Brother the question is what difference you will pay to upgrade to your friend's 05 Oriel.
Interior material and silver lining is same and will not fade for 10 years easily.
You will get:
front double beam headlight
rear crystal lights
Driver seat height adjustment.
Kenwood MP3 Player with 10 CD Changer
Better beige interior
Better colour black vs Rosemist
Reverse chime in "R" mode.
Better 7 spoke alloys with 185/65R15.
You will lose:
High tax 2,500/year for 02 VTi to 5,800/year for 05 VTi.
UG Leather interior.
I say if the trade-in will cost you 100-150K then it might be feasible.
For more than 150K its useless to tradein vehicles.
"i have driven that car also, there's hardly any difference in drive other than 05 civic being a bit heavier and its driving seat posture is a bit raised as compared to mine 02 civic."
I cant understand that statement 02 VTi and 05 VTi should be identical even the springs and damping rates are same.
The difference in drive could be due to driver seat position, different size of tyres, steering rack and power steering / suspension conditions.
If by heavier you mean it was slow or shifting gears late then it is not a good sign.
The simple trick to test these cars is is to take both cars on a highway / freeway street on Sunday and check which car takes the lead upto 140km/hr in 'D' . Then repeat the process by locking the transmission in 'D3" and finally lock the transmission in "2nd" gear upto 100km/hr. It will give you an apple to apple comparison of engine and transmission condition of both cars.
The hard way is to take both the cars to Honda dealership and ask them for compression check of all 4 cylinders and RPM test of Transmission shift in each position. They will charge Rs. 3,000/-
I dont know who will pay 1.2M for a 2005 Civic not even in Punjab as its KHi number and non transferable.
Just Call Honda South Karachi they have sold a similar car (my car) for 860,000 in December 2013 it was a 2005 December VTi Oriel Prosmatec UG version 82,000 km with Continental ContiPremiumContact5 tyres which alone worth 12K/tyre.
Both Honda Sharah-e-Faisal and Honda Drive Inn have a dozen 2005 Prosmatec for sale all Honda maintained for Banks / Multinationals selling for 840K for petrol cars with no touchup or just bumper change. CNG models 2004-06 and repaint cars are selling for 800K max.
I had a 2006 June VTi Oriel Prosmatec UG with just 40,000 km on odometer. Sold the car to a PW member in 2012 because my neighbor bought a black Steermatic and he used to intentionally regularly overtake me from the wrong side on my daily route to office and home and I could not do anything to stop him.