Honda Jazz (2008 – 2015) At A Glance
I don't have to persuade people into buying a Jazz. They love it anyway, for all of the sensible reasons I'd have used in my sales pitch.
So it's not an emotional decision based on looks alone, as it might be for a Fiat 500 or a MINI. It's the whole package: a car that's going to do everything you want, never let you down, and not cost a lot to run.
The 2008 Jazz takes everything people loved about the old Jazz. Then takes it all a couple of steps forwards.
You get an even more versatile interior. Better performance. Improved economy. And they've also made it handle and ride better, the two less than brilliant aspects of the old car that buyers tolerated because the rest of the car was so good.
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Should I buy an old, low mileage car or a Cat S car?
"I have seen a few very low mileage, one owner Kia Venga and Honda Jazz 2008 for sale. Mileage as low as 15,000 miles. Are they a good buy or should I be wary? One, owner, full service history. Maybe done multiple short journeys once a week? Not a Cat S. But is a Cat S car a bargain or expensive bet? "
The biggest problem with very low mileage cars is that it often means the car's journeys have been so short that the engine and the oil are never warmed up properly. This increases engine wear, but it's not always the case as sometimes the car is just used for a longer trip once a month. If you can get an idea of how the cars have been used, then either could be a great buy.
As for Cat S cars, they are in that category because they have received structural damage in a serious accident. If it's a private seller you may be able to verify where the repairs have been carried out, but it's difficult to know for sure if the structural work underneath has been done to a high standard. Buyer beware!
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What's the best automatic for a learner driver?
"My 21 year old daughter has applied for her provisional licence and is keen to learn on an automatic. We will need to buy a small auto and have up to £3500 budget. First question, if we get an auto box which has the option of semi auto changes can she legally drive this before or after passing her test? I would prefer a torque converter box but they are like hen's teeth at the moment. Can you recommend some options for the best cars for our budget? "
If your daughter learns and passes her test in an automatic car then her licence will be restricted to 'automatic only', which means she will not be able to drive a manual vehicle. The semi-auto gearbox will not change the 'automatic only' licence she will gain if she passes.
The best auto? I'd probably say the Honda Jazz or Toyota Yaris. Both used CVTs (continuously variable transmissions) which have extremely good reputations for reliability.
Our catalytic converter was stolen, ruining the car. Can you recommend a replacement?
"Earlier this week, my husband parked his 2008 Honda Jazz in a small car park and went birdwatching about an hour's drive away. When he returned, to cut a sad story short, someone had stolen the catalytic converter. This left the car damaged beyond repair, the power steering/automatic gear/instrument panel were all caput. We know very little about cars really, can you help with advice please for a replacement? He does travel around the county (Devon) birdwatching so does reasonable mileage. We need a hatchback with a fairly roomy/squareish boot as he grows plants to take and sell at market/car boot sales, too. We think we'd like a hybrid if possible, for the fuel economy and environmental reasons. This would be a secondhand car with a budget of up to about £12,000.
The Honda Jazz has been a great little workhorse but we were persuaded by the salesman that its automatic gearbox was better than the newer cars. But the 2008 model is one to be avoided! It certainly doesn't like hill starts. He would like something maybe a little bigger, but nothing huge as there are a lot of narrow roads in Devon. I do hope you can help us. Best wishes."
If you can find one in budget, a Toyota Corolla sounds like a good option. We receive many reports of thefts of catalytic converters from Toyota models (as well as Hondas) but not the Corolla. The brand says it's reduced the amount of precious metal content in its latest hybrid models. The Corolla is an excellent, practical hybrid vehicle that represents decent value for money. Alternatively, we'd recommend a Hyundai Ioniq. Again, it's a hybrid model, and – as it's been on sale longer than the Corolla – there'll be more to choose from.
I want a reliable, child-friendly car on a small budget. What do you suggest?
"I have a very low budget as I'm studying at the moment. I need a relatively roomy car as I have two young children so need space for a buggy and shopping. I would like low tax and my budget is £1600. I don't like French cars, I would prefer japanese. I recently sold my imported Toyota BB - which I loved and would really love something quirky again but the budget won't allow it as far as I can tell. I understand a Honda Jazz would be in my price range but apparently there are issues with insurance on cars with catalytic converters at the moment. Is this something I need to consider?"
A Honda Jazz sounds perfect but yes, they do seem to be prone to the theft of catalytic converters. If you're concerned about the effect this will have on insurance prices, shop around for quotes first - this should help your search: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cheap-car-insurance/
A Toyota Yaris would be a good alternative (although it's not as spacious as the Jazz), or maybe a bigger family hatch like a Toyota Auris or Honda Civic.