Constantly Vicious Transmission: 2003 Honda Insight

The first generation Honda Insight is an early Japanese gas-electric hybrid that features the strange combination of lean-burn engine, a 5-speed manual transmission, extruded aluminum monocoque construction and a sub-1900 lb curb weight…except this example has the optional CVT-auto transmission, which means it won’t have the same snick-snick Honda shifter feel, but how hard could it be to swap in a 5 speed and maybe a K20. Find this 2003 Honda Insight offered for $1995 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.

From the seller:

2003 Honda Insight hybrid
fuel: hybrid
odometer: 232
title status: salvage
transmission: automatic
Selling my 2003 Honda Insight hybrid coupe
Automatic . Excellent engine and transmission.
Ice cold ac hot heater .
Stock stereo.
Power locks and windows .

Runs amazing .
Amazing gas saver 3 cylinder .
My car is half gas half hybrid .
Fills up with $15.
Hybrid car.
Passed smog.
Tags and registration paid for until 2021..
Clean little gas saver great for work or school.
Daily driver .
Pink slip in hand .

See a better way to drive something Hybrid?