Used car buying guide: GM2 Honda City - Which variant to get, what to look out for

Eric · Oct 15, 2020 02:48 PM

Honda Malaysia just took the covers off the all-new 2020 Honda City, priced from RM 74,191.

With the launch of a new model, prices of used City models will also dropped further, making a used Honda City a viable option for some.

A little history on the GM2 Honda City

The GM2 Honda City, also called the third-generation City, was introduced in Malaysia in late-2008.

It replaced the controversial-looking GD8-generation model, which was the poster child for bad CVTs.

Instead of a CVT-type automatic, Honda fitted the GM2 City with a more conventional 5-speed torque converter unit, saying that the ASEAN market prefers a torque converter unit.

When it went on sale, the GM2 Honda City introduced a number of segment-first features, including a two-step reclining rear seat, paddle shifters, and crucially, a tilt and telescopic-capable steering wheel.

The facelifted City's interior is a slightly nicer place to be in

It gets even better, as when the facelifted model was introduced in 2012, Honda fitted stability control on the 1.5 E variant, another first for the segment. The facelifted model also received ISOFIX anchor points, and an Eco indicator.

Is the GM2 Honda City problematic?

The GM2 Honda City is perhaps the most reliable Honda City generation out there.

Apart from the regular wear and tear items, there’s little else that needs fixing or replacing – a testament of Honda’s build quality.

Perhaps the most important thing is to ensure (and we can't stress this enough) that the Takata airbag inflators have been replaced. Enter the vehicle's VIN here to check and see if it has been replaced or not.

Which model to get?

We reckon that those looking for a used Honda City to check out models built between 2012 and 2014, as these models are the facelifted type.

Furthermore, potential buyers should pick the 1.5 E variant, as this variant includes the all-important stability control. It also adds front fog lights, paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and a rear under-seat tray.

What about prices?

A decent condition 2012 Honda City 1.5 E costs around the RM 36k mark, while a 2013 example costs around the RM 40k mark.

Keep in mind that prices you see on Mudah are not the final prices. What most used car dealers won't tell you is that the prices they advertise do not include their customary processing fees, which usually amounts to several thousand Ringgit. 

If possible, we recommend potential buyers to purchase directly from owners, as this is a good method to avoid hidden charges and tampered meters. A full service record is an added bonus.

What to check or look out for?

As with any other used car, check and see when was the last time the car was serviced. Not just engine oil, but also every other necessary fluids, including transmission fluid, radiator coolant, and brake fluid.

At the same time, it is a good idea to check and see if the car you're looking at has been in a flood or an accident.


Despite being an 8-year-old model, we reckon that there’s still a lot of life left in a used Honda City.

If your budget cannot stretch for a brand-new Honda City, then a used GM2-generation Honda City makes for a very viable option.