2005 Honda Jazz 1.3 D-Si from Portugal

Summary:

A rational choice

Faults:

Passenger side automatic window, promptly replaced under warranty by the dealer;

For some obscure reason, Honda dealers in Portugal drill extra holes in the Jazz body to install rear license plates instead of using factory mountings.

The carpet self destroys. The car is about 1 year old and there's a hole on the carpet, on the passenger side...

General Comments:

The Jazz is a no thrills, no frills car. Don't expect great performance. It was built for town driving, although it will cope with highway traffic.

Its versatility is one of its major selling points. The Magic Seat system is very ingenious, and it will transform the Jazz into a small truck on demand. I've been able to fit a full size mattress in it...

Rear seats are incredible spacious and comfortable.

Perceived quality is very good, except for the sorry excuse for a carpet. It's the worst I've ever seen. It doesn't look and feel like a carpet. It's not even glued to the floor of the car. It feels papery... I have no idea what was in Honda's mind to use this kind of material in a car...

Also, I wonder why didn't Honda add an engine temperature dial? You never know how hot the engine is running until the warning light comes on, which might be too late.

Fuel economy is very good, although Honda overstates it. I've managed 4.5 liters per 100 kms on the open road at a constant speed of 80 kph. Anything near 100/120 kph, and it uses some 6.5 liter per 100 kms.

Honda quotes 6 liters per 100 kms on city driving. Expect something in the region of 7/8, which anyway, is good.

The sound system is fairly good. The CD player reads CD-R and CD-RW with no problems. Another thing that baffles me is why on earth Honda doesn't offer an MP3 reading unit? Newer models have an MP3 jack though, but still, no standalone MP3 reading possibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2007

13th Mar 2007, 06:57

Carpet is being replaced under warranty by Honda. They say its the first time they had problems like this.

27th May 2008, 16:26

Replaced inner door panel. The fabric was loose near the door handle. Replaced under warranty.

Replaced window motor, under warranty.

Replacing car stereo head unit. Won´t eject cds when warm. Replaced under warranty.

Rear door automatic locks. Locks would moan (literally, it was kind of spooky at night) when using central locking.

2nd May 2012, 12:15

Update:

At almost 7 years old and 127k kms, the gearbox bearings seized. Honda repaired it free of cost, considering the full dealer history and care of the car.

Also, sometime ago, both rear wheel bearings seized, and were replaced free of cost by the dealer.

2005 Honda Jazz es 1.4 dsi from Serbia

Summary:

Really good for this car size!

Faults:

There is nothing going wrong till now, and don't expect anything because of Honda legendary build quality.

General Comments:

This is a really good small car. 6L/100 km through the town and amazing 4,6L/100 on the road. Pretty good performer and easy to park almost everywhere in town. Practicality is excellent. There is enough space for 4 of us and other baggage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2006

2005 Honda Jazz from Malaysia

Summary:

Just OK only

Faults:

If you are sitting inside a Honda Jazz, you can hear loud noise from outside, even when windows are closed. You just can't relax, very bad NVH, but great in fuel economy.

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

Review Date: 15th August, 2006

2005 Honda Jazz ES 1.4 from Switzerland

Summary:

An excellent small car with big space that just lacks a little something on long journeys

Faults:

Very awkward flat spot below 2000 rpm. A brief turbo-like surge occurs thereafter. The problem is most evident on hills and in second gear, when it stifles any pulling power. Yet this is not an engine that aspires to rev. Is this a fault or do they really 'all do that'?

Rear view mirror vibrates.

General Comments:

A hugely practical and intelligent car for the size.

Easy and fun to drive despite the slow steering and a bouncy though not jarring ride.

Very economical in a variety of use, but it could do with a bigger petrol tank.

Despite the search for light weight, impressively solid and precise build quality.

However I am still uneasy about the service and the engine.

And why didn't Honda bring the 1.5, which is offered everywhere else, to Europe?

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

Review Date: 1st August, 2006

1st Aug 2006, 16:16

The flat spot can described as "your 1.4's got no balls in the torque department".

21st Dec 2006, 12:54

Purchased 1.4 SE Honda Jazz 56 plate in Sept 06. On going problem with flat spot and a feeling of accelerator not connected to engine revs. In low gears engine revs go up in stages instead of smoothly. When accelerator is release engine revs surge. A menace in heavy traffic where one requires to keep a steady speed. Even worse when trying to exit from junctions and flat spot kicks in. Dealer up to now has not fixed it. Love the car apart from this and rough ride on poor roads. Think I have a dummy as on delivery windscreen seal was adrift needing new windscreen, bolt missing from wiper bottle and steering box needed replacing due to very stiff steering.

6th Feb 2007, 17:09

The flat spot is due to 2 things:

1- The automatic gearbox is trying to get the best fuel mileage from your engine. Try to disable Overdrive or put the gearbox in the #2 setting when accelerating from traffic lights.

2- The engine's peak torque is at 2800 RPM. Anything below that or above that will give you not much torque and waste your fuel under load (i.e. going up hills, demanding heavy acceleration). So keep the revs from 2000 to 3200 RPM.

If you have a manual, always shift at a point so that the revs in the next gear will be just above 2000 RPM. This way you don’t labor the engine, and always ensure the most efficient combustion, which give the best mileage for performance.

I have tried this in my car, and my mileage actually noticeably improved!