For anyone with a Jazz in the family, I just wanted to share this tip on a warranty extension for gearbox parts on older Jazz models from 03 onwards.
A couple of weeks ago, I was out in the wife's 04 plate 1.4SE Sport. There was a very clear whine as I pulled off in first, also noticeable in 2nd but as soon as you pick up speed (in a Jazz..???) the engine noise drowned it out.
But it's very distinct, similar to the noise a car makes in reverse.
Sounded as if it was coming from the tranmission, so gritted my teeth and got ready for an expensive repair bill.
Did some web-trawling to try and help diagnose the fault before taking it to my local independent. Seems that the problem stems from faulty gearbox bearings which - given the fact that a lot of Jazzes are sold on their reliabilty - Honda has seen fit to honour under an extended warranty of up to 7 years.
Honda Jazz/Fit (2001 - 2008) - 03 1.4 Gearbox Bearings and G/box oil changes. | Technical matters | Back Room Forum | Honest John
Now at first I thought too good to be true, but worth a punt. Quick call to Brindley Honda in West Bromwich expecting a big fight... but nothing of the sort. They checked with Honda UK and, subject to me proving the car has a full service history (which it has), the work was all covered.
Car is booked in for Monday. It's an 8-hour job so I'm told and other owners seem to have been quoted £800-900 from main dealers for it, around £500 from a good indy.
So if any old shape Jazz owners are experiencing a similar problem, it's worth asking the question.
See below for the technical service bulletin reference, or follow the link above:
if anyone else is having trouble getting their dealership to believe this issue is covered under an extended warranty, just quote TSB number SJ 04-008-03 to them. They will have to believe you then Oh, and make sure you have full service history, and if your car is an 03/04 reg I'd get it done ASAP - as the warranty is 7 years or 100,000 miles the period is nearly up for the earliest cars covered
PS - and I have to say I'm impressed so far with Brindley in West Brom. I'm not the biggest fan of the group having had issues with their old Birmingham branch (now closed) and Cannock branch. But these guys have been fantastic, totally open about the work being covered under extended warranty, inspected the car promptly and kept me informed all the way. Heck they even cleaned it inside and out while inspecting it, must have been a quiet day at the office!!!!
I'll report back once the work is completed early next week.