12th Mar 2008, 19:22
I just bought a 1998 Honda Passport, same problems as everyone else.
Looked great at the dealer it passed all of their inspections. I got home and a week later it needed an alternator. Two more weeks later it overheats, come to find out it leaks antifreeze. It also leaks power steering fluid. God only know what else it leaks.
Recently the check engine light came on and the car wouldn't go more than 20 miles an hour while slamming into gears. It smelled of raw fuel real bad. Had the codes read and it said it was the throttle position sensor. Easy replace only $30. Car started fine then took a turn for the worse, it did it again and now the check engine light is off and it stills runs horrible.
I have not taken it down to get the emissions on it yet, I'm still using the temp tag from the dealer ship. I hope that this will fall under the lemon law.
I have threatened the dealer that their reputation is in their hands and that they should work to please people.
18th Mar 2008, 20:31
The same story. I have Honda passport 1999 with only 54,000 miles. My wife is driving it, now check engine come on, I drive it myself, car is still driving good, visually I don't see anything, checked all oil, brake fluids... Should I just ignore it? Based on information that I read here a lot of people took it 3-4 times to the dealer and still have same problem. Please, advise.
24th May 2008, 11:15
I have a 2001 Honda Passport with 106,000 miles on it. I bought it 3/12 years ago and have never had any problems with it. I'm surprised to see all the bad comments in this forum. I think every car, regardless of make or model has engine problems and flaws that arise, whether it is brand new or not. I don't think that Honda would have put their name on a product (Isuzu) without standing behind it 100%. Before buying any car it is up to the buyer to research and evaluate what they are buying before buying it. I love my Passport and plan on driving it in the ground.
2nd Aug 2008, 11:16
I have 2001 Passport about 60000 miles rear wiper quit working. Fuses everything good, can't find the problem. At about 100000 miles the check engine light comes on intermittently and the fuel gauge doesn't work. Also the moon window only opens half way, some parts fell out of it. Will be trading this fall.
4th Aug 2008, 14:58
I am so sad to see the comments about Passports because I have a 2001 Honda Passport. I too, have had many problems with it. It has around 84000 miles but I have replaced several sensors, water pump, wiring harness. Now, I have a problem with it starting. It starts sometimes and sometimes it takes a few seconds, sometimes it starts then dies. Honda is now saying that they would start with a new fuel pump which is very costly for me. Honestly, it sounds like a long line a guessing what is wrong with it, so if anyone has had this problem please leave a comment to let me know. Thank you.
11th Oct 2008, 00:04
160k miles on my 2001 Honda Passport. Just put new set of tires on it. Yes, I'm going for 200k no problem. It does use a bit of oil, but heck it's 160k miles, I change it regularly, and add a quart when it needs it, then next time it needs more I change everything because it's about 5k miles, I use synthetic.
I bought it as a certified used at 28k miles. I only put 87 Octane in it and I noticed when I bought it, the first 6 months it would knock hard. I think the previous owner spoiled it. After that, it worked itself out, using Arco and Chevron mostly.
I've put a few sets of brakes on it and got almost 100k miles on a set of Goodyear Wranglers, if it weren't for a damn nail all 4 would have made it.
I did have the same problem someone mentioned about the fuel sensing unit, but thankfully it was covered on the extended certified warranty. I was told that was a $700+ item because they had to take the whole tank out, and the unit was expensive.
I changed a lot of gaskets, timing belt twice, and plugs twice (I think).
I currently have the ABS light on and off randomly. I am interested to hear that there was a recall on that. It annoys me that the dealer hasn't told me that yet, so I hope it is true. If anyone has info on that, like a reference number, I'd like to know. tekmage007 (a) yhoo dot com.
I also owned a Isuzu Rodeo just out of college. I had good luck with that one as well. It was the 4x4 version; this one is just a 2x4.
31st Oct 2008, 17:35
I own a 2001 Honda Passport - have never had any problems with it. I did have to replace the battery and do routine oil changes, etc, and have had no problems with it at all.
My entire family owns Honda's and we have never had any problems with it to date that have made us not want to buy Honda ever again.
Like the person above, I am also surprised to see all the bad comments. Maybe you should have your own mechanic look at the car before you buy it? Just an idea.
4th Nov 2008, 15:26
I like others have a 2000 ex Honda Passport with many problems. I bought this brand new. I only have 46,000 miles and my dashboard lights up like a Christmas tree; check engine, fuel light remains on, meter for fuel goes down to empty, ABS light remains on.
2nd year in a row I almost wasn't able to have it pass inspection, which is yearly in NYC.
Very dissatisfied with this purchase, I thought Honda was reliable, but Honda made no effort to provide any repair or make replacement of parts that could correct these issues. I will never purchase a Honda again or recommend this company to anyone... I will buy American.
1st Dec 2008, 13:14
I had a 1999 Honda Passport about 119K miles. All these problems mentioned sound familiar. The gas sending unit was broken and I had to get it fixed. Then the ABS is not working and now the check engine light come on. I'm not sure whether to fix this or get rid of this car. There are problems after problems.
2nd Dec 2008, 04:19
I own a '99 Passport and it runs fine at 175000 miles. The only problem I have is with the rear wiper not parking itself, but that can be fixed with a new relay. Nothing spectacular about the car other than the acceleration, which is pretty damn good. It's been through a rear end collision, with it being rear-ended by a Kia being driven by a sleepy guy, yet it still drove decently afterwards.
Anyways, take care of your car and it will take care of you. Do the opposite and expect the opposite. I don't know where people get the impression that cars are supposed to be maintenance-free, but they're not. I'm willing to bet that a lot of the problems people have with the Passport are a result of negligence or laziness or both, as my car has been through hell and it's still in reasonably good condition. I'm guessing because I keep a close eye on it.