What could be causing steering peculiarities in my Honda Jazz?

I think you quite approve of the Honda Jazz and I find a lot to like about this car. I would be most interested to know if you get queries about systemic steering peculiarities. At any speed over about 60 I find myself, even on a perfectly straight road, having to make continuous minute steering adjustments. The car has done 17,000 genuine miles bought secondhand from an acquaintance. It has just passed its second MoT without trouble. I particularly asked the tester to look for steering defects. Negative. All the joints, etc have been carefully examined and tracking is OK. No accident history. I am told that Honda has replaced a lot steering racks of these cars under guarantee, with no great benefit. I would be more than grateful for your comments.

Asked on 5 December 2012 by RW, Chipstead

Answered by Honest John
It's the castor angle. That was the one criticism of the Jazz when it was launched. The steering was not pleasant and you could not keep to a prescribed turn. Honda changed the castor angle for the second generation Jazz, making it much more precise, and improved the steering again from February 2011.

Update: In fact, RW’s steering rack turned out to be fault and was replaced FoC out of goodwill.
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