Benchmarking engine capabilities, technologically advance features, and a stylish and unique body shellthese are what we would usually expect when Honda announces that it will introduce a new vehicle model. This is probably the reason why Honda fans were not too happy with the introduction of the Honda Passport. Why? Because there was nothing new with the Honda Passport except its name. What Honda promised to be a new vehicle turned out to be an old one with a new name!
The Honda Passport was a mid-size, car-based sport utility vehicle introduced by Honda in 1993 as a 1994 model and sold up until the 2002 model year. While the vehicle was a first for Honda, with the Passport being the company's very first entry to the SUV market, it was not really a brand new vehicle. Instead, the Honda Passport is a re-badged Isuzu, specifically a renamed Isuzu Rodeo. Aside from the emblem of the Passport's grille and some other few details, there was really nothing that separated its style and architecture from the old Isuzu SUV.
But while Honda wasn't able to present a new SUV in the Honda Passport, it was at least able to provide us with a real value SUV. Compared to other vehicles in its category, the Honda Passport is probably the least expensive. Yet, the vehicle does not lack any of the features and capabilities required to make it competitive in this market category. Equipped with powerful 4-cylinder and V6 engines, the Honda Passport is definitely capable of trekking the off-road trail. In terms of styling, the Honda Passport is definitely at par with all the other SUVs during its time, although we must admit that its style is a bit outdated now.
A stylish and capable vehicle with an affordable sticker price, the Honda Passport was definitely a good buy. But the off-road environment can easily strip away all the value that an economy car has and this becomes a problem for Honda Passport owners especially now that the vehicle is no longer in production and original Honda Passport parts are already rare. But while original Honda Passport parts may really be rare nowadays, replacement and custom Honda Passport parts are not. Just search for the Honda Passport part you need through the Internet and you'll surely locate it in just a matter of minutes.
The flat tire of my Honda Passport has a small puncture. Can this be repaired? Will this work?
It depends on the size and position of the puncture. If the puncture is more than ¼ inch in diameter, then it would be better to just replace the tire. Tire punctures in the tread are the ones that should be up for repair. The inner liner can be sealed using a patch. Before you start the repair, first check for other signs of wear or damage.
I recently changed the tires of a pre-loved Honda Passport due to wear. What's the usual cause of accelerated wear on tires?
There are more than a few factors to consider when it comes to tire wear or damage. However, the main cause is improper inflation. When the tires are not properly inflated, whether they're under- or over-inflated, uneven wear may develop on the tires. As a result, you get less or poor traction from tires. Improper inflation may affect fuel mileage as well. To prevent premature or accelerated wear, you have to check the tire pressure regularly, at least every month to anticipate the usual psi drop. Consult the owner's manual for the recommended tire pressure. Aside from maintaining adequate pressure on tires, they should also be rotated from time to time. Also check if they need align or balancing.
I'd like to get bigger wheels for my Honda. What would be the effect/s of having bigger wheels on the vehicle's drivability? Will this be a good idea at all?
When you outfit your Honda with larger wheels, the handling characteristics of the vehicle could be altered. To enjoy improved handling, don't go for wheels that are just too large. This won't only affect steering but will also place more stress on the brakes and suspension due to the rise in rotational mass and increase in weight. If plus-sizing is done within the safer or recommended range, which is normally no more than plus 3, the bigger wheels that are installed in the vehicle will make steering more responsive. You may also noticed improved cornering and better handling. Choose wheels that are suitable to the vehicle. These will be a good modification to consider to enhance the appearance of the vehicle and the vehicle's handling characteristics.
It's the first time that I've smelled something like hot oil on my Honda. What could be wrong with my car? I need help figuring out the cause.
The smell of hot oil on the vehicle indicates a leak. The motor oil has found its way into the exhaust system of the vehicle. You may find a puddle of oil on the ground underneath the vehicle in case of an oil leak. You may also see smoke coming from under the hood. You have to find the source of the leak to stop it. Make sure that the engine is already cold before you check under the hood. This should be switched off. Also take a closer at your vehicle's exhaust system.