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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Honda Insight engine problems

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2013 Honda Insight Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012015


  • 68,000 miles


Excessive oil consumption fixed by Honda after warranty expired and at no cost with free loaner car!!! there is a serious problem with the newer gen Honda engines! my personal opinion is bad piston rings!!! groves are created over time and thus oil is consumed into the block. I did the recommended oil consumption test at dealer and by the end I was losing 1 qt oil every 800 miles. New short block installed at around 79K miles. This is a manufacturing defect and Honda will, should make it right. To all the people going through this, be persistent!!!!

- Stephentown, NY, USA

problem #4

May 292016


  • 60,000 miles
Excessive engine oil consumption. Engine stalling when trying to accelerate. Large cloud of blue smoke coming from tail pipe when accelerating up to highway speeds. All this has happened several times.

- Stockton, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 012016


  • 47,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption. Uses a minimum of 1 quart every 1,000 miles. Honda refuses to do anything with repairing it.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122015


  • miles
At about 24500 miles, I drove for 1500miles rig1500milesoil service at dealer, the engine light came on. I contact them and they towed the vehicle to the dealer/service. They filled the engine and told me to drive 1000 miles and came back for them to test oil consumption. I did it for 2 times consecutive and they say it was within normal level. I ask them to test again. They agree. Now, after drive 1500 miles I went back and there was no oil in the engine. A fraction below the lower level. Now, they will submit a repair request to Honda of usa, but, my vehicle is up to 27500 miles. Tecnicaly not covered by warranty. But sense I notice and they documented the problem before 25000, it will be repaired under warranty. What will happen after another 5000 miles only god knows. Honda of usa should do a recall on engine rings and pistons or even replace it all.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 182015


  • miles
Excessively burn engine oil. Defective piston rings car was stalling on freeway with "check engine" "check brake" " "check hill start assistant" "check vsa" light flashing. I researched and found exact same symptons which was filed for 2012 Honda Insight. Refer to NHTSA id number: 10747250. He has described what I'm experiencing word by word. In 2013, Honda settled class-action law suit with same problem on different models, but 2013 Insight has same defects, excessive oil-burning, faulty piston rings, etc. I was lucky enough not having accident on freeway, but suddent stalling may cause crash, injury, and fatality. This is serious safety issue.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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