Originally Posted by sugar
Strictly No-No for the I-DTEC diesel version.
The Civic surely is more of a looker and has a premium feel inside out if u compare to the City and not the Germans :P
What changes did the Civic received after it was facelifted in 2009 i guess ? I cam across a 60k driver 2007 model which is really very clean and butter smooth.
I would like to discourage you 'deciding on the car others suggest'. It's your dream, it's your life. No one will back up you if their suggestion went wrong (if you buy what they suggested). And if you analyze the various threads in TAI
and other forums, you could find many 'owners' backing 4th gen Honda City a lot (and getting called as 'fan boys or exceptions' in return for being honest), and many 'I heard from him, I read from that forum' guys bashing on 4th gen Honda City. At the same time you could find a number of honest owners who highlight the problems they faced in their 4th gen City, as per my understanding and knowledge these issues were mostly reported in the earlier batches for 4th gen Honda City.
So if your heart (or mind) says 'I want Civic', find a good one and go for it, as you cannot be happy with someone you don't love. And if somehow you ended up thinking 'a new City would be better for me', go to Honda showrooms, have a look thoroughly on the latest batches of Honda City and have a look at the testdrive car even if it's a diesel. Then the major scene, go to the service centers if you can, and have a discussion with the car owners (they would be happy to clear your doubts if they love/hate their cars), make sure of the model they have (generation?, year/month of manufacturing?) and find the issues faced by them and decide by yourself.
As I own a 4th gen City I would like to share my experience till now.
1. Mine is June 2014 SV i-vtec MT.
2. Completed 25200 kms till now.
3. The fuel expenses are same as our 2007 model WagonR. I am getting 15km/l average after using in City and highways (I live in Kerala, by Highways I meant single lane roads but are better paved, speeds usually at 60-80kmph).
4. Smooth gear shifts, good ACC, seats offer good comfort, engine always started when I wanted to, no issue with brakepads, running on OEM
bridgestone tyres (easily last for minimum 15000kms more).
5. No water leakage.
6. No alternator grinding noise.
7. Inconsitant panels gaps are there.
8. Thin body panels are easy to get dented.
So in simple words, I love my car, it's fun to drive (for me), but with it's own share of small niggles.