Stock #6217
If you’ve ever dreamt of a cool and dependable people hauler that looks like a refrigerator, this 1998 Honda StepWgn is the ticket. With more space than a CRV or Odyssey, a subtle factory lip kit, and 67k verified miles, there’s a lot to love about this utility weapon and the back-to-basics Frost White (NH538) paintwork shows nicely, save for a few panel variations, clearcoat imperfections, and a ding on the sliding door. Set off by an OEM optional 3 piece aero kit, privacy tint, OEM rainguards and a factory lollipop mirror, the exterior looks good overall and the mechanicals are easy to own and operate here in the US. Ideal for family hauling, errand running, or perhaps a rural mail route, this may just be your next favorite Japanese Classic!
The StepWgn’s interior steals the show, and for good reason. Ample head and legroom make the cockpit extremely maneuverable, and it’s ripe with all the power equipment, safety features, and quality materials you’d expect out of a trusty Honda transporter. The seats are finished in a durable striped cloth. Showing no discernible defects outside of some light staining from daily use, the upholstery is in good condition and has stood up to the rigors of daily use and abuse quite well. For those who prioritize cargo space, the middle bench can tumble forward and optimal cabin comfort can be commanded via a dual zone climate control system. For those in seasonal climates, heat and A/C work like a charm, and OEM audio sounds decent for being 26 years young. While the adjacent factory Nav is only for show here in the states, the screen is sadly inoperable, but the vinyl dash materials have stood up to nearly three decades of use without any battle scars. Dual SRS airbags are standard for forward occupants, and the driver sits high above traffic for a clear view of the road ahead. Both power windows unfurl up front, and the power locks and electric folding side mirrors aid daily use. The headliner is tidy, and the carpets beneath are protected by a set of durable OEM mats. Overall, the utility of this interior is unmatched, and it’s clear this example was cared for in a prior life. We even retained the factory owner’s manual and maintenance literature for the next owner to enjoy!
Under the skin this StepWgn shares its underpinnings with our first generation CRV’s here in the states and this front-driver is unbelievably easy to own and service with USDM parts. Ours is fresh off an oil and filter service and we also chucked in a new 12v battery to ensure she starts up the first time, every time. We changed out the engine air filter and fuel filter for a bit of a tune up, and a brand new alternator was installed to keep your accessories powered reliably. New serpentine belts replaced some tired old units, and with the recon up to date this B20B jets up to highway speeds with ease, with a new thermostat handling thermal management. An automatic gearbox throws power forward and the suspension is designed to handle the rigors of rougher pavement. A power steering flush aids maneuverability at low speeds, and new front brake pads and rotors bolster the factory ABS. We even replaced the rear pads for good measure. New Falken all-season rubber adorns the factory steelies and are knee deep in tread, and we performed a fresh alignment on the rack as well. With the maintenance performed, she’s ready to do duty in the USA for tens of thousands of miles to come!