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Still no reply from Honda to my email about this issue. I think they've exceeded their "3-5 business days". My guess is that a bunch of Honda executives are trying to translate RR's "screwed the pooch" into Japanese.
I emailed a pre-sales question to Acura 3 weeks ago. I got a reply today. That's 3 WEEKS, not days.
 

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Still no reply from Honda to my email about this issue. I think they've exceeded their "3-5 business days". My guess is that a bunch of Honda executives are trying to translate RR's "screwed the pooch" into Japanese.
I think they've looked at the statistics of how many people buy "rugged off-road" style vehicles and never drive over anything taller than a speedbump and see the future dollar signs rolling in for the Passport.
 

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And if they really want to generate some excitement, they should allow dealers to offer all-terrain tires on 18" black alloys without charging an exorbitant dealer markup for the tires and installation.
? I’m sorry, that’s hilarious. We’ll never ever see this in our lifetime.
 

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Here's the non-answer I got from Honda to the first of two messages I sent them. They said to contact a dealer. I contacted one dealer and they won't sell the 2019 Passport w/ the 245/60R18 wheels/tires (same as Ridgeline/Pilot). Other Honda dealers *might* be more flexible.
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Thank you for contacting us, and allowing Honda Automobile Customer Service the opportunity of responding to your message.

We appreciate you reaching out to us with your inquiry, and thank you for your interest in the 2019 Honda passport. The 2019 Honda Passport is designated for release to the Honda dealerships within the coming weeks. We are unable to provide an exact date, as that information is not yet available to the public. We recommend that you visit https://automobiles.honda.com/ regularly, as that website is updated periodically with any release date information. In regards to the specifications on wheels, tires, and other vehicle options, we recommend that you reach out to you local Honda dealership after the vehicle is released with your inquiry. The department you have reached is not a technical department, so we rely on our Honda dealership's sales department to answer inquiries such as the ones you have described.

In regards to your inquiry about an off-road version of the CR-V: We are unable to confirm or deny that that the vehicle you described is in development at this time. We suggest that you check out https://hondanews.com/ at your convenience to stay updated on any future products or promotions, as that is updated whenever new information is released to the public.

We hope you have a wonderful day, and thank you for being part of the Honda family.

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Got my response today...at least they're not auto-generating them, because mine is different from the others that I've seen...

Thank you for contacting American Honda regarding your Honda Passport concern. We want to thank you for providing us the opportunity to respond to your message and we apologize for the delayed response.

We thank you for your feedback regarding the lack of wheel options for the the new Honda Passport. Here at Honda, we appreciate our customer's input regarding our products as it gives us insight into what features and options our customer's would like to see in our vehicle. At this time, the Passport is only available with the 20in wheels but we will document your concern and make our design and marketing teams aware of your suggestion. We thank you for your feedback and we wish you a great rest of your weekend.

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I finally got an answer to my letter to Henio Arcangeli. As you can see, they basically said "Your business is very important to us".
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Thank you for allowing Honda Automobile Customer Service the opportunity of responding to your message. Our customer's satisfaction is of utmost importance to us and we assure you of our interest in your feedback.

It is our pleasure to note your valuable comments pertaining to our 2019 Honda Passport. Honda strives to produce vehicles which exceed our customer's expectations and your insight assists us in fully understanding consumer perspective. Whenever a client reaches out to us, we document feedback, which can then be used by several of our departments. This includes developing products, options combinations, dealer training, and marketing.

We value you as an American Honda customer and we hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

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blah-blah-blah.. yeah they really care...
 

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Well, if they hear all this complaining and don't sell as many Passports as they thought.
Maybe they will change the 2020 Passport with a Black Edition, and put 18's on the lower 2 trim levels.
It would be to much to expect to get the 6-speed on the lower trims, and, or the 10-speed on the
Upper trims.
 

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Well, if they hear all this complaining and don't sell as many Passports as they thought.
Maybe they will change the 2020 Passport with a Black Edition, and put 18's on the lower 2 trim levels.
It would be to much to expect to get the 6-speed on the lower trims, and, or the 10-speed on the
Upper trims.
Can someone tell me if I’m crazy because I don’t have any issues with Honda’s 9 speed transmission?
I’m trying to find issues with it but I’m having trouble.
 

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We all griped about the 20" wheels when the Passport was released, but it's no reason to totally dismiss getting one. This is barely a problem. It's so easy to find and put 18" wheels and tires on a Passport. With little effort you can track down OEM take-offs or even buy exact replicas online. People switch wheels and wheel sizes all the time on every make and model vehicle out there. Now if you really MUST have a panoramic sunroof, then yes, you better look for another car.
 

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Can someone tell me if I’m crazy because I don’t have any issues with Honda’s 9 speed transmission?
I’m trying to find issues with it but I’m having trouble.
You aren't crazy. I have a 2017 Pilot and while the transmission is not perfect I don't think it deserves the beating it takes on here. Way better than the 5 speed in my 2007 Honda Accord v6. Around 35 mph it didn't know what gear it was in.
 

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You aren't crazy. I have a 2017 Pilot and while the transmission is not perfect I don't think it deserves the beating it takes on here. Way better than the 5 speed in my 2007 Honda Accord v6. Around 35 mph it didn't know what gear it was in.
Funny you should say that :)
I have no complains about 5-speed transmission in my 2007 Honda Accord SE V6
After trying Pilot, Passport and 4Runner, I'm enjoying it more and more :)
 

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Can someone tell me if I’m crazy because I don’t have any issues with Honda’s 9 speed transmission?
I’m trying to find issues with it but I’m having trouble.
Well, its on many different reviews about that issue.
You can look up Donna's thread on this forum.....Near death experience on day 5.
If you buy the new Hondas 18" wheels at their price, you would have to sell the 20"s at a
low price on E-Bay. After seeing the Plastic Wheel (chromtec) covers on the Limited Highlander.
Toyota would not down grade them for me, so the lower trims have better alloys.
So no help from Toyota about this, so no Limited sale from me.
 

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If you buy the new Hondas 18" wheels at their price, you would have to sell the 20"s at a low price on E-Bay.
1. Don't buy overpriced wheels from a dealer. Check eBay or post a WTB (wanted to buy) on the Ridgeline or Pilot forum.
2. Why sell your 20" wheels at a low price? Set a price that's good for you. Make money.
 

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I bet you could sell 20'' wheels from the Passport to people who own pilots wanting to upgrade to 20" wheels from the 18" on the lower trims.

Glad you liked your 07 tranny Sib.
 

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Can someone tell me if I’m crazy because I don’t have any issues with Honda’s 9 speed transmission?
I’m trying to find issues with it but I’m having trouble.
While the internet has pretty much opened up a world of information to us all, it also has its pitfalls and one of the biggest is "negative reviews"! I'm sure you've all seen it, you go to Yelp to read about your favorite pizza joint and there is a slew of bad reviews, someones pizza was too cold, someone thought it didn't have enough cheese, or the delivery was late, and this goes on and on. Look at your local car dealers on Yelp and I'm sure they will have a ton of bad reviews.

My guess is that the internet allows us to voice any negative things while the majority of the patrons who like something, don't leave positive reviews, which could skew overall perceptions.

I'm reasonably convinced that this Honda 9-speed tranny has thousands (if not millions) of satisfied users and that the few people who have had issues or the people who have heard of people having issues perpetuate this.

I've watched a couple of dozen Passport driving reviews and it seems like maybe 20-25% of the informed reviewers mention the previous 9-speed tranny shifting issues, however very, very few of the reviews mention that the problem is still there.
 

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I second that on negative reviews because how often do you see people raving about how good something was? If everyone did then all the negative feedback would be hard to see and in fact almost ignored. Its the same thing with restaurants, and just about anything that can be reviewed.
 

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Can I use 265/50R20 to replace 265/45R20?
I have cooper AT3 4S all terrian 265/50/20 on my touring . They fit no problem, but don’t go any taller . Tech it is only 1/2 inch high, an 1/2 inch higher off the ground . I’ve turned the wheels all the way to right or left while moving . No rubbing . But don’t go any bigger . Not for extreme off road . Looks sharp .
 
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