Used car check Honda Jazz

Dani Heyne
Honda Jazz in the used vehicle check
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O ha!' exclaims Master Wünsch as he discovered the Honda Jazz. “The color is the program of the car. You know, because of the clean slate, 'he adds with a smile - and explains in more detail:' When a Honda Jazz comes into our workshop, it either needs fresh oil or new tires. There is seldom more to do. Honda seems to have done pretty much right with this model, at least I can't remember that we had to go into intensive troubleshooting on one of these. Neither in the chassis nor in terms of electronics. They run and run and run. '

Hear, hear! Strong words from the mouth of the master. But his experience coincides with the information from the annual defect statistics from TÜV and DEKRA, in which the little Honda has performed well for years.

How come? Before we take a closer look at the 3.90-meter-long five-door car, a general note: Honda takes a conventional approach to the Jazz: Neither newfangled chassis technology is used, nor are there modern, but possibly failure-prone engines. Not even a diesel is in the range - which doesn't make sense in a car of this size. Instead, Honda relies on good workmanship in detail, as the master will show us in a moment.

How good is the body in good shape?

Master Wünsch goes to every used car check the knees - and takes a close look at the body. Fans of this series will be bored by now, but the more thoroughly this is checked, the more you can see. A lot of flaked paint on the door edges, for example, is a good indication that the owner has not been particularly careful with his vehicle. And not just when getting in and out ...

Uneven gaps on the bumpers are either a sign of bad parking manners or a badly repaired accident. If it is the latter, there are guaranteed to be further traces - if in doubt, under the vehicle. If the seals along the edge of the window clearly show traces of moss, the car wasn't parked in the warm garage every night, but rather safely under a tree. It is these supposed little things that give Master Wünsch a better sense of what kind of relationship the previous owner had with his car. And in most cases it hasan effect on the mechanical maintenance condition.

Dani Heyne
The checker: Master Wünsch inspects the underbody of jazz, but can't find anything. Neither rust nor play in the steering: 'Good car!'

That's why we always look at the service booklet at this point recognize how regular maintenance has been carried out. In the case of our Jazz, there is no need to worry: It has no parking bumps, no scratched rims, no traces of sloppily repaired accident damage. And according to the service book, he was always on time for the pit stop. Satisfied, Master Wünsch therefore pulls out the key and starts the compulsory test drive.

The 90 hp of the basic petrol engine are wide awake immediately, the clutch has a decent pressure point, and the gears can be changed neatly.

Master Wünsch is already sure that the landing gear is in good condition and that none of the four springs are broken at the exit sign. The steering reacts with little play and the engine pulls properly. On the country road it is easily enough for a brisk overtaking maneuver, all that is needed is a slightly higher engine speed. Back in the workshop, Master Wünsch calls out: “Off to the lifting platform! Let's see if we can find something there. '

Rust on the underbody or on the pipes?

He can't say anything bad about the brakes. You can't tell the 50,000 kilometers of mileage on the pads or the discs. “They have normal signs of wear, but nothing more,” mumbles Master Wünsch, pulls out the flashlight and slowly lights up the engine and gearbox. He is primarily looking for leaks, but cannot find anything. The axle boots are also wonderfully soft and tight.

He carefully checks the support and toe joints of the front axle for play, but nothing irregular can be found here either. Brake and fuel lines receive extra praise: 'Look how well they are coated with plastic.' Rust has no chance, which is noticeable in the long-term durability. The same applies to the widely applied seam sealer in the sill area. Good material, no rust can form there. “And throw ita look at the rear silencer: It is made of stainless steel. Complete, including the pipes. This is how it has to look if it is to last a long time. “Which brings us to the initial topic: quality in detail. 'Unfortunately, you don't find them too often anymore,' says the master, looking satisfied. 'This little Honda makes a great impression', that's his conclusion today.

Let's take another look at the prices: Honda Jazz, built in 2013 (90 hp, around 50,000 Kilometers), at 6,300 euros. If it is the bigger engine, it will be a few hundred more expensive. But it doesn't have to be, because the basic heart is already delighting.

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