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Old 27th August 2015, 14:49   #181
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In June 2015, the City i-DTEC was put to task for a 13-day 5300 kms roadtrip to the vale of Kashmir and it performed flawlessly. It exceeded my family's expectations and save for a puncture, there were absolutely no problems with the car. It exceeded our expectations because we drove the car over some really bad terrains near the Bandipora region, near Yusmarg and some bad patches near Sinthan Top, Rajouri and Aru.

A travelogue will be put up soon, but till then here are a few pictures of the car in the beautiful and serene environs of Kashmir:
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Dear M, first post on the forum for me..have been following your ownership report and looking forward to the travelouge. Even more interested as I am about to get the delivery of VMT D
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Dear M, first post on the forum for me..have been following your ownership report and looking forward to the travelouge. Even more interested as I am about to get the delivery of VMT D
Many Congratulations for the City and welcome to Team-BHP.

The travelogue will be put up soon, I could not commit much time to the travelogue as I had been travelling all over the Western Ghats to enjoy the monsoon showers. Please bear with me, I shall post the travelogue at the earliest.
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The link to the Kashmir travelogue: Link

This trip really highlighted the strength of the diesel Honda.
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Old 19th May 2017, 10:09   #185
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Sorry for the long hiatus in updating this thread. The problem is I have spent very limited time with the car in the last 18-20 months so could not update this thread regularly. The car is used by my parents at my hometown and has done 45000 kms approximately in the 40 months of ownership.

The City has done some short trips in the meantime - once to Kolkata and once to Varanasi plus weekend trips to Jamshedpur, Daltonganj, Bokaro and Dhanbad.

Some updates :

1. Dashboard rattling has raised its ugly head. Need to get it fixed asap.
2. Tyre bubbles and cracks on the stock MRF tyres. Recently the tyres were upgraded to 195-section Yokohama Earth 1 tyres.
3. Its a pain to maintain a black car, swirl marks are an irritant. A thorough detailing job is due post-monsoons.

The City will be put to task starting 22nd May on a week-long roadtrip to Bhutan and Dooars. I will share more updates and pictures once I spend time with the car during this roadtrip.

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Our Honda City was put to task for a 2500 kms roadtrip from Ranchi to Bhutan and back. The dashboard rattle issue was fixed before this trip so there have been no niggles or issues thereafter. The City has so far been extremely frugal thanks to the i-DTEC motor under the hood.

Some pics of the car from our Bhutan trip. A detailed travelogue will be posted soon.
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3 years 9 months, 53000 kms

I got an opportunity to spend a few days with our City during the Diwali break so took her to a few places around Ranchi. The car covered McCluskiegunj, Patratu Valley, Jamshedpur, Khunti and Chaibasa in about a week's time.
  • The 195 section tyres have made a significant improvement in terms of ride and handling, however fuel efficiency has gone down marginally.
  • The dashboard rattle issues never reoccurred, despite driving over some really bad stretches.
  • The struts are holding on well and there are no signs of leakages. The clutch is good for another few thousand kilometres. However, the battery is due for a replacement soon.
  • The right-side tail-lamp and fender got a bruise thanks to a metal rod. Needs some TLC soon.
  • No other issues with the vehicle as of now, so far our City has proved to be fairly reliable barring one or two niggles which were resolved with the help of the authorised service centre.


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6 years, 90000 kms


The City will complete 6 years next Tuesday and has clocked a little over 90000 kms as I type.

Apart from the general servicing (which has been quite a reasonable affair), there have been no expenses incurred on the car. It is still running the stock suspension and clutch, which is a little surprising to me. I have proactively taken the car twice for inspections to check if there are any leaks from the struts here and there. But everything is working just perfect.

We had initially planned to replace the City in early 2020 with a compact SUV (Seltos or similar) but since the car is doing well and the fact that it has already depreciated in value to a considerable extent, we decided to hold on to it for another year or so.

Fw pictures of the car clicked last month -

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The City completed 7 years on 14th January and the odo reads 100000 kms now.

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