Honda Life

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Honda Life
2003 Honda Life 01.jpg
ClassKei car
ManualsService Manual

The Honda Life is a kei car sedan produced by Honda.

First generation (1971-1974)

First generation

It was offered as a 2-door or 4-door sedan and in a 2-door wagon model. It had a water-cooled, 36 hp (27 kW) 356 cc engine.Honda Life 1971

Van version was introduced on 1971-09-06, followed by hatchback wagon on 1971-10-25.

Life step van

Step van

This van type variant uses a 360 cc, 2-cylinder water-cooled engine. The high back body increased its centre of gravity compared to the sedan version, making it easy to roll over under crosswind.

The van was first sold on 1972-09-20, at the price of 376,000, 388,000, 403,000 yen for standard, standard (after production of Life pick up), Super DX respectively. Total 17,165 vehicles were produced.

Life pick-up

Life Pickup
Life Pick-Up
Body style(s)2-door pick-up
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)356 cc SOHC I2, 33 hp
Transmission(s)4-Speed manual transmission
Wheelbase2080 mm (81.9 in)
Length2995 mm (117.9 in)
Width1295 mm (51 in)
Height1620 mm (63.8 in)
Fuel capacity26 litres (Template:Convert/usgal impgal)

Introduced on 1973-08-21, the vehicle used the style of a pick-up truck. The production was ended in 1974, with 1132 vehicles produced.

Second generation (1997-1998)

1997 Honda Life

In 1997 the Life name was resurrected for a new line of small, front wheel drive 5-door MPV style cars for Honda, which required a redesign for 1998 because of new Japanese taxing regulations.[1]

Third generation (1998-2003)

1998 Honda Life

The 1998 model was bigger than the 2nd generation counterpart, with 3395 mm (133.7 in) length and 1475 mm (58.1 in) width.

In December 2000, a turbocharged variant named Honda Life Dunk was introduced as 2001 year model. Honda Life Dunk and Honda That's were listed by Forbes magazine as among the weirdest car names. [2]

Fourth generation (2003-2008)

Fourth generation
facelifted Life
Body style(s)5-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout, 4WD
Engine(s)658 cc P07A SOHC I3 (DIVA, F, F Happy Edition, C, C Topic)
658 cc P07A SOHC I3 turbo (DIVA Turbo, F Turbo)
Transmission(s)4-Speed Automatic Overdrive
Wheelbase2420 mm (95.3 in)
Length3395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1580 mm (62.2 in) (FF)
1595 mm (62.8 in) (4WD)
Fuel capacity35 litres (Template:Convert/usgal impgal) (FF)
31 litres (Template:Convert/usgal impgal) (4WD)
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In 2003 the model was updated, and now includes a 660 cc 3-cylinder engine, with an optional turbocharger, mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission and optional 4-wheel drive. The safety features were significantly improved and engine emissions were reduced.[3] A triangle window was placed at the mounting point of wing mirrors in 3rd generation vehicle.

In 2005, Honda introduced the DIVA model, which included aerodynamic styling and aluminium wheels.

2007 models started production on 2006-10-05. It marked the first use of Honda Smart Parking Assist System in a production Honda vehicle.

Fifth generation (2008-present)

In November 2008 Honda introduced the fifth generation Life. This generation is available in three flavours: Life G, Life Diva and Life Pastel.


model DIVA DIVA Turbo F, F Happy Edition F Turbo C, C Topic
model name (FF/4WD) Honda DBA-JB5/CBA-JB6 Honda DBA-JB7/CBA-JB8 Honda DBA-JB5/CBA-JB6 Honda DBA-JB7/CBA-JB8 Honda DBA-JB5/CBA-JB6
ground clearance 155 mm
power 38 kW (52 PS) @6700 rpm 38 kW (52 PS) @6700 rpm 38 kW (52 PS) @6700 rpm
torque 61 N·m (6.2 kgf·m) @3800 rpm 93 N·m (9.5 kgf·m) @4000 rpm 61 N·m (6.2 kgf·m) @3800 rpm 93 N·m (9.5 kgf·m) @4000 rpm 61 N·m (6.2 kgf·m) @3800 rpm
turning radius 4.7 m 4.5 m
tire (front/rear) 165/55R14 72V 155/65R13 73S

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