1999 Honda Passport LX Isuzu V6 from North America
Very reasonable purchase
The air conditioning was not working when we got it, so we got a sizable discount to allow for repairs. One of the hoses had a hole in it that was leaking refrigerant. We had that replaced and it still is not working. Now we are told that the condenser has a bad clog and needs to be replaced.
Other than that, nothing else so far, although I am now aware of some common problems with these cars to look out for.
This SUV makes it easy to understand why people started buying SUVs so much as it is fun to drive. The Isuzu Rodeo and subsequent Honda Passport were some of the first successful mainstream SUVs and I can definitely say that I prefer them over an Exploder or Blazer.
These cars are FAST!! That Isuzu V6 is a magnificent engine if watched carefully. Always check the oil, because these cars do use some, as everyone knows by now. It really depends on how you drive it. If you go easy on acceleration, it does not use much, if any. However, if you accelerate very quickly all the time, it will use at least one quart between changes.
Ours seems to be very good so far, all of the warning lights come on and go off like they are supposed to when the car is started and our gas gauge works well! I do want to get the transmission serviced soon as it is older and this may not have been done much before. Here's something nice; the transmission fluid can only be checked from UNDER the car! How lovely.
The Passport is well built for an SUV of this vintage. All of the power windows, locks, etc. still work like new unlike the newer Blazer that we test drove that had a lot of issues. The interior is rattle-free, which is impressive given the very truckish ride. It is easy to park and has a tight turning radius. My average fuel economy has ranged from 18 to 24 MPG.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th June, 2007
Used to own an Isuzu Rodeo (the passport's evil twin). So glad it is gone. Very unsafe unreliable and expensive vehicle to repair. It is not a Honda. I hope it works for you, but feel you opened yourself too many dollars out of pocket.
Update: We got the air conditioning fixed. The dryer sack with the small silica gel beads had burst at some point before we got the car and the beads clogged up the expansion valve and condenser. Our excellent foreign car mechanic replaced the expansion valve and cleared the condenser out. The price for this wound up being about $400 since the valve is under the dash, requiring a fair amount of labor. The air works great now and the vehicle has had no other faults, so here's hoping! Also, the lowest MPG to date has been 18. I have gotten as much as 24 when I drove mostly on the highway.