I have a tough time swinging my right leg into my SUVs, so I have to get running boards on my new PP. Otherwise, I’d skip them.I had 2008 highlander for over 12 years and never thought about getting boards. Not sure what the exact sit height is but feels like 1-2 inches difference between HL and PP. I thought that I may damage front sit eventually if I keep scooting.... I am 5.8 and over 50 years now so it will not get any easier in the future either. I installed boards within a month and pretty happy I did so.
I got the running boards, took them off two days later. Both my wife and I found they made getting in and out harder. We've had many SUVs though, and are used to the effort to get in. I doubt they do anything to protect the vehicle. With the way the brackets are they reduce ground clearance by an inch or so as well, and they are sheet metal brackets so scrape them once and they will be ripped off. On the other hand, if you are scraping the bottom of the PP on anything there are likely to be significant problems in general.
In my opinion, the running boards are mostly for looks, and secondly can be helpful for some to get in and out.
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Hi, you interested in selling the running boards? I see you may be located in Colorado were my son is with his PP.
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Minivans typically DO NOT have Running Boards, so to distance the Passport away from a mininvan look and to more of a rugged look, Running Boards, 18" wheets and A/T tires are the way to go, oh and maybe a roof cage...As of now, the only reason I can think of to get running boards is because it looks cool and I think I'm okay with that!
Old post, I know, but can you post a link to the running boards you have? These look really good.We have them and glad they are added. It makes it way easier for our 9 year old to get in and out of the vehicle. I too like them to get in and out of the driver's door. I use them all the time. I would think to avoid getting pants dirty just use them all the time. After a while it will become habit to step on them getting in and out. I recommend them.
Mine came with running boards I bought it used and I'm so glad they're on there I don't think I'd be able to get in and out of the vehicle without them I just had knee surgery so they're really a plus nowI have noticed that the running boards seem to be a popular accessory with Passport owners. How many purchase them for their looks and the protection of basically a long splash guard and how purchases them to facilitate ease of entry into the vehicle? The reason I ask is my wife and I pick up my Mom each weekend to go to church and out to eat. She's 81 years old about 5'5" tall and in fairly good shape for a 81 year old female. But, she's stated that it's a bit of a challenge to get on to the rear seat. Now I haven't seen any Passports with running boards on them that I could walk up to and check out, only what I've seen in pictures. But to me they look like their too cramped and high on the vehicle to serve as a step. I imagine stepping on the board and being too high and have to crouch down to get into the PP. Of the 3 choices of OEM running boards the die cast seem to be the best choice for function. Yet, I had running boards on my 2001 Tahoe and hardly ever stepped on them and my wife didn't care for them because she would get the back of her pant leg dirty because it would hit the running board when she got out.
But, we both agree if they do help with getting in and out of the PP easier for my Mom then we would consider them. I would appreciate anyone's insight or comments. Thanks, Chris