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What did you have before your Insight?
We traded in a 2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer that got 17 MPG. It was with us for 8 years and just over 100,000 miles. It was time to move on...
 

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What did you have before your Insight?
We traded in a 2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer that got 17 MPG. It was with us for 8 years and just over 100,000 miles. It was time to move on...
. 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium. It was a nice, relatively speedy, car but the turbo blew up and caused shrapnel to get into the engine to the point that they replaced the entire engine under the powertrain warranty. As soon as it was done, I traded it in on the Insight. A week into ownership and I'm still very happy, and my gas mileage has literally doubled.
 

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2013 Mercedes GLK250 (diesel). Had 80,000 miles and the emission warranty was up. The emission system scared me on that car. I had to replace the diesel particulate filter on it under warranty once and the part alone was $2,500. It got around 38mpg and had gobs of torque. Enjoying the $0.057 per mile I'm getting with the Insight though. Diesel is expensive in Pennsylvania.
 

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I traded in a Focus SE Ecoboost (the 3 cylinder, manual transmission). It was a fun car, but not a good long-term keeper. Was getting 32 MPG on premium in suburban driving. Now getting 47 MPG on regular. The Insight is a substantial upgrade in comfort, gadgetry, acceleration and MPGs, but the Focus handled and braked better. Eventually I'll sacrifice some MPGs for grip with summer tires.
 

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I didn't trade it in, but I'm getting ready to sell my red 2009 Nissan Altima Sedan - a rare manual transmission. I bought it while pregnant with my first child because my 2001 Civic Coupe was not going to work with car seats. Now my kids are 4 and 8 and it was a fantastic Mom Car for me. Plenty of space and a fun-to-drive manual. The Insight is my first ever car without a stick shift, but in some ways it's still more fun to drive than the Nissan.
 

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I bet that if Honda came out with something that was a boarderline Acura product then just maybe we would be seeing more people coming from higher end products.
Had a chance to speak with some new Model 3 owners and a lot of them have been coming from BMW's, Mercedes, and Audi's.
 

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Jeep Wrangler to Insight??

I’m strongly considering trading in my ‘17 Wrangler. It’s paid for, so I might just walk out with new Insight paid for. I’m getting around 14 mpg and getting tired of that. I never get to go off roading. Wife and daughter do not care about it much. I’m planning on test driving later this week. I’d like a sunroof coming from a Jeep, but not a tech junkie. Dumb that sunroof is not available with EX model like Civic and Accord. I might look at Accord hybrids as well.

Thoughts? My only hesitation is new model. And I don’t want to regret getting rid of Jeep, top down.
 

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I understand this forum is small in numbers compared to many but any thoughts here? Anyone else go from something like I have to this?
 

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Can't give you any Jeep thoughts, since I just added an Insight Touring to two other Civics and a Prius - but I am not looking at the 2019 Insight as a new model - since there's so much in common with the current Civic family. Even the hybrid powerplant has a similarity to the Accord hybrid (although the size of the combustion engine is different - 1.5L vs. 20L.) The Touring has a sun/moon roof, and while it may not have the "top down, wind in your hair" appeal, it's a great, efficient, comfortable (and quiet) car. Hope this helps you make a good decision!
 

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I didn’t swap a Wangler for my Insight, but I do own a 2014 Wrangler 2-dr. They’re about as opposite of vehicles as you can own. I love my Wrangler for everything but highway travel, and the top is down most of the summer. It’s a terrible family car and not very practical. But FUN! I’m retired and we need a comfortable travel car too, which the Jeep isn’t. The Insight fits that for me.
 

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Yeah, I’d love both but goals are to save/invest, not have a car payment weighing us down. I’m thinking longterm the Honda will also last longer without becoming a money pit. I might even opt for Honda Care warranty if priced fair. No real temptation for me to mod hybrid like Jeep. Jeeps are extremely hard to have and not want to drop money on.
 

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My last family car was our Civic. It was are only family car for 22 years, and very reliable.
The amount of money I saved in gas probably paid for my kids education savings (2,000 year)
The basic laws of physics are every pound of vehicle weight increases the wear every acceleration. deceleration, and corner you make.
A well built smaller car can cost considerably less in the long run.



I live in Northern Ontario, and have always used 2 wheel drive cars, with winter tires.


If you are hesitant about the new model, it is mainly a Civic with the Accord Hybid motor, so its not as risky as a totally new car.

Another option might be the Civic sedan or hatch, I have a 2017 Civic hatch and it's great as well.
 

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Yeah, I’d love both but goals are to save/invest, not have a car payment weighing us down. I’m thinking longterm the Honda will also last longer without becoming a money pit. I might even opt for Honda Care warranty if priced fair. No real temptation for me to mod hybrid like Jeep. Jeeps are extremely hard to have and not want to drop money on.
I agree with all of that! We lived below our means our whole working lives. Saved and avoided debt as much as possible. Now that we’re reitired we’re reaping the benefits of being frugal ( were not cheap..just careful with our money)
 

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We went from a 2010 Ford Explorer that got 17 MPG. Getting 3 times better fuel economy has been so much better. It goes nearly twice as far on a tank than the Explorer and it costs less than half as much to fill it.
 

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I agree with all of that! We lived below our means our whole working lives. Saved and avoided debt as much as possible. Now that we’re reitired we’re reaping the benefits of being frugal ( were not cheap..just careful with our money)
Agree. We have been following the Ramsey baby steps and don’t care what others say. Don’t have to agree with everything, but for most part his method to madness is spot on. Lol, and here I am talking about buying new again. He says unless you have a million dollar net worth you should not be buying new, probably correct. The Touring model is tempting if I do buy, but so is saving cash and having less crap to go wrong.
 

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Agree. We have been following the Ramsey baby steps and don’t care what others say. Don’t have to agree with everything, but for most part his method to madness is spot on. Lol, and here I am talking about buying new again. He says unless you have a million dollar net worth you should not be buying new, probably correct. The Touring model is tempting if I do buy, but so is saving cash and having less crap to go wrong.
We’ve bought a number of new cars over the years. But we’ve kept all of them for a minimum of ten years. Some much longer than that. I like the security of knowing exactly what maintenance has been done and how the vehicle has been driven. They only way to get that for sure is buy new. All that aside...by making payments to myself instead of a bank I’ve avoided car loans for the last 35 years.
 
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