2003 Honda Jazz Reviews

2003 Honda Jazz 1.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Vitz


Punish yourself with a Honda Jazz/Fit. The CVT is the worst


Shock leaking.

CVT shuddering problem.

At cold start, rough idling.

CV joints.

Engine minor oil leak.

Steering boot.

A few other minor things.

General Comments:

My company bought 5 of them for our sales reps, hearing good things about them, and it was a big mistake.

The worst part of the car is the CVT. No one seems to talk about it, but they just live with it. We have a few Fits (imported) and a Jazz in the family, which are mostly owned by elderly people and women who generally look at cars as A-B transport, hence the reviews here don't speak the truth.

Fuel economy fluctuates a lot, the gearbox is terrible, and the car feels like a cheap paper bag.

The Vitz we had before had double the km, but was a lot better in quality if you look at the mechanics.

The intent of buying these was to save fuel and running costs, but it did the opposite.

We have a fleet mechanic on site who looks after all vehicles and services them every 8-10k, so they were maintained well, but the cars are just rubbish. Honda always had a poor reputation of making the worst gearboxes. When I was a teenager, I owned a Honda Civic, an Integra and an Accord - good motors, but all had same issues - the transmission, and it is a major issue as it costs big bucks.

I'm glad we sold them all and went back to Toyota.

On the bright side - huge interior space, good seating position, nice interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th July, 2014

2003 Honda Jazz VTI CVI 1.5L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46500 kilometres
Most recent distance47000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser


Fanbloodytastic. Love at first drive


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Outside small like an ANT, but inside like a cavern.

Fuel economical, but has real zip.

After 20 years with a Ford Laser 1998 model, we have been looking for a reliable small car.

My wife has a sewing machine sales business, and needed to have reliability, economical fuel use, low insurance, automatic transmission, A/C and be also sporty enough for the good husband.

We found that value based a s/h Jazz 46000k 2003 model and serviced by the one dealer (where we bought the car) was what we were looking for.

Christmas Day 2009; we have just completed the yearly trek to our families in a neighbouring town and back with comfort, speed and low fuel use. What more can I say? Only worry is the future reliability, which is why we took out a 3 year extended manufacturer quality warrenty. Expensive, but carefully considered worthwhile.

We are hoping for a long and safe and low cost solution to car travel. For work and pleasure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2009

2003 Honda Jazz 1.4 SE 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf


A very intelligently designed small car.


There have been no faults or breakdowns. The only repairs have been due to bodywork damage, incurred as a result of a cyclist riding his bike into my wife's stationary vehicle.

General Comments:

The car is not particularly quick.

It is comfortable.

The interior space is particularly well designed. It is comfortable for four and at a push five. It has an airy cabin environment.

It is economical on petrol, having always returned over 40mpg. Capable of up to 50 mpg. on a run.

The quality of construction is very impressive.

I have driven various Volkswagens over the past 25 years, including much driving on the continent. In that time I have had no breakdowns on these lengthy continental trips. If the Honda matches those levels of reliability, then I will consider it to have been a very worthwhile purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2007

16th Aug 2007, 16:49

I have now owned this car for about 6 months and nothing has gone wrong. I have just returned from a trip round Germany with my wife. In that time I have found it to be a very comfortable and capable performer. Moreover, it has swallowed up all of the luggage which we brought with us from England. It was also used on to transport a large chest on the return journey from Germany. It is 'tardis-like' in terms of its interior space.

8th Feb 2013, 01:27

Would you recommend it to a small family? I have a Meriva, but it's just too big now my boys have no need for buggies any more.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews