really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,819 miles

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1998 Honda Passport Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jun 082012

Passport 4WD 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


The left rear suspension arm holder rusted through and broke away from frame which let the rear axle to move causing the vehicle to sway. Fortuniately it happened in a 30 mph zone. The frame is completely rusted and not fixable. Honda canceled their recall and doesn't want to know anything about it.

- Sandy Creek , NY, USA

problem #21

Jan 242011

Passport 4WD 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
We brought our Honda Passport in for a recall and they told us the last three feet of the frame rail was rotted right out. The dealer doesn't know what Honda is going to do about it yet.

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #20

Jul 152010


  • 88,000 miles
Frame rust from front to back rear is really bad.

- Haverhill , MA, USA

problem #19

Jun 172010


  • 164,835 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Passport. While the vehicle was being routinely serviced, the mechanic informed the contact that the rear frame was corroded. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that there were no related recalls and they would not assist. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 164,835 and the current mileage was 167,523.

- North Andover , MA, USA

problem #18

Oct 062010


  • 141,709 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Passport. While having the vehicle serviced by an independent mechanic for unrelated issues, the contact was informed that the fuel tank was leaking abnormally. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where the failure was confirmed and the contact was advised that the failure could not be repaired. In addition, the dealer also advised that the under frame was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 141,709.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #17

Sep 272010

Passport 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Passport. The contact was driving 30 mph when the vehicle exhibited an unusually loud bang and the contact immediately noticed that the suspension did not feel normal. The contact discovered excessive frame rust and the shocks were being held up by the body of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and mechanic stated the vehicle was beyond repair. The contact then took the vehicle to an authorized dealer where the dealer informed the contact that the frame was damaged beyond repair and should not be driven. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that they would not assist with repairs due to the rust issue. The contact stated that he noticed several complaints via the internet regarding excessive frame rust for his year, make and model. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,000. Updated 01/19/11 updated 01/31/11.

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #16

Mar 152010


  • 123,000 miles


1998 Honda Passport with severe frame rot, almost caused accident when lower control arm rusted off and broke, thank god my kids weren't in the car with me! had to get welded and now the upper control arms are rotting off.

- Ebensburg, PA, USA

problem #15

Oct 022009


  • 140,000 miles
Our family owns a 1998 Honda Passport with serious frame rusting and frame rot. We have maintained and serviced the vehicle regularly and have had it serviced numerous times. Our incident occurred when we noticed that the vehicle started to drive like a tank. In other words it became hard to turn and you could feel every bump in the road. Upon inspection of the car I found that the rear suspension of the car had completely rusted through. Allowing the rear axle springs to ride directly onto the car body. Also the frame stabilizer bar mount was rusted through and breaking off. The rear frame support bar that connects the rear end of the frame together was completely rusted through. This frame is so rusted thought that you can poke holes in it with your fingers!!!!! the entire frame is completely rotted through.

- Bulger , PA, USA

problem #14

Jun 012008


  • 117,000 miles
I own a 1998 Honda Passport, I bought it in 2008, and was unaware of the rusting problem. I was told that it will not pass inspection at all because of the rust on the frame, and the axles. That the truck is not at all safe to drive because of the rust of the frame. I was also told that the gas tank is also rotting out, because there is so much rust underneath the truck on the frame. I did pay a mechanic to fix some of the frame, and axle to weld some new metal onto the frame, but that didn't help in the inspection process, the truck still failed to pas inspection. This truck has been sitting in my driveway for over a year now and I have no way to fix it, or drive it.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #13

May 092009


  • 200,000 miles
Rear frame on my 1998 Honda Passport broke and driver rear control bar broke off frame.

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #12

May 052010


  • 153,492 miles


The frame of my 1998 Honda Passport rusted and broke in Oct 09 while at school. It cost me over $1500 to have it welded (repaired), so I could drive it home. When I got it home in may I had my garage check the car's repair job and condition. The weld job on the left mid-frame held, but the rear of the frame was in bad shape. The rear of the frame and coil springs etc. Had totally rusted and deteriorated to the point that the car was sagging and unstable and unsafe to operate. The body, engine, and transmission are fine. The frame actually has holes rusted through it and crumbles in your hands. The car is economically unrepairable and I have to junk the car. I have leased another vehicle to get to work.

- Amesbury, MA, USA

problem #11

May 062010


  • 96,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) 1998 Honda Passport with almost total frame rot out VIN number is [xxx] I notice this when up on a lift at my mechanics garage then I see all the complaint on the web about the frame rot. My truck is in perfect shape otherwise and, was told it can not be fix.. I am low income and cannot afford a new truck and have just put in 800 + dollars of engine work.. I M am hoping something cn be done, before me or a family get hurt or killed thank god I only travel 6 miles a day to and from work I pray every day that it does not let go and hope we can get the ball rolling on these companies Honda and Isuzu you may contact me at [xxx]

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #10

Apr 012007


  • 98,000 miles
The fram is rusting out from the back doors to the back of ths SUV

- Glenburn, ME, USA

problem #9

Jun 152009


  • 115,100 miles
I have a 1998 Honda Passport and the bottom frame is all rusted and the rear axle or rear suspension trailing arm rusted till it fell off. Luckily it happened while my son was leaving our driveway and he was not on a highway driving at highway speed. So it is no longer driveable and we tied up the falling part and it was parked in our yard for almost a year because we could not afford to get it repaired. We now have to move to a townhouse and there is no place to park this vehicle so we had it towed to an autobody shop for an estimate. The initial estimate for cost of repair is about $2,000 which is more than what we can afford and it could possibly get higher once the repairs get started. So this is where we stand. We bought a Honda, used it for 2.5 years and due to the poor quality of parts used to make this vehicle, it rotted out on us and fell apart and we have been unable to use it since the summer of 2009 and we can't afford to get it repaired. We feel that Honda should be reponsible for our loss of use of this vehicle. We were hoping to keep this vehicle and use for a long time but now is unable to.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #8

Jan 212009


  • 150,000 miles
1988 Honda Passport - vehicle's driver's side rear wheel stabilizer bar rusted off, causing a near accident. Lost control of vehicle, but was only going 5 mph in a parking lot, so was able to stop vehicle immediately. Entire frame is riddled with rust. Area in rear of vehicle where coil springs are attached to frame is completely rusted through. Rust is extensive, from to rear of frame, pretty much swiss-cheesed with rust. Vehicle is unsafe to drive. No area of frame is unaffected. Able to push finger through the frame in many areas. Body of vehicle is in pristine condition with no body rust. Looks new, except for the face that the frame is basically rusting off of the body of the Honda Passport. Honda America states they are not responsible for this. I personally feel his is a safety issue, these vehicles are not safe or trustworthy to drive. No warning there was a problem while I was driving the vehicle, sudden "boom" at which time I stopped the vehicle at the curb of the driveway to the parking lot. Vehicle is unusable. Area where stabilizer bar fell off is not repairable because there is no good metal on the frame to weld a repair to. Passport was well taken care of, excellently maintained, body, interior and engine in excellent condition. Just have no frame to put the body on. Honda America told me "we are aware there is a problem, but when thousands are affected and millions of these were made, we don't consider it to be an issue". Isuzu rodeo are affected identically, the same area of rust is the first indication there is an issue, the rear driver's side stabilizer bar falls/rusts off while driving. We are the sole owners of this Passport, not a flood car, not near the ocean and not in an area where salt is used extensively on the roads. Again, there is no part of the frame unaffected by rust. A 50 year old vehicle has a better frame on it than my 1998.

- Crestwood, KY, USA

problem #7

Mar 052008


  • 190,580 miles
Underbody of 1998 Honda Passport is rusted out beyond repair. I have had it taken to several mechanics and they all say the same thing. The frame can not be repair as it is too rusted out. Everything behind the drive side door is swiss cheese and most of the other parts that would connect to the frame are also rusted out. Everyone tell me that the car is not only unsafe to drive they have never seen this type of rust on such a new car. The vehicle has not been in a accident and looks completely new body wise.

- Clairton, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 302009


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Passport. During vehicle inspection, she was advised that the rear end of the frame and suspension was corroded. He then added that certain brake components were causing the frame to fracture. The current and failure mileages were 64000.

- Yarmouth, MA, USA

problem #5

Apr 272009


  • 146,292 miles
1998 Honda Passport with badly rusted & rotted body frame. No one was/is injured as of this posting but this is my only means of transportation I have to work I have other obligations I can't afford to just go out and get another vehicle or have a car payment. I need Honda to stand behind their product and just fix this problem. I am not asking for the moon just want them to be fair & do the right thing.

- Dalton, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 212009


  • 150,000 miles
While driving (1/21/09), I felt like the Passport was "skating on ice" or being hit by wind. Sudden onset of this issue. Turning a corner and driving 5 mph, I encountered a sudden loud "boom", and stopped the car immediately. The driver's back wheel stabilizer bar had fallen off of the body/frame of the Honda, completely rusted/rotted off. Had the car towed home only to discover that the frame was riddled with holes, some as large as 6" in the frame. One area of the back frame was held together was 2 small pieces, 1" wide, my husband noted numerous rusted through holes in the frame. The body looks new, no rust, no problems. We live in ky, not near an ocean, not where road salt is used a lot during the winter because the winters are not severe. The piece of frame in question is one section of frame, in the back by the rear tire, driver's side. The rest of the frame is not bad, so it is possible that faulty or defective metal was used to put this area of frame together. I was able to control the vehicle and stop immediately, otherwise there would have been an accident. There were 2 occupants in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

- Crestwood, KY, USA

problem #3

Nov 152007

Passport 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Passport. The contact stated that the rear of the vehicle was swaying. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to sway and almost caused her to lose control. The contact ended up on the side of the road before regaining control of the vehicle. There was no crash. She drove the vehicle to the used car lot from where the vehicle was purchased, but they were unable to assist with the repairs. A welder repaired two fractures on both sides of the rear frame axle supports. On May 25, 2008, the frame fractured again above the rear wheel well. The failure mileage was 130,000 and current mileage was 150,000. Updated 07/28/08

- Richwood, WV, USA

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