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Honda Ridgeline SUT



  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    The only thing I would say is that 50 miles at 20 mph is a fairly long trip on a bumpy road.

    It was 100 miles, 50 miles each way. If anybody has driven on a rutted washboard surface for even 10 miles at 20 mph, they know it's not only a long trip, it's an eternity.

    The fact is I find even myself (having bought my truck) being impatient and going faster than any vehicle should on these kinds of surfaces, however; I'm not concerned about strut failure, but developing a squeak or rattle in the dash. 100 miles would be torture to drive that slow, and I doubt the driver would be that patient to take it slow when the vehicle will do 40 mph or more on this surface.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    It is possible that the smooth ride of the Ridgeline gave the driver a false sense of confidence. But that is purely speculation on our part. Which is why I say we have to go with the description as it was given to us.

    My BIL owns a Ridgeline and we'll end up wheeling it on a beach and maybe the trails at Paragon. That's probably a whole lot more than most other drivers will do. We'll see how it goes.
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    My BIL owns a Ridgeline and we'll end up wheeling it on a beach and maybe the trails at Paragon. That's probably a whole lot more than most other drivers will do. We'll see how it goes.

    I've had the RL in deep sand without even needing to air down the tires with no problem, but there are many different kinds of sand, so you have some different options in the RL.

    -air down the tires to 15 psi

    The problem with this is that when the tires are down this low you can not turn off the VSA for safety reasons. You can turn off the VSA by simply removing the VSA fuse. If you do this, you should have a good sand machine.

    Like I said, I have never even needed to air down, but it's good to know if you need to.

    I know your pretty informed, so you might have already known that.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    Some of you have GOTTA take off the blinders !
    A simple search at ROC with the term "struts" will
    suprise you. Several threads both new and old with
    strut issues so its not limited to "first year jitters". Not to mention posts from owners of a ridgeline and
    another honda vehicle with strut issues.........

    I wonder if a few models use the SAME struts ?
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    Yes please educate us, a Caddy and GM owner. I think it's flattering to all of us that you spend so much time monitoring the various Ridge websites for us. Actual owners don't know what they are talking about. Everyone take off you blinders now. Struts are failing all over the place ahhhh... :confuse:
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    I also have a old Triumph, Ford, GTO and a Z-28.
    I know about problematic vehicles !!!!!!!
    I read about MANY vehicles. The ridgelines problems
    are well known and posted on several threads.......

    One of my customers has a new 'ridge and is having
    water leak issues. The dealer has been stroking him.
    Hes quite unhappy as the nearest honda dealer is 40
    miles away!
    I am sure he is over at ROC at this moment.................
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    I did a search on struts at ROC before I responded to you the first time Geo. You know how many failures came up? One, and that was ages ago. If it was a recurring problem there would be a TSB issued and there isn't.

    You've got a job? That must mean your some sort of adult. That's kind of sad. I thought you were a kid. you should go back to and lick boots over there.
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    Fine. I guess I don't understand your repetitive posts on this. Are your comments an attempt to pursuade someone interested in the Ridgeline not to buy? You can't possibly think that. If there is someone out there actually listening and taking action based on his comments please let us know.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    C'mon now !!!!!!! There are SEVERAL threads over at
    ROC on strut failures and replacement.
    Denile is not only a river !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Should I bring all them to the top for ya or just post
    links from here? Maybe a little cut and paste?
    Check out the ridgelinesut forum also for more.....

    JOB??????? Nah....i don't have a "job". I am the BOSS
    and OWN my own businesses. i have LOTS of time!
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    Judging from what I have read on this forum, I believe Honda has been sold w a lot of defective shocks. Someone's Quality Control failed as well. There has been quiet a few posts about shocks failing for no reason, on both old and newer trucks. If you do a search for "struts", "weird noise" "bumps" etc. you'll find most of them. I have not had this failure. I bought mine in March......... :cry:
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    As in our court system, Honda is innocent until proven guilty. You're the one on a "mission" here, and you're the one making all the strut accusations, so why don't you do all the work, and post the alleged links?

    If you're make accusations—prove them.

  • mrjjgittesmrjjgittes Posts: 156
    I think it has GREAT features (safety, trunk, big on the inside, not huge on the outside....) and would generally fit my daily lifestyle better than a typical pickup. However, the Edmunds experience gives me pause because 2-3 times a year I would be taking the RL to a friend's house in Baja, that is 40 miles down a washboard dirt road. (We use an f-150 now, and don't exactly go slow, w/ no suspension problems.) Thus, I would be encountering the exact circumstances that caused the Edmunds RL to fail. I do not want to end up at the dealer with a year old vehicle having to do a back and forth over whether they will replace struts under warranty, or whether I "abused" it. I guess the bottom line for me is that struts should not be failing on a new truck, absent some other damage to the undercariage indicating it was launched in the air, or dropped into a deep hole etc. This is why I haven't bought yet, and am hoping for either comment from Honda, or an upgrade to the '07.
  • maple2maple2 Posts: 177
    you dont need to look hard you can find it right here it happened on the edmunds test drive but oh yeah you dont believe them either so obviously they are lying then right how dare anybody who has a problem with any japanese veichle post it for anybody else to see everybody know hondas are flawless right. but if my friends uncles brother's chevy puked out 3 struts you would take that as gospel. open your eyes it happens im not saying that its happening all over but for you to try and deny that nobody ever has or ever will have an ounce of trouble in their ridge is plain ridiculous
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    Check out post #2543 for names of 2 ridge forums where
    ANYONE can plainly see those strut problems from REAL
    'ridge owners.............

    Not to mention the Edmunds long term test vehicle....
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    assuming a strut breaks in the first 3 years or 36k miles of operation, it's covered under the warranty right?

    so what's the big deal?
  • A lot of misrepresentations both ways in this thread. I checked ROC and found that the quotes from the "Honda Insider" are from someone known to be very pro-Honda, which is fine, but if you read the rest of the story you will see that his quotes are an exaggeration. In particular, he implies two tires were blown by Edmunds on their test, when in fact they were replaced sometime later by the dealer; i.e., there were no tire failures on this road, just strut failures.

    On the other hand, a search for "strut" in the ROC forums doesn't reveal a lot of strut failures as another poster implied. A lot of cases of wind noise and water leaks, which is well documented on many forums on the early Ridgelines, but I didn't see a lot on struts.

    I have always valued Edmunds' reviews along with those of many other sites and magazines. If they say they blew 3 of 4 struts and were not abusive, I believe them. However, I don't see a lot of evidence from other sites/magazines about RL strut failure, so it doesn't seem to be as big a problem as the wind noise and water leaks were. Similarly, one of the struts on my new Civic lost a seal in pure street driving, but I'm not overly concerned about it.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Bingo! :)

  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    However, I don't see a lot of evidence from other sites/magazines about RL strut failure, so it doesn't seem to be as big a problem as the wind noise and water leaks were.

    That's right. The water leak was a much bigger problem. I had it on mine and it was fixed and I will be happy to complain to anyone about it. To keep going off on this strut issue is a waste of time, its the least of the Ridgelines problems. I did the search on the ROC I don't see all the strut posts that are alleged. I don't think that the strut complainer is going to change anyones mind here.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Welcome to the RSHOLLAND Memorial Silverado Recall discussion forum.

    I'll be the first to ask Bob the Silverado guru a question.

    Bob, for campaign 05V055000, how much time will it take a technician to complete the repair?
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