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Old 8th August 2011, 06:43   #76
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Hello fellas!

So, I finally got back to my doll; have clicked tons of pics but have strict orders to sleep now as we leave for Valley of Flowers at 5am tomorrow.

For starters, here's are 2 teasers!
Nice teasers there libran. I am sure we will have the pleasure of viewing a lot more pics of your beauty in red in the Valley of Flowers. We are waiting for it, do not disappoint us buddy!
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So, here comes the update!

We took the ANHC for our Valley of Flowers trip and boy was it marvelous to drive or what! I was at the wheels thru' out the 850-odd kms. and loved every moment driving.

Since the car is used as my dad as his daily commute and it's just mum and him in Gurgaon, the rear seats have never been used! It still smells like a new car in there.

From the time I've spent in the car, here's what I've come up with :

Likes :

1) Butter smooth ride : You just glide on the road; the bumps are taken well and don't feel the unevenness of the road
2) Amazingly smooth steering : You'll never believe it is a sedan you're driving! The steering is a delight to move around and effortless to use.
3) Cabin interiors, ambience : Honda has really got it very right with the beige and slight black tone that the ANHC has got for it's interiors. The cabin looks bright and roomy. The dash, console and steering have a good feel to it.
4) Silent on idle : On three occasions when we'd stalled and were sitting inside the car, I never realized the engine was running. The rpm meter gave away!
5) Acceleration : This thing flies!
6) Styling : looks good in every way!
7) FE : at times, I can't believe it is so efficient.

Quirks :

1) Don't know if this is just with my City but each time the car is rolling (i.e. no acceleration/braking), I hear this faint wheezing sound.
2) With the reverse sensors, the OEM Day/Night mirror is not in use - hence, too much glare while night-driving.

Dislikes :
1) N & H : Don't know if it is the Michelin's or the cabin is badly insulated but you can hear a LOT of tyre and engine noise. It gets irritating at times. You wouldn't expect it from such a car.
2) Sump guard is not for the entire engine bay.

Will walk the talk through pictures now :

First, the exteriors :

Look at those curves and lines!

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Body-coloured sensors; in hindsight, reverse camera would have been better

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Dad's loving T-BHP just as much!

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Stock Michelin 175/65 R15

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Humble wheel caps

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Front doors open almost at 90-deg

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As is the case with the rear doors

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Half-hearted sump guard - not nice!

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Dislike - nail scratches in the door handle area

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Dislike even more - fading plastic

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Now for the interiors :

Cute gear-lock; nice place to store it when not in use

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Gear-lock engaged

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Commanding module

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Mirror for reverse sensors

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Mirror provides decent view

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Roof-mounted cabin lamp - disappointing for 2 reasons, 1) switch is not driver-friendly, 2) there should have been another one near the RVM.

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USB nicely tucked away

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Stylish handles - should have had the auto-lock facility on Ingition

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Neat design!

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Steering console at a glance

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Big big boot : You could sleep in there!

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Premium rear seats

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With the center arm-rest

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Looks really good!

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Welcoming seats

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Wonderful beige

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Leg-room, driver seat pushed all the way to the front

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Leg-room, driver seat at optimum driving position

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No pocket for driver sear - not nice!

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These are the rubber mats provided to us - fabric but dark grey.

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When clean

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Some niche points :

Chubby hole 1 : good for loose change, toll receipts

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Chubby hole 2

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Centre arm-rest for front passengers : good for shades, small books, misc.

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Nice deep glove-box : but not good for books, files; will get folded

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Good storage place at the gear-box; suitable for cans, small items like wallet, phone etc.

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Door storage space : not good for a medium/large bottle.

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For the rear passengers

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Good looking driver door

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What are those 2 for?

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What is that for?

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Good 12V plug for charging phones etc.

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Well designed central area

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The dash goes far far away!

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Neat console

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Good to hang toll receipts

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Neat hand-brake assembly

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Surprise! Well-conceived storage area under rear seats; can hide the tool box and small bags

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This is how the tyre is bolted in the boot : disadvantage - you cannot fill air

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This is how you'll have to keep if you want the tyre handy : disadvantage - the tyre cannot be bolted; the whole thing will rattle when you cross a bump.

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We need to figure out a solution for this tyre thing! Either we unbolt the tyre each time we want to fill air or find a way to bolt it in the reverse placement.
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Overall, it is a delight to drive the City!

Wish-list :

1) ACC : it is would so much more pleasant to set a temp. and let the compressor decide how to go about it.
2) Heated OVRMs : way too wishful thinking but realized it's importance on a very rainy evening yesterday
3) Thicker tyres : the present, although good, don't exude confidence.

What's lined up for the City :

1) Wheel alignment and balancing : Although just at 9k kms, I need to do it considering the cratereque Gurgaon roads and the recent mountain road trip.
2) The reverse sensor readings in the mirror have faded, need to get that checked
3) Mobile charging unit
4) Side mouldings
5) Will get the horn replaced; changes tone very ramdomly

That is what comes to mind folks, pour in!

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That's some very good photographs Nishad. Thanks for sharing.

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5) Will get the horn replaced; changes tone very ramdomly
Does the horn fluctuate when honking continuously for 4-5 seconds?

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Dislikes :
1) N & H : Don't know if it is the Michelin's or the cabin is badly insulated but you can hear a LOT of tyre and engine noise. It gets irritating at times. You wouldn't expect it from such a car.
I have good year tyres but still I don't have much complaint about NVH at higher speeds.


What mileage you got from your City during the trip? Best and worst.

Please do keep the thread updated from now onwards!
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Thanks for the compliments man!

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Does the horn fluctuate when honking continuously for 4-5 seconds?
I've heard 3 tones so far; I've even complained once but this time, I'll try to get it replaced.


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I have good year tyres but still I don't have much complaint about NVH at higher speeds.
Well, I'm not happy with Michelin.

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What mileage you got from your City during the trip? Best and worst.
Best : 19kmpl on the highway; sedate driving at 80 km/hr and A/c at Blower 1
Worst : 11kmpl in the mountains; driving on the 2nd gear at 30km/hr with constant braking and gear-shifts.

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I think the empty sections are for addition of new switches or for security alarm warning indicators etc.The small grill like thingy is the temperature sensor i think.

Even i have placed the spare tyre the other way my Honda so that i can fill air.I am trying to find ways to secure the thing so that is does not rattle much.
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The small grill like thingy is the temperature sensor i think.
Temp. sensor for what? City doesn't have ACC.

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Even i have placed the spare tyre the other way my Honda so that i can fill air.I am trying to find ways to secure the thing so that is does not rattle much.
Ill-design, ain't it?!
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Temp. sensor for what? City doesn't have ACC.
Well i think your OBD display should have a display which shows the temp maybe it's the sensor for that.BTW what's the red tape on the side of the spare tyre for ?

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Interesting find today ;

Was just glancing at the centre console and happened to see all the icons viz. Battery, Engine Check, ABS, ESP etc. What was surprising was : next to the speedometer, on the horizontal plane of the 160 km/hr mark, there is a "Cruise Control" icon. Above it is another "Cruise (something)" icon. Both of course, don't light up since Cruise Control ain't there in the Indian City.

Looks the console of the City has been derived from an international version where Cruise Control is a part of the equipment.

@sumeet : Probably then, that could a temp. sensor for ACC that's in the int'l City.
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Those are some great photos! Is the gear-lock something you added after-market? How much did it cost?

Wow - didn't know the reverse sensor came with a mirror that replaced the stock IRVM. Wish there was a way around that - maybe a mirror half the stock mirror size?

Surprised that you are not happy with the stock Michelin tyres. Reading T-BHP, it sounded like that was the recommended OEM tyre to get. Anything in particular you are not happy about?

Bad design indeed with the spare tyre!
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Those are some great photos! Is the gear-lock something you added after-market? How much did it cost?
Thanks!

The gear lock came along with the car; it is "Blackcat" brand. My folks don't remember the price of it; it was adjusted with the price of the car itself; no separate entry.

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Wow - didn't know the reverse sensor came with a mirror that replaced the stock IRVM. Wish there was a way around that - maybe a mirror half the stock mirror size?
Yea, harsh reality!

The work around is a small LCD device that is placed somewhere on the dash - doesn't look that good. Will have to rack my brains to find a plausible solution.

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Surprised that you are not happy with the stock Michelin tyres. Reading T-BHP, it sounded like that was the recommended OEM tyre to get. Anything in particular you are not happy about?
They are DAMN noisy!

At cruising speed, I had a LOT of road noise in the cabin; the tyre pressure is maintained well and the road was butter smooth.

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Bad design indeed with the spare tyre!
Yep, will talk to Honda about it today.
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Just got back from taking the car to Pearl Honda.

1) About the cranky horn, they said it was touching the body and hence changing tone. They absolutely refused to change the horn; said it would be sent to Honda for check and if found fine, they would have to pay for it.

In typical fashion, the horn worked fine as long as the car was at the dealer; was back to it's tone-changing ways once out!

Will mail Honda about this. I simply cannot tolerate that horn.

2) About the reverse sensors, it was found that the Mirror is faulty; hence not displaying any readings. The accessories guy wasn't available yesterday and hasn't called yet. Will have to escalate that too.

3) Pearl Honda did not have the Habanero red paint for FOC touch-up so couldn't touch up a couple of scratches on the front bumper.

Overall, not a fruitful day!
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Libran,

A great revival of your thread. And what a thorough odyssey through its virtues!
I never knew the car had so much style to offer!! Really appreciated.

Guys at Pearl Honda appears to be unenthusiastic! Why no red paint again? Are they lying!!Do they have all other shades?

Still no pictures from the valley of flowers!!

How did the car handled the bad roads? Did you forget your identity? Many questions-one answer: a thorough travelogue. Soon- please,with lot of snaps.
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