When the car was launched in 2002, Honda fitted a 1,339cc chain-cam direct-injected petrol engine that proved to be as economical as a diesel, and offered the option of a seven-ratio continuously variable transmission (CVT) that can be treated as a simple "press and go" automatic.Unsurprisingly, the car caught on in Britain in a somewhat older market than in other parts of the world such as Thailand, where it is seen as a trendy young person's car and there is even a magazine devoted to outrageously customised Jazzes with 19in wheels, powerful sound systems and even gull-wing doors.

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In fact, so many of you have written to Motoring to praise your Honda hatchback over the years, we felt it was time to celebrate this unassuming hero of the roads with a look at its popularity through the eyes of its owners, including a couple who each have one, and the person who recommends buying a Jazz more than anyone: our own automotive agony uncle, Honest John.

The little car has its flaws but, according to the hundreds of Telegraph readers who own one, the faults are mostly minor and forgivable.

That was until last year, when an all-new Jazz arrived.

This Mk2 is much better looking, more powerful, a bit bigger and shares the "magic" rear seats of the original.

It steers more precisely and rides and handles better, too.

Instead of the easy-driving CVT, however, in a failed attempt to keep emissions under 121g/km (and in the £35 tax bracket), Honda fitted an automated manual transmission that has found far less favour because of the way its electronics damp the throttle between changes, leading to lurching if the driver tries to compensate.

Air-conditioning and electric windows can also give trouble.

Don't buy a Jazz that is six or seven years old and expect it to remain fault-free. In Britain, the best engine we got was the 82bhp 1.3 (called a 1.4 for marketing reasons).

HONDA JAZZ OWNER PETER SMITH WRITES: I'd not had a Honda before the Jazz, although some years ago I had a Triumph Acclaim, which was a Honda with a different badge, so as well as Honest John's recommendations I knew about the company's reputation for build quality – and even the petrolheads on Top Gear admit the reliability of Hondas is legendary. I needed a car for two main purposes: short local journeys such as shopping and visiting friends, and taking the dog Caspar for his daily walks, usually to local parks or fields.

I also make fairly regular trips between Essex and my grandson's university in Nottingham.

It appeared rather small, but then the salesman opened the boot and demonstrated how the seats collapsed in order to carry loads.