Practical and cheap to maintain
The air-con compressor failed at the end of 1 year, but that could be due to a frontal accident I had a month back, though I did not notice any damage to the compressor or engine at that time.
Almost the full range of 1.3 - 1.6 cc cars available was considered before the Jazz/Fit came up top in terms of cost of ownership & practicality.
After driving it for 2.5 months, I must say I've made the right choice.
I've no problem storing my 2 huge baby seats into the boot area, which is already filled with a stroller & kits knacks, whenever I needed space for back passengers. The fact that the back seats are flat & do not arch to fit the butt may means less comfort to some, but it is most practical when trying to squeeze as many passengers as possible into the car. I've attempted carrying 2 adults, 2 teenagers & a toddler at the back, though it's only for a 20 minutes journey.
Power wise, the car did not suffer even under such a load, with me & another teenager in front. The car has no problem reaching top speed of 110km/h though it is not a car that one would go for in terms of raw acceleration power. Honda has other models that cater to those who have racing instinct. Most of my friends who test drove my car was however quite surprise by the power a 1.34cc car could offer.
In terms of fuel economy, I'm averaging around 15.5km/l.
The flexible seat had came in handy once, since I took over the possession of the car, when I loaded the car with 100 packs of lunch boxes & other extras for a group outing.
The interior is a tad of too much plastic, but it does offer lots of storage options.
The high seating position makes it easy to get in & out of the car as well as carrying my toddlers into their car seats.
The Continuous Variable Timing transmission offers very smooth ride & zero power loss even with the air-con in full blast.
Oh, my only complain is that the air-con is not as cold as was offered by my previous Nissan Sunny.
Still loving this car for its power though it's only a 1.34.
Also enjoying the space & the very flexible seat & cargo combination.
My fuel consumption is now at 15.9km/l (base on the digital meter) when on 92 Octane & 16.3 km/l when on 95 octane. This really wows me & keeps me smiling.
With 2 adults & 2 toddlers in the car, the car starts to feel the wind lift when at 140km/hr. Didn't dare to move faster in case I lost control.
There's an occasional slight vibration at around 1200-1500 rpm when moving off from standstill. It's believe to be normal & resetting the ECU (I think it means: Engine Control Unit) sometimes helps.
Though it uses 8 spark plugs, the lower frequency of replacement compensates for the cost.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2004