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Bert Ackerman

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Posted: 09/19/19 08:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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to each their own. I have no desire to have one but im glad you like it.

for what its worth my reasoning has nothing to do with it being a "real" truck or not. It is what it is a unibody pickup truck. I don't want one because I worked on tooling for it and it was a nightmare. furthermore in the last 5 years it was the ONLY job I did for Honda compared to hundreds for the big 3. Lastly its not any cheaper or more capable than my f150 (that's build down the road) and full of my work.

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My wife has a 2010 Pilot that we bought new and it's been great. I think the only issue we've had with it was a transmission pressure switch that went bad and that was about a 15 minute and $40 fix. We mostly use it for shuttling the kids around town. The negatives are terrible fuel economy (15 is about average around town) and it runs pretty high on the highway which is sounds like is a problem OP's Ridgeline too. For a truck I'd never buy a Ridgeline but I'm sure it's a quality vehicle and I understand why some would go that route.


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Jebby14 wrote:

to each their own. I have no desire to have one but im glad you like it.

for what its worth my reasoning has nothing to do with it being a "real" truck or not. It is what it is a unibody pickup truck. I don't want one because I worked on tooling for it and it was a nightmare. furthermore in the last 5 years it was the ONLY job I did for Honda compared to hundreds for the big 3. Lastly its not any cheaper or more capable than my f150 (that's build down the road) and full of my work.



I simply do not need a full size truck so I went with the Honda. I drove F-150 SCab's for 15 years and loved them. Then I was towing a 22' 5,600# TT and the 5.4L V-8 handled it very well. Now the only true truck function I have is towing my Bike or Rzr and a full size truck would be overkill and a waste of money {to purchase and to operate}. Trying to compare the two is a fools errand as they are very different animals but both have their charms and a ideal functions.

For the record Car and Driver named the Ridgeline the Mid Size truck of the year for 2017, 18 and 19 and that stikes me as pretty high praise. Before buying the Ridgeline I looked at Chevy Colorado and GMC Yukon's and was impressed by both. The lack of selection this late in the model year is what finally sent me down the road as neither Chevy or GMC could come up with the model and options I wanted.

In the end the Colorado and Yukon were just way more turck then I needed and actually cost several thousand more than the Honda. For me about 90 percent of the time I will just be enjoying the ride, handling and economy of the Ridgeline and forgetting that it is a real truck anytime I need it to be even though that won't be often.

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Posted: 09/19/19 11:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Looks like a nice combo. If you're having fun, that's all that matters.


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I think that there will always be a debate about the Honda Ridgeline. That being said even though I’m a guy who likes body on frame, I would consider it a truck. Kinda like today we call all of these crossovers that are unibody SUVs. It’s capable and works for most of the weekend warrior guys whether they admit or it or not.. My neighbor has one, it’s the first version. It does what it’s built to do and runs forever without issues. I have seen one towing a small 22-24 foot TT here in Florida, doesn’t seem like any issues with it. I’m glad that it works for you, that’s my thought. I still think Honda did a great job with this vehicle, the back tail gate opening option and trunk is really cool. That truck saves people from buying a tool box. Easy to load for many, so I’m seeing more of them where I live. Enjoy it!


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