really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,306 miles

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1998 Honda Passport body / paint problems

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1998 Honda Passport Owner Comments

problem #5

May 182010


  • 11,500 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Passport. The contact stated that the entire underbody of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the contact was informed that the vehicle was unable to be repaired and it was unsafe to drive. The current and failure mileages were approximately 11,500.

- Philidelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jan 212009


  • 150,000 miles
Frame rusted on 1998 Honda Passport, causing near accident for 2 occupants. Area of frame is driver's side holding rear wheel stabilizer bar. Rusted through and fell off while driving at 5 mph. Caused lack of control and swaying of vehicle, occurred very suddenly and without warning. Entire area/portion of frame was rusted through on one component. Several other Passport owners are/have experienced the same issue with the exact same component of Passport vehicles. I was able to avoid a crash and injury only due to the fact that I was traveling at 5 mph in a driveway leading to a business. Otherwise a crash would have occurred with injury to 2 occupants.

- Crestwood, KY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012004


  • miles
Problems concerning the fitted grille guard on vehicle. (insufficient warning) the "grille guard, " safety feature was inoperative. The consumer requested compensation for medical bills, loses, repair, and suffering.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003

Passport 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
Consumer states that rear cup holder keeps opening up, causing the kids in the back seat to trip over the cup holder. Dealer notified. This had been going on since purchase. The cup holder opened up on its own. The consumer's child had tripped over it on numerous occasions and resulted in scrapes and scratches. Tsb# 98-027. Honda refused service. The fuel gauge worked intermittently, it was not reading when the gas tank was full and finally it did not move from empty at all.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

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