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Honda Ridgeline Maintenance and Repair



  • 5553543255535432 Posts: 150
    Ok Ok, I didn't know that some here are mentally challenge.Thus I'm repeating and simplifying it.

    Please post a link showing that Honda CEO's or honchos are paid way more than GM, otherwise,if you can't provide one your statements are mere fabrication of stories.

    Guess why I find your post unbelievable, unless you provide a link.Simple,I read it in the internet, though I haven't found the link yet that Toyota executives are underpaid compared to their GM counterparts. That article did not mention anything about Honda.

    I hope I don't sound like a no child left behind Mr Einstein.
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    That punk with the Colt45 can shoved over is exhaust tip, this is him in the flesh

    after writing the above; do you really want to be critical of what people are writing? :confuse:

    If a GM or Ford exec makes ANY bonuse while laying off thousands and losing Billions a $1 bonus is too much.
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    Salaries of auto execs has nothing to do with Ridgeline vehicle problems. Drop the subject and move on, please.

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  • eddiemeddiem Posts: 6

    Planning on possibly buying a Ridgeline. I know that ARE ( offers a cap for this vehicle. Prices go for about $1500-$1700. (Shop around: was initially told $1939, then $1750, then found one at $1600.) Add a Yakima or Thule system yourself and enjoy.

    Good luck.
  • I have a 2006 Ridgeline and I love just about everything about the truck. I did have problems with the plastic trim around the top of the bed and on the bottom the front seats, Honda is replacing all the plastic trim.

    The big problem I have with the vehicle is the hesitaion and jerking forward when I am slowing down and try to accelerate. It kind of sucks having to manipulate the pedal to try and avoid this problem. Honda has road tested the transmission twice and says the truck is shifting "OK". I have read about other people having this same problem but I am not sure if this can be fixed.

    Does your Ridgeline hesitate and jerk forward when you slow down and accelerate??
  • Aloha, I have the hesitation in my 2006 rtl. Did you ever resolve this issue with honda or did they tell you you have to live with it? Does your truck still hesitate? My truck hesitates and jerks forward when I slow to turn or pass and then accelerate. Any comments are appretiated! Aloha
  • kyusskyuss Posts: 8
    I have an '06 RTL. There is an annoying speed bump in my parking lot at work. When I first got the Ridge I noticed that if I hit that annoying speed bump at just the right speed the vehicle stability assist would kick in (triangle w/ an "!" in it on the info display). As long as this is displayed it seems to retard the throttle a slight bit. I have noticed that when I am trying to brake while traveling down hill at highway speeds I do get a slight jerk forward. This is probably the electronic braking system working over-time. Both of these issues don't bother my wife or myself enough to warrant any concern, but yours may be worse. Maybe try disabling the VSA for the hesitation issue and see if it continues? Both issues could possibly be a software calibration issue within the computers that Honda may be aware of and could fix. Hopefully this provides some insight.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    -I'm not totally sure, but I think our Ridgelines are 'drive by wire' throttle. In other the throttle does not have a complete mechanical linkage, it has come kind of electric reostat that sends voltage to a motor on the actual throttle. (Someone tell me - is this right? Or does it have a mechanical throttle?) I've always thought my slightly 'jerky' Ridgleline is because the drive by wire isn't totally perfected.....

    -Hondas have 'gear retarding' automatic transmissions. The computer 'looks' at various inputs and keeps the tranny from upshifting, which helps with braking when going down hills. I've always thought this also isn't perfected, and both my 2002 Accord V6 and my Ridgeline seem to 'drag' more than I would like when slowing down. The computer thinks I'm going down a hill when I'm just slowing down. I've felt this give worse gas milage than if it wasn't there, and I've never thought the whole thing was really needed. If Honda would just beef up the brakes a little this whole gear retarding tranny would never be needed.
  • altamontaltamont Posts: 1
    Hi All,

    I drove my 06 RTS Ridgeline to LA this weekend and as soon as I reached speeds between 70 - 80 MPH rattling noise started to come from the rear of the truck located somewhere above the rear window. It sounds like loose paneling. Has anyone had this experience? I have 980 miles on the truck.

    Thanks in advance!!!
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    Anybody heard about this???????????????

    Yep, read the whole thread geo. He bought it damaged off of e-bay. it was obviously in a previous accident. He admits there is over spray on the frame indicating a rpair job. unfortunatly someone took advantage of him. They foisted a wrecked truck on him.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    Tolbert posts it has a CLEAN carfax............
    Still waiting for him to post underbody pics.

    Did you note that ScottIn, hipsi, whaleya, and mikerl'n
    also have the body flex issues?
  • m4mulveym4mulvey Posts: 11
    All doors on my RL close better than on my Mercedes.

    I also had the roofracks and running boards (side steps) installed. Rack adds a slight extra noise at high speed but nothing worth complaining about and certainly no need to crank up stereo volume. I have heard that most rack noise is due to cross bars being installed backwards - you may want to check yours. I'd also make sure that the eyes at the front of each crossbar mount are turned so that the hole points down to the roof - less turbulence that way.
    which should further reduce any noise.

    Dealer accessory pricing is a crap-shoot - I got widely-varying prices on every accessory.

    IF they repair the dent properly there should be no consequential damage. Check carefully. I had a few minor scratches after my accessories were installed - made sure that everything was corrected.

    Only problem I now have with the vehicle is that my wife and kids love it so much they want to drive it all the time.
  • m4mulveym4mulvey Posts: 11
    After having backup sensors installed, I got the same noise - Tracked it down to the back panel of the roof (plastic - has to be removed to run backup sensor cables). Dealer secured it properly and has not made any noises since.
  • The GAS WAR post is an old urban legend (i.e., NOT TRUE).
    link title
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    ...use the forums for email forwards. As pointed out, most are urban legends or just plain spam. Thanks!

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  • frn2allfrn2all Posts: 1
    Unfortunately I got my ridgeline 24 days ago so I am not much better to compare with but I will tell you that I am gettting crappy mileage. I have been getting 10-12 MPG over a full tank.

    Does anyone know how to get better mileage?

  • Aloha, Thank you for your response, I appretiate your comments. I did try disabling the VSA and while the vehicle doesn't jerk forward it also doesn't respond well to accelerating after slowing down. I have to take my Ridgeline in to the dealer to replace the plastic pieces along the top of the bed and around the rear windoe because they were installed improperly and I will talk to them and see if there is some way to get the transmission to shift without hesitating. Seems a little unsetteling that I have to disengage the safety feature and manipulate the accelerator to drive, I am not real happy about that to say the least but I love the Ridgeline otherwise. I have had lots of fun in the mud and sand and have not been able to get the vehicle stuck, that's nice! Thanks again, Aloha
  • Aloha, I was getting around 17 miles per gallon when I got my truck and then the state of Hawai'i started putting ethenol in the fuel (10%) and my milage has gone down considerably. I don't know if that helps but it is just something I noticed. We are paying $ 3.20 per gallon for regular today and that hurts, espetially with decreased milage
  • Interesting, I suppose with any new model there will be some problems. I think you are correct because as I recall the mechanic told me that when I took my truck in. They hooked up the computer to the transmission and tested it twice. They told me the truck is shifting "OK". Interesting technology, hopefully they can work out the quirks. Mahalo, aloha
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