2003 Honda Jazz Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2003 Honda Jazz 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance34000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Atoz


One of the best I have owned



General Comments:

I ordered this car with factory fitted spoilers, mag wheels and side skirts. I have had the windows tinted. Of all the cars I have owned (around 30) I have had more comments on the Jazz than any other.

It is ultra reliable and economical - on a 498km run it used 30 litres.

It is comfortable on the open road and has an excellent third gear for overtaking 80-130km is quite quick.

Ride is a bit choppy and the electric power steering took a bit of getting used to as it felt heavy in the straight ahead position. I have driven the upgraded model (released here in NZ last year) and both ride and steering were improved.

Love it! Trouble is the new model isn't available until early 2007 and my lease expires in July 2006.

Considered an elderly person's car, but I can get around corner with all 4 tyres squealing!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2006

2003 Honda Jazz petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous carFord Escort


Carpet wore through under the throttle pedal, was replaced under guarantee. Noticed this wear on other Jazz`s.Dealer said he thought design fault. I stuck rubber in place to stop this.

Cigarette lighter did not work when air pump used. dealer fixed.

Two local dealers given up Honda or closed down. Now nearest are 24 miles away.

General Comments:

Agree with other reviews, but.

Servicing - be prepared. First year £177,

2nd year now quoted £389 & 2nd dealer £330.

If I go to local garage £150 or Halfords service £169, Honda said I may invalidate the guarantee. Why so much - well it does have 8 spark plugs said dealer.

At least Ford has a good network of service centres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th November, 2005

14th Nov 2005, 13:12

Hi, this is not a comment on your review, just a general note to do with Servicing.

My wife owns a jazz and myself an Accord, we had the services at the main dealer, however the second service proved to be very expensive.

Getting to the point, are you aware of something called 'block exemption', this is something the dealers don't tell you for obvious reasons.

My understanding is this:

You can have your car serviced by any other reputable garage that is VAT registered and uses Original Parts or better without invalidating your warranty and your book is stamped.

My advice would be to ask your main dealer about it, just mention the word 'block exemption', the results are quite funny.

But obviously confirm that is the case, they may try to argue the toss, but it's always worth asking, but at your own risk.

2003 Honda Jazz 1.3 L CVT from Australia and New Zealand

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

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