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|28th January 2010, 15:34||#1|
Heart over mind... ANHC wins the heart...
Hi everyone, this is my first review on team-BHP,
Before I start, thanks to BHIpians, who made my life easy in choosing the right ride for me with all detailed reviews on almost all the cars I considered for upgrade.
It’s after 5.5years of bond, memories and long drives between me and my Santro Xing bought in May 2004, covering 67k. I was seriously considering an upgrade to sedan for the following reasons
Search started in May 2009,
Cars considered and TD:
Linea – Was keen to pursue this, went to Prerana Bangalore with a cheque and was disappointed with the
SX4 was ruled out due to low FE.
Skoda out of budget and no confidence on A.S.S.
I didn’t consider initially Ford Fiesta and Honda City, for reasons of costly spares ( as well I felt the older front face of Fiesta was much better than the newer ones) and over priced ANHC. Though I was really admired by the looks and performance of ANHC, but my budget didn’t help… I felt old engine (IDSI) should have been continued, the car would have costed less.
I stretched my budget from 8.5l to 9l, as I knew the car would be around for more years than my Santro and hence felt to go for something which I like a lot…
Finally I decided to go for Verna CRDI SX ABS, power in this car is amazing. It just gave a feeling that I can rule the road… FE for the power was great too…
Gave initial booking amount to Trident Hyundai on Hosur road on 25th Oct,
This was a compromise for me, as
My wife kept telling me not to buy in case Iam not happy on any aspect, she was right. I didn’t want to end up using and cursing myself for not buying something which I liked the most.
Since we stretched our budget to 9l, I thought of giving a shot on ANHC, supported by all the reviews from the ANHC owners. And there you go it stands in my parking lot with lot of elegance and a mark to make.
TD – experience of ANHC
We opted and picked Habanero Red Pearl.
S-MT. As all we need was in this package, and I felt I can have better choice in Alloys later, but eventually ended up with Honda brand itself
Formalities started on 1st Nov, and on 7th Nov the car was handed over. Everything went smooth,
It’s been almost 3months now, had been to couple of long trips to
I must say it’s a sheer pleasure and fun… its beauty and the beast.
FE: so far I have been able to manage it between 11-12 in city and roughly 13-14 on highways. 90% A/C, But as per Honda guys it can be more than this…
But, Iam pretty happy with the performance and FE
Things I felt would have been considered by Honda:
I drove OHC ZX quite a lot, it was very quite at low and higher revs, but on the other hand ANHC I felt it could have made better to shield noise. Iam not sure if Iam the only one facing this… but at higher revs, I can hear the roaring noise which I never felt in OHC
It’s so bad to hear it crying when ever we crossed breakers, especially those un-realistic ones...
I had nightmares while driving in Mysore, with 5 people and boot fully loaded. It almost scraped all those worst layed breakers… I tried driving cross, but still it hits…
Civic following us were still in bad shape…
Hope no damage had happened. It’s due to service in next month, need to get this checked.
Boot lift on remote, I don’t understand why they didn’t consider this?
A/C should have been better!!!
Mods in list:
Would post some snaps soon...
|28th January 2010, 15:55||#2|
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check out this thread
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...sory-cars.html (From 2010, systems to enable 'baby seats' will be compulsory in cars)
for info on child safety in a car.
Last edited by clevermax : 28th January 2010 at 15:59.
|28th January 2010, 16:00||#3|
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|28th January 2010, 16:01||#4|
We have a car seat for her, but as of now we tried all we can, but she is never comfortable in it, and doesn't sit for longer time even in our laps :-(
So, my wife and kid are allways forced to sit at the rear, and she prefers to stand and move from one corner to another.
We are trying hard to get rid of this habit from her...
|28th January 2010, 16:06||#5|
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congratulations raghu! awaiting for snaps.
just curious why you went for Honda alloys instead of after market! how much they charged for alloys?
|28th January 2010, 16:13||#6|
I was keen on buying Alloys with 5 spokes only, set of 4 from show room costed me 22k.
I checked in few mod guys near and in Koramangala, quote from them where varying from 19k and above for set of 5. I prefered to pick it from showroom, as I felt they would be reliable than other branded one which guys outside were offering me.
|28th January 2010, 16:16||#7|
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Please post some pics of the car. By the way the highway mileage seems to be a little less. Did you check the mileage by tankful to tankful method
Even I have the same question why Honda Brand Alloys when there are lots of options available aftermarket.
|28th January 2010, 18:11||#8|
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BTW.Heartiest Congratulations. The new ANHC is a dream car to own.
|28th January 2010, 19:43||#10|
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You have to be very careful with your child moving inside a moving car. I know you understand that it is very dangerous. You have to be strict here, it is not at all advisable to allow the child to move around in the car when driving. The earlier you convince her not to do this, the better. Drive safe. My son was not allowed to move around ot fiddle with the car when driving. He obeys, and to compensate, I allow him to fiddle with the controls etc, when we are not moving, when the car is at a standstill.
Heartiest congratulation on the ANHC. Do post some pictures too.
Last edited by basilmabraham : 28th January 2010 at 19:44.
|28th January 2010, 19:50||#12|
I totally understand, that is the reason, all the time during long trips my mom and wife are at back to ensure she is properly secured...
We are enforcing this, but sometimes kids...
|28th January 2010, 20:41||#13|
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Congratulations on the purchase Raghu. I was a firm believer that the ANHC was highly overpriced, until I read some the posts in the forum which did make me realise that it wasnt (priced too high).
I guess you would need time to get used to and start loving the awesome growl of the iVtec at high revs. That is one of the main reasons I love the Honda . I own an Ikon and love to hear the sound of the Ro-Cam engine each time I get a chance.
Have lots of fun with your car and yes, do post pics.
Edit: Sorry just saw the pics.Look awesome.
Last edited by sammyboy : 28th January 2010 at 20:43.
|28th January 2010, 23:00||#14|
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ill be taking delivery of ANHC tommrow in white color. can you give me more details on 3m sunfilm please
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|29th January 2010, 00:03||#15|
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Congrats on your new car. Nice colour choice ...
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