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2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review

2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review & Road Test

Who said life wasn’t meant to be easy?

Model Tested:

  • 2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S 1.5 litre manual hatch – $21,590 (RRP)

Options:

  • Metallic paint $300 (Fitted – Cerulean Blue); Bluetooth $700; rear parking sensors $585

Economy, versatile design, ease of use, value for money

Front leg room, rear blind spots, short service intervals, no ESC

2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review

CarAdvice Rating:

- words and photography by Rose Harris

In a word, the Honda Jazz is ‘easy’.  It is easy to drive, easy to look at and easy to live with.  In the small car stakes, Jazz has come out a winner with its design, economy and all-round accessibility making it the perfect runabout for the work commute while being equally suited to a family weekend away. It succeeds in providing great value for money and pushes the limits of what typifies a small car.

While you won’t be breaking any speed records, the 1.5 litre, four-cylinder, SOHC engine provides just enough oomph, whilst manageability is at a premium with light steering that doesn’t compromise stability.  There is nothing laboured about this jazzy number, gear changes are smooth and accurate and the highly responsive steering makes parking a breeze.  Despite its miniature frame the Jazz sticks to the road providing peace of mind on both sealed and unsealed surfaces.

The attempt at reducing driver distraction stuck out for me, starting with the design of the dash and instruments.  Commonly used controls, such as those for the ventilation system, are close to the driver and are both large and simple to use.  The cruise control is easy to use, just a matter of two button pushes and the LCD stereo display is easy to read (including the added bonus of song and album information) but isn’t overly bright which comes in handy for night driving.

2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review

Positioning on the steering wheel of the audio, info and cruise control buttons means you aren’t accidentally pushing buttons when trying to steer.  The stereo throws out great sound and also has an auxiliary connection to rig up your iPod or MP3 player. If I had to fault it, I’d say the dash is a tad ‘plastic’, which I feel does cheapen the car, but in terms of layout and design, still scores high points.

The instrument display isn’t crowded with too much information which is a big plus for me.  It is a “back to basics” layout comprising three large red dials – tachometer, speedo and fuel gauge. I especially like the size of the fuel gauge, so you are always reminded of exactly how much is left in the tank. A small LCD screen in the middle of the dials allows you to flick through other information such as fuel consumption and trip time.

 

The Honda Jazz is yet another one of those ‘beeping’ cars, must be aimed at the American market, which becomes a little annoying at times. It beeps when the door is open, if seatbelts aren’t on, if the key is left in when the driver’s door is open and if the headlights are left on, still it may help prevent a flat battery I guess.

2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review

The futuristic design of the car looks great on the road and is also functional, the front pillars have been bought forward, adding an extra panel of window just at the back of the side mirrors. The extra glass gives a much more spacious feel, detracting from the compact nature of the Jazz. Large side mirrors add to visibility, but the depth of the side pillars do make a quick blind spot check a little challenging.

 

I’ll be honest; I have had my small car issues in the past and never dreamed of attempting a family weekend away in such a class of car.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by the Jazz.  It has more space than first meets the eye; I was able to fit a pram and luggage (or a good load of shopping) in the boot.  The boot is also at a great height for lifting a pram or similarly heavy items in and out.

Two child seats easily fit in the back seat and the Jazz is equipped with three full child seat anchors across the rear roof.  However, the anchor straps do cut across the rear window, reducing visibility and carrying space. When a toddler is in a child seat, it puts them right at the door handle level, but the tried and tested child lock averts any disasters.  The rear seats also have space to stash extra bags underneath which I found very handy.

 

Legroom for the front seat passenger is limited though, there is no hope of opening the glove box without amputating the passenger’s knees and I also found myself punching the passenger in the leg when changing into first or second gear.  But space issues are always going to be there in a small car, it is after all a small car!

2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review

I missed the central console but loved the many (ten in total) cup holders, most notably the one on the right hand side of the steering wheel which means no looking down to find your coffee while driving. If kids aren’t involved and the cargo space is what you are after, the back seats fold down to create more space to fit anything from a surf board to more luggage.

The cargo space jumps to 848 litres with the seats folded as opposed to 337 litres with them in place.  Honda has come up with a ‘magic’ seat system which means the seats literally fold down in one easy action, no yanking, pulling or digging out the instruction manual required.

In the current climate of high petrol prices, economy is also a big plus for this little number.  The highest I saw the consumption climb was 6.3 L/100km in peak hour traffic with it dropping to 5.9L/100km on the open road.  Although filling up for the first time had the line of Friday evening petrol station goers behind me seeing red until I figured out you push the fuel door to open it, so don’t go searching for the release lever.  The fuel door does lock with the central locking.

The ride is quite comfortable, the only issue I had with the seats themselves was that the headrests adjust too easily and can be knocked out of position with the slightest touch.

2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review

Although safety is a priority with side curtain airbags, seatbelt indicators for all passengers and super bright brake lights, it isunfortunate that the engine/automatic gearbox combination that Honda Australia has chosen precludes the inclusion of Electronic Stability Control(ESC).

However, Honda is working with the engineers in Japan to bring this vital safety feature to the Australian version of the Jazz as soon as possible.

All in all, this is a great little car for your money. A compromise on space brings fantastic fuel economy and an easy, user-friendly car that is hard to fault.

 

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Pricing:

2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review
  • Honda Jazz GLi $15,990 (M) / $17,990 (A)
  • Honda Jazz VTi $19,170 (M) / $21,490 (A)
  • Honda Jazz VTi-S $21,590 (M) / $23,920 (A)

Specifications:

  • Engine: 1497cc SOHC four cylinder (16 valve)
  • Power: 88kW @ 6600rpm
  • Torque: 145Nm @ 4800rpm
  • Transmission: Five speed manual
  • Brakes: Four-wheel discs with ABS
  • Driven Wheels: Front
  • Fuel Type: 91RON petrol
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 42 litres
  • Fuel Consumption: 6.4 litres per 100km (Combined)
  • CO2 Emissions: 151g/km
  • Safety: Front, Side & Curtain Airbags
  • EuroNCAP Rating: Four stars
  • Service Interval: 6-month/10,000km
  • Spare Wheel: Full size alloy
  • Turning Circle: 9.8 metres
  • Towing Capacity: 1000kg (Braked)
  • Warranty: 3-year/100,000km
  • Weight: 1090kg (Tare)
  • Wheels: Alloy 16 x 6.0-inch

Road Test the Rivals:

  • Tim

    The interior plastics look very rough, why on earth would you need TEN cup holders. It does look nice though, and Honda’s ad campaign is pure genius – so it is sure to sell well, especially to the female market.

    An honest, good car – although I expected a bigger jump from the old model.

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/16880/2008-honda-jazz-vti-s-review/ Hans

    I’m surprised you didn’t mark it down for not having ESP as an option

    • James

      If you need the help of ESP to drive an 88kw car then you shouldn’t be driving at all!

  • Frenchie

    This looks and sounds a real winner. However you drove the top of the line model. What does the GLi miss out on?

    Also I think it will be tough competing with the likes of fiesta, mazda 2, and Getz.

  • Gavin

    Well done for the advertising campaign that sends a clear message that this cars is for girls only.
    It worked for the Tiida?

  • http://www.bobisco.com Bob

    I got my Jazz GLI 10 days ago and can share that the ride quality is way better than the old (GD3) Jazz. So far, everybody who went for a ride couldn’t believe how specious the car is (for a 3.9m long car). For a basic city runabout, I would not opt for ESP even if it was offered and the 1.3 litre engine is powerful enough for regular suburban commute (100 HP). In comparison to VTI-S, the 1.3 litre version misses out on nicer seat cloth, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, speed alert, curtain air-bags ($1k option), sport skirts (VTI-S looks sportier, wider, but a bit cheap and plasticy IMO), 16” alloys (GLI and VTI have 15” steels), alarm and vanity mirror at the passenger side (obviously a car for girls ;). Everything else is the same, and pretty generous in terms of standard gear for a $16k car. So if you can justify $5500 difference for the above kit go for VTI-S, although you could get something like Mazda 3 for that kind of money (although if you compare it to Merc A class, it’s a bargain ;). You should consider the fact that Honda Jazz gives you comparable interior and boot size to B-class hatches, but smaller external dimensions (good for parking), better fuel economy, but inferior performance. As the review said – it’s an easy car to live with. I’m certainly enjoying mine.

    http://www.bobisco.com

  • http://www.bobisco.com Bob

    Unfortunately I put my order prior to seeing that TV ad, which really annoys me, unlike the old ‘Thomas and the friends’-like one which was cute. It’s almost aimed at deterring guys from owning one. That and the 6-monthly service cycle are the only two things I’m unhappy about when it comes to the new Jazz. C’mon Honda Australia, you can’t convince me that Bangkok drivers have better driving conditions than Australians!? Every other country, but OZ, runs on 12 months service cycle. Not happy :(

  • Frenchie

    Thanks for that info Bob. 6 month service intervals puts me off this vehicle. Happy motoring with your Jazz though!

  • http://deleted Alex

    I quite like this car but I just want to say that the Nissan Micra is also another contender that you dont have listed, especially if its aimed at girls. People may not like it that much, but its still a competent supermini. Plus you can get alloys, 6 airbags, a 1.4 litre engine and auto for less that the auto GLi Jazz with a 1.3 without alloys. You cant even bring up stability control here because neither have it. The only thing you’d be sacrificing with the Micra is the better looks of the Jazz, the full size alloy wheel, a bit of boot space, and the economy (only slightly). You also get the better turning circle. Sorry to go on about a car that isnt even mentioned here but I have a massive soft spot for the Micra, probably because its so weird looking.

  • SteveC

    Sadly, the Japanese still haven’t figured out that because it’s a smaller/cheaper car, it means you want to miss out of the features the bigger models have.

    When will they learn that people might just want a a great car, just in a smaller package?

    The answer is never.

    SteveC

  • http://skyline The Salesman

    3 year warranty still, really Honda you still wont back your product beyond three years?
    I thought this was an upgrade, why the SOHC?
    Still charging a top price for the badge, for $15,990.00 you can get all Honda offers with a 1.6ltr DOHC with VVT-I elsewhere.
    I don’t see great value in this.
    Unless you like to boast that you drive a Honda….

  • Brett

    How cool that Honda can still make an engine bay look like it has an engine in it! Thank you for not hiding everything under a big plastic cover!

  • Jimbo

    I have to agree with the last few posters. A little too expensive and to have to pay a grand extra for safety features and still not get ESP is pretty poor.
    $26K is a well equipped Focus on road. Its a shame because it is such a good car.
    That said if the $15990 included the safety pack and ESP it would be well worth it.

  • Iz

    I’m actually not a fan of the new Jazz. Aus got a strange allocation model/spec wise, if you ask me.

    If we had to have an “automatic” with proper gears, the i-SHIFT 6spd automanual would have worked just fine, IMO. But I always thought Jazz USP would have been economy and practicality.

    It still has practicality (no real difference to prev. Jazz) but not so much economy any more. The CVT gbox in the previous Jazz was a good match to the engine; a friend of mine’s got one, and he was thinking of getting into a new one but he’s one of those nutter hyper-milers and doesnt think the 5spd auto could cut it economy wise.

    What was Honda Aus’ reasoning for not bringing the CVT back that some markets back? Wasnt sporty enough or something..

    I personally only see Jazz’s appealing to the older folk because its wonderfully easy to drive and cheap to run; not to young boy racers..

    And besides, CVT isnt a “sporty” gearbox, it has no ratios! I mean I know its weird that you get the slipping clutch feel, and also you dont feel as though you’re going as fast etc (believe me, I was a real detractor of CVT until I got in my friend’s Jazz =p) but the CVT in the Jazz slurs when it changes, it varies the rpm up and down during acceleration (to mimic a torque converter auto) so in feel, its the same as a normal auto gbox (which of course, will be the most popular trans option I bet). A lot of new CVT gearboxes do this these days; Nissan’s (Jatco) CVT trans do it, Audi Multitronics do it too.

    And Hondas were(are?) never cheap if you look at it realistically. They like to believe they’re the “premium” brand of Japan; accordingly, they can charge the same.

    Dunno about it really. Personally doesnt appeal to me at the price.

  • Frontman

    Salesman, you will find that a three year warranty is standard on ALL vehicles that DO NOT have a “public percieved” questionable build quality.
    As to the 6 month service schedual, Toytoa has a 6 month / 10K schedual as well ;-) Howver thay have been running the Toyota advantage. No more than $120.00 / service!! Now go and talk to the guys in the service dept and ask what Kia / Hyundai are for their 15k (generally around $220.00). But the public only look at the $$$ not the frequency.
    As for the Jazz, again it is working on percieved quality. I mean look at the ratings it got, yet in the report it was openly stated it wouldn’t win any races, (read bloody slow). Front seat passengers obsructed the glove box and got punched in the knee (read cramped). The boot with a pram in it was near full (by the photo anyway) yet it still pulled a worst figure of 4 wheels????. Fiesta (even the old one), 2, Getz and (dare I say it) Rio are better propositions in the driving ability if you have to do highway work. However the Jazz is still not a BAD car, and it is a Honda!!!

  • Tim

    What is with people complaining about a 6 month service intervals…its much better than 12. I would rather service my car every 6000km’s thanks. In the long run, I would rather have a car which operates much longer, than save money on service costs.

    Jeez, change the oil yourself. Even better, it is quite easy maintaining the car yourself, screw overpaying the dealers who dont give a S**T about your car anyway.

  • Yianni

    “Tim Says:
    October 3rd, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    What is with people complaining about a 6 month service intervals…its much better than 12. I would rather service my car every 6000km’s thanks. In the long run, I would rather have a car which operates much longer, than save money on service costs.

    Jeez, change the oil yourself. Even better, it is quite easy maintaining the car yourself, screw overpaying the dealers who dont give a S**T about your car anyway.”

    Who’s to say that a car that is serviced every 12 months wont last as long if the manufacturer says you can service it once a year?

    A well designed engine with quality oil can be serviced once a year and not affect its life at all.

    Some engines need servicing every 5000 and some every 15000. This was taken in to account when designing the thing so I’m sure it wont affect its life at all. You’re not exactly doing anything wrong and following the manufacturers instructions on servicing.

    We are moving forward you know, so 5000km servicing should be a thing of the past for new cars as technology and oils get better they can make them last longer with no long term affect to the engine.

    I really don’t know where you got that from but please provide a source if you read it somewhere.

    Cheers

  • http://skyline The Salesman

    The manufacturer has to warrant the car, if servicing every 15,000klms or 12 months did damage to the car wouldn’t that be at the manufactures disadvantage???????

  • Reckless1

    In this day & age, anyone who buys a car for urban use, and does not take the ESP or curtain airbag option, should be shot. One of the most common urban crashes is the t-bone.

    New cars that don’t have curtains and ESP standard should be banned from sale.

  • Spitfire

    It is all very well Tim, saying change the oil yourself. Just be prepared for the dealer to drop you like a hot potato when you make a warranty claim.

    I have said it before on this site I will NOT buy a vehicle with a 6 month 10K service interval, full stop.

    It should also be noted that the average Australian travels slightly less than 15000 kilometres per year (ABS figure) so the 15K 12 month service interval makes more sense.

  • http://deleted Alex

    I quite agree Reckless1 except for one thing – if they were stupid enough not to pick those options, they shouldn’t be shot, they should be put in their new car and then put in one of those crashes. If your gonna kill them anyway…

  • http://www.bobisco.com/c18.html Bob

    Let’s clarify a couple of things. The previous Jazz was a fairly successful model (with the base model launched at $15990 without air-con, just to remind you). This time Honda released a more powerful, bigger and safer model, with bigger wheels, rear disc brakes and better audio system for the same price. The fuel consumption increased from 5.7 l/100k to 5.8 for the base GLI, yet everyone is screaming it’s too pricey.
    Comparison with other cars is fine, as long as you compare similar sized compacts, and only Nissan Tiida would qualify space wise. There are other great compact or really great value cars like Nissan Micra, Suzuki Swift, etc, but they ARE smaller.
    As for safety, could somebody explain in what kind of 50 km/h driving situations (and most city-bound cars would spend 80% time in

  • O

    i wish idiots would stop saying jsut because it is a city car means that it doesnt need esp and airbags.Mjority of crashes happen in urban areas.Also i live within 12km of brisbane if i wish to srive to work i must enter the busy gateway/pacific motorways combine this with the act that there are a lot of trucks traffic etc then i would definently go with the airbags

  • http://www.bobisco.com/c18.html Bob

    Nobody argued about airbags. The question was raised about ESP. Can somebody stop preaching and start explaining: what speeds, road conditions, driving patterns would best benefit from ESP. It can’t be that hard?

  • Joober

    Funny though, I remember hopping on a car forum a long time ago, and I recall so called ‘car experts’ bagging ESP, claiming if people cant observe and drive their car appropriately then they shouldnt be driving at all. Now its a safety must have, I can only predict in 10+ years time the same thing will happen with cars driving themselves, and people saying people who don’t buy cars with that ability should be shot, because a car that can drive themselves are less likely to be getting into an accident than what a human would have.

    Its no negative, but what I see from way up high is a trend in us humans addiction to prolonging life, whether it be safer transports, more medicines, age-defying beauty products and so forth, days are gone where people take a chance, dance with danger etc…. (good example is car racing)

  • Reckless1

    Bob Says:
    October 3rd, 2008 at 10:03 pm
    Nobody argued about airbags. The question was raised about ESP. Can somebody stop preaching and start explaining: what speeds, road conditions, driving patterns would best benefit from ESP. It can’t be that hard?

    I’ll make it easy for you to understand.

    Wet road, entering a corner a little too fast, or a kid chases a ball and you have to brake and swerve at the same time, someone backs out of a driveway in front of you, etc, etc. ABS and ESP = safely avoided, no ABS or ESP = skid and slam straight into the child or car or post.

    Not hard to work out if you apply a bit of thinking.

  • Sam

    Yeah I want ESP/VSC as well. Can’t be too safe right? But safety alone is not enough to make a car sell. Just look at the new Falcon, being outsold even by an aging Mazda 3. This new Jazz will sell like hot cakes even if it were true that it could sell like hot cakes with maple syrup and King Island Cream.

  • OttoAu

    Micra is Made in Japan, superior quality and lower priced

    win x win x win

  • eh179driver

    Its interesting reading the comments on the short servicing intervals. The new Mazda6 interval is still 6 months or 10’000kms. It is something that Mazda should be reviewing. The Sante Fe disel is only 7’500kms. The dealers when asked said that you can stretch it to 15’000kms but would not give a direct answer when I asked if this would effect the warranty. Maybe I am being cynical here but is this just another way of proping up the profitability of the dealer networks? $500 to $600 per year for the average annual service bill (at 15’000kms) seems a lot to me. Plus you start to get into issues surrounding warranty if you don’t follow the requirements.

  • Markus

    I´m from austria (old europe) and the new Jazz/Fit is just now presented to the marked here. I still own a 2004 GD13 (made in japan), and it´s allmost a good car to life with. The weakest point of my Jazz are the running costs – my serviceman once called it japanese Ferrari. The car gets totaly overpaid here, the 100hp 1.4 incl. VSA and glass roof is priced at €20000 (AU$ 38000), for this money I can get a VW Caddy Life, a full seven seater. Honda europe has service intervals once a year, but there are many cars to service every 24 or even 36 months. A single Jazz service is near twice as expensive as for competitive european cars, so this is a serious problem for me, and holds me from buying a new one, as made in china holds me too. I see no problem to extend service to more than two years, with newer oil and good air & oli filters it could be done once in a car life, as they don´t have to do anything else ;) Cheers

  • Phil

    Unfortunately Honda has removed the best feature of the previous Honda Jazz models – the 5 and 7 speed CVT transmissions. The 7 speed CVT from the VTi is a wonderful high-tech transmission, which once you have become familiar with allows for very smooth acceleration, precise RPM & throttle control, engine braking and extremely good fuel economy – features unmatched by a standard automatic transmission.

    The deletion of the CVT’s from the 09 model represent a significant step backward in my opinion. Probably done to make the car cheaper. Honda has also quietly dropped the EBD along the way, and since being sourced from Thailand from late 2005 the build and finish quality has been slipping, with the new model being no exception.

    The first 2002 honda jazz was not a cheap car at around $24 000 for the cvt VTi. The new Jazz is now a much cheaper car, with a reduction in safety features, efficiency and quality being the sacrifice.

  • Russell

    I have just purchased a second hand 2004/5 1.3 L Jazz for my daughter and she loves it! Personally I love the CVT transmission and space for a small car, however Honda want $906.00 for the 80K service! Outrageous. If they want my loyalty they will have to do better than that when I book it in, and it needs a handbrake refit, free of charge on a Honda recall. Apparantely some roll backwards down hill with the handbrake on and the car in park. Otherwise we a happy with the purchase and saved $10k on the new on road price.

  • http://NIL allan

    The Honda Jazz is really a great little car and economical however, what you save on running costs you need to save to pay for servicing. The 80K service will cost you in access of $900:00 and what the general public is not told, is that most of the cost is just for changing the fuel filter, which is located underneath the center console. To facilitate ease of access, you have to also remove the seats. You wouldn’t want to fill up with dirty fuel just after a filter change because it will cost you another $550:00 plus the towing costs from wherever you might break down if applicable. Shame the fuel filter is not as accessible as the oil filter and the air filter. Access to a vital serviceable component such as a fuel filter should be given more consideration by the designers and or the manufacturers. The Honda CRV is worse still; As`well as an expensive fuel filter change, the brake master cylinder has to have a service kit put through it every 40K. I have been in the car game for decades and what concerns me is this; It takes me anywhere from two and a half to four hours to comprehensively and genuinely service a car, yet some dealers can manage to service a greater number of cars each day with only one qualified mechanic assisted by two or three know-it-all school leavers. I find it rather ironic that the majority of cars sold today are sold because of the attraction of fuel saving and emission control aspects and consumers are led to believe they will be blessed with ecenomical cars. Yes, we are helping to keep the air cleaner and unfortunately, our pockets empty. Perhaps more consumers should take the time to ask a dealer when buying a car about service costs and why. Would also be a blessing and a relief if proof of servicing was available. With the technology that is available today, surely designers could come up with some form of indication that a service has been done, after all, they have utilized technology to indicate to you when a service is due. All this reminds me of my poor late wife who used to make me drive her 40 Kms for the sake of saving $5 bucks on the weekly shopping.

  • buttons

    hi there guys i got rid of my 5.0 ltr statesman two years after the fuel spiked the first time just drove it in to honda got sweet fa for it cut my losses and bought a new jazz 06 vti 5 speed i was heartbroken and relieved and excited at the same time, i saw a sticker on the back window of a car once it was a stick figure bent over with a bowser nozzle inserted up his butt and underneath was” assume the position” and thats how i felt every time i filled up , ive been road racing honda motorcycles for over ten years and all parts come from hrc in japan many times i have done things my way i thought yeah i can do that. i have rebuilt my engine many times over due to my distrust of many for no real reason except that i had listened to the people who ran every one down who actually knew these engines and thinking that i knew better i proved to myself after blowing engines and sending myself over the bars and breaking many bones time and time again at tracks up and down the east coast i decided i would allow some one who knew to help me, hrc make the perfect part and are sold with no warranty because of blokes like me who thought they knew, there is a reason for regular services on these great little cars oil does not last and i would rather a trained eye run over it to pick up any tiny things before they turn into bigger things yes it could be the new first year apprentice with the warm milk moustache who could be part of the service and i guess that he would be supervised but at least if there is a mistake i can take it back they have a record to show what has been done and that is securty and confidence and resale , i just purchsed a new kawasaki zx10 1000cc road bike and was told by head mechanic 1000 k up to 4000 rpm then 1000k up to6000 rpm k then 1000k up to 8000 rpm as hard as it was thats what i did and many of the blokes who i told what i was doing said thats bullshit you dont have to do that you just do 500 k and flog it ,well i suppose these blokes will probably never own these things for long enough to worry obout the side affects of incorrectly running in a new motor it will be someone elses problem i have bought many bikes which were supposed to have rebuilt engines and this and that yeah the engine was rebiult with the same parts ….. i love speed performance and have had no end of fun in my jazz it is a well engineered bog standard comfortable sure footed nimble lttle( as my construction work mates call it)” girls car” and dont care if fuel goes to 2.50 a litre i have speed reliability comfort and the back up of honda nunda to keep it at its best .. my grand prix bikes need new oil in engine and suspension regularly why because like most oils they loose viscosity know what that is and what happens… anyway im 46 now and only bought my first new car two years ago i have spent my life buying every body elses problems … anyhow thought id share all that with you untill next time just do what needs to be done by the people who know these cars..honda……. my regular mechanic for last 15 years does not get to work on my jazz he works on my truck trowell machines pumps mulcher but jazz goes to honda cheers all buttons

  • stew

    hey Allan i just hit the 100,000 ks . my jazz has a flat spot in low revs . i was thinking fuel filter .
    any advice would be great . cheers .

  • TARUN

    not bad

  • Jess. p

    I am looking for a car. I really like the look of a Honda Jazz. It’ll be my first car that i have bought. Does any one have any info on it that mght put me off…Also does it have any clearance…I live in a rural location in the hilly region….I need a car with clearence! Thanks Guys

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