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Honda Ridgeline, Truck, SUV
#1145 of 2746 Re: Mercedes Ridgeline? [moparbad]
May 11, 2005 (1:00 pm)
Turbo Direct Injection, although the new Benz engine is a CDI for common-rail direct injection. The difference is a pre-injection to get things going, then the main fuel charge is injected into this pre-lit fuel to provide faster and cleaner burn, and more power.
I just read that both BMW (their SUV) and Honda are bringing in diesels in 2007. Hope the Ridge gets one.
Here is one link to this cool engine.
#1146 of 2746 Re: Mercedes Ridgeline? [once_for_all]
May 11, 2005 (1:39 pm)
Not only is Mercedes consdering offering a pickup, but so are BMW and VW. I bet all three will have them on sale here within 5 years.
You assume that the European entries will be heavier duty than the Ridgeline. The VW Touareg, even with the V6, is rated to tow 7715 lbs, so you can assume the Touareg-based pickup will match that if not exceed it; same with the Benz and Bimmer. Also the Touareg has a 6-speed automatic and a 2-speed transfer case with full-time 4WD, all of which you can expect on the pickup.
The Benz-up is based on the next-generation G-Wagon, which will be an industrial-strength M-Class, from what I've read. No word on the Bimmer-up, other than it will next-generation X-5 based.
Honda's ace in the hole here would be cost and reliability. I would expect to see some pretty nifty features on these new European pickups, besides the higher payloads and towing.
May 11, 2005 (9:04 pm)
It doesn't matter how easy it is to get to the spare.
Your car is 3 years old or more and the tread is worn down so that screw in the road can more easily make its hole. You drag that donut out of whereever it is. Under a large screw. Upside down. A spring across the jack handle. In a box in the Ridgeline bed. Under the carpet in the trunk. Or !horrors! hung under the rear.
It doesn't matter. After 3+years, that 60 psi spare will have about 12 psi in it. Not enough to actually drive on.
When's the last time you checked the pressure in that spare???????
(Ha! You don't even have a gauge that goes up that high.)
#1148 of 2746 Re: Mercedes Ridgeline? [rsholland]
May 12, 2005 (7:10 am)
all of which makes me want to wait a couple years before I invest in one of them.
Gone are the days of the sub $30k pickup that has all of these features: IRS, AWD, crew cab.
That is where Subaru really had a chance (still does, in my opinion) to gain market share with a larger Baja. It will be interesting where the new SportTrac comes in. Maybe Ford will decide that they will not try to compete with the high end Euros and put out a value package at about $26-$28k.
Hard to say where the Ridgeline will end up pricewise in 3 years. It all depends on how much volume Honda wants. The Ody is a prime example of maximizing profit per vehicle for both dealer and manufacturer. Honda could play that kind of game with the Ridgeline also.
#1149 of 2746 Re: Mercedes Ridgeline? [once_for_all]
May 12, 2005 (7:23 am)
The current SportTrac breaks $30K MSRP. I'd be suprised to see it in the $26-28K range before incentives - unless Ford decides to value price and avoid incentives.
#1150 of 2746 Re: Spare Tire [bolivar]
May 12, 2005 (8:20 am)
I carry a $10 air pump that plugs into the lighter/outlet. Mostly because I prefer to air-down a bit when driving off pavement, but also because I've needed my spare more often than I'd like.
#1151 of 2746 Any feedback on Ridgeline sales in S. California?
May 12, 2005 (8:25 am)
I am so very tempted to buy the RTL with sunroof and NAV. I've taken the test drive and had very preliminary discussions with the dealer about availability and pricing. I'd like to get the opinion of others about what is going on in Southern California with this truck.
I live in Carlsbad (35 miles north of San Diego) and have yet to see even one Ridgeline on the road. Given the fact that Honda is making plenty of them and the fact that I have yet to see one leads me to believe that this truck is not exactly flying off the lot.
According to Edmunds the truck is selling at full MSRP in my area. My high-level discussion on pricing with the sales person led me to believe that the only wiggle room is with the accessories.
#1152 of 2746 Re: Any feedback on Ridgeline sales in S. California? [sundevils]
May 12, 2005 (8:59 am)
lol as unique looking as the Ridge is, it is still hard to find a unique grain of sand on a beach full of sand.
There could be 1,000 Ridges in So. Cal but with so many millions of cars down there the odds of running into one are still very small.
#1153 of 2746 Re: Any feedback on Ridgeline sales in S. California? [once_for_all]
May 12, 2005 (9:09 am)
I disagree ... when the newly designed F150 came out I saw 'em everywhere. Same with the Avalanche, the Hummer H2, the Mini Cooper, the New Beetle, the Porsche Cayenne, the BMW X5, the PT Cruiser, etc.
I think this truck is being priced as if it is huge demand, but I'm not seeing the fruits of that demand.
#1154 of 2746 I don't know about S California
May 12, 2005 (10:04 am)
I hadn't seen any here (NW Florida) either but all I could get was $500 under MSRP. I double-checked by getting internet quotes from the Atlanta area, which has tons of dealers & is pretty competitive. They were all within $200 of MSRP.
I don't think MSRP will last forever; I think it's about $1500-$2000 high for my area (trucks are big sellers here). But it looks like it will take a few months to come down, and it may even stay there. It's hard to say because the RL really doesn't have any apples-apples competition. Meanwhile, I still haven't seen one in my area besides mine, but the dealer sells every one he gets.