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Two sons with messed up cars, can we make one good one? Honda w/rusted frame engine in Chevy S 10?

mommabear6mommabear6 Member Posts: 3
edited April 2017 in Honda
So, after working and saving and attending college for 6 months, my son bought a 2002 Honda Passport which turns out to have a rusted chassis. Too rusted to safely drive. The rest is good, good engine w/ 120,000 miles and smoothly shifting transmission.

Son #2 has a Chevy S 10 that is having lots of engine trouble. Would it be cost effective and even possible to put the working engine in the Chevy S 10?


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    No way. Not sure what year your S-10 is but after 1994 they use the Chevy Vortec V-6. In any event, fabricating engine mounts, modifying cooling systems, figuring out the electronics---what a nightmare,and especially for vehicles not worth a whole lot!

    You'd be much better off just trying to source a used engine for the S10 and junking the Passport. OR....buying the same year Passport with a good chassis and bad engine and do that engine swap. Even then, used 2002 Passports are selling in the $3000, so starting over with another one (and this time with a pre-purchase inspection) might end up being the cheapest, easiest way to go.
  • mommabear6mommabear6 Member Posts: 3
    Sigh. It's sad. Son #1 took the Passport to our mechanic to have it checked before he bought it, mechanic said it checked out fine, with a few minor repairs necessary. When my son had bought it and took it in for repairs, the mechanic found the frame is mush. It's a small operation, and we're not inclined to sue them or blame them, they feel terrible. But my hard working son is out $4500. :( Thanks for the advice.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Well they were extremely careless and unprofessional. Maybe your son could go to an expert welder and see what can be done--if it's a body-on-frame construction (body bolts to frame) perhaps it can be fixed. If it is a uni-body (the body IS the frame), then it's pretty much toast.

    At least you know where never to take your car again. Somebody could have been injured or killed.

  • mommabear6mommabear6 Member Posts: 3
    That's tricky, too, as we've been going to that garage for years. Wish it had been a corporation instead of just two guys who usually do good work at a reasonable price.

    He'll look into taking it to a welder, thanks again.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 187,316
    Yeah, the Honda Passport is an Isuzu Rodeo, underneath. I'm pretty sure that is body-on-frame.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    If that's the case, the body can be lifted off the frame--not a small job, but cheaper than a new truck.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonMember Posts: 20,350
    I wouldn't mess with that engine. Those Isuzu/Passport engines weren't very good and 120,000 miles is pushing it. I remember the mechanics in our shop just hated them. Maybe a good welder can beef it up!
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