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Honda Ridgeline Maintenance and Repair

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  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    I was just about to delete this section from my message center. Almost posted earlier about too much crap and grow up everyone. But now I know what's up.

    John
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Please don't stoop to the level of some with name-calling and labels...

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    i'm a ford guy, last time i try to help out a 'ridge owner. the whining was worse thn my kids. fwiw, the problem was most likely with the ball that connects to the trailer.
  • 5553543255535432 Posts: 150
    Blown fuse was the reason why my trailer light connection ain't working according to the senior mechanic who look at it. Even his expertise was so screwed up because he moved the supposedly two extra fuses to fix the trailer light and brake connection on the trailer hitch. Apparently one of the "EXTRA" fuses he moved around was for the TPMS.So another two hours in the delears lot my RL stayed tp remedy the TPMS fiasco. I give up,my RL ownership is apparently cursed. Just waiting that regular gas hits $3.00 and am trading this RL for a sedan. :sick: :sick:
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Just waiting that regular gas hits $3.00 and am trading this RL for a sedan.

    Just curious... If you're now considering a sedan, why did you buy a pickup in the first place? If gas reachs $3.00, why not just get a smaller more economical 4-cylinder truck? That's assuming you need a truck, that is.

    Bob
  • 5553543255535432 Posts: 150
    My common sense suggested a CRV while considering the RL since it's not that bad on gas and has tons of safety features. For my Home Depot needs I planned to buy a trailer that I could attach to the Pilot.

    The RL was a product of whim,hate to drive a CRV while daydreaming about an RL for the next ten years, besides no 4 banger offers an exact replica of the RL's Fort Knox like safety features. No 4 banger truck from any company has curtain airbags, side airbags, and 5 star crash test ratings front and side.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    My gut feeling is that many of the problems some owners are experiencing are nothing more than v.1.0 issues. I know that's not comforting to hear if you're one of those affected, but it sometimes goes with the territory whenever you buy a first-year model, be it from Honda or any other carmaker.

    Bob
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    i'm a ford guy, last time i try to help out a 'ridge owner. the whining was worse thn my kids. fwiw, the problem was most likely with the ball that connects to the trailer.

    It was so nice of a superior Ford guy like yourself to stop and help one of us little whining Honda Ridgeline owners. I'm sorry that will be the last time for you. The loss will be felt throughout the community for a long time to come I suspect.

    When your house is in flames because of that faulty cruise switch in your Ford. I assure you I will risk my life to haul your screaming butt out of your burning house if I'm in the vicinity.
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    My gut feeling is that many of the problems some owners are experiencing are nothing more than v.1.0 issues.

    I only hope my version 2.0 Ridgeline is as excellent and trouble free as my version 1.0 Ridgeline
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    I give up,my RL ownership is apparently cursed. Just waiting that regular gas hits $3.00 and am trading this RL for a sedan.

    .........just to point out, all the problems you've had are not problems with your RL, but with mechanic error. Your RL has been trouble free. Your dealer installed accessory has not.

    Also, your pinching pennies for gas and bought an RL???? Your free to spend your money on any vehicle you'd like of course, it's just a little puzzling.
  • 5553543255535432 Posts: 150
    I have to admit that most of my problems are caused by the delearship with the exception of my two doors that is obviously a factory flaw. Wouldn't close unless slammed. The funny part is I'm beginning to slam all doors, may it be my house, my other cars and of course the 4 doors of my RL, not just the two. When you are wasting many DAYS OFF AND VACATION CREDIT day in a delearships waiting area, the line separating whose at fault Honda or the delearship gets blurred.HONDAS FAILURE TO EDUCATE THEIR DELEARSHIPS MECHANICS TO DO STUFF RIGHT THE FIRST TIME IS STILL THEIR ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY.

    I am a transplant from Asia who once had the good life, got poverty stricken when my dad died but got back to my feet thanks to education:the great equalizer.The fear of getting poor again made me a penny pincher in a lot of ways, but when it comes to my cars my budget gets busted.Besides I bought the RL when I believe the lowest regular gas was $1.89.I never thought I would literally see it climb a few cents everytime I gas up.Truck ownership is fun but pricey. At least I get to experience it once in my lifetime while my pocket can still afford it.At $3.00 a gallon, plus more UNSCHEDULED delearship visits ain't worth keeping this RL anymore. :cry:
  • White is just about the most difficult color to match. The substrate has a big impact on the percieved shading. There are many "shades" of white. My father-in-law had a Ford pickup that was the most yellow "white" I ever saw. I personnally like the very blue white of the RL. If you can, check the label on a can of automotive paint (the real stuff, not the patch junk). It will usually list three colors in the mix. Combine that with the different primers required for the plastic, steel and aluminum and you have a painters nightmare. You will never get a "perfect" match unless you sink $10,000 into the job. You sure won't get it from the factory. Any factory. ;) ">
  • cridercrider Posts: 8
    Just an update to MY leaky ridge.I was contacted by Honda last night and advised that they are going to replace my vehicle, finally some goods news.I love the truck,just a fluke with certain vehicles.Hope to be in my new truck in 2 weeks.

    There's hope after all,it just takes longer that we would like. :)
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    Just an update to MY leaky ridge.I was contacted by Honda last night and advised that they are going to replace my vehicle, finally some goods news.I love the truck,just a fluke with certain vehicles.Hope to be in my new truck in 2 weeks.

    Wow!! That's great news. Honda really stepped up top the plate and knocked it out of the park. I love to hear good stories about corporate responsibility. I haven't had any problems with my RL, but Honda of America called me and spent almost an hour with me on the phone making sure I liked my truck, and how I would improve it if I could. The only problem I could dig out of my head was that I had a little static on the AM radio station which has since gone away by itself. The rep wanted me to take it to the dealer (I just didn't want the dealer touching my truck). They called me back 4 days later and wanted to know if it was taken care of with a message on my machine. I never returned her call because it just wasn't a problem to me. She called me back in person a week after that and wanted to make sure it was right. I assured her it would be fine. I've got her number, I feel like I have a friend at Honda corporate. This is in contrast to the horrible support stories I hear about Toyota. I've got 2 Toyota vehicles that are trouble free so I haven't had to deal with Toyota, but I'm impressed with Honda Hounding me about this issue that wasn't a issue. They've won me as a customer, but I realize that a Honda dealer is separate from Honda and they can give good service or bad. at least I feel I know how to sick Honda on them if that happens. I was definitly left with the impression that I will be treated right if I ever have a problem. I guess they achieved their aim. As a result of this interaction, when ever Honda is mentioned I get a warm fuzzy feeling.

    I hear they also ar changing their warranty from 3 year 36,000 to 5 year 60,000 miles which is retroactive to all RL owners. This combined with their safety for all program will benefit them a great deal.
  • aewjaewj Posts: 4
    Thanks to all posters at the Ridgeline forum. Before taking delivery, I was able to check for water leaks, door operation, and transmission fluid leaks plus I avoided buying the tonneau cover and roofrack altogether. Your advise showed me what to look for in addition to the 'normal' inspection and test drive before buying. I rate mine a 10!
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    Congratulations, enjoy your RL. I think your rating is pretty accurate. In the sea of blandness of SUVs and Trucks the RL is some excitement that stands out from the crowd.
  • Need help... Can you please call this lady back (Honda Rep) and ask her about the trip computer (trip advisor) on the NAV. This feature is disabled. If possible can I have her number. Many thanks.......
    Note: My friend has a MDX with NAV, his NAV looks exactly like the Ridgeline (the only different is Ridgeline NAV has a H, MDX has an A for Acura). The trip advisor is enabled on his MXD.
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    There is no trip meter on the RL with nav, I doubt she can make one magically appear. On that issue you would be better served to go to the Ridgeline owners club (google it). I've heard of some possible work arounds there. I doubt they'll work though.
  • The clutch on my 97 4-door LX Accord makes a clicking sound when I press in the clutch. The Honda Mechanic (Dealer) told me that it is nothing to worry about and that it is just the switch making the sound.

    Is the clicking sound from the switch something I need to worry about? It is the original clutch with 127,000 + miles.
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    Uhh wrong forum.
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