About Honda Passport
As a badge-engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo, Honda Passport was manufactured by the Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation Honda from 1993 to 2002 as a compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) for the United States market. As Honda's first attempt to enter the growing SUV market of the 1990s, Honda Passport was a part of a partnership between Isuzu and Honda. Due to the conclusion of the partnership and Honda decided to make room for the Pilot, the production of Honda Passport was discontinued in 2002 after two generations.
Since built based on Rodeo, Honda Passport was introduced in the United States in 1993 with three trim levels: S, XS or LS. The first-generation Honda Passport was produced from 1993 to 1997 and was powered by a 2.6 L inline 4-cylinder engine producing 120 horsepower and a 3.5 L V6 engine rated at 195 horsepower and 193 lb-ft of torque. Engines sent power through a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission to front wheels or four wheels. Then the second-generation Honda Passport started from 1997 and ended in 2002. It came with two trim levels: base LX and upscale EX. The inline 4-cylinder engine was dropped and the 3.5 L V6 engine could produce 205 horsepower then. And available transmissions got retained from the previous generation.
Honda Passport Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
After all, Honda Passport is backed by both Honda and Isuzu, it is a vehicle with excellent build quality and off-road capability. But Honda Passport still could not avoid the fate that it will eventually wear and tear. You should be prepared in advance for these common problems:
First, engine failure is not only an unavoidable but also a fatal issue on Honda Passport. As this problem would first show some signs, so for more Honda Passport drivers' reference, here we offer some obvious signs. At first, you may hear some strange noises from the engine while driving, smell burning oil odor in the compartment, or see smoke coming from the engine; then engine starts to run roughly, consumes more oil even misfires or suffers from starting issues. Overheating due to the failed cooling system often deteriorates this situation. Once these symptoms start to appear on your Honda Passport, then the throttle body, thermostat gasket, fuel pump, timing cover, thermostat, valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket, timing belt and intake manifold gasket need a thorough inspection.
Second, suspension failure in Honda Passport makes lots of owners suffer from uncomfortable driving experience. This problem often starts from excessive road noise, grinding noises while turning or rattling or squeaking noises from underneath the vehicle; then it evolves as vehicle titling to one side due to uneven and excessive tire wear. In the end, the response in vehicle handling becomes worse due to intense car vibration, bouncing while driving and loose steering wheel. Before the most dangerous situation arises in your Honda Passport, you had better make sure the Passport coil springs, coil spring insulator, and sway bar bushing are in prime condition.
Routine maintenance is an indispensable task for Honda Passport drivers to complete. Knowing what parts need routine maintenance could save you a lot of energy and time, so you need to pay more attention to these auto parts. Fog light lens and headlight are responsible for offering better driving visibility under harsh conditions such as dense fog or hazy days or simply dark night, but due to long-term exposure to open environment, they should be maintained regularly to keep in best shape. Other parts such as hood cable, window regulator, emblem, door lock actuator, antenna, antenna mast, and door jamb switch also deserve routine maintenance.
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