Monday, August 1, 2016

Quickie Used Car Review - Honda City (2003-2008)

2003-2008 Honda City

The Good: Standard rear folding seats, sips gas like a bird, parking is a cake

The Bad: Looks not for all

The Say: True to its name, it has a comfortable ride and a flexible interior.

Go For: 1.5 V
Avoid: Units with CVT problems

Price Range: P200,000-P300,000
Our Rating: ***

Full Review: Used Car Review - Honda City (2003-2008)
Latest vehicle profile: Honda City

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Vehicle Overview
Replacing the original model launched in 1996, the fourth generation City is now relegated as a sub-compact sedan slotting below the Civic in terms of size and price. This model got numerous innovations which were firsts in the segment.

One of the known innovations here is Honda's i-DSI engine technology which emphasizes fuel consumption over top power and can be either paired to a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed continuously variable transmission, the latter being later offered to the related Jazz hatchback. The other option available is a 1.5 with VTEC technology that prioritizes top end power and is available later on.

Going inside reveals an interior which shames the older model and one innovative thing is the rear folding seat, which can act as an extension of the trunk whenever needed. If this thing isn't required, four people can fit inside without any fuss plus the rear seat is roomy enough.

What Should I Get
When it was first launched in May 2003, only the A and S variants paired to a 1.3 engine are available. Choosing the A gets the 81hp 1.3 engine, all power features (power door locks was dropped in a 2006 update) and an AM/FM with cassette tuner (it was upgraded to a CD tuner in July 2007). The S is a much better deal which adds alloy wheels, CD player, and that 60/40 fold rear seats. Added in June 2004 is the V which gains the 109hp 1.5 engine and later on, fog lamps, keyless entry, dual airbags, and ABS brakes. Do take note that a Full Option which adds ABS brakes and airbags became optional for the S and V trims from 2003 to 2005, however finding this variant is something impossible.

How Much Would It Cost Me
Since a CVT transmission comes standard (and with the 1.3 engine which gives an emphasis on fuel consumption), fuel efficiency is excellent for this model. However, the CVT received complaints and the valve tuppet is also a problem point, with the former being a cause to revert back to a regular automatic for the next generation model. This vehicle became a subject of recall for the following: power window master switch that may cause partial burning of the window switch cover issued in September 2011 (2006 to 2008 models were affected), suspected defect in the front passenger airbag deflator (2003 models issued in July 2014) and driver side airbag deflator (2003 to 2008 models, issued in September 2015).

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