Only two stars? Is he mad? No...
The Jazz has some deep driving flaws (Steering and Throttle response) which made this the most unpleasant car (of 15) I've ever driven. If you like to be in control of a car, do not go anywhere near a Honda Jazz.
It has "electric power steering", so the car switches it off when it wants to. Like at high speed, making it difficult to keep the car in lane on a motorway. Or, when braking and turning at the same time, like turning a sharp corner, or even car park maneuvers at 5mph. But the choice is erratic, too.
The worst “feature” is the electric throttle, which means the engine lags your right foot by about 0.25 seconds. So, it doesn’t go when you want to (like quick standing starts) and doesn’t stop either (like when understeering in a corner, or just changing gear). My right foot has never felt so disconnected from what the engine is doing. Try it yourself on a test drive. Just after changing into second gear, floor the throttle and hold it there. After a second or so, and with the revs still quite low, change to third as you normally would. I guarantee you will get at least 500rpm (maybe 1000rpm) increase in engine speed while you're changing.
Fuel economy was nothing like claimed (only 25mpg for the first 2 cold miles, about 43mpg average overall, and the dash readout is at least 10% optimistic).
Honda have slipped up badly, designing a car that looks great on paper then fails miserably when it comes to driving pleasure.
This is a car for somebody who likes good design, good economy, lots of space, and doesn't want to get anywhere particularly quickly...
Running costs are not the cheapest but the rest of the car more than makes up for this, I would suggest a thorough test drive before you buy as many people may find the performance of the 1.2 not quite as fast as they would like...
...but I would definately buy the 1.2 over the overpriced others as I am averaging 55 mpg and the cabin is a really pleasant place to be, particularly if you are stuck in traffic often, when sitting still you can't actually hear or feel the engine.
Good points: Best gear change I have ever experienced, amazing refined economical engine, interior, fun but makes you a better driver...
Bad points: Expensive services at dealer, back of car gets dirty easily, 'in-built' cd player impossible to remove, I'm trying hard to think of more stuff...
My Jazz is this week 6 years old and I have owned it from new. It has 90k on the clock and has never needed brake discs until now. I think dealers con people into believing that brake discs need changing every 30k miles. I would recommend a Honda to anyone.
I have had my 2002 Honda Jazz SE Sport for five years - it has now covered 55,000 miles.
It has not been the best car I have ever owned and in my opinion it has had some expensive issues. They are not unique to my car if you read all the posts.
At 25,000 miles, the six-spoke alloys started to corrode and leak air, so the tyres needed blown up on a weekly basis.
At 40,000 miles, the brake discs needed replaced. At 43,000 the EGR (exhaust gas return valve) packed in - £300 to repair, and at Christmas time, too (sorry, kids, no toys).
Worst still, around this time the engine started to sound 'tappety', but this turned out to be 'piston slap', which was immediately noticable on starting (sounded like a diesel). All this from a car that has never missed a service and has Magnatec oil in it from new.
Seemingly this affects earlier cars, and finally it needed a new clutch at 53,000 miles. I have never got the magic 50mpg and the bodywork is easily dented.
My point is for a top-of-the-range Jazz, I wasn't expecting any problems before 80,000miles - I have had more reliable Escort vans.
The good point is the seats go flat and the kids like it - they are still playing with the old EGR valve they got from Honda at Christmas!
Personally, I think it is a bit over-hyped - my other car is a Skoda Fabia and it has fared much better in comparison. Maybe I just got a bad one, eh?
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