really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,347 miles

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2010 Honda Insight Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 312016


  • 179,129 miles


2010 Honda Insight, 179131; code 33-21 increased resistance the left side curtain airbag first inflator, when light air bag on in Saturday, I bring my car in the dealer(10/31/16)there change recall only driver air bag (no charge part and labor),the problem takata no have recall about left side curtain, bad too, I no have incident now, I scared for my kids, after there change air bag driver light on different code and I think same problem code 33-1 open-/increased resistance lf side curtain air bag inflator, I paid diagnostic in the dealer said is bad floor and cabin wire harness all in the left side for fix parts and labor is $1610.84, I fix 2 moths ago transmission, I check recall have other model about problem side curtain air bag inflator, I don't not why no have for Insight", I not can more driving my car now because I love my family, takata need people died for this problem for recall", please help me, thanks.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #6

Jul 272016


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Insight hybrid. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle resumed normal operation thirty minutes later. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ima control unit needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #5

Dec 282011

Insight 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Honda Insight hybrid - unpredictable acceleration combined with locking of the brakes caused the car to move forward at an accelerated rate with no control, twice in a short time span. First incident was Dec.2011, second in Jan. 2012. This did not happen in previous 1 1/2 yrs. I owned the car. I had an accident the first time going very slowly up a hill at 10:am with clear roads. The light was red and I braked to slow down and when crawling, slightly released the brake to roll forward, but the car accelerated 6 feet from a small truck in front of me.I felt like I was being pushed from behind. I pumped but the brakes were locked. Car went forward very slow uphill. I tapped the truck. My damage was a small chip in my plastic plate cover. His fender fell down. We reported the accident and will impact my insurance. I then decided to get snow tires. Second time was in front of a college, in rush hour traffic, slowing down for a red light. There were kids, cars all around etc., everyone slowing down, coming to a stop. There was snow and ice on the road. I had new snow tires, I brake, the car slowed down, I released the brake a little, instead of maintaining the slower speed, the car accelerated. I brake again quickly, but I was on ice and the brakes locked. I slid as if being pushed. I turned into a small snow bank just in front of the sidewalk and the car stopped. I took it to the dealer who checked for 3 wks. They said no problems. Suggested the floor mats? several other 2010 Insight owners had similar problems all who said the dealership could find nothing wrong. If it was the floor mats it would have been happening all the time! I asked the dealership to buy the Insight back from me. I took a $10,000. Loss. I am so relieved it's worth it. Note: I'm in Canada so I had to put your address in order for my complaint to go through. All car problems in na sb together.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #4

Jul 082011


  • 18,800 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Honda Insight. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. After hesitating, the vehicle would jerk forward. The contact also stated that while driving, the tacometer would display erratic readings as low as 1,000 and as high as 6,500. As a result, the vehicle would accelerate and decelerate uncontrollably. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, where they were unable to duplicate the failure. The contact also stated that the vehicle was experiencing an electrical failure because it would routinely need to be jump started. The battery and cables were replaced on several occasions, but the failure continued. The failure mileage was 18,800 and the current mileage was 19,000.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 152010


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Insight hybrid. While driving approximately 25 mph there was a very high volume electric static noise. The contact stated that it was painful to his ears and gave him an instant headache and suddenly he began feeling very tired while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there was nothing mechanically wrong with the vehicle so they could not assist him. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 202010

Insight 4-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
When I purchased my vehicle, I advised the dealership that the car seemed to not want to assist as I was going up hills. I have taken it to the dealership, been able to duplicate the issues, but the dealership nor Honda sees anything wrong with the car. They state that their engineers see nothing wrong with the car not assisting someone as they are going uphill, at a steady grade. I have filed complaints with Honda, but again got no where. The car now is randomly not assisting at times, when the indicator in the ima system states that the battery has half a charge.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 032010


  • 2,300 miles
Car is 2010 Honda Insight. Car has small engine that needs assistance from electric motor. Electric motor helps the car during acceleration and climbing. The car should not charge the battery on climbs. As a result of this, extra load is added on the engine during climbs. With a 1300cc engine going up a grade, this could be very dangerous as you don't have enough power to climb at a certain rate other cars are capable of. If you visit insightcentral.net there are alot of complaints about this. Honda needs to re-program the cars not to force charge during climbs. I understand that if the battery was very low or drained that force charging on climbs are a necessary evil. But my battery was 75% full!!!

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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