Author Topic: Honda Jazz awarded Most Reliable Small Car in What Car? 2017 Reliability Survey  (Read 1008 times)

peteo48

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I think, even with the most reliable makes, there will always be a car or two with problems. In my experience, however, both my Jazzes have been faultless mechanically and electrically. The first one did have a leak into the boot which turned out to be a dodgy rear light cluster seal but, that aside, nothing.

I've also had Nissans and they were faultless as well. The 2 most unreliable cars I've owned have been a Fiat 128 and a VW Golf. They were even more unreliable than some of the British Leyland cars I drove in the 70s and 80s.

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I think reliability in its most widespread meaning means 'has not left you stranded or suffered a failure that rendered the vehicle unusable.   Things like a  glitch in the infotainment don't figure on most peoples understanding of reliability. 
But to me, a "fault" is something that doesn't work properly or requires warranty attention even though it might not affect mobility, so the two things I mentioned are most definitely faults that I would report if participating in any such survey.

If I was compiling reliability figures I would definitely 'weight' faults according to how they affected the use of the car,  from 10. - complete breakdown that left me stranded  on the side of the motorway in the rain  and I lost the car for a week, right down to 1. - I could not get radio 5 on my infotainment system.

Warranty Direct rate the Honda Jazz second in their reliability figures.
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auntyneddy

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I believe I read somewhere that car manufacturers find it cheaper to roll out cars with faults and sort them out when complained about. Unfortunately, the problem is exacerbated by poor dealer experience. Just reading the comments on this topic does in fact bear this out. Our little Jazz is now 7 yrs old and when doing odd jobs I am still finding bits and pieces that are broken or missing. Clearly the car has been involved in a couple of 'kibbles', there are not many cars these days that haven't. BUT whether or not the car was repaired by a Honda dealer or an independent I know not but there is evidence of mediocre workmanship. So it's the Jazz's fault when it is not the cars fault it's a case of some person not willing to do the job properly.
Going back to the good old days, I remember that Mr Henry's cars were absolute pigs to start in wet weather and when a rural copper I had a Ford 5cwt van which was OK just and then I was awarded a 1 ltr  Metro. That little car went anywhere literally. I do know it was put off the road when one of my 'locals' spotted the number plate was not reflective. I cannot honestly remember it breaking down except because the other copper that shared it used to do something with the ignition lock that caused it to fail. Then, I was upgraded to a 1.3 ltr Metro. Both BL products, it was not a Rover metro. The Hillman Avenger, Vauxhall Cavalier, BL Montego and the Ford Sierra all had their problems but then they were on the road 24hrs a day except for servicing driven by usually 6 different people a day. Now days cars are more reliable but are still dependent on the people that service them. I personally think the Jazz deserves it's accolade.

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