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Honda Ridgeline SUT

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  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,694
    Howard County Maryland, about 20 miles from Baltimore and 30 miles from Washington.

    I'm sure the Ridgeline is more popular on the "coasts" than in the "heartland." That's always been the case, in that domestic brands have always been more popular there.

    About a month ago I was at the county landfill, and there were 3 there unloading trash, so yes, they do "work" for a living. ;)

    Bob
  • maple2maple2 Posts: 177
    About a month ago I was at the county landfill, and there were 3 there unloading trash, so yes, they do "work" for a living.

    are you sure that they werent being left at the landfill with the rest of the garbage? :)
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    Wow. You would have to be a real idiot to do that knowing the resale value of Honda especially since the Ridge's sales have increased month over month. Are you sure they weren't Fords?
  • roaddog2roaddog2 Posts: 13
    With kids, the mini van is the only way! My youngest is now 19 so we got a Ridgeline and a new Civic now but the minivan is the only way to go when the boys were growing up. First it's not the kids that take up the room. It's the stroller, diaper bag, change of clothes and all the rest of the stuff you take with you when you head to the mall. Just as important as the room is the sliding door. An absolute must!!! Also-also expect to be carting more kids than just your's to see Ice Age III and IV! I love my R.Line but it wouldn't have done the job.

    Roaddog
  • footerfooter Posts: 32
    Isn't that the truth?!?! Here in the "heartland", especially in the Twin Cities of Mpls/St. Paul, I bet at least 75% of the trucks on the road are Ford/Chevy/Dodge. And it seems like the percentage of trucks in general is almost that high (like 3 out of every 4 vehicles is a truck!). The rest are SUVs! Well, not quite, there are people driving cars too (and I swear, the vast majority of those are Accords and Civics!).

    Well, it's nice to know that a Ridgeline is still somewhat of a novelty here in the upper Midwest.

    :)
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,694
    Well, if history is any indicator, most "trends" start on the coasts, and eventually gain favor in the heartland. It will take a while, but it will happen.

    I'm sure the Civics and Accords that you now see took some time before they became popular where you live. Whereas they have been popular on the coasts for many, many years prior to being "accepted" in the interior of America. I suspect that will be the way with import brand name trucks too.

    Bob
  • footerfooter Posts: 32
    Yes, you are right on all counts. I forgot to mention that there are plenty of import brand name trucks as well ... Titans, Tundras and some of their smaller sized brethren. But by and large, Ford/Chevy/Dodge rule the Northland. Ford even makes a 'Northland Edition' of their F150 (other than badging, I'm not sure what's different about it).

    It probably is only a matter of time but for the time being, my Ridge still gets plenty of looks/compliments.

    :D
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    There aren't many Ridgeline's in my area but of course, it's because of gas prices. There are numerous Muranos. I really love the Ridgeline's - but I decided not to buy one because of the gas mileage. :(

    I think they have a very well controlled ride, and I like sitting high up in the road. If I get into an accident with a Ridgeline, I would be fine. If you can afford it, it's a great car to buy :shades:
  • trashingtontrashington Posts: 21
    Hey rsholland, you've probably seen my Ridgeline on the road then because I'm also in HoCo, MD in Ellicott City. I have a 5 minute commute so I don't have much time to see other Ridgelines, but I see about 2 a week now. When I went into Annapolis however I saw 3 while in the city, that's the most I've ever seen in one trip.

    Did you know that Honda sells more than twice as many Ridgelines as they do RSXs? I see the RSX all over the place and have 4 friends who own one. Give it a few years and the Ridgeline should be an everyday sight.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,694
    I'm from Ellicott City too. Maybe I've seen your truck. :) Did you get it at O'Donnell Honda?

    Yeah, a 5 minute commute doesn't give you much time to see many on the road. They're out there, trust me...

    Bob
  • trashingtontrashington Posts: 21
    Yeah, I bought mine at O'Donnell last June.
  • trashingtontrashington Posts: 21
    I was watching that VW "Lowest Ego Emissions" commercial last night that has people yelling things from a bullhorn from different types of cars about what their cars say about them, and I thought of what I would yell from the bullhorn about my Ridgeline:

    "I'm smarter than you!"
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    Does anyone have problems with the rear visibility on their Ridgeline? Since the bed has that slant going from high ascending down, I feel that it blocks the view a bit. What do you think?
  • footerfooter Posts: 32
    Sure, I noticed it ... the first couple of times I drove it. Now I'm used to it. I'm just extra careful to check the blind spots with a quick turn of my head. But then again, I've done that in every vehicle I've owned.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,694
    I think the reason for the slant has to do with structural reasons. The unibody Avalanche and Subie Baja also have flying buttress-like supports on those vehicles. It adds extra bracing for additional strength.

    Bob
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    Oh no. The reason is for style. It looks much better when you have that slant instead of a straight line. It's not for strength in this vehicle.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Odd. I thought Gary Flint said it was part of the structure in the TOV video.
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    It is for body integrity. It has been in all the Honda writeups. Search the net, it's easy to find. It was not designed that way for style.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Avalanche is still body on frame. It's nothing but a Suburban with its rear roof removed, thus the need for the structural bracing.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,694
    Yeah, I know. What I meant is it's not a separate cab and a separate bed, like a conventional pickup. Sorry for not being clear.

    Bob
  • 5553543255535432 Posts: 150
    Host,

    Host or any Ridgeowners here, experiencing rattles on the front seat passenger side.On very smooth roads it can't be heard, but on roads a bit rough I can hear two kinds of rattle one low pitch rattle and one squeaking sound. Got them around 18,000 miles on my Ridgeline. It is driving me nuts.At one time after the delearship can't remedy it I almost traded it in even at a huge lost.Thats how it's driving me nuts. :sick:
  • greathannygreathanny Posts: 17
    I read at least one post that said 2007 Ridgelines are due out in June. When I spoke with two dealers, they indicated that 2007 Ridgelines wouldn't be out until Sept or Oct. Was this a sales pitch to get me to buy a 2006, or does anyone know when the 2007 Ridgelines are due out at the dealers?

    I want the 2007 because it is coming out with a gray exterior color. Does anyone know of any other changes (other than color changes) that are being made for 2007?
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,694
    There will be an RTX trim level. I think it's mostly cosmetic (different grille, etc.), but I believe the tow package is standard.

    Not sure when the '07s will be released.

    Bob
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,527
    unless its a new or revamped model, Honda typically brings out the next model year in sept-oct, like those dealers stated.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • guy21guy21 Posts: 129
    I had a squeek on the drivers side. Turned out to be a loose fit between the sun visor and its' retaining clip. Both were replaced and it hasn't come back. Try driving the rough road with the visor unclipped and check for your moise.
  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    GREAT>>>>take a trip over to wheels.com and go to the
    industry reference threads. The 07 start up info. for
    most auto makers will be there............
  • footerfooter Posts: 32
    Funny you should mention that ... After only a few hundred miles, I noticed a squeak/rattle and determined that it was coming from right above my head. I unclipped the visor and sure enough, the rattle went away. Since I don't like to leave it unclipped, I clipped it back up and after a few iterations of this, it finally stopped. I haven't unclipped it since it stopped but eventually, I suppose I will have to. If the rattle returns, I'll be sure to get back to the dealer and have them replace the clip (and visor?). Anyone know if there's a recall or any other further info on this? You & I are the only ones I've heard about with this problem.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,694
    Had to drive down to Wrightsville Beach, NC on Memorial Day to help move my daughter back to Maryland. Since it was a long 430 mile trip down there, I decided to count all the Ridgelines I could that were coming the opposite direction.

    I ended up counting 17. Not too bad considering there were numerous time lapses in my counting, and there were rather large areas of the road that couldn't be seen due to trees, etc.

    Bob
  • jay_24jay_24 Posts: 536
    During 650+ miles of driving through Wisconsin, I saw a grand total of zero. However Tuesday morning I saw a Tribeca and Baja at the same intersection in MN.

    Ridgelines must be a east/west coast thing for the most part.

    I see Edmunds has Ridgelines ranked 9th for retained value. The top 10 didn't have much difference. 53% down to 47%.

    Edmunds Top 10 list
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,694
    IIRC, I saw 13 of the Ridgelines on I-95 heading north, 3 Ridgelines on I-40 heading west, and 1 Ridgeline in Wrightsville Beach.

    Most of the Ridgelines were sighted between Baltimore and Petersburg, VA, which is just south of Richmond. Once I got south of Petersburg it got harder to find them. In any event it averaged 1 sighting every 25 miles for the 430 mile trip. Also, this was Memorial Day, so I'm assuming most if not all were being used as family vehicles heading home from vacation. I saw several pulling jet skis, and several with motorcycles in the bed, the rest loaded with vacation gear.

    You likely won't see many Ridgelines in the "heartland" of America for a while. Trends almost always start on the coasts, and eventually make it inland.

    Oh, I also saw a couple of Tribecas and perhaps a 1/2 dozen or so Bajas.

    Bob
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