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Old 22nd June 2011, 07:37   #46
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Great review for a deserving car. Perhaps a few more external pictures would do justice.
That HU looks so OEM - its a perfect fit!
Whats happens to the i10 now?

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Wow! one nice review. Congrats on the best Petrol car in its segment. As everyone says, you cannot go wrong with the Honda City.

Its indeed a good time for you to move to the new car, with the rains digging more and more potholes in the Cochin roads. Your wife should have a plush ride this season.

Do update the thread with your wonderful writing. Get well soon and post some more pics of the exterios. Use the rain to your advantage and upload pics of the wet look car.

Where in Cochin are you based? Hope to meet you and your car some where out there on the roads of Cochin. Any team-bhp stickers yet?
Look up the Cochin meet section and join in to one of them. link (Quick mini-meet(s) in Kochi (Cochin))

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More than the Honda City I really liked the way you wrote about it! In these times of SMS languages, your writing style reminded me of Wren and Martin and figures of speech!
How happy they would be

Very-Very well written and an honest review about the car. I am very sure, Honda will somehow find its way back the up sales charts.
If some one is looking for a petrol, then no second choice save this one! Congrats and happy driving.
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Hey Charthom, you missed this in your reply.

The leather job on the rear centre arm rest seems to have gone slightly wrong. You should get it re-done from Honda.
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Thats (thread title) enough for me to rate your thread 5 stars. Awesomely penned down man. Many wishes for you and your family on the new acquisition.

Hope honda replaces the only grouse, dated rotary aircon knobs in the coming update.
@autofreak and other mates,all of you had been so kind in judging my writing style.Thank you so much.Your generosity is so humbling.I am feeling really honoured in belonging to your company.

Next gen City must have ACC.Check out those Brazilian adds which clearly show the ACC on those editions.
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Old 22nd June 2011, 13:03   #51
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Congrats on the Honda City mate. The Auto box will keep you happy in the rush hour bumper to bumper traffic. Lovely color by the way.

The caska unit seems to be integrated in to the dash perfectly and frankly has enhanced the interior looks.

Enjoy many more happy miles with the Automatic car.
Thanks nkrishnap.About the colour-could not still figure out what shade it exactly is.Does not look Titanium.At the show room it looked like a mix of green and brown.At various shades of light lt looks different.Really confusing.It is a good colour-but I find all colours of ANHC really classy.If not Titanium,I would have gone for Bold biege which is my next favourite.

By the way,1n 2008 Nov,right after the launch of ANHC,I convinced my Captain to buy it(I am a sailing chief engineer).He was a fan of silver colour on cars.While visiting Jerusalem and Bethlehem,with lots of Alabaster stones around we tried to figure out what "Alabaster Silver" could be.Urban Titanium looks as "Titanium" as Alabaster Silver, "Silver".
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Cruise control - well, that's what a premium car is for!

13.5 km/l in the city looks slightly optimistic considering I get around 14 km/l for my MT City.

Do the mats remain in place or they move easily? How comfortably does the foot rest on them - any chance it might slip on the mats?
@libranof1987,in full agreement on Cruise Control-speed limits are being implemented strictly in India too.To avoid over speeding tickets,cruise control will help.

My i10 gives only about 11.5(city,a/c on 100%)! anything better is wecome.

The mats fit the contours of the floor like a glove.The foot rests very comfortably-there is a cushioning for the right foot.Hardly any chance of the foot slipping and the driver going out of control.Guess you too are considering the mats with 3-D effects!

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I find all colours of ANHC really classy.If not Titanium,I would have gone for Bold biege which is my next favourite.
Agree with you that almost all the shades look classy on the City, but I feel this Urban Titanium is the best of all. Similarly, I really like the Polished Metal shade on Honda CRV.

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Charthom, congrats on your new beauty and welcome to the Petrol AT Club (membership shrinking by the minute )

When I saw the title of your thread, I assumed you went for ANHC MT, only realised it was automatic when I started reading. Get the feeling those who want an automatic go for either the ANHC or the Vento (in this segment). Am disappointed by the way the VW dealer treated you, but not really surprised. Anyway you made a good choice- I TDed this car and loved it but the interiors were not to my liking plus I thought it was overpriced.

If you'll forgive me, I'd venture an opinion on a couple of things:
  • OEM "leather" is rarely that- most carmakers give you touch leather (genuine leather on the contact parts and art leather everywhere else). I don't have first-hand information for Honda. But this is why aftermarket brands like Stanley are a good value proposition.
  • Don't know how you arrived at the 10 cm reduction in legroom, but I assure you, you're mistaken. Stanley and some other fitters strip the original fabric off the seats and stitch the leather seats onto the seats in quasi-OE fit. You will hardly fel the difference.
  • If I may say so, you paid way too much for the Caska HU. I got a quote of 42K from my accessories guy for the Vento HU (included GPS, reverse camera and installation/warranty) but thought it was too much. The MRP of these units is around 48K and dealers discount about 10-15%.
  • The VKool film at 20K sounds way too expensive. I did my film (except front) at the VW dealership for 6900 (highest grade Llumar that they had) and even then I thought I'd paid too much. My front film was fitted at my local accessories guy for 3500 (Global 70%)
Don't mean to rain on your parade but thought I should raise these points- you may want to get an alternative quote before proceeding with any more accessory fitting.
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Congrats charthom for opting for the City V A/T. Loved the colour of your car and your ownership report. Looks like the VW dealership in Cochin must have been really bad for disappointing you and forcing you to go the Honda way in the age of rising petrol prices. I have seen a vast majority of cars in Cochin are diesel.

Though City sales are dwindling, there is nothing wrong with the car per se. The A/T box coupled with the iVTEC engine should be a delight to pilot around for years to come.

The HU looks very good but IMO the accessories' cost is way too high. Typical of OEMs to charge 2x of what you can source from elsewhere.

I think if you can manage 10-11 kpl with the A/T box in the city, you should be happy. Anything above that is way too optimistic.

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@charthom: Excuse me for missing the whole thread, I was on my iPod app. Congratulations! ANHC AT is a wise buy indeed. I hope your wife is enjoying the ride. I too had a slide down the staircase last Nov and now back to fitness. Ask her to shift positions ever so often while in the car, it helps the muscles get renewed blood circulation and much required rest.

The engine is fuel efficient no doubt. Just wait for about 10k while it starts showing it's worth.

Enjoy!
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Fellow BHPians,sorry for the clumsy posts.Still figuring out multi-quoting etc.Thanks for the overwhelming support.

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drmohitg:We keep 32 psi all over.
The front tyres are 32psi and back ones 30 psi to my knowledge.Please clarify/help!!

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blackasta:Great review for a deserving car. Perhaps a few more external pictures would do justice.
That HU looks so OEM - its a perfect fit!
Whats happens to the i10 now?
Thanks blackasta.The i10 is handy as a small car around the city on my solo sojourns.eventually will dispose-have problems with parking space.

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basilmabraham:Where in Cochin are you based? Hope to meet you and your car some where out there on the roads of Cochin. Any team-bhp stickers yet?
Look up the Cochin meet section and join in to one of them.
Basil thanks a lot.I will take efforts to keep the thread alive and intersting.Still struggling with the posts.Inexperienced in handling the abundance of response.Please pardon.

No t-BHP stickers yet.Will acquire soon.

I stay at Panampilly nagar/Girinagar border-tchnically Vidya nagar.How about you?

Will join the Cochin meet section and join them soon.

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ampere:More than the Honda City I really liked the way you wrote about it! In these times of SMS languages, your writing style reminded me of Wren and Martin and figures of speech! How happy they would be
@ampere,thanks.I still have a vague memory of Wren nad Martin and figures of speech.Guess that memory is still my driving force.

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libranof1987:The leather job on the rear centre arm rest seems to have gone slightly wrong. You should get it re-done from Honda.
It appears to be stitched with a gap for purpose.Iwill clarify with them the purpose and revert.

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vb-san:I really like the Polished Metal shade on Honda CRV.

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@vb-san,Honda has discontinued the polished metal colour.

Thanks for observing my weaknesses with the posts.I am struggling to respond to so many loving replies and queries.Being someone who joined recently I am still not well-versed about the multi quoting posts and uploading pictures etc.I will soon figure out and start doing full justic to your expectations.I really appreciate your tip.Will work on it.Until then please bear with me.

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noopster:Charthom, congrats on your new beauty and welcome to the Petrol AT Club (membership shrinking by the minute )
Thanks noopster.The world is sufficiently large with plenty of head room for both petrolheads and dieselheads.But ANHC has way more legroom than the Vento

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noopsterWhen I saw the title of your thread, I assumed you went for ANHC MT, only realised it was automatic when I started reading. Get the feeling those who want an automatic go for either the ANHC or the Vento (in this segment). Am disappointed by the way the VW dealer treated you, but not really surprised. Anyway you made a good choice- I TDed this car and loved it but the interiors were not to my liking plus I thought it was overpriced.
From the Team BHP official TD it appeared that ANHC auto is better.ANHC has better back seats for my purpose.Vento has better finish but has many limitations except the great diesel engine.

Reg the Vento dealer-they completely neglected me even though I expressed my wish to see the Vento.After waiting for about 20 mts I protested and walked out of the show room.A Dy Mgr briskly cut my path,stopped me,apologised profusely and promised me good service.I sat down. Soon a sales person arrived.He asked me if I wanted the Passat.When he learnt that I needed "only" a Vento diesel which everyone buys anyway-his enthusiasm must have faded.He promised to bring the car after calling me.He never called nor did he bring the car.Again while leaving the same Dy Mgr approached me with more apologies.Anyway,I would have preferred the ANHC due to better back seats.

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noopster: Don't know how you arrived at the 10 cm reduction in legroom, but I assure you, you're mistaken. Stanley and some other fitters strip the original fabric off the seats and stitch the leather seats onto the seats in quasi-OE fit. You will hardly fel the difference.
noopster,I compared the original leather seats to the Stanley done City at display at the Honda dealership.The slight reduction in legroom is obvious.Even the staff nodded in agreement.May be it is not a general case.Still I could be mistaken.Thanks for the insight.

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noopster:If I may say so, you paid way too much for the Caska HU.
Of course it is more!The Caska dealer does not sell directly to the customer.They are hand in glove with the car dealers.I had done research on this for the Etios I had booked earlier.The main advantage of Caska is that it works with the original controls-which many cheaper units does not.Hence decided on Caska.

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noopster:The VKool film at 20K sounds way too expensive. I did my film (except front) at the VW dealership for 6900 (highest grade Llumar that they had) and even then I thought I'd paid too much. My front film was fitted at my local accessories guy for 3500 (Global 70%)
VKool has always been expensive-dealer must have of course charged a premium.I was not sure of Llumar and Garware.Honda did not have 3M films.Hence decided on VKool which came with 5 years of written warranty.

Thanks for your views and guidance mate.If one wants all his/her jobs done at a single source for less slogging,one always ends up paying more.I even arranged my no.plate through Honda-but fair enough,everything was taken care of.
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fuel_addict:Congrats charthom for opting for the City V A/T. Loved the colour of your car and your ownership report. Looks like the VW dealership in Cochin must have been really bad for disappointing you and forcing you to go the Honda way in the age of rising petrol prices. I have seen a vast majority of cars in Cochin are diesel.
Thank you for the kind words.I can't still figure out how a dealer can treat a customer, who offers to fish out 10.5 lakhs,with so much of indifference! Apart from that,the Vento back seats are supposed to be lower with upright back rest-not ideal for bad backs on long drives.Also the reverse gear is not very user-friendly.These coulped with the "Extended Polo" and the basic interiors,only advantage is diesel.The petrol version is not as good as the City and the a/t is much inferior.So the choice for me was obviously the ANHC.Hope you will agree.



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When you are jubiliant,excited and overwhelmed you may not realize how expensive the accessories are!!Later on the realization sinks in!!Bu then it is too late.This said,the Caska is still good Will write on it soon with photos.


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She is enjoying it.Feeling much more confident.after 1.5 years she drove the car and found the City very good too.Alasrmed to hear that you too had a back injury but happy that you are fine now.I will ask my wife to follow your advices. sincere thanks.
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@vb-san,Honda has discontinued the polished metal colour.
Oh I did not know that. I actually checked on the Honda CR-V website to check the exact name of the colour. Maybe the website is not updated yet. Thanks for the info.


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Thanks for observing my weaknesses with the posts.I am struggling to respond to so many loving replies and queries.Being someone who joined recently I am still not well-versed about the multi quoting posts and uploading pictures etc.I will soon figure out and start doing full justic to your expectations.I really appreciate your tip.Will work on it.Until then please bear with me.
I was not nitpicking for sure
This happens with a lot of fellow bhp-ians who are new to the forum. As I responsible member, just pointed out the option.


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noopster,I compared the original leather seats to the Stanley done City at display at the Honda dealership.The slight reduction in legroom is obvious.Even the staff nodded in agreement.May be it is not a general case.Still I could be mistaken.Thanks for the insight.
Slightly off-topic. But would like to know if the factory fitted leather seats are 100% leather, or Leatherette/Artificial Leather?
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Thank you for the kind words.I can't still figure out how a dealer can treat a customer, who offers to fish out 10.5 lakhs,with so much of indifference! Apart from that,the Vento back seats are supposed to be lower with upright back rest-not ideal for bad backs on long drives.Also the reverse gear is not very user-friendly.These coupled with the "Extended Polo" and the basic interiors,only advantage is diesel.The petrol version is not as good as the City and the a/t is much inferior.So the choice for me was obviously the ANHC.Hope you will agree.
Have heard about the back seat angle not being ergonomically correct in the Vento. A big issue for someone with back trouble.

The dog-leg style "front" reverse of the M/T Vento takes some getting used to.

If its petrol and that too an A/T, the City is a better choice. That equation changes on its head if you are considering the diesel.



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When you are jubiliant,excited and overwhelmed you may not realize how expensive the accessories are!!Later on the realization sinks in!!Bu then it is too late.This said,the Caska is still good Will write on it soon with photos.
Can't agree more on this. Have been there couple of times myself and ended up spending more in the excitement of buying a new car.
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The front tyres are 32psi and back ones 30 psi to my knowledge.Please clarify/help!!
Hi charthom, this is the correct tire pressure for ANHC, we were talking of NHC in previous post by drmohitg.

PS - Sometimes the guy at fuel station fills either 32 or 30 in all four tyres. He has to be instructed to fill the correct figure in both front and rear tyres.

I don't understand the reason for filling different pressure in front and rear tyres.
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