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Old 07-02-2016, 11:43 AM   #29
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That's the one feature aside from the reliability that will have me buying another ridgeline l love the trunk and dual opening tailgate I can store allot in there and my bed is always clear.
That's why there are so many different makes and models. I do love the dual opening tailgate...ingenious.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:06 PM   #30
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I haven't stopped in to look yet but I've done some reading. For those interested, you can now download the owners manual. The truck comes in front wheel drive and all wheel drive. Mileage listed 19/26 for the FWD version. Subtract 1 for AWD. It has a transverse mounted engine /transaxle up front. Looks tough to work on. The engine has a timing belt, 105k replacement. Most maintenance is determined by Honda's maintenance minder system. The transmission has 6 speeds. Drive , low, and a forth gear overdrive lock out are the forward shifting options. No transfer case on the AWD, so no low range. While I like the trunk, getting a flat while carrying a load of cow manure might make me like it less . The spare is a temp which shouldn't be used while towing.

The truck comes ready to tow, complete with a brake controller pig tail. The tow ratings are 3500 FWD and 5000 AWD. Exceed two 150 lb passengers and 30lb cargo, these go down. An article suggested the need for premium gas when towing but I've yet to find that in the owners manual.

Like all Hondas, there are no options. They use a tiered model system where even the entry level would have been considered loaded at one time. This of course gets the entry level price up there. Prices start at about 30k. All you'll see at the dealers are the upscale models at first. Reviewers love the ride but lots of complaints on the audio controls on all the upscale models.

First gen Ridgeline had leak issues during the first year due to poor welds. Apparently the welding robots got into the happy juice. Also, there has been coolant/transmission fluid cross contamination resulting in transmission failures for the V6 vehicles that Honda doesn't seem to have handled well.

This looks like a nice vehicle but I'm not ready to trade in my Frontier just yet. Raz
How often do you haul loads of manure, Raz?
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:42 PM   #31
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Uh Oh. Bite my tongue.

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How often do you haul loads of manure, Raz?
It's no longer free, so not as often as I used to. But there was a time when I could haul it with the best of them.
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Old 08-20-2016, 07:14 PM   #33
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We have a 2017 Ridgeline AWD It pulls our A frame and gets 19 mpg ( 30 mpg Hwy without the trailer ) we are very happy with it so far. We pick up our independence in Nov.We will see.
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That's why there are so many different makes and models. I do love the dual opening tailgate...ingenious.
Ingenious, like an old Ford station wagon from the sixties!


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Old 08-20-2016, 08:59 PM   #35
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They called it Magic gate back then or Magic door....it was on the mid size fairlanes too and any car in the Mercury line like them. Kinda cool
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We had one of the old two-way tailgates in the 60's. Unfortunately the mechanism was quite finicky, and we were lucky to get it to open at all, and not necessarily the way we wanted. Honda seems to have ironed out the kinks.

Later we got a 1976 Olds Cutlass wagon with a hatchback. Worked every time, and we stayed dry unloading groceries. Progress!

I've seen several Ridgelines on the road lately. Definitely less visual presence than the old one, looks smaller, although that is probably a trick of the eye. It certainly bucks the trend of over-the-top, in-your-face truck styling. Maybe that's a good thing, though I think I prefer the quirky look of the first generation.

Baja Bob, I'll look forward to hearing how it does with an Independence. Will you be using a WDH?
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Jon, no WDH I did get the Friction Anti Sway Control.
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We had one of the old two-way tailgates in the 60's. Unfortunately the mechanism was quite finicky, and we were lucky to get it to open at all, and not necessarily the way we wanted. Honda seems to have ironed out the kinks.
They actually worked quite well and I'm sure the ones that are still around still do after 50+ years.
Honda has come along ways with our money though...


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I bought my truck because I wanted a truck that looked like a truck and performed like a truck. I have to admit the Ridgeline is a cute little truck like vehicle but I'm not into cute.
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I bought my truck because I wanted a truck that looked like a truck and performed like a truck. I have to admit the Ridgeline is a cute little truck like vehicle but I'm not into cute.
One thing I never think of as my ridgeline being cute maybe your confusing the ridgeline with is a Suberu brat or a Chevy luv as I am not into cute either but practical ,dependable ,nice to drive I am into.
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One thing I never think of as my ridgeline being cute maybe your confusing the ridgeline with is a Suberu brat or a Chevy luv as I am not into cute either but practical ,dependable ,nice to drive I am into.
NO ,not confused in the least.
Small , midsized trucks hold no appeal for me.
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They actually worked quite well and I'm sure the ones that are still around still do after 50+ years...
I'm certainly glad you had a better experience than we did!

My wife and I differ on the issue of tailgates. Being short, she prefers the side opening cargo door on her CR-V. I like the hatch on my Pilot.

Choices are good. The Ridgeline is a choice. It will appeal to some. It is unlikely to become a mainstream choice: car-based pick-ups have always been a niche market.
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