The hideous hybrid - 2001 Honda Insight

Restoring a 2001 Honda Insight

This car used to belong to my wife's uncle, who's sadly no longer able to drive due to his battle with dementia. What makes this situation even more heart-wrenching is the fact that he was a victim of elder abuse, adding to the emotional weight of his attachment to this vehicle and its advanced technology.

After a legal battle, we've come into possession of this car and several others that were once his. Despite being parked for a while, the car has held up remarkably well, both in terms of its exterior and interior condition. My goal is to restore it and present it in the best way possible, with the hope of finding someone who truly appreciates this type of vehicle.

What's incredible is that all it took to get the car running again was a simple jump-start. The main hybrid battery started charging almost immediately. We even took it for a quick test drive around the block, and it performed exceptionally well as a hybrid. Additionally, we've installed a brand-new 12v battery, ensuring that the car now starts up without any hesitation.

See below the updates as I bring this car back to life. 

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Car Logs for The hideous hybrid

Explore 7 detailed car logs for 'The hideous hybrid', showcasing a variety of updates, personal stories, and experiences with this ride.

Goodbye to the Insight

Goodbye to the Insight

The Hideous Hybrid has found a new owner, so her journey with us has ended. She is going to a good cause, going to an organization that helps Ukrainia
Published on Feb 03, 2024
First Drive and time to say goodbye

First Drive and time to say goodbye

The moment of truth has arrived as we take the Honda Insight out for a spin. In this brief video featuring snapshots, you'll see how it performed admi
Published on Oct 23, 2023
Cleaning under the hood

Cleaning under the hood

After dedicating considerable time to meticulously cleaning the exterior of this Honda Insight, it dawned on me that I hadn't taken a proper look bene
Published on Aug 25, 2023
New Wheels,  why not?

New Wheels, why not?

So we actually have 2 of these Insights,  the other one doesn't seem to run well and is not charging the IMA battery.  So I'm pretty much considerin
Published on Aug 23, 2023
Restoring the paint

Restoring the paint

The paint's condition is quite deteriorated, evident after the initial cleaning. To address this, my first step was using a clay bar on it. The paint'
Published on Aug 18, 2023
How she came home

How she came home

It looks like this car has been chilling under a tree for quite some time, surrounded by needles and sticky sap. So, the first thing on the agenda was
Published on Aug 11, 2023
At least the dash is cool looking

At least the dash is cool looking

Has a very 80's digital dash look to it.  Not sure why Honda went this route, like this totally looks like the starship dashboards from the 80's.  B
Published on Aug 11, 2023

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