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Honda Ridgeline Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • tyresmokertyresmoker Posts: 266
    I am seeing something interesting here....my local dealers (southern Ct.) have the same two units that they had when they arrived last week. According to one dealer "lot's of interest, no sales...yet".
    I am beginning to think, at full list, it is just priced out of its element (sorry!)??. Anyway, I am torn between the Ridgeline and a new F150 King Ranch edition. The Ford lists for just over $43k. Ford is throwing soooo much money at the truck that the transaction price is closer to $34.5k. I realize the typical arguements (different vehicles, the Ford has been in the marketplace for 2 plus years, anticipated relaibility etc....) BUT I am also the "typical" F150 buyer Honda has targeted with the Ridgeline...
    Now if you look at a Lariat F150 with an msrp of $40k, it is actually LESS expensive then the Ridge at full list...Hmmm..
    My latest calculation...the Ridge with leather and a roof at a transaction price of $31.5k is the "right" number in this ultracompetitive market...
  • The ridgeline is the best truck out on the market..bottom line. Dealerships in Virginia beach area are all out of stock with waiting lists. Ford makes a great truck but is for a different use. Ridgeline is designed to be a truck with family capabilities and a great ride. Not to mention the ton of storage space and capability. No comparison, Honda wins in a landslide.
  • carbuyer11carbuyer11 Posts: 114
    Tyresmoker:

    Have you checked out Consumer Reports' new car issue- While the re-styled F150 is a great looking vehicle, it's first year was not good from a reliability viewpoint. In fact, they no longer recommend this vehicle. This is based on actual owners' reports so it must have some validity. Maybe there's a reason Ford is throwing so much money towards prospective F150 buyers.
    I keep hearing everybody with their doom and gloom predictions on first year Ridgeline reliability. These fears are completely unfounded based on Honda's record of reliability. Again, using Consumer Reports as a guide, check the first year reliability records for anything Honda/Acura has introduced in the last 5 years. Lots of Red (good) and not a Black (bad) to be seen anywhere. That's good enough for me.
    One more thing: there is something compelling about driving something that will be unique, at least for it's first year. Ford will sell something like 18 times more F150's this year (900K) compared to the Ridgeline (50K).
    Good luck with your purchase. By the way, I pick up my new Ridgeline RTL this Saturday- can't wait!
  • chuck999chuck999 Posts: 38
    "The Ridgeline is the BEST truck out on the market ... bottom line" "No comparison, Honda winds in a landslide" .....

    The BEST? ...

    Ride - Yes Ridgeline has best ride. BUT not by a landslide, new Taco is closer than you'd think

    Safety - Yes Ridgeline has standard VSA and SAB. Probably is the safest truck out there.

    BUT:
    Power - Tacoma AND Frontier are both more powerful. SO are Tundra and Titan.

    Family Capabilities - with 5 passengers Ridgeline can tow a mere 2000 pounds. Interior is roomy, but again - don't see a "landslide" win here.

    Setup - lots of Tacos and Frontiers come from factory with tow hitch - cost over $400 to add to Ridgeline (plus labor).

    Price - At MSRP Ridgeline is overpriced. RT-S (with NO accessories) is 31k. Add hitch and fog lights - another 1k easy. For around 29k (or 3k less) can get a loaded Taco with tow package, fog lights, SAB, VSA and 120 volt powerpoint. AND - with discounts can get a DC V8 tundra with SAB sunroof and hitch for 30k in my area. A V8 Tundra is lot of truck for at least 2k less than a Ridgeline ...

    Despite big buildup, Honda dealerships here have not actually SOLD any either. And unlike Odyssey - no premiums are being added. If Ridgeline was in such demand you can bet you'd be seeing premiums. Maybe things are different in the south? ...

    Bottom line: at MSRP I doubt that Honda will sell 50k / year. BUT, once price drops just a little bit - maybe 2-4k - then could be a LOT more competitive ....
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    Please stick to pricing & purchasing experience in this topic. You can visit the regular Ridgeline topic to debate the merits of this truck.

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  • tyresmokertyresmoker Posts: 266
    ...lets stick to pricing and buying experience. Face it, I know there are a few on the board already that have bought at full list. At this point, with inventories sitting (and they are) there is not going to be a sudden sales surge. Honda is SLOWLY ramping up production- built just over 650 last week-
    With leather and a roof, it is a $31k vehicle- no more.
  • dickydicky Posts: 3
    I live in New Orleans, and I agree. Every dealer here still has 3-4 Ridgeline's on the lot. They are still asking MSRP. I want one, but I can't justify paying MSRP for a truck with hyped demand. If they were hard to get, it would be a different story.
  • nwlily36nwlily36 Posts: 6
    Well here in Washington state the dealers are asking 2500-5000 over MSRP... Its crazy!! I went to the dealer who sold me my 2004 Odyssey EXL last yr. and wanted to lease a Ridgeline RTS 4000.00 down and 400.00 a month max.. they wouldnt do it!! I called a whole bunch of dealers and found one in Kirkland who would do it.. (Price = 1000.00 over MSRP) Well on the way.. now mind you this is the following day after Northwest Honda said NO.... I headed down to Kirkland and on the way I called Sims Honda ..on a whim.. Mind you they are owned by the same person..and to make a long story short we got all the way to south of Everett and I got the call. saying they would do it... So we turned around and headed to Burlinton.. WE love it!! it is the coolest truck Ive ever seen!! and a blast to drive!! We got the Black one!! We bought the first Ridgeline North of Everett!! woo hoo!I realize that its insane to pay over MSRP.. but Geez. thats what there going for!! I felt I got a fair deal.. only 1000.00 over..
  • manarakimanaraki Posts: 40
    NWlilly,

    Lynnwood Honda offered me the RT for MSRP. Maybe it is because I have purchased three cars from them in the past, but I still won't pay MSRP. The dealer told me they had two on the lot, and as of yesterday they are still there from a week ago.

    Congrats! I will be most likely purchasing a Tacoma.
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    ...and they will keep selling them 1,000 over because there's people like you that will pay it. If people would just adapt the attitude of "I wont pay mark up, there wouldn't be Markup"

    I don't want to be harsh, but it's people like you that make it harder for everybody else.

    You didn't get a fair deal by a long shot. You paid a 1,000 more than you should of.
  • 5553543255535432 Posts: 150
    Well said,

    I bought my 03 Honda Pilot for $1000.00 over invoice. Thought I had a good deal til I accompanied a co-worker who got a more improved 05 Pilot $800 under invoice. Stuff he got which I don't have for $1800 less money was moonroof, more HP, 240 vs 255, moving middle seats, smother transmission, and less noisy ride.Guess good things come to those who wait.

    Put on hold my Ridgeline purchase coz of towing issues.Hope 07 Ridgelines can tow more. Ridgeline tows 5000 lbs with two people riding it. How about 5 people with a whole lot of stuff.Maybe Honda will transport my family for me coz the other 3 can't ride with me and my wife coz a 4000 lbs boat plus five people and stuff is beyond the Ridgeline.Anyone can suggest a better V6 only alternative to the Ridgeline in terms of my needs. Five passengers plus tons of stuff and a 4000 lbs boat.
  • tyresmokertyresmoker Posts: 266
    ...but anyone wonder what Honda got in return for supplying GM with 50,000 3.5L V6's for the Saturn Vue??...Nothing..
    Ya see, when the deal was struck, GM was going to supply V8 engines to Honda for the developing truck program. A light went off (very dim I am sure) in someones head at GM and decided that they did not want to compete with themselves with a GM powered Honda truck...
    Btw, the Honda powered Vue is not a horrific vehicle...
    I wouldnt consider the Ridge if you are looking for a "work" truck..meaning something you want to load up with gear and a trailer. There is a little toooo much marketing and not enough "meat" to really put it to work.
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 839
    IMO, if you need to tow much of anything, this is not your vehicle.

    In terms of demand, I concur with a letter to the Editor I read in 'Autoweek,' which predicted (and I'm paraphrasing) that--like the Element--sales of the Ridgeline will meet expectations the first year, and drop every year thereafter.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    Guys, let's knock it off. This discussion is for those who have decided (or just about) to buy the Ridgeline. As requested previously, please take all other conversation about this vehicle to our regular Honda Ridgeline SUT discussion.

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  • tomc7tomc7 Posts: 1
    I have been a Honda owner for years. My wife has a Odyssey and is very pleased. I have been thinking about purchasing a New Chevrolet , then I heard the Ridgeline was coming out. I sent out e-mail requests to be contacted about the Ridgeline. I only had two dealers in Oklahoma contact me. I guess it was to long a wait. One dealer was over MSRP and the other was at sticker. I went to the Norman Ok dealer Fowler and was treated good and now have a New Rigdeline. It was about time for Honda to come out with a truck. I hope it has good resale like other Hondas.
  • Carsdirect.com has Ridge's on sale for MSRP (When using my zip). I've used them as a good bench mark for other deals. Never seen anyone do +-200 better than they have listed. Plus I'll use this as a start point for my dealer.
  • wyowillywyowilly Posts: 3
    Try an '05 Nissan Frontier with the 4.0 litre, 265 hp, 284 ft lb engine - it's more a "truck" than a Ridgeline even intends to be. It's rated towing capacity is 6,500 lbs in the 2 wheel drive King Cab - and not much less in the Crew Cab. And it feels good too!
  • wyowillywyowilly Posts: 3
    I'm 63 years old - going on 30. Having owned my '91 Ranger since '91, I figured that it's time I updated my vehicle - particularly consider at vacation time, my wife and I "pack heavy". With 2 dogs plus a cat in a carrier, we want room. We want comfort and performance. Knowing that means a crew cab with a V-6 and 4x4 - the gas prices are preventing me from a V-8 standard sized crew cab. I've driven them all - Colorado, Dakota, Tacoma, Frontier, and finally last Saturday, the Ridgeline. Being a "car freak" all my life, I know what I'm looking for and at. I don't need a jacked up or heavy duty overload suspension. I want and need something that acts as a super truck about 1% of it's life. I need good, reliable transportation 100% of the time. To make a long story short, the Ridgeline is the best of the new mid-sizers - at least for me. I'm very possibly looking at my last vehicle purchase - and glad that Honda came out with the Ridgeline.
  • nwlily36nwlily36 Posts: 6
    Out of curiosity.. Did they have and RT in stock? I dont think they did..I believe I talked to lynnwood honda and if I was gonna go for a RT I would hve to place an order..... the dealers only have the RTS and RTL with accessories.. on their lots as of last week.. .. so far..please correct me if Im wrong.. I went for the RTS. had a few more options that we wanted.. and we could drive it home the same day ..which we did. ITs a great vehicle and fun to drive. Hope to see you on the road!! We got a Black one
  • chuck999chuck999 Posts: 38
    Does the mighty forum moderator have any information as to when Edmunds might be posting the Ridgeline invoice prices ???

    (Not that I expect that any dealers will sell at invoice for a while ...... but would be nice to have some kind of benchmark ....)
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,784
    "...but anyone wonder what Honda got in return for supplying GM with 50,000 3.5L V6's for the Saturn Vue??...Nothing.. "

    Honda made this deal to get a diesel engine from GM for use in the European market, and I am pretty sure they got their diesel engine out of the deal...
  • Check out carsdirect.com
    this web site shows the invoice of the Ridgeline.
    I am in MD. A honda dealer in MD is willing to sell me a Ridgeline RT-L with bed extender, moonroof and running boards out the door for $34,000. Not sure if this is a good price? Let me know if this is a good deal.
  • ddwmewddwmew Posts: 42
    I visited the local dealer in Woodbridge, VA to see the Ridgeline. The dealer had already marked the vehicles for $1500 over MSRP. I don't know if they sold but it was enougnh for to me to hit the front door
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    I am picking up a black RTS on friday. Dealer had all models except RT. Truck rides nice and comes will everything. Asked dealer about premiums and he laughed, sticker is the highest amount they would charge. I was going to get a Tacoma but the full time 4 wheel drive, VSC, and in bed trunk did me in. Truck looks much better in person than in photos.
  • reuel3reuel3 Posts: 114
    Well here is what the "mighty forum moderator" has to say:

    We get our information directly from the manufacturer, so pricing will be available as soon as they release it to us. Our pricing team may have an idea about when it will arrive, and you can contact them using the "help" link near the top of this page. Once you get there, select the "contact us" tab. Sending your question using this link will get your question directly to the desk of someone who can provide an answer.
  • carbuyer11carbuyer11 Posts: 114
    A silver Ridgeline RTL with moonroof joins my family this Saturday, March 19th. I am purchasing from Mechanicsville Honda in Central Virginia. This is a dealer that is not playing above-MSRP pricing games. Of course, no discount on this brand new vehicle but I was ready to spend $40K on an aging '05 Acura MDX. Instead, I saved $5K by going with the Ridge. I am adding the following accessories to my truck:

    Front Air Deflector, Day/Night Mirror, Rear Splash Guards, Running Boards, Carpeted Mats and Foglights.

    The dealer worked with me a little on the accessories. Total cost of the accessories will be $1860 (including installation), making the total purchase price a little of $35K. I could have saved a little by ordering on the web but elected to go with the convenience of dealer-stocked accessories.

    I think I'm the typical Ridge buyer, having never owned a truck before. I love the convenience of the truck amenities without feeling like I'm losing the creature comforts of an SUV. Another Ridge purchaser at the dealership had the perfect description for this vehicle: "it's an SUV with a hole in the back". I think Honda did a great job designing this truck. It's obviously not for everybody (Honda never intended it to be) but it does offer a lot in the way of comfort, convenience/safety features and versatility. I'm sure it will serve me well on the weekend trips to Lowe's and the garden shops. Since I don't intend on ever owning a boat, I couldn't care less about all of the silly controversy that is already brewing about the Ridge's towing capacity. All prospective light duty truck purchasers should certainly give the Ridgeline some serious thought before deciding on a more "traditional" pickup. I've seen the future and it is spelled R-I-D-G-E-L-I-N-E.
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    Well, I finally got it. I didn't think I'd like the steel Blue color, but in person I love it. Pictures don't do it justice. I paid MSRP. I didn't even bother trying to get them lower. They just got it today, and sold the other 3 they got in previously in the first few days they had them. I don't think they'll sustain that sales rate, but right now they're pretty proud of them and justifiably so. I wrote them a check so I figured I saved a bunch anyway just with interest.

    Previously, I test drove a white RT-L and it had that intermittent whistling sound around the wind shield. The Steel blue I bought doesn't have this. It's very quiet. I mean you can hear wind, but it's not what I would call anything other than normal low wind noise I hear in every car at highway speeds.

    I've put a 180 miles on it so far. This has been described as a Gentlemen's truck, and that sums it up best to me. I feel like I'm surrounded by class when I'm sitting in it. The leather I feel is first rate. I've sat in H2s and I feel the Ridgeline's interior surpasses the H2 as well as the 05 Tacoma. The controversial door handles also seem appropriate in this design. My wife says the seat warmer warmed her seat nicely. We also love the dual climate control. The wife also loves the moon roof. This truck, if I can use that crass term, elegantly fuses the the ride and refinement of a nice sedan with the ruggedness of a truck. My biggest problem is that I feel this truck is to nice for me. This is a problem I think I can over come.

    We live in a Hilly region of SW Utah, and the RL handled these grades with ease. Many times I looked at the speedo and noticed I was going 95 mph without realizing it. I'm really going to have to watch the speedo in this truck. I'll be stunned if this doesn't take Motor Trend's truck of the year in 06. I'll be taking it off road in sandy conditions shortly. I'll post more then.
  • ronaldpronaldp Posts: 6
    Visited the same Woodbridge VA dealer. They quickly knocked off the $1,500 markup with little effort. However, all their Ridgelines had dealer add-ons like mud flaps, pinstriping, wheel locks, etc. that added $1,200 to the price and they weren't willing to budge on that, so that's where they make their markup.
  • I went to two local Honda guys and finally got one to go $1000 below msrp and give me free paint protection, rust proofing and fabric guard. Should I take it or wait a few months? I am also still considering the Nissan Frontier LE. Better value but I like the Ridgeline a little better. But I won't pay $4,000 more just to buy a Honda.
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    At 1,000 below MSRP I'd grab it. This is the lowest price I've heard anyone get on a Ridgeline. I paid MSRP, but didn't really have any leverage to bargain with since they sold the last 3 they got in just a couple of days. I paid a few thousand more than the Taco I was looking at, but still the Ridgeline seems Like so much more truck, and build and quality seems impeccable. I looove it. I was ambushed in the Wal-Mart parking lot today by a caravan of serious 4x4 enthusiasts loaded up with their heavily modified rigs on their way to do some serious rock crawling. They loved the Ridgeline. Everytime I showed them a feature, a chorus of WOWs !!!! broke out. I really didn't expect that kind of reaction from this serious truck crowd, considering all the trash talk I've heard on serious truck forums about the Ridgeline as a girly truck.
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