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Old 3rd November 2010, 16:34   #1
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Default Honda City 2010 - V A/T - Tafeta White

Dear All,

Will be taking delivery of my an ANHC tomorrow from Olympia Honda. I live pretty close to the RTO, so I requested the dealership to drop off the car after registration. I have never seen heard of anyone having a new car dropped off at home. Maybe I am the first.

The thing is that the dealership is almost 25 KM from my place and I certainly dont intend for the car and myself to travel back and forth.

Anyways, finished the PDI on Sunday, trying to remember all that I had read here on the forum. The showroom guys thought I was nuts when I checked underneath for oil leaks etc. They looked at me like I was nuts.

I didnt ask for any additional accessories , just asked them to convert that into a cash discount.

Model is V A/T
Colour is Tafetta White.
Checked the VIN from the thread and it seems to be an October 2010 car.

Attaching some Pics taken during the PDI.
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Old 3rd November 2010, 18:19   #2
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Congratulations on your All New Honda City!

Wishing you many many happy miles with you new car. Make sure that you carry your camera along with you while taking the delivery of the car.

Do keep us updated on the driving impression once your receive the keys in your hand.

Amith

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Old 6th November 2010, 21:41   #3
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Car finally arrived at home on 4th Nov.
Was given a quick run through of the various features by the dealer who delivered the car at home. Registration was supposed to have been completed but the inspector from the RTO was more keen on celebrating Diwali a little earlier, as a result registration for about 20 cars was left in abeyance.

Monday , the registration will be completed.
So far so good with the initial drive and comfort. Will update with pics.
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Default Honda City 2009 - V A/T - Tafeta White

Hi Everyone,

Got delivery of the car a day before Diwali. Actually the car was delivered home by the dealer as I wanted it this way. To cut a long story short, I had no option but to go with Olympia Honda though they were about 26 km away from where I live. Capital on GST Road was ofcourse closer and I came within a hairs breadth of making payment cause I wanted to avail of the loyalty bonus before 31st Oct 10. At the very last moment, this guy who I was dealing threw a curved ball. He claimed that City V A/T was not in stock and that a fresh one would arrive in about 2 weeks time. I ofcourse told him that was ok and go ahead. But he said that he cant invoice the car unless he had the VIN Number.

I decided that I wouldnt want to deal with such a bumbling dealership ( read...had already given him an advance 2 weeks earlier, the least he could have done was to block the car ). Anyway Sundaram Honda also did not have any VAT in stock and asked me to wait till I got news of their stock in other cities. I did not want to go in for a car that was coming from another showroom/dealership in Baroda or Madurai. So I backed out.

Olympia confirmed that they had 2 VAT in stock , one in Bold Beige and the other being White. I took the white one as it has th best appeal according to me. I personally like White. Bold Beige was nice too but felt it was a bit for older folk.

The VAT comes fully loaded so no further headaches with fixing ICE or Alloys etc. I like stock cars. I didnt do anything with my previous Optra except ICE.

My initial experience:-

1. The drive is fantastic in the VAT. Almost a gliding feel across the road. You can however feel the gears changing. Paddle shift is fun to use.

2. Like the way the instrument console lights up at night. I was worried that the gear shift console did not have lights but was surprised to see that it did.

3. Initial fuel efficiency indicates an average of 10.5 in the City with 100% AC. Driven only 200km since getting the car and it has already gone 260 km.
Expect this to improve.

4. USB Audio is quite decent for an OEM system. Connected my iPod touch and have no issues at all. Can browse entire albums and playists. It keeps it charged too.( My earlier Alpine on the Optra would'nt charge the iPod touch only the previous 5th Gen iPod ).

5.Bit worried about the maintainence of the superior beige fabric. Already my 7yr old son has marked his footwear prints on the rear backrest. Cleaning with a wet cloth returned it back to its earlier condition but I might have to go the leather route in the near future.

What I did not like:

1. The sliver console in the centre looks a tad cheap especially with DATA Access and WMA/MP3 painted on the console.

2. No Climate control.......but expect the price to be higher by 25 K if this feature is ever introduced.

3.Skinny tyres. Might have to go for an upgrade sooner once I decide to do long trips.


Will post more of the experience as I get familiar with the car.
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Hi congratulations for the new car.Wish you a great time with this beauty.Please get a good seat cover. Make sure that you install a good quality sunfilm.Due to the large glass area a good sunfilm is mandatory for ANHC.Please keep updating.Mine is also a white ANHC.
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Congrats buddy and Welcome to the ANHC club. Wishing you many miles of safe and happy driving. The paddles are definitely fun to use. Can you pls clarify what you mean by lights in the gear shift console? Do you mean the gear indicator in the main instruments console?

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Got delivery of the car a day before Diwali.

2. Like the way the instrument console lights up at night. I was worried that the gear shift console did not have lights but was surprised to see that it did.
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Hi Congratulation for your new Purchase. I am sure you will enjoy the drive.

As you said rightly, with kids around it's tough to maintain biege interior. I too have same problem with my 3 year old son. But cleaning regularly will help.

Just curious to know about your post Heading , which says "2009 Honda City V A/T" ??
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@uday,

I meant the lights where the automatic gear shift knob is ( the PRNDS ) at night not the console one. As I tend to look down while shifting gears and not the console. Maybe that will change in the future.

@ Ram

Isnt it the 2009 Honda City. Instead of saying ANHC or All New City. My dad still calls his City ZX as the new city. Its all getting quite confusing.

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Congratulations Lemon,

White looks elegant, drive safe and have fun.

Cheers
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Congrats Lemon on your new drive.

The title of the thread is the misleading. I thought you bought a 2009 pre-worshiped car.
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Congrats Lemon. I think ANHC is the usual TBHP parlance and using 2009 for a 2010 car is going to confuse a lot of people!

I found myself chuckling wistfully over the fact that you changed dealers since one of them wanted to make you wait 2 weeks for delivery. You are absolutely within your rights as a consumer to exercise this choice and I'm glad you are able to, unlike us VW Vento fans who have plonked money down on our choices (mine is a Terra Beige AT) and have no idea when it will arrive!

Anyway I have no intention of dragging this , so congrats again and do post more about your experiences with your VAT. Have you given her a name yet? BTW I test drove a VAT some months ago and was quite happy with the engine- it was the interiors that turned me off somehow.
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Isnt it the 2009 Honda City. Instead of saying ANHC or All New City. My dad still calls his City ZX as the new city. Its all getting quite confusing.
Even that way, it was launched in 2008. Congrats on buying ANHC AT. I will be curious about what FE you are going to manage.
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@uday,

I meant the lights where the automatic gear shift knob is ( the PRNDS ) at night not the console one. As I tend to look down while shifting gears and not the console. Maybe that will change in the future.

Ah, Of Course!! Thanks for clarifying. What mods are you planning to decorate your ANHC with?
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Thank you all for your wishes. I do hope that I will have trouble free motoring along with enjoyment of this beautiful honda motors performance.

I only plan to change or upgrade tyres to 195/60 R15 Michelin Primacy LC as I have read everywhere that wider shoes are better suited for this BHP class. Even my Ritz VXi has wider tyres at 185 R 14.

I am a bit confused about the running in of this car. The honda guys tell me that these engines are already run in and there is no restriction on the speed that you need to maintain. But having said that, pls ensure that you dont have to endure a sudden brake in the first 1000 km due to the ABS getting accustomed. Even the Honda manual says this but nothing on the issue with running in.
I remember earlier gen cars had the running in speed as well ( ambi's and fiats ), maybe we are all still using that as a guide.
Another interesting this I observed is the fuel gauge.

In my optra when I put in a full tank of fuel ( i mean brimming to the top )m the fuel gauge shows full ( At "F" Mark ) for atleast the first 80- 100 km before starting to register a dip.
Where in the Honda a full tank shows a dip even after 30 KM. So this indicates that F on the tank is to the brim. Am I right in assuming this. If so, then what is the point in having a cut off.

Other ANHC users as well as others could kindly comment.

Also I am impressed with the range of the remote lock on the key. I can unlock the door from 3 floors up without having direct view of the car at all. I think this might be some clever engineering by honda in using the actualt key as an antennae. This is my take.

Will post more pics shortly.

Done 350 km till now, and average fuel consumption shows 11 km/ltr.
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I only plan to change or upgrade tyres to 195/60 R15 Michelin Primacy LC as I have read everywhere that wider shoes are better suited for this BHP class. Even my Ritz VXi has wider tyres at 185 R 14.


Another interesting this I observed is the fuel gauge.

In my optra when I put in a full tank of fuel ( i mean brimming to the top )m the fuel gauge shows full ( At "F" Mark ) for atleast the first 80- 100 km before starting to register a dip.
Where in the Honda a full tank shows a dip even after 30 KM. So this indicates that F on the tank is to the brim. Am I right in assuming this. If so, then what is the point in having a cut off.

Other ANHC users as well as others could kindly comment.

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Congrats on acquiring the City V A/T. She sure is a beauty and the Tafeta White only makes her look even more gorgeous.

Cost cutting from Honda is obvious from the skinny 175 section tyres and lack of climate control. Thankfully, the tyres can be up sized. A car like the City does require atleast 195 section tyres.

Your observation about the fuel needle is common. The needle will generally not drop linearly as you clock the miles. You might see the needle not move at all in some cars after 100 km but thereafter the drop will be pretty rapid. At other times, the needle will start dropping even after 30 km. The MID should be your best reference in such cases as you can always see the avg.

Auto cut-off will never get the fuel upto the brim. I would say it'll be 2-3 litres less and also depends from nozzle to nozzle. Plus, if there is air entrapped in the fuel chamber, the auto cut-off will be quite aggressive.
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