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Old 05-07-2019, 01:37 AM
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Hello everyone,

We're looking to sell our decade old Honda CRV and move down to a smaller car since usually it's just my dad going to and from work, and it's often in traffic. We only go on long trips maybe once or twice a year.

Right now my dad really likes the 2017 City, but his brother in law (who's really good at cars) has s*** all over it, saying it's a terrible car and gave these points -
  1. It's made in Thailand, so the build quality is horrible and it'll last no more than 3 years, with a disposal value of 5% at the end of it.
  2. The engine is 1.5l and so after a few months, it'll have trouble pulling the car.
  3. The car is light so it'll easily overturn and get wrecked in an accident.
  4. It's not very fuel efficient.
Within our budget, the only alternatives we can get are the Mitsubishi Lancer or the Suzuki Ciaz - and he's very much against those two as well. He's arguing that we'll need to get either a bigger vehicle like a Pajero or a Pilot, or that at the very least we should go for a mid-range 2.0l Civic.

The only problem is that these are roughly AED20,000 ($5,500) over our budget.

What do you guys think? Is he spouting a lot of hot air to get us to buy a more premium model or is he actually right? Thank you!
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:52 PM
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Well, what country are you in? You may get better responses in the regional forum..
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Old 05-07-2019, 11:05 PM
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sounds like the honda city is build on the Honda Fit platform.

If that is the case, then you're fine.

BUT, for more clarity, what is your particular country?

I see the Honda "city" being build in at least 5 different countries, from Brazil, to China, to the Philippines, to Thailand...
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:12 AM
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The currency he refers to is United Arab Emirates. I doubt many here have even heard of this car and fewer have seen one.

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Originally Posted by david77 View Post
The engine is 1.5l and so after a few months, it'll have trouble pulling the car.
If your Dad's brother in law thinks that Honda engines wear out in just a few months, he isn't all that good with cars!
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Old 06-19-2019, 03:46 AM
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As far as I know the City is a Fit sedan.

Having owned two Fits (including one that I've owned for the last five years and drive daily), they're probably fine
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:28 AM
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Hm if they share the same engine as the Honda fit then it'll be fine. We had an original fit (whatever the first year offered in the US was) and it had no issues up to 110k miles when we sold it. I know the current owner and it is still going strong. They are still a cheap car so you aren't getting a Lexus fit and finish or interior but they will run for a good long time as long as you take some care of them. My only compliant was the engine they use is fairly underpowered and the car would likely get better MPG if it had a base civic engine in it rather than the little 1.5l they put in there. Not that they get bad MPG its just you would have a little more power on tap and the base civic engine is rated at a better MPG than the fit. The person saying they don't get good MPG and suggesting you buy a pilot or other larger SUV is a moron and doesn't know what they are talking about.
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