVT fluid. About a week or two ago I drained the excess. And gradually the noises have stopped.

It's at the transmission specialist but they now can't find anything wrong. So it looks like a couple of hundred for inspection and fluid flush. Replace a drop-link that was causing a knocking noise on uneven roads. And maybe things will be OK without a big bill.

For the time being I have a brand new Skoda Kamiq hired. And TBH, I prefer driving the Insight. Looking forward to having my car back.
I’ve a 2012 Es and use a turkey baster ( glass tube with a rubber too that sucks up excess fluid or tops up )
Works as I do my own oil changes etc but bloody always put a little too much in , anyway this yoke works
 
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