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We are new to this group. Purchased a 2003 silver 5sp 4 days ago. We are in the midst of a significant storm here in Colorado. Was just driving vehicle to test it in snow and both shields on the undercarriage hit snow or water or ice (its not that deep, maybe 3-4 inches on road, but is wet and heavy) and peeled back, ripping out from the bolts and the plastic grommets nearly to the back of the car. It also cracked the cover in a few places, perhaps when I was backing up?

Has anyone had a similar problem? How was it fixed? Did Honda cover under warranty? What were the costs, if not under warrantly? Most importantly, how about a permanent solution to this issue - it would seem to be a serious design flaw!?

We like the car a lot, but if it can not be driven in snow, then it should be clearly adervtised as such. Moreover, we would not have purchased the car if we had know of its limits in this regard!

Any help would be much appreciated.

billy and stacy
 

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Clearly the Insight is not a real "snow car". We have a Subbie WRX and a Saab SPG as well. They are more capable in the snow... Nevertheless, the Insight should be able to handle some snow, and it should not be afflicted with an easily avoidable problem such as we just have experienced. We really feel that something is remiss in the design of this undercarriage "shield". It is held on by a few bolts and whimpy grommetts. The amount of plastic that actually is grabbed by these fasteners is tiny - a small strip really. There are indents and lips and what not that seem to have caught on snow/water and caused the sheild to pull back/off.

If Honda really "snow tested" this vehicle, it was not done in Colorado! How can they think that the way this shield is attached will last, either in more severe driving conditions or over time?

So our solutions are:

- Replace and remount with wider washers (thanks for that idea). Hope for the best. Insist that this is a warranty item.

- Drive something else in the snow (making this a less than satisfying answer).

- Remove shields entirely. HAS ANYONE DONE THAT? Whats the impact of losing these? mileage drop? protection of underbelly parts?

- Replace with more robust units [OEM plastic is flimsy and weak - should be about twice as thick as it is and reinforced with metal inserts/flanges around mounting points]. DOES ANYONE KNOW of an after market fix for this part?

- Suffer through what should not be happening on a 4-day old car and wish we would have bought a hybrid CIVIC or Prius...

thanks
 
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