Common Problems with the Honda Jazz

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 8 months ago

5 min read

  • Honda
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A blue Honda Jazz parked on a street.

FixMyCar covers the most common Honda Jazz problems, discussing overall reliability and repair costs.

The Honda Jazz has always been a practical choice for drivers who favour comfort. With a spacious cabin and large windows lending it a lounge-like feel, it promises easy miles - and it delivers. But how does it fare in terms of reliability? What common problems are you likely to encounter if you buy one? Find out in this guide.

Honda Jazz common problems include:

What’s wrong with the Honda Jazz?

Unsurprisingly, since the Jazz has a strong reputation for reliability, there are only a couple of issues that drivers tend to research.

Honda Jazz automatic gearbox problems

The 2015 Honda Jazz is most likely to experience problems with the automatic transmission, leading to gearbox faults. However, the Mk1 Jazz is also known for this issue.

It's essential that you use the correct transmission fluid and follow the recommended servicing schedule to avoid damaging the gearbox.

Honda Jazz central locking fault

Some Honda Jazz vehicles have been known to develop problems with the locking system, mainly due to the locks seizing up or becoming jammed. This problem is easy and affordable to fix - all you have to do is replace the affected lock.

Honda Jazz hybrid problem

A hybrid version of the Honda Jazz was released in 2010 and shares similar problems with the traditional combustion engine version. Look out for:

  • CVT transmission issues

  • Steering problems with the wheel lacking responsiveness or getting stuck

  • Fast-wearing brake pads

Honda Jazz 2001-2008 faults

Drivers have identified the following problems with Mk1 Honda Jazz models.

1. Seized door locks

Unfortunately, some Honda Jazz owners have experienced seized door locks. Not only does this mean the car doesn’t unlock when the keyfob is pressed, but it also doesn’t work when you manually put the key in the lock.

Often, rust is to blame for seized door locks, so this problem is more likely to happen as the car ages. 

Auto locksmith

What repair is needed to fix a seized door lock, and how much does it cost for a Honda Jazz?

If you’re lucky and the lock is jammed due to dirt and debris, it should start working again when you clean it. However, it’s more likely the lock is corroded, causing it to malfunction, in which case you must replace it. 

On average, a Honda Jazz central locking system repair costs £125.83 when booked through FixMyCar.

2. Faulty CVT gearbox

Honda’s CVT gearbox is notorious for wearing down faster than expected. Honda created a unique transmission fluid to counter this and recommends replacing the fluid every 25,000 miles, but not all drivers know about the problem. It’s worth finding if there’s a record of the transmission fluid used in a Mk 1 Honda Jazz before you buy it.

Read this guide for more information about checking and changing car fluids.

What repair is needed to fix a faulty CVT gearbox, and how much does it cost for a Honda Jazz?

Worn gearbox components need to be replaced for the safety and functionality of your vehicle. 

Honda Jazz gearbox repairs cost £70.75 on average when booked through FixMyCar. This price covers a broad range of repairs, so it’s best to book a diagnostic test for a more accurate quote.

3. Inconsistent power

Some Honda Jazz owners have reported surges in power as they are driving, particularly when accelerating. While this problem sounds serious, it can usually be fixed with a relatively simple repair.

What repair is needed to fix inconsistent power, and how much does it cost for a Honda Jazz?

Plug your car into an OBD reader to determine what repair is needed. The code P0339 suggests a faulty crankshaft position sensor or spark plug is to blame.

According to FixMyCar data, it costs £136.13 on average to replace Honda Jazz spark plugs (though the price will be lower if it is just one spark plug that needs changing), and crankshaft sensor repairs cost £204.00 on average. 

You can find out more about changing spark plugs here.

4. Faulty EGR valve

EGR valves are a common pain point for diesel Honda Jazz owners. Signs of a stuck EGR valve include:

  • Rough idling

  • Stalling

  • Increased fuel consumption

  • Poor performance

  • Engine knocking noises

One of the best ways to prevent your EGR valve from becoming stuck is to regularly drive your car on long motorway journeys, ensuring it gets hot enough to burn off the soot. The valve eventually stops working when dirt and soot accumulate due to many short trips.

EGR valve

What repair is needed to fix a faulty EGR valve, and how much does it cost for a Honda Jazz?

There are a couple of options when you’ve got a clogged EGR valve. You could try carbon cleaning, which aims to remove the soot and carbon that is stopping the valve from working correctly, or, in more severe cases, you may have to replace the EGR valve.

On average, it costs £343.63 for a Honda Jazz EGR valve replacement when booked through FixMyCar.

Honda Jazz 2001-2008 recalls

Recall dateReason
24-May-04Low beam headlights may not work.
05-April-07Engine may cut out
12-Nov-08Handbrake could become inoperative

Honda Jazz 2009-2015 faults

The following faults are common in the Mk2 Honda Jazz.

An orange Honda Jazz

1. Automatic gearbox problems

Some automatic models are fitted with an iShift gearbox, which needs servicing regularly - more often than CVT-7 and manual alternatives. If you fail to stick to the servicing schedule, it can result in clutch damage. Before this happens, you may experience juddering as you pull away, indicating the gearbox is due for a service.

What repair is needed to fix automatic gearbox problems, and how much does it cost for a Honda Jazz?

In this case, it’s best to take preventative action by regularly servicing the gearbox. Otherwise, you could end up paying for a clutch repair, which isn’t cheap.

FixMyCar data shows that the average price of a Honda Jazz clutch repair is £195.46.

2. Damaged tyre sidewalls

Cars built between September 2009 and May 2010 were recalled to have their steel wheels replaced with alloys. During this recall, Honda discovered some tyre sidewalls had been damaged during fitting. 

What repair is needed to fix damaged tyre sidewalls, and how much does it cost for a Honda Jazz?

You should never drive on tyres with damaged sidewalls. Since the damage was discovered during a recall, it may have already been fixed, but it’s worth double-checking before you buy a Honda Jazz from this period.

Damaged tyres should be replaced immediately - FixMyCar has the best tyre brands in one place, letting you buy and book a fitting online.

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This guide offers advice about choosing the right tyres. We also have a range of tyre reviews, which are featured in our ultimate car tyres guide.

Honda Jazz 2009-2015 recalls

Recall dateReason
02-Feb-10Risk of fire
22-June-10Brake pedal travel
09-Aug-10Tyre may deflate without warning
24-Jan-11Headlights may not illuminate correctly
16-July-12Transmission may malfunction
05-Feb-13Brake fluid may leak
17-April-13Passenger-side airbag may not deploy correctly
05-Jan-15Driver’s airbag may rupture if deployed
16-Mar-15Passenger side airbag may fail to deploy correctly
29-June-15Driver’s airbag may rupture if deployed
29-June-15Passenger side airbag may fail to deploy correctly
23-Oct-15Drivers airbag may rupture if deployed

Honda Jazz 2016-2020 faults

Very few common problems have been reported for this generation of the Honda Jazz, reflecting its outstanding reliability.

Yellow Honda Jazz on a road.

Bodywork scuffs

The Jazz was designed to be an urban car, so it sees a lot of wear and tear from family use. That's why, when you’re buying one second-hand, it’s likely to come with a few scrapes and scuffs on the bodywork.

What repair is needed to fix bodywork scuffs, and how much does it cost for a Honda Jazz?

Touching up scuffs is something you could do yourself - this guide contains DIY bodywork tips and an explanation of the different types of bodywork repair.

The price of scuff repairs varies depending on the size of the affected area and the extent of the damage, so it’s best to contact a mechanic for an accurate quote.

Damaged alloys

This is another fault that has less to do with the car and more to do with how and where it’s driven. Urban vehicles are more likely to sustain cosmetic damage, and the Jazz is no exception. 

What repair is needed to fix damaged alloys, and how much does it cost for a Honda Jazz?

Rather than buying new alloys, you could have them refurbished. This process restores alloy wheels, making them look good as new for a fraction of the cost. 

According to FixMyCar’s data, the average cost of refurbishing one wheel on a Honda Jazz is £87.33.

Honda Jazz 2016-2020 recalls

Recall dateReason
16-May-16Driver’s airbag inflator may rupture if deployed
28-Mar-17Airbag may fail to deploy correctly
23-Feb-18Passenger airbag may fail to deploy
30-Jan-19Takata passenger airbag inflator may rupture
29-Aug-19Possible air bag inflator rupture
14-Aug-20Rear seat belt assembly webbing sensor could become inoperative due to incorrect manufacturing

Honda Jazz 2021-present faults and recalls

Like its predecessor, this version of the Honda Jazz has maintained a reputation for excellent reliability; any common problems have yet to be identified, and as of November 2023, Honda hasn’t issued any recalls.

Having trouble with your Honda Jazz? Whatever your car needs, FixMyCar can help you find the right garage at the right price.

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