A New Jersey three-judge panel ruled in favor of a lease holder that ended up having to pay for his 2002 Honda Passport's engine problems. Fifteen months after he leased the SUV the engine failed. Honda told him too bad and he had his insurance pay the $6,771 bill. All this under the terms of the lease. This panel ruled Honda must fix any leased vehicle just as if it was bought with a warranty. Until recently I always thought one reason to lease a car is that the automaker will fix everything no questions asked. I'm going to take a copy of this story into Jeep when we take our leased 2004 Grand Cherokee to fix the brakes for the third time.

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