hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,506 miles

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2010 Honda Insight engine problems

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2010 Honda Insight Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012011


  • 20,000 miles


When I stop or take off my car excelerates on its own. Or it jerks. I am afraid it will hit someone or make me go out into the traffic. Also my airbag light comes on when I put a large object in the seat not a person.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 172015

Insight 4-cyl

  • 68,126 miles
Unexpected acceleration when braking, this is a recurring problem. I was driving about the speed limit on secondary roads ~40 mph no traffic and the roads were clear of ice and snow and the engine was warm, the instrument panel indicator for cold engine had extinguished. I approached a red street light I press the brake pedal lightly, there were no cars in front of me (foot clearly not on the gas pedal) I expected the car come to a leisurely stop by coasting with little braking help. The brake pedal felt stiff, resisted the pressing of the foot. The engine began to rev up and I also noted the battery ima charge/assist gauge went higher into the blue (ima assist). I applied more pressure to the brake pedal the engine accelerated more and assist gauge increased further into the blue area. I repeat: The brake pedal feels hard like putting your foot on a rock, no give. I now know this is the first sign there is going to be a braking issue. It happened every time the problem occurs! but the problem did not occur every time I stopped on this trip. When I brake and the car and the car goes into auto-stop mode there is no issue. When the unexpected acceleration occurs I can shift the car out of drive (D) and into neutral (N) the engine will momentarily race, exceeding 5000 RPM, almost red lining, and then return to a normal idle. It should be noted that the problem persisted thought the trip with the car being shut off and parked for a short time (2 occurrences) restarted and driven again. Only when the car was left for hours including overnight did the problem go away, my guess is 19 hours.

- East Lyme, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 092015

Insight 4-cyl

  • 67,500 miles
Unexpected acceleration when braking. While attempting to stop at a traffic light I experienced an acceleration surge while braking. This happened numerous times on this trip. Almost every time when I was coming to a stop and I applied the brakes the engine would increase rpms. This gave me an opportunity to analyze what was going on with the car. The revving of the engine was directly affected by braking. Simply removing my foot from the gas pedal and coasting did not result in the engine surging. When I shifted out of drive and into neutral, the engine would momentarily exceeded 5000 RPM almost red lining and then return to a normal idle. I stopped the car, turned the engine off and opened the hood looking for ice on linkages, fouled air filter or anything unusual. There was nothing that looked out of the ordinary. I then proceeded to drive the car home experiencing the same issue with every braking action. The next morning the car acted normally.

- East Lyme, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 032013

Insight 4-cyl

  • 42,400 miles
I was driving on an road with no traffic and came upon a red light. As I applied the brakes, I experienced an acceleration surge while braking. I could feel the brakes working but the engine began to rev up and was trying to overpower the brakes. In desperation I pushed the shifter into neutral (N). The engine continued to rev for a moment then returned to normal. Then I was able to proceed and the Insight acted normal.

- East Lyme , CT, USA

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