[vox] [OT] Alternate Vehicle Advice
kherron+lugod at fmailbox.com
Sat Mar 12 18:47:44 PST 2005
Richard Crawford wrote:
> Last time I looked at the Honda Insight they were fairly inexpensive.
> 'Course, you have to be the size of your average anorexic midget to fit
> into one of them.
I used to drive a Honda Insight. If you'd asked sooner I would have been
glad to show it to you, but the lease ended in February and I turned it
back in to Mel Rapton Honda. If you were to call them, they might be
able to tell you what happened to it.
The Insight is a small car, but it's only a two-seater so none of the
space is taken up by a rear seat. I always had enough room. I'm 5'8" and
there was room to move the seat further back. The cargo area isn't huge
but there was enough room for my needs.
The car was a lot of fun to drive. The steering is very precise, the
shift pattern (5-speed standard) is tight, and it accelerates well in
the first three gears. 4th and 5th gear are more like overdrive gears.
When you stop at a stoplight the engine shuts off. When you want to go
again, shift into first and it instantly starts back up.
The car was rated for 60/68 MPG, and I was able to get that at first. I
saw a slight drop in mileage from the switch from MTBE to gasohol, and
toward the end I was getting more like 55-60 MPG in my daily commute.
The only problem I ever had with the car was one time the hybrid control
computer overheat and shut off during a long drive; I had to take it to
the dealer to have it reset.
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