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  • tcasboytcasboy Posts: 214
    Why would you even want a diesel right now. Diesel costs about 30 cents more than premium around here. I can't imagine the mileage benefit of a diesel (if any with such an aero dynamic wonder as a truck) would come close to offsetting the extra cash you'd being paying for the diesel at the pump.

    Not to mention how loud and stinky those things are.

    No thanks.
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    yep, you have correctly assessed the current generation of diesels in the US.

    However, I think you will be surprised at what is coming.

    The euro diesels are quieter than gasoline engines, more powerful, and about 30% more efficient.

    The new technology shoots multiple microjets of diesel into the cylinder, so that there isn't a loud "knock". This technique also reduces emissions, and captures more horsepower from the fuel.

    Honda is no fool and their diesels will be quite impressive.

  • tcasboytcasboy Posts: 214
    Yes, I WILL be surprised if the next generation of diesels meets any of those lofty targets. When they do, and diesel fuel is actually sold at a reasonable price, I would consider a diesel.

    Those are all still very big IFs.

    I read Car and Driver too so I have heard of (at least some of) the advances being made in the diesel engine.

    Bring them on, but until they are here its just pipe dreams, like fuel cells and hydrogen powered cars. Some day.
  • jay_24jay_24 Posts: 536
    Enginges have more torque and are 30% more efficient. But the fuel costs over $1 per gallon more in the upper midwest (SD, MN and WI). Regular unleaded is around $2.20 to $2.40 with diesel prices around $3.40 to $3.70. Ouch.
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    fuel prices are an issue. Partly, it is the chicken and egg syndrome. Demand isn't there, so refiners make gasoline instead of diesel.

    But recall 20-30 years ago, diesel was cheaper. It isn't that the cost to make diesel is incredibly more than gasoline.

    BTW here in California diesel and gasoline are about the same price. Probably because we can't get diesel cars here and there isn't the fuel demand (so price is lower than elsewhere in US).

  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    of why Honda is grabbing the bull by the horns:

    Honda will be left behind if they don't go this way.

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    "Honda will be left behind if they don't go this way.

    Maybe... Maybe not.
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    very interesting.

    Seems like a CV transmission would work well with this engine.

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    That may be why they are hinting at using in the hybrids. The CVT would allow it to run at a more or less steady RPM. And the electric motor would be able to compensate for low and high rpm needs. At low rpms, when the idle is roughest, they could shut down the gas motor and run on electric power alone. At high rpm, the motor could provide the extra boost which the gas engine might not be able to provide.

    Okay, back to the Ridgeline.
  • Does anyone know if a standard valve stem will work on a Ridgeline alloy wheel? I am in the process of making a full size spare for my 06 RTS and need to know if I will need to purchase a TPMS valve stem or can I just use a standard rubber one.
  • Just finished reading all the post, sure was a lot of good info. I'm considering the ridgeline in the next six months. Most of the questions I had have been answered. One question I do have, has to do with the payload and size of the bed. I'm a new home owner and plan on doing a lot of landscaping which will include loads of topsoil from the local land fill. My old S-10 had a 8' bed and a load of topsoil would fill it front to back side to side and mounded up. I know the ridgeline can handle the load but I'm wondering about the size of the bed. Has anyone filled their bed with a cubic yd. of topsoil?
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    This link (towards the bottom) gives you the bed dimensions:

    Also keep in mind that the Ridgeline is the only mid-size pickup that can lay 4x8 plywood flat on the floor, as there's 49.5" between the wheelwells. That's handy if you're into building stuff around your house.

    Total vehicle payload is 1,550 and change, and the bed payload is 1,100. One thing you might also consider is getting a Class II 5 x 8 utility trailer to handle the large "volume" of top soil.

  • Thanks for the quick reply, sorry, I should have also said I was familar with the dimensions. I was just curious if anyone has filled their bed with dirt. The local landfill loads your truck with a bucket loader and one scope is about 1 cubic yd. I'm not really interested in getting a trailer. The other truck I have been looking at is the Tundra with the longer bed. I'm really hoping that the Ridgeline will fit the bill for me though since I won't be making that many trips to the land fill. I still have about 6 months to make up my mind and maybe the 07 models will be out by then.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    I would think the Tundra would be better suited for carrying top soil. It's also a heavier duty vehicle than the Ridgeline.

  • I am a new Ridgeline owner and one of the things that I do not like about the truck is the noticeable lack of power, especially on hills. The gears are always shifting to keep up. This heavy truck really needs a bigger, badder engine. Does anyone know of an available chip, air intake,......, anything that will add more horses and/or low end torque?
  • If you don't want the TPMS system to work on the spare use a rubber stem. If you want the TPMS system to work, then you will have to get the valve/sensor assy.
  • I am a contractor and I was just wondering if the Ridgeline was like a real truck? is it powerful enough to haul heavy things in the bed? Is there any ladder racks for the Ridgeline? I have noticed the back fenders were you would screw in a ladder rack are not level.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440
    Depends what you plan to haul and how much.

    It's a real truck alright, 1100lbs payload capacity, 5000lb towing capacity, unibody construction for smooth ride with a fused in truck frame for truck strength.

    It's a good all around truck if you plan on using it as a daily driver/family vehicle and as a work truck.

    What are you planning on using it for?

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

  • Well I am hoping ply wood and sheet rock fit in the bed, 4x4's, shingles, cement, windows.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    The Ridgeline is not aimed at the contractor market, but rather the homeowner who occasionally needs a truck. From what you've described, I would think a HD 3/4-ton or 1-ton domestic truck would best suit your needs.

    Having said that, yes, the Ridgeline will handle plywood, sheet rock (it has 49.5" between the bed wheelwells), etc. I just don't know that I would subject it to that kind of usage on a daily basis. Like most mid-size (and full-size 1/2-ton) pickups, it's more of a "lifestyle/recreational" truck, than a "work" truck.

  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,870
    Plywood, Sheet Rock, Shingles, ATV's, Cement and Windows, are not appropriate to a 1/2 ton? :surprise: Well, OK, if you tried to haul all of them at one time maybe.
    A truck is made for work. Ridgeline can handle all of the above.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,870
    Ridgeline Production Slashed
    Demand softer than predicted.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Plywood, Sheet Rock, Shingles, ATV's, Cement and Windows, are not appropriate to a 1/2 ton?

    I didn't say that. What I said was most people who by 1/2-tons these days use them more as recreational-use vehicles. Most people who haul that sheet rock, etc., on a regular basis buy HD pickups.

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Well, I see only one reason why the Ridgeline would not be an appropriate truck for contractor work. It's pricey.

    The payload, width of the bed, size of the cab, and other factors make it a very good choice for someone who needs to haul supplies and a few guys to a job site.

    But I would not recommend the Ridgeline if the truck is meant to be used exclusively for this purpose. As the Mopar's article suggests, the incentives used on other trucks allows you to buy them far cheaper than the Ridgeline. If all you need is a mule, get a mule. The Ridgeline excels at providing basic truckish functionality, while also serving as a great family vehicle. If the family-friendly aspects are not needed, buy the el-cheapo mule.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 13,626
    just like i thought. had to take a lot of grief, but it looks like it comes down to the 'ridge had more flash than substance. it is not a good looking vehicle either which does not help. sorry, it's just the reality of the situation.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2017 Ford F-150 Limited
  • bobwhobobwho Posts: 24
    It's more flash, than substance is not quite correct. I own a Ridgeline and bought it for the basic proposes it was made for. Someone who wants the comfort of a sedan ride and the light duty use of a truck. I know, I'll never haul a 1/2 ton of plywood, sheet rock or gravel. But I will use it to make a run to Home Depot or the garbage dump. Plus I'll use it to haul my family camping or up to the ski slopes. It has more than enough power to do what I need. I had a Toyota 4x4 for 16 yrs and put 190,000 on it. When it got totaled by a red light runner, I went out looking for a new truck. All the america brands had their problems, just like Toyota, Nissan and Honda. I spent 9 months looking and test driving each truck on the market. Yea, the Ridgeline is pricey, but for the price, I get a 5 star crash test truck, side curtain air bags, 4 wd drive and all the other nice comforts of a sedan ride, but in a truck. It fits my needs and functions as a homeowner and family man. So if your in construction or need to tow something over 5,000 lbs, or to haul around a 1/2 ton of tools and stuff, get a Ford, Chevy or a Dodge. Again the Ridgeline is a light duty truck and designed for someone who doesn't need a full size truck. Plus it gets better mileage that the others.
  • gd113gd113 Posts: 114
    Right on bob. I have owned mine since March. A quality vehicle that comes with everything. Flash? Flash is a $5-6k rebate in order to sell a vehicle.
  • cjo87cjo87 Posts: 35
    The Ridgeline looks like it might be the perfect truck for my needs - weekend projects, camping, light duty, etc. However, I am concerned about the bed being too short. Has anyone hauled 8 ft lumber in the bed? Some would have to hang out - does this put any additional strain on the back end, with weight hanging off the tailgate?
  • He said in referrenced article Honda would not join the incentive wars to jump-start Ridgeline sales.

    this is half truth. Honda did have the $1000 incentive to dealers going on now.

    I guess he means the $10000 us automakers take off.

    This happened to the 95 little Honda Odyssey. It was nice, well built but small compared to domestics pricey and failed to ever sell. The Sienna in 98 opened the flood gates on US demand for a quality minivan with bigger size. I Odyssey in 95-96 one and resale was OK but not great. Trading it in 97 was next to impossible--private sale to honda lover. Honda's first entry in minivan led to now popular odyssey. I guess the Ridgeline was a test of the waters. I like it. I do feel that they could not have picked a worse time to introduce it with gas prices so high.

    MPG. I did manage a fine 10.6 gallons for the 217 miles I drove this week. I will admit I was driving like miss daisey to get this. Driven hard 15 mpg like consumer reports says looks average. But to know a weeks worth of commute can yield slightly over 20 mpg is promissing. I hope break in and full synthetic make 21-22 on a trip possible.
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