Just bought a used Honda City iDTEC VMT 2014 version in Golden brown colour. Background:
As you all know that we used to have a 2012 VW Vento TDI HL and use a 2011 Toyota Innova VX.So,we were thinking to replace our Vento TDI since last year as we felt maintenance is getting higher and higher and resale is hitting very badly and did 1,00,000 Kms in almost 4 years.Finally,we had to sell Vento in Jan 2017 and the odo before selling was more than 1,12,000 Kms.So hunt for replacement of Vento has been started. Hyundai Creta:
This is the car I have huge crush since it's launch.Had considered 1.6 SX,1.4S+ and 1.6 SX+ AT in Creta.Had decided to book this but had to drop since it was pricey and 6 people in my dad's circle owns this car. Nexa Ciaz:
This car was strongly considered by my dad due to its higher FE and cheaper price tag.Had almost decided to book this one in June end before GST but after seeing the price tag of Alpha Smart Hybrid,which was ₹12.7L before GST now became ₹14L after GST.I felt ₹14L is not a worth for this car anymore after GST.All this later on. VW Vento:
After getting used to Vento for almost 4 years,this was one of the strongest contender.Had considered Highline DSG and MT but I felt Vento is not a worth anymore and was not interested in buying another VW due to heavy maintenance costs and bad resale value.BTW
,had TD of Vento TDI DSG in May 2017 and almost decided to buy one but dropped it due to the reasons mentioned above. Skoda Rapid:
Another strongest contender.In Jan 2017,we almost decided to book Rapid after selling Vento and went to Skoda showroom to book the Rapid but had taken some time for deciding whether to go for Rapid or not.But in the end,Rapid is out of list due to bad resale,Skoda A$$ and heavy maintenance costs. And finally, Honda City :
My dream car since my childhood.I always wanted to have this car in my garage but bought Vento at that time due to lack of Diesel option in City.Had considered VMT new one which costs ₹14L on road Hyd.
After seeing all new cars,Had considered some used cars like Laura,Superb,Jetta and others but removed from the list due to its future.And one fine day,I was searching for used City Diesels but all were high run and abused one.I had seen few City Diesels sold by Honda dealers until I saw my Brown Phantom.
On Jul 3rd,when I was searching for used Honda City Diesels,I had found 2 used City Diesels(one was 2015 UT colour City VX Diesel sold by dealer and it has run 14000 Kms and asking price was Rs.11.75L and City VMT Diesel 2014(Brown Phantom) for Rs.8.5L.The 2015 City's last asking price was Rs.11.5L by Honda dealer and decided to check her.Then I came across Brown Phantom afterwards and took the number of the seller and had a phone call of about 5-10 minutes with seller.He said,the reason for selling this car is he bought Polo GT TSI and since then,he stopped driving City so he was willing to sell off the car.And,on Jul 5th evening,went to his hospital along with my dad,to check the car(he works as a Doctor in that hospital).Saw the car and had a chat with that seller and my dad had negotiated it to Rs.7.9L and decided that she will be coming into my garage.So,on Jul 7th,paid a token amount of Rs.1.5L to the seller as we had decided to take loan on City.So,after a week,sent documents for loan and agonizing wait had started.I used to pester my dad,"when will the City comes to us?"On 20th Jul,the loan got approved and next day,mom had signed the agreement of loan and the car was supposed to come on Monday(Jul 24th) but due to payment issues(later we paid through RTGS to the seller).On 25th Jul,after my college got finished,went to dad's place and I got a mail from the loan guy regarding transfer papers and immediately took the printouts of those papers and went to the seller's place with dad in the seller's Polo GT TSI and the seller had given us the necessary documents of car and second key.The seller had signed the papers and gave the keys to us and said bye to him and dad drove less than Km and handed the car to driver to get the wash done and Pooja done and dad went in Innova along with him and myself went in City with driver and after few Kms,got her a well deserved wash and went to get the Pooja done and went home and parked the car.My mom doesn't even know that dad is getting this car until she saw her getting parked inside the house and dad said,I have surprised you by buying this car and she got shocked.Another gesture is the previous owner had given the car along with body cover and magnetic shades.Good gesture na
. Why 2nd car?
The need for second car is more important because the second car will be used by mom and myself and Innova became too big for our needs and hence,decided to keep Innova for highways and City for city runs. +ves of City:
+Afterall its a Honda and king of C2 sedan segment
+Rear seat is too excellent and its a poor man's Superb in terms of comfort
+Looks-Especially the rear one.It looks like BMW from rear and she looks hot in Golden Brown colour(my favourite colour in City)
+Decent FE in city-I got 15.6 Kmpl in city traffic and gives way better than our Innova and previous Vento
+Features like reverse camera,cruise control even in V version
+Pickup is good and runs like a horse
+Bluetooth pairs flawlessly through my iPhone 6,dad's One Plus 3 -ves of City:
-Build Quality-Not good as Vento but better than Maruti and others
-Features like flip key,remote boot button,leather seats and Push button missing in V variant(now solved in 2017 version except leather seats)
-Low GC-already my dad complained about this issue and I hope tyre upsize will solve the issue
-Horn sounds like meek meek-It deserves much needed change
-Skinny tyres-will be upgrading to 195/60R15 soon after 40K Kms Accessories/Mods planned:
1.Upgrade tyres to 195/60R15 Michelin P3ST or Yokohama Earth 1 after 40,000 Kms
2.Horn upgrade to Skoda ones
3.Alloys-Only if my dad allows me to change it
4.Spoiler-Love its looks on spoiler
5.3M paint sealant-Will be getting done as there are scratches and it costs me Rs.6200 Few points to be noted:
1.The City is our first Honda,second Diesel sedan,third sedan(first was Ford Ikon Petrol and second was VW Vento TDI)
2.This is our first TS registered car.Our previous cars were registered to AP before bifurcation.
3.When my dad felt that AC cooling was less,he by mistakenly switched off the AC(middle button) and I had to switch on that middle button.
4.My friend(City VX Diesel 2014 owner),had warned me to take care of City's GC as its bumper is bit lower.
Till now,we did 500 Kms+ in city traffic and the odo reading is 36000 Kms as of today and I got an FE of 15.6 Kmpl in city traffic,pretty decent na and way better than our Innova and previous Vento,considering the heavy traffic in Hyderabad.
And,another surprising moment is I had driven her for the first time on Sunday,but I got bit scared as I had given jerks while driving.
And,she got last serviced in November 2016 as per service history shown by Honda Connect,which I downloaded it in my iPhone,by the previous owner before getting his GT TSI and the odo was 31398 Kms when she went for 30,000 Kms service.Till date,she has run just close to 5000 Kms in 8 months.And,the previous owner had replaced the front bumper before,thanks to its low GC.