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All,

I am so excited. I picked up a blue 2006 insight this week. That was challenging as they seem to be discontinuing them??? Whats up with that.

OK so it is an automatic - they did not have standards available. And after a little over 200 miles I am getting according to the on dash system about 39 miles per gallon. That is a far cry from the 59 the sticker says. Am I just a little impatient? Does the car need to break in? I know about the first 1000 miles and treating it very gently. Any input or direction would be greatly appreciated.

Permaculture Greg in Phoenix
 

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PermacultureGreg said:
I picked up a blue 2006 insight this week. That was challenging as they seem to be discontinuing them??? Whats up with that.

OK so it is an automatic - they did not have standards available.
Permaculture Greg in Phoenix
Not 'seem' to be discontinuing, rather are/have discontinued (as of Sept '06 if I'm not mistaken)

While I was looking to buy last month I had at least 3 dealers tell me that finding an MT would be like finding a goose that lays a golden egg. Indeed, I literally scoured all of CA, NV, AZ, NM, and TX before finding my silver '06 in Sacramento! (I would have liked blue too, but I'm really happy I got one at all)
 

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PermacultureGreg,

Make sure the dealer didn't leave the car in "S" mode. When I bought mine they had it in that mode, maybe they thought to give it a little more pickup for test drivers. Fortunately I knew what to look for so flipped it into "D" before leaving the lot.

Definitely read the milage forum. You'll be doing 60 mpg in a couple months. And yeah I would say there is a break-in period. Both for you and the car :)
 

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You should reset the lifetime MPG display now that it's your car. Insights from the dealer usually have a bad MPG history from all of the short test drives. If you reset the display, then you'll get rid of all that bad history. I forgot how to do this, but it's in the manual.

Since this is a CVT, and you're in Phoenix during the hot summer, and your AC will be running a lot, then your MPG will probably be in the upper 40's or low 50's.
 

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Hi Greg, welcome to the forum.

congratulations on the new Insight. Curious, which dealership did you buy it from? On the west side here I haven't seen one in a while that wasn't already spoken for.

As for the mileage first make sure the tires are inflated at least to spec (38 front, 35 rear) or a lot of people overinflate them for higher mileage. You can safely inflate them to the max 44 psi on the side walls, I ran mine at 50 psi all the time with no problems. Also, I'm assuming your using the AC a good bit, you will see just how much of an energy hog it is once we reach the end of October when it cools down and your mileage will go up. Your mileage should increase some with the first few thousand miles, it's a combination of car break in and driver break in.
 

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Ricky

Thanks for the great info.

Finding an Insight was a trick. Took me several weeks as they are not redily available. Unfortunately it was at Showcase and they did not like me very much cuz I would not let them run their antics on me. They had 6 that came in - As of last week they still had a red one.

The only other Insight I found was in LA - almost went for it - in fact if it would have been a manual I would have.

Tell me about an electric Saturn, please.

Greg :D
 
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