Honda Jazz (2001 – 2008) Review

Honda Jazz (2001 – 2008) At A Glance


+Clever interior redefined the small car. Most space efficient small car built. Very reliable first 3 - 4 years.

-Manuals can suffer transmission bearing wear. Eight plugs and coils of iDSI engine add up to £800. Suspension harsh.

On average it achieves 92% of the official MPG figure

The Honda Jazz was Japanese Car of the Year 2001 and remained the best-selling car in Japan for many years, finding 20,000 new owners every month and 36,000 more on the waiting list. Its 'magic seats' interior put it ahead of the entire crop of new small cars. It still beats everything else on versatility, economy, specification and price. Just like the Model T Ford in 1909 and the Mini in 1959, it was (and still is) the right car at the right time.

If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Honda Jazz review.

Real MPG average for a Honda Jazz (2001 – 2008)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance


Real MPG

34–56 mpg

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When should I change the timing chain on my Honda Jazz?
"I own a 2006 Honda Jazz. Can you tell me when the timing chain should be changed? "
The chain is designed to last the life of the car. As long as the oil is kept clean and replaced every 12,000 miles or 12 months (whichever comes first) it should be fine. Given the age of the car, it would be wise to have the chain checked at the next service. Damaged or worn chains usually make a rattling noise when they are problematic.
Answered by Dan Powell
Are some cars more prone to catalytic converter theft?
"We had the catalytic converter stolen from our 2007 Honda Jazz on our doorstep last night at 6:45pm, whilst we were home. They drove off as soon as we got out after hearing some metal cutting sounds. CCTV shows the theft took less than 60 seconds. We've reported it to the police and they have told me it's a common occurrence amongst Honda and Toyota vehicles due to location of said item. That being said, and a long shot, are the manufacturers liable to help cover all/part of the cost? If we report it to our insurer for information purposes only, will they raise premiums for next year? I was under the impression that thieves were targeting hybrid cars, not petrol cars. What can be done to prevent this from happening again? I have seen some Cat guards, but not sure which is suitable. Any help advice is appreciated."
I'm sorry to read about the problems you've experienced with your vehicle. I do not think you will be able to hold Honda liable for the theft. The thieves would have probably used a cutting tool and forcibly removed the catalytic converter. I would recommend speaking to an independent Honda specialist, as the replacement will be much cheaper compared to sourcing one from the main dealer. You should be able to find a local one with our Good Garage Guide: It might also be an idea to buy a Cat guard and have the garage fit it for you:
Answered by Dan Powell
What's a good small car for someone who is 6ft5 tall?
"I am approaching 17 years old and I am 6ft5. I was wondering if you know small cars around the £1000 - £1500 price (secondhand) that could fit someone with my height (adjustable steering wheel preferable but not compulsory)?"
You could look at a Honda Jazz. It's not a fashionable choice but more spacious than cars like the Ford Fiesta. It'll be cheap to run, too - with good fuel consumption and (relatively) cheap insurance.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is there a simple but reliable car for a budget of £3000?
"Is there a simple but reliable car for a budget of £3000?"
A Toyota Yaris would be a very sensible purchase for £3000 - just avoid diesels or the MMT automatic gearbox. The Honda Jazz is another good purchase, as is the Ford Fiesta with the tough 1.25-litre petrol engine.
Answered by David Ross
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