What Are Some Common Honda Passport Problems?

Common problems associated with the Honda Passport include transmission failure and the frame rotting completely through in the back. The most-common problems with the vehicle vary based on release year.

Transmission failures for the 1998 Passport occurred at 96,000 miles on average. For the 1999 Passport, transmission failures occurred at 112,000 miles on average. The repair cost is approximately $4,000.

Another problem area for the Honda Passport is the suspension, particularly the rear suspension. Rear-suspension recalls were issued for the 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002 model years. Service brakes and hydraulic anti-lock brakes were also a problem, with a recall in the 1999 model year. The vehicle’s frame is a commonly reported problem area, with frame rust being the most-frequent complaint.

The Honda Passport was produced from 1993 to 2002. It was created as part of a partnership between Isuzu and Honda where the companies exchanged vehicles to add to their own lines. The Passport was Honda’s version of the Isuzu Rodeo. The first generation of the Passport was between 1993 to 1997, and the second generation was from 1998 to 2002. The second generation offered two trims, the standard LX and the upscale EX. After 2002, the Passport was replaced with the Honda Pilot.