So today, With a heavy heart, booked myself a Civic 1.8 Oriel in white. The dealership i chose was Honda Point and deposited 50% of the invoice value. Chose the factory fitted navigation option but I might change my mind and go for after market unit later when the balance payment needs to be cleared.
Now as for the delivery timeline, they are saying by the end of January or February. According to the sales person, the dealership booked 250 cars on the first day of booking i-e June 6th and until now they have been able to deliver a maximum of 170 cars and rest are still awaiting delivery. So by his impressions, I am not keeping my hopes high for an early delivery, I would be thankful if they just deliver by the mid of Feb which at the moment also seems highly unlikely. The sales person clearly mentioned you can expedite the delivery using some PAWA like a high ranking army officer or a minister who can talk to the GM at honda factory. Offered me to provide his number.
As far as the dashboard quality issues on the display units, they were still there. No remedy so far and according to the dealership guy they wont be fixing it soon as they have a lot of pending orders to look out for.
So yes, thats why I used the phrase "with a heavy heart".