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2003 Honda Jazz 1.3 L CVT

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance24000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 6


What it lacks in power, it makes up for in style (and space)


I suspect some loose screws behind the dash -- makes slight, but distinct rattling sounds when the car goes over rough-roads (and there are lots of these in Sydney).

Car also developed a *very* low, rhythmic rumble at speeds exceeding 105km/h. The 1.3L has to be pushed very hard to reach anything over 110km/h, but the rumble was apparent at over 100km/h.

Lights illuminating the gearbox blinked off when the car when over a road hump a tad faster than it should have (my fault). Tapping on the LEDs brings the light back (loose connection I guess).

General Comments:

One of the most economical production cars in the Western world that can carry 5 people in-style - and there is a lot of style in this little car. I used to own a Mazda-6, and this little thing still preserves some of my dignity ;).

Fuel savings are *the* most apparent thing with this 1.3L. Just remember to try and keep the A/C off most of the time (and yes - rolling down your power-windows will result in the 1.3L engine revving). Driven sensibly, fuel costs can be kept as low as 50% of a 6-cylinder.

I've had a BA Falcon before, and I have to say that this little car holds 5 people a little more comfortably. Feels like a People Mover - just a lot smaller. No super-massive driveshaft cutting the car in half.

It's definitely a wonderful "first car" for a young professional, or even a young family. Girls may like this more beacuse of the Jazz's very modern styling (as opposed to any "classic car" look a male might prefer).

The back seats can be completely removed, and it can carry a fair bit of luggage.

The "CVT" (1-speed-transmission) does need some pushing, so don't ever use this to race anything (except bicycles) on the road -- but it does the job, and keeps your wallet relatively happy.

A really good car to own in Sydney, if you want to keep costs low, but want to still drive in style.

Ideal for drivers who don't drag hard at the lights.

One point worth noticing is the *very* distinct understeer. It's accepted that understeer is safer than oversteer (meaning that you have to turn the wheel "more" to get the car pointed in any direction), and the Jazz requires quite a bit of handwork at mid to high speeds.

Test drive this car before buying (duh) and see if the understeer is acceptable. If you can live with that, and the 1.3L power, you have yourself a *huge* cost-saver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2005

2004 Honda Jazz VTi-S 1.5L petrol

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5L petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8 kilometres
Most recent distance1500 kilometres
Previous carKia Carnival


The Jazz has reignited my love for driving


Nothing has gone wrong so far.

A package as complete as this should have four wheel disk brakes, but the Jazz still has drums on the back.

The centre-rear passenger seat is a little squashy and the seat belt is awkward.

Some reviews suggest the previous model's drive was harsh, but the 2005 model is very comfortable.

General Comments:

The exterior size looks tiny, but inside it's huge. Four full size adults sit very comfortably with great leg and head room.

The engine is very responsive and fuel economy for a car of this power is amazing.

The 5-speed manual is so smooth and easy to drive.

The "magic seat" system is so practical, you wonder why every car doesn't have the flexibility of storage like the Jazz.

The looks of the 2005 VTI-S are superb. No longer a ladies car only.

Auto everything makes this an excellent value for money car with a quality brand name.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2004

31st Jan 2009, 02:24

I agree with all you have said. I have owned many Honda's having bought a new Australian Honda City when they first hit Australia in 1984. All these small Honda's are well built and of a better standard than the best from their competition.

I have been in the motor industry for many years and appreciate the standard of engineering excellence in Honda motorcycles and cars. They are for the most part, better to service and maintain and stay in good condition longer in my experience.

2003 Honda Jazz VTi 1.5L petrol four

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5L petrol four Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance2500 kilometres


A great, fun little car


So far (finger's crossed) nothing!

In fact, the only thing is a tint dent my mum put in it, when she opened the door into it!

General Comments:

A great small car. Somehow it defies physics and is bigger inside than out! While the car definitely has style, and is very nice inside (and mostly out), in a profile view it can look a little boxy, and van like, however, the optional spoiler (different from the one on the VTi-S model) stops this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2003

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 15 reviews