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Old 05-29-2015, 11:15 AM   #22361
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oh, and it's a 2015. Primary reasons we got it in roughly this order

1. more space / rear doors
1. maximum MPG
2. 98 civic was a jalopy with dead A/C, rattles, and was so loud our toddler complained.
3. it was cheap for the MPG.
4. I have the MINI which is turbo awd
5. wife really wanted bright red.
etc.

Note that the Prius is NOT the cheapest small car to own in the long term. That's not why we got it. Our intention was partly to save total dollars, but ALSO to stop burning so much gasoline. This is also why we grow vegetables in our yard and walk to the farmers market (which is, admittedly, only about 800 feet from our back door if we hop the fence).
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:17 AM   #22362
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Moved from derp post - Losing my mind thinking about this stuff...

Doing research on mazdaspeed miata specific ecu pinouts, relays, injectors... (additional diagram links appreciated)

My vehicle is experiencing some sort of cut out. Unable to obtain fuel control with both stock ecu + xede, and a megasquirt stand alone. Any changes made simply do not register, even at idle.

With stock injectors/ecu, the vehicle runs lean at idle. RC440s, rich but manageable. Five-o 460 injectors are even more rich.

When driving the vehicle the car is able to rev to redline (slowly) under light load. When additional resources are needed the vehicle cuts out at 4-5psi under load and doesnt rev past 4k. Cam & crank sensors are lost and the motor falls flat on its face.

Cam & crank sensors have been replace. Alternator is new (old one died).

Not enough info for full thread, limited access to vehicle & information.

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Old 05-29-2015, 11:36 AM   #22363
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<p>Obvious first thing to check with the MS is overboost protection. &nbsp;But if it's happening with the stock ECU + xede that's probably not it.</p>
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Old 05-30-2015, 12:17 PM   #22364
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Anyway, yes when the dealerships asked when we'd come in for a test drive and to check it out, i said "It's a refrigerator.. we don't really need to test drive..."
Props sir.

Seriously, I wasn't trying to be a dick. I mean, I am a dick, but was not actually trying to be a dick in this case. Also, no need to defend your decisions to us, we've already prejudged you

In the past I have publicly admitted that I would love to own a first gen Honda Insight
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Old 05-30-2015, 01:28 PM   #22365
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When do local farmer markets start in VA? Ours here don't start until end of June.

I mean booths at farms, not brick/mortar markets which get their produce from who knows where.
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Old 05-30-2015, 03:56 PM   #22366
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In the past I have publicly admitted that I would love to own a first gen Honda Insight
The first-gen Insight was a thing of beauty.

Elegantly simple, extremely lightweight (200 lbs less than an NA), and a clean, form-follows-function design.

I'd love to know what the "fair" (profitable) price of that car would have been.

I'd also love to strap a tiny little turbocharger and a modern LiFePO4 battery to one.
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:01 PM   #22367
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random memories: My brother bought one of those with some minor front end damage at an insurance auction for 2 grand like 1 or 2 years after they came out. How? They didn't know what the car was, at all, and listed it as an "alternative vehicle" or something like that, basically a category reserved for cars that can't be registered, projects/toys.

We've never even seen one before, go to repair it and realize it's all plastic/aluminum everywhere. Our minds are blown.

Drove it for a couple years, and then sold it for like 5x what he paid.
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:02 PM   #22368
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He kept looking for more like that, but by that time everyone realized what they are and prices shot up like crazy
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:32 PM   #22369
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</p><p><span style="color:rgb(37, 37, 37)">As of 2014, the first generation Insight still ranks as the most fuel-efficient&nbsp;</span>United States Environmental Protection Agency<span style="color:rgb(37, 37, 37)">&nbsp;(EPA) certified gasoline-fueled vehicle, with a highway rating of 61 miles per US gallon (3.9&nbsp;L/100&nbsp;km; 73&nbsp;mpg</span>-imp<span style="color:rgb(37, 37, 37)">) and combined city/highway rating of 53 miles per US gallon (4.4&nbsp;L/100&nbsp;km; 64&nbsp;mpg</span>-imp<span style="color:rgb(37, 37, 37)">).</span>[12]</p><p id="41">
</p><p>How have we gone backwards? Nobody has beaten this yet?</p>
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<p>Also:</p><p>
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:36 PM   #22371
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backwards? no.
Everyone else is still catching up.

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There are quite a few of this in Nor-Call all hopped up lol
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:37 PM   #22372
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<p>I've always wondered, how does that **** not get broken up by the cops like instantly. They have motorhomes there and everything. Isn't that a street?</p>
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I hoped to see hawks go duck hunting tonight, but the ducks haven't shown up.

In other news, Revolution Brewing 1Z Enuff is a superb beverage.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:50 PM   #22374
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</p><p><span style="color:rgb(37, 37, 37)">Located behind the seats are a series of commercial grade &quot;D&quot; sized&nbsp;</span>NiMH<span style="color:rgb(37, 37, 37)">&nbsp;</span>batteries<span style="color:rgb(37, 37, 37)">&nbsp;wired to provide a nominal 144 V DC.</span></p><p id="41">
</p><p>They litterally just used a bunch of D batteries in the backseat lol.</p>
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<p></p><p>They litterally just used a bunch of D batteries in the backseat lol.</p>
It was a good design choice. Kept initial cost down (no need to engineer a fancy new battery) and it's had the beneficial consequence that rebuilding the packs years later is relatively simple and inexpensive.

The Insight, remember, was never designed to run in electric-only mode. Mechanically, it's not even capable of doing so. (Unlike Prii, with their fancy-schamncy three-way transmissions, the Insight's electric motor is rigidly coupled to the engine. Its armature doubles as the flywheel.) The motor is there mostly just to provide some extra oomph off the line to compensate for the anemic 3-cyl 1 liter gas engine's low torque output.

So by giving the car *just* enough battery to accomplish that task without trying to be fancy, they kept weight and cost down and yet still got the job done.

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I saw that. Its cool how it was just connected directly to the crankshaft.
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The hybrid "system" on those sucks. IIRC, it's the same as the 03-05 civic hybrid, which I would argue had one of the worst systems ever made.
The prii is lightyears better.

But this brings me to my point: I wonder how super awesome an insight wtih a prius engine would be
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While the hybrid scrutiny discussion door is open, I'm curious what the consensus is here on the Volt?
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2001 HONDA INSIGHT

$2000 with no drivertrain.

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