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