Honda Insight
Current MPG (August 2014): 51.9

August 4th, 2014

Since the car is running quite well, I’ve done a few smaller fixes that have been nagging me. Stickers! Yes, stickers. They’re important, I tell ya! And I mess with the under-engine covers that protect it from road debris.

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May 25th, 2014

A while back, I installed some rear speakers into the Insight because Honda eliminated them from the factory for some strange reason. Back in August, I had purchased and installed rear speakers. The only thing left to do was to cut the carpet and expose the grills. It’s an easy project, only annoying.

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September 23rd, 2013
IMA Failure at 19:09

Today, a Monday of course which is quite fitting, my Check Engine lit alongside my IMA indicator. This I knew would happen since the original batteries are still in place in the car. It’s time, I suppose, to research the replacement battery tray.

More to come.

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August 17th, 2013

The factory stereo seemed a little cheap for what the car was. Not only was it low-end, but included a tape deck with the option of an external CD player – in 2002. And since the stereo only worked half the time in my car, it was time for some tunes.

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May 1st, 2013

I purchased a set of new hatch struts from liftsupportsdepot.com. I plopped in 2002 Honda Insight and out came the model that I needed - a steal at $26 each. Honda struts are triple that, easily. These require no extra parts and bolt into place in a matter of minutes (or in my case, an hour, since I did it the hard way). The hatch now stays open on its own and is no longer a death threat.

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April 28th, 2013
Freshly Waxed at 12:54

Sun decided to go behind the approaching cold front but the temperatures were good enough to not need a jacket. Great time to wax the car for the first time. The paint on the car isn't anything special anymore. It's covered in dog scratches, hood chips from road debris and overall wear and tear of normal use. I can only attempt to keep it shining for as long as possible.

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April 21st, 2013

I noticed the other day that there was a slight clanking from the paseenger front as if there was a loose panel. Turns out that under the car, there exists a set of aluminum and plastic trays to aid in aerodynamics and to protect the engine from debris. One of the bolts had come loose and the tray was dangling. Thought the fix would be pretty easy. Turns out, I had to work up a bypass.

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April 14th, 2013

The fogginess that evolves over time is due to the UV sealant on the exterior of the headlights breaking down. It turns yellow and cloudy, as well as thins and disappears from the sunlight. I tried Turtle Wax's Headlight Lens Restorer. I had never done this before and honestly had no expectations.

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