1999 Honda Passport from North America
Yeah... It's an Isuzu Rodeo... Even has the sticker under the hood to prove it
I've needed to replace the transmission twice. Both times were due to a hard shift from 2nd to 3rd gear. The first time I went to a Honda dealer since I had an extended warranty, and they just replaced it instead of trying to find out what the actual cause of the problem was. A few months later, it had the same problem, and I just had some friends replace it for me. About a year later, it started doing the same thing, and I took it to a transmission specialist, and they were the ones to determine it was a faulty velocity sensor chip... Instead of the dealer finding out that the problem cost $90 to fix, they replaced the whole transmission, but NOT the actual source of the problem.
Supposedly at least one of the catalytic converters is faulty now, so both need to be replaced so it will pass inspection. Why a vehicle needs 2, who knows.
Other than that, just the driver's seat looks like it's leaking padding on the floor... and the back seat is very hard to get to fold up.
Overall, I enjoyed driving the vehicle. Roomy and comfortable for taller people even in the back, and loved it in the snow. And the gas mileage wasn't too bad (for an SUV this old) when working properly. Took a 10 hour road trip one day and got on average 22mpg, even when I was doing 80 a bunch of the time.
Some things just seem like a real pain to work on by yourself, and you need to take off a lot of other parts to get to stuff you think would be readily available, like the alternator.
Unfortunately with all the transmission problems, it has turned me off of automatic transmission for quite a while. Manual gearboxes have so much less that can go wrong, and it's too much fun not to have anymore.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th July, 2011
15th Jul 2011, 09:59
These vehicles were better and more reliable with a manual rather than an automatic. My rule of thumb is I always buy a vehicle with a manual transmission whenever possible. With less and less manuals available on new cars, this will be more difficult in the future. Too bad, as I do not like automatics, as I do not think they are nearly as reliable as manual transmissions. Nor are they nearly as fun, either.
17th Jul 2011, 17:26
I agree. I enjoy manual transmission vehicles. In the right hands, a manual transmission is capable of getting better gas mileage and being more reliable. However, automatics are important for some as they physically cannot drive a manual (I have a few friends who cannot drive a manual car for medical reasons). Not to mention for those who PHYSICALLY can drive a manual, but lack the skill to do it properly.