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Old 22 Jan 2013, 09:33 pm
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Default Honda dealer can't fix my transmission?

Took my 97 Honda Passport SUV to the dealer when the CHECK TRANS light came on. I was told it needed either A) the software on the transmission computer to be reflashed/reinstalled or B) a new transmission computer all together. Problem is, none of the Honda dealers within 100 miles of me have the tool that can install the software. Even if I spent $1000 on a whole new transmission computer, this same tool - that none of the dealers seem to have - would be required to program the new transmission computer to the car. Even non-dealer transmission repair shops can't help me because only Honda has this specific tool and software needed, and Honda Tech Support has not been helpful in this matter. Any thoughts?

I'm well aware of the multiple name badges my vehicle wears, also that is uses a GM transmission (of which, GM dealers were no help either). What I wasn't aware of is that the TCM is effectively plug/play. Honda seemed to have left this rather important piece of information out of their repair estimate. I was afraid to spend money on one and not have it work. Are you both saying I should buy one (used one from a junk yard or ebay - because I'm not paying $1000+ for one from the dealer) and connect it myself?
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Old 22 Jan 2013, 09:47 pm
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Well! Something wrong in this story! First: The honda Passport SUV isn't Honda! This SUV is actually an Isuzu Rodeo! Honda dealer in Texas doesn't carry parts for it AT ALL! You need to look for an Isuzu dealer, will be more help!

1997 doesn't have to get the PCM reprogrammed! I did a swap myself! got new transmission and didn't need to do any change for the TCM! There is nothing in there so fancy that needs to be programmed! The one I had chance to work on was 1999 Honda Passport Green color! The problem started with the famous leak under the Transmission Position Sensor and the customer drove it without ATF. After he burned the transmission we had hard time to find seals and filters from Honda Dealer to use on the new transmission (used). Replaced the transmission and connected the battery back, drove it with no glitches at all! This was on 2009 and I think the guy is still driving it till today! No programming involved!
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Old 22 Jan 2013, 10:01 pm
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Your 97 passport was made by

Izuzu That is why you're Honda dealer is blowing you off and telling you BS,, (u can't reflash that Car) your best bet is to find someone that is good with the Izuzu trooper and have them fix it ,,,, Honda wants nothing to do with them as acura wants nothing to do with the SLX which is also a re-badged trooper,, really a shame and not fair to you the passport owner,
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Old 22 Jan 2013, 10:31 pm
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Since it's not a Honda, and Isuzu pulled out of the US market about 6-7 years ago, things look grim. However, go to a mechanic that knows Japanese cars. They will know what to do. That truck was discontinued because the profits selling them were almost overshadowed by the warranty repairs. I was told that by a friend who was working for Isuzu at the time. They kept it around because it was the big seller. Honda used it because they wanted an SUV and at the time they didn't have the resources to build an SUV to compete with Toyota. So they rebadged the Rodeo. Honda discontinued it when they built the Pilot. Honda is notorious for not having part support for their vehicles not long after they've been discontinued. I love their vehicles, but they throw so much new technology into them, that it is almost cost prohibitive to support much older vehicles. I would strongly consider finding a shop that specializes in Import cars; Hondas in particular. I bet there's one that will know where to get it. Don't give up yet. There's one out there.
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