4th Dec 2008, 22:17

This is my second comment about my 2001 Passport. I know some of you are selling the idea that Isuzu built it not Honda. Guess what, Honda has its name on it. I don't care who built it, Honda stamped its name on them and sold them as Honda. As far as I am concerned I own a 2001 Honda not Isuzu. If I wanted an Isuzu, I would have purchased the Rodeo. As far as doing research before purchase and having a mechanic check it out, that all sounds fine and dandy. But you are still going to have problems later. The Honda Passport is junk and I strongly urge you not to purchase a Honda. Yes I said Honda. Until they reimburse everyone for this piece of crap, I will never buy from them again.

12th Dec 2008, 21:10

2001 Passport.. I have had it for almost 2 years, and had the same problems with dash lights like check engine and gas meter dropping when I stop at a light, and then working fine when I drive on...

Now it seems I have hit a transmission problem already, and the car is at 75k... I should have bought the Nissan... they are becoming a better overall brand than Honda as far as quality...

I am not rich and can't afford to own a car with problems... I really expected more from Honda and I must say I see a long nightmare ahead of me...

Forget the Passport and go for a Nissan... my first truck was a Nissan 4x4 pickup, and to be honest back then I never did anything to that truck but put gas in it, and the thing just ran and ran and ran.. never had a single problem.. I regret buying the Honda.

22nd Dec 2008, 13:55

I have a 2001 Passport, I have been trying to put it in 4wd but the light just keeps blinking on my dash. Does anyone know a fix for this?

24th Dec 2008, 16:01

Well I don't want to jinx myself but just to let you guys know I bought my 2001 Honda passport brand new and have not had any problems with it. It has now 160,000 miles and I now start to have the gas gauge prob. also a hesitation of the gas throttle I don't know what it is but reading all theses comments depress me good luck on all your Honda / Isuzu. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

13th Jan 2009, 14:07

This has got to be the worst car to maintain. If you are in to spending money on your car, then this is the car for you. I won't ever recommend the 2001 Honda Passport for anyone to purchase. This SUV is a piece of crap.

13th Jan 2009, 14:59

1999 Honda Passport. Bought it two years ago at 75K miles. Check engine comes on when it wants to. Tranny engine light just came on two days ago. Have to refuel once halfway on gas, b/c gas shows empty. Oil keeps disappearing.

I maintain my car very well. Using 92. Synthetic Oil. Everyone has same problems. Can't blame us for not taking care of our car. Or maybe, our car was made on a Friday... when the workers were ready for their weekend and just wanted that day to be over with... *sigh*

18th Jan 2009, 16:13

For what it's worth, the check light problem con be rooted in two things. Bad grounds characterized by variable codes such as CO2, EGR, Coils and more. You get it checked out, nothing found, reset the light and after a while it's on again. The codes will be varied again. Dealer will ask questions like did you replace a coil or change spark plugs, but the diagnostics will be fine.

There are chassis grounds all over the place. Clean and reseat as many as you can find. Parts views are a good source for potential locations.

LAST, buy some electrical contact cleaner and clean all the connections, like the coil connectors and emission wiring plugs. Long procedure but I haven't seen a light in 8 months.

Lastly I was plagued with oil consumption 2 qts every 7.5k or less, tried everything. It was suspected that viscosity is the issue by some other forum writer and the design of the piston oil rings. He suggested Shell Rottela 5w-40 would solve the issue and it has so far not a drop lost in 3.8K (my first test). Looks promising and a lot cheaper than Mobil 1 20-50 or similar.

10th May 2009, 18:48

I have owned many cars and trucks in the past but my 99 Honda Passport is by far the worst vehicle I have ever owned. New rotors,intake gasket, gas gage doesn't work, starter is going out and idles like it has a mind of its own are just some of the problems. Our Passport is the family joke and no one wants to ride in it since we slept all night in it on the side of the road. I will never buy another Isuzu, I mean Honda, until I have been reimbursed for this junk.

11th Jun 2009, 15:34

I also have a 2001 Honda Passport. I bought it in 2002. It now has 146,000 miles on it. About a year or two into it, things started to go wrong:

I would put it in drive and it would show it was still in park and then shut down on me. Took it to the dealership 3 times and they still couldn't fix it. Now it is more of a random problem. Happens every couple of years or so.

My gas gauge quit working. Dealership told me it was the fuel pump sensor. Check engine light on also. Dealership couldn't tell me what the problem was.

Rear window wiper quit working. We just went ahead and removed it.

Seatbelts lock up randomly. Have to undo seatbelt to keep from choking yourself.

Got into an accident yesterday. Keeping my fingers crossed that they just total the truck.

22nd Jul 2009, 18:06

I have a 2001 Honda Passport, and yes I have had issues with the check engine light and it going in to reducing power mode, but that has to do with the fan clutch. All in all this has been a reliable car. No other issues. I have always sworn by American cars till I bought this Honda. Now I will always buy Honda.

29th Oct 2009, 11:00

Before I start, this is a one owner car and has been very well maintained, and the high mileage is due to highway driving.

I have to agree with everyone about the problems they're experiencing and it's not cheap. I bought my 1999 Honda Passport brand new in 1999. It ran beautifully until I got the first 75k on it. I pulled off the highway to check my oil, and I was told it was dry after adding oil and not being able to explain where the oil went. It seem to correct itself hmmm.

I now have 228k+ and have had nothing but problems with the gas line. First I had to replace the gas sending unit, a gas cap $27.00. I didn't need the tech, who could not find the problem or why the code kept coming on.

Come to find out the gas fill pipe under the car rusted out. I'm finding out that Honda's are notorious for rusting out.

Now I'm having problems with the gas gauge hand. It just stopped working after I had the pipe fixed.

I will never ever buy another Honda. Will buy American again.