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Had been looking at the older Civic Hybrids a few years back, though ended up purchasing a 2017 Civic EXL. A few months later they announced the Insight and it's been killin' me since. Finally pulled the trigger in Feb and dealer offered an excellent buy back deal so I'm now proud owner of a 2019 Insight Touring, dark grey with mocha/black leather interior. Got a price reduction and a trunk tray and wheel locks thrown in.

Getting used to the quirks. A few questions for the forum at large that I'll look into reposting in appropriate spots as I dig in and before posting pics in that thread:
  • Anyone look into adding a glove box light to their Insight. We actually store useful stuff in there and it drives me nuts at night poking around in there.
  • Anyone find Sport mode to be ultra whiny? I use Eco Mode most of the time and switch it off when going up some hills. On other hills I've switched to Sport mode and while it gives me the boost I want, the noise it creates sounds like the motors are gonna blow. We live in a pretty hilly area of San Diego so I've only been getting about 44mpg
Other than those two little issues I love the new car and the new features, though my wife jokes that I essentially upgraded just so I'd have an actual volume knob for the stereo.

I'm getting windows tinted next week and have splash guards and a cargo hook in from collegehills honda that I'll have installed next time I service, though the splash guard install looks pretty simple.

Thanks to all the posters here for helping me with my decision and ongoing owners support.

Cheers, R
 

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  • Anyone look into adding a glove box light to their Insight. We actually store useful stuff in there and it drives me nuts at night poking around in there.
  • Anyone find Sport mode to be ultra whiny? I use Eco Mode most of the time and switch it off when going up some hills. On other hills I've switched to Sport mode and while it gives me the boost I want, the noise it creates sounds like the motors are gonna blow. We live in a pretty hilly area of San Diego so I've only been getting about 44mpg
Congrats on your new Insight! As for the glove box light, haven't had time to look into it, but I would think one could do it if they are creative and handy with a dremmel. I bought this USB LED light to plug into the USB port to provide extra light where I place my phone. You could get a white light version of it and run a USB port into your glove box, but that would mean it would be on all the time unless you had a way to incorporate a switch to activate when you open the glove box. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F2P91R9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

As for the whiny noise when going into Sport mode, that is just the way the Insight was designed. You will get used to it over time. I have.

What do you plan to do with your cargo hook? Is that to tow something with your insight? If so, what is the weight limitations on the Insight for towing?
 

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Welcome aboard!

What did you get on the trade-in on your 2017 Civic? Or, to put it another way, what was the loss compared to the price you bought it for?

I'm curious as I'm one of those who figures the next model will have all the things I really wanted from the current one! So, the remorse $$ would be worth knowing!

I wonder if there's a push button, stick on LED light that one could stick in the glove box...

Keep us posted on your likes, dislikes, and experiences!
 

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sorry to not be more concise. I meant the shopping bag hook for inside the trunk:
https://www.collegehillshonda.com/product/08L96-TA0-101A.html

also on the light I found a toyota owner's video where he just put a crappy little motion detecting puck inside his corrola's glove box that seemed to do the trick. though amazon product reviews weren't very kind:

additionally, I found a marine supply that has a tilt switch led light. Looks like it may need to be wired (just states 12V), but would be ideal if it can be oriented on door in such a way that it goes on when it's open w/o flooding the passenger compartment with light.
https://thmarinesupplies.com/products/automatic-led-lid-light

The other issues I have that I failed to post was the lack of adjustable lumbar support. it really does cause me discomfort over long drives. ordering this guy to try out and will post here and in appropriate thread:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LMU2OB4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2KXTBFCIKRR19&psc=1
 

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thanks bond, j. bond. w/o getting into too much talk about $$, they offered high kbb for tradein which cost me less than $1k to pay off 2017 civic exl loan. my civic was immaculately cared for. i know it can be kinda subjective as it depends on how much you may still owe if you financed.

re: the glove box sticky led light. see my last post. was thinking the same thing! The motion detection ones may be safest and least expensive solution, but the tilt switch one would likely do the trick. If I could find a sticky led light with tilt switch, that would be my ideal solution.
 

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Had been looking at the older Civic Hybrids a few years back, though ended up purchasing a 2017 Civic EXL. A few months later they announced the Insight and it's been killin' me since. Finally pulled the trigger in Feb and dealer offered an excellent buy back deal so I'm now proud owner of a 2019 Insight Touring, dark grey with mocha/black leather interior. Got a price reduction and a trunk tray and wheel locks thrown in.

Getting used to the quirks. A few questions for the forum at large that I'll look into reposting in appropriate spots as I dig in and before posting pics in that thread:
  • Anyone look into adding a glove box light to their Insight. We actually store useful stuff in there and it drives me nuts at night poking around in there.
  • Anyone find Sport mode to be ultra whiny? I use Eco Mode most of the time and switch it off when going up some hills. On other hills I've switched to Sport mode and while it gives me the boost I want, the noise it creates sounds like the motors are gonna blow. We live in a pretty hilly area of San Diego so I've only been getting about 44mpg
Other than those two little issues I love the new car and the new features, though my wife jokes that I essentially upgraded just so I'd have an actual volume knob for the stereo.

I'm getting windows tinted next week and have splash guards and a cargo hook in from collegehills honda that I'll have installed next time I service, though the splash guard install looks pretty simple.

Thanks to all the posters here for helping me with my decision and ongoing owners support.

Cheers, R


Congrats on your new Insight! We should consider starting a new meetup in San Diego :)



hey guys im from san diego also, had my insight since january. i am in the kearny mesa area
 

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Agreed. Just make sure to turn the front wheels to gain better access. I needed a Phillips bit and small ratchet to do the rear in order to avoid removing the wheels. It's all about cutting corners!

Just be sure the splash guards are properly seated against the body with no gaps. Should take about a half hour to install them if you can avoid needing to remove the wheels..
Thanks hasarad and wolverine. Called around to local shops for the trunk/cargo bag hook and local dealer DCH Mission Valley quoted both hook and splash guards install for $65. which I can’t pass up... (not wanting to risk my bad back putting on the splash guards and need a rivet tool for the hook anyways).

Already tinted windows last week, and at dealer now for the accessory install... should take about an hour. Getting a quote for puddle lights while I’m here. Will post some pics when it stops raining long enough here in SD.
 

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Agreed. Just make sure to turn the front wheels to gain better access. I needed a Phillips bit and small ratchet to do the rear in order to avoid removing the wheels. It's all about cutting corners!

Just be sure the splash guards are properly seated against the body with no gaps. Should take about a half hour to install them if you can avoid needing to remove the wheels..
Thanks hasarad and wolverine. Called around to local shops for the trunk/cargo bag hook and local dealer DCH Mission Valley quoted both hook and splash guards install for $65. which I can’t pass up... (not wanting to risk my bad back putting on the splash guards and need a rivet tool for the hook anyways).

Already tinted windows last week, and at dealer now for the accessory install... should take about an hour. Getting a quote for puddle lights while I’m here. Will post some pics when it stops raining long enough here in SD.
That splash guard was a super easy install. I had to borrow the rivnut tool to install my cargo net.

Where did you get your windows tinted?
 

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hey guys im from san diego also, had my insight since january. i am in the kearny mesa area
Congrats on your new Insight! We should consider starting a new meetup in San Diego :)
I’m good with that ebsandiego. And ebsandiego / zeekevin check my last post regarding install pricing at DCH in Mission Valley. They’re pricing for a few accessory installs was really competitive.
 
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