1996 Honda Passport Review

1996 Honda Passport V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

This 1996 Honda Passport is a great SUV

Faults:

Well I have had this Passport for a few months, but I have not had any trouble out of it yet. Knock on wood.

Runs great, does not use oil. 4 wheel drive works great.

General Comments:

They could have put different cup holders in it.

The spare tire makes way too much noise. They should have attached it different.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2009

11th Apr 2009, 17:46

I presently own a 1995 Honda Passport EX 3.2 V6 with about 200k miles on the odometer. This was the last year where airbags were not yet installed; this allowed me to replace the stock steering wheel with a sporty GT Grant aftermarket steering wheel.

Fuel economy in this wanna-be Honda (It's really an Isuzu Rodeo) is a dismal 15 mpg but it rides great and has been very dependable in deep snow.

The Passport seems to go through alternators like there's no tomorrow; I'm on my third unit, so far.

The rear power windows have stopped working and I took the time to check them out; the power window motors allowed water in and shorted out the armatures. Hello! Maybe they shouldn't be mounted "facing up" -- a design flaw.

The shocks needed replacement (it's about time!) and as a preventive maintenance measure, I replaced the timing belt at 120K miles.

When the starter went bad at 100K, I thought this was something I could do myself. It looked simple enough until I discovered that the starter could not be accessible until the exhaust y-pipe was removed. Mind you, rusty/frozen exhaust bolts are no laughing matter. You'll need a torch for this, folks.

The engine burns a bit of oil (about a quart between oil changes), but what bothers me are the oil leaks that never seem to stop. I've replaced the valve cover gaskets and spark plug seals. The oil pan gasket has also been replaced. So, if you don't mind a few garage/driveway stains, just top up the oil occasionally and you'll be fine.

The front wheel hub bearings require periodic tightening or else your front wheels will start to wobble and wear out the front brake pads unevenly. Tightening the bearing requires opening up the locking hubs; get a qualified mechanic to perform this procedure.

Spray the chassis with undercoating to prevent corrosion from eating the frame. Regular waxing/polishing keeps the Passport looking new and presentable. Only the paint on the plastic rear pillars faded from age so far. The rest of the vehicle is holding up pretty well.

19th Dec 2011, 18:14

Did your engine light come on?

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review