definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,143 miles

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2013 Honda Insight engine problems

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2013 Honda Insight Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 292016


  • 57,000 miles


My car had been sitting for 2 and a half weeks while I was out of the country. Upon starting the car, check brake system, check vsa system, check hill start assist system, service due soon and check emission lights illuminated on my dashboard. When I began to accelerate, the car only got up to 5 miles per hour. It was a 7 minute drive from airport parking to my residence. I parked the car and it sat over the thanksgiving weekend. The following week I had the car towed to the mcdavid Honda in irving, tx. I gave detailed history from the time of purchase a year and half ago. I advised the dealership, I was full aware of the excessive oil burning in issue that had been previous diagnosed at the original Honda dealership I purchased the car from. I kept up with excessive oil changes that needed to be done. The service tech said it had zero oil and the piston rings would need to be changed. He and his manager stated that they would complete an oil change at my expense, I would need to drive the car a thousand miles and then immediately return the car to the dealership, if the problem occurred then the dealership would cover the cost. I advised them again I had already done that type of testing previously. But, then, service tech proceeds to explain I also need all 8 spark plugs changed at my expense. Honda is fully aware of the excessive oil comsumption issue with the Insights. This is a 2013, 57,000 miles, up to date service record. I do not feel safe driving this car anymore. The uncertainty is overwhelming.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 012016


  • miles
My Honda is burning oil from the ingine.no leaks. I can get a oil change today and in 5 days I need more oil. I've taken it to the dealership and see online 64 complaints of this code 1982A. Now the dealer wants me to pay almost 4,000 dollars to get it fix when they know they sold me a lemon. Honda dealer said I need pistons, rings and spark plugs. Today they gave me a loaner car but says I have to pay 485 to break down my engine and possibly 485 to pit it back together after the test.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

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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