July 10, 2013

Used Car Review - 2003 Honda City i-DSi

Honda City is a popular B-segment sedan in Malaysia. For the 4th generation City, the oldest 2003, pre-facelift model is available at around RM30k in the used car market. Such low price accompanied with Honda's reputation in reliability still make the decade-old City a worthy choice as a pre-loved car. 

No doubt the design of the 4th gen City shows sign of aging, but the facelift version of it refreshed its styling and still look quite contemporary when compared with newer cars. 4th gen City comes with two engine options - fuel effiency-biased 1.5 i-DSi engine (88PS) and 1.5 VTEC engine (110PS) which is more to performance.

The cabin is wide enough for 4 adults to travel comfortably, fifth is preferably a smaller size adult. Legroom and headroom are adequate for most people, unless you are a NBA player. For a 10 years old car, the one that I drove has a cabin which is surprisingly still in its prime condition. Engine and suspension felt fine too. Besides Honda's reputation in reliability, the way of the owner look after a car is important in determining the longevity of it.

The i-DSi engine is quiet at idle and low speed, only became harsh when pushed. The low-end torque was excellent, a total of 131Nm of torque peaking at a low 2700rpm, providing enough 'oomph' for everyday's driving. If you prefer high speed performance, the VTEC engine should be more suitable since it has higher horsepower output at 110bhp, 22bhp more than the i-DSi engine. Both fuel economy figures are very close, so it depends on your preference, whether you want the (slightly) better fuel economy and pulling power i-DSi or better high speed performance VTEC.

The 7-speed CVT with Honda Steermatic (where gear change can be done with the push of + and - button on the steering wheel) gearbox provides smooth gear change, no rubberband effect was noticed which is found even in some CVT gearbox-equipped new cars. Handling wise, no fault but could be better. Steering was light without much feedback but it was easy to manoeuver the City even in the tight 'kampung' roads. The City has a compliant ride, absorbing most of the undulations on the road and transmit only the worst into the cabin. However, cost cutting measures have been spotted on the Honda City. For instance, the cap to cover the nuts of the wiper pivot is easily detachable, leaving the nuts exposed. It's an eye sore...

Even after a decade on the road, Honda City is still charming enough for some and provide good value for money. Features such as the Honda Steermatic, ULTra Seat and dual airbags as standard across the range attracted customers since the birth of its generation. Yes, newer B-segment sedans have moved on in offering better refinement and styling, but the 2003 City is not that far behind too.

*Thanks for reading! Like my page at SimonHar.com and subscribe SiMon HaR_!

8 Gossips:

Bhupendra Kr. said...

Almost on every aspect like looks,power,interior and fuel-efficiency City scores but the competition from fresh launches like Hyundai Verna,Ford Fiesta creates its journey more tougher.

SiMon Har said...

Bhupendra Kr.: Indeed. Competitors from Korea and America are giving Japanese models a run for their money!

Harris Walker said...

A separate brand focused on providing dealers with the best website to gain direct consumer traffic, which will ensure our consumers who come to qtccars.com for all car buying needs.

dong dong said...

coach outlet
burberry outlet online
michael kors outlet
mulberry handbags
toms shoes
ray ban sungalsses
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton
coach factory outlet
oakley sunglasses
jordan 11
abercrombie outlet
michael kors outlet
timberland boots
pandora jewelry
michael kors outlet online
coach canada outlet
retro jordans
mont blanc pens
marc jacobs handbags
michael kors outlet
jordan 9
hollister clothing store
coach factory outlet
ray ban sunglass
michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors
coach factory outlet
coach factory outlet online
kate spade outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors watches
ray ban outlet
hollister clothing

Zheng junxai5 said...

2015-07-6 zhengjx
louboutin pas cher
oakley store
chanel online shop
true religion
ray ban sunglasses
beats by dre
longchamp pliage
abercrombie kids
fitflops shoes
louboutin femme
true religion sale
ralph lauren sale
rolex watches for sale
jordan femme
tory burch shoes
air jordan uk
michael kors
ed hardy outlet
mont blanc pens
coach outlet store online
soccer shoes for sale
nike air max uk
oakley sunglasses outlet
soccer outlet
pandora bracelets
ray-ban sunglasse
air max 2015
michael kors handbags
oakley sunglasses sale
true religion sale
coach outlet store online
longchamp pas cher
michael kors handbags
sac louis vuitton
christian louboutin
ray ban outlet
mcm bags
oakley sunglasses outlet
christian louboutin shoes

John said...

instyler max
giuseppe zanotti sneakers
air max
louis vuitton borse
louis vuitton pas cher
mont blanc
hermes belt
uggs on sale
gucci outlet
christian louboutin
ralph lauren outlet
juicy couture
hermes uk
oakley sunglasses wholesale
nike cortez
mcm outlet
christian louboutin outlet
sac longchamp
pandora bracelets
nike roshe run
tommy hilfiger outlet
polo ralph lauren
burberry outlet
marc jacobs
ray ban outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
prada uk
longchamp pas cher

Gege Dai said...

cheap soccer jerseys
coach outlet online
tiffany and co
ray ban,rayban,occhiali ray ban,ray-ban,ray ban occhiali,ray ban sunglasses
michael kors online outlet
mac cosmetics
michael kors outlet sale
ugg outlet
black friday deals
cleveland cavaliers
oakley sunglasses wholesale
nhl jerseys
lebron shoes
michael kors handbags wholesale
air max 2014
new york giants
louis vuitton handbags
rolex watches,rolex watches,swiss watches,watches for men,watches for women,omega watches,replica watches,rolex watches for sale,rolex replica,rolex watch,cartier watches,rolex submariner,fake rolex,rolex replica watches,replica rolex
canada goose outelt
belstaff outlet
nike free
calvin klein outlet
puma outlet
michael kors handbags
nike foamposite
michael kors factory online
north face outlet
oakley sunglasses
prada sneakers
nike running shoes
coach outlet
michael kors outlet online
tiffany and co
fred perry polo shirts
rolex uk
longchamp handbags outlet

Gege Dai said...

fitflops outlet sale
the north face outlet
oakley sunglasses
fitflops uk
lebron shoes
ugg boots outlet,ugg outlet
oakley,occhiali oakley,oakley italia,oakley occhiali,oakley sunglasses
tory burch outlet
nike outlet store
louis vuitton handbags outlet
beats by dre
ralph lauren outlet
ugg outlet store
swarovski outlet
cheap wedding dresses
nike air max uk
tiffany jewelry
mlb jerseys
true religion outlet uk
ugg boots uk
true religion outlet
ray-ban sunglasses
nba jerseys
louis vuitton outlet store
oakley sunglasses sale
mulberry uk
michael kors outlet online
ferragamo shoes
ray ban sunglasses
kate spade uk outlet
lacoste shirts
discount oakley sunglasses
coach outlet online
ugg boots on sale
hermes outlet store

Post a Comment