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Honda Ridgeline, Truck, SUV
Nov 07, 2005 (9:34 am)
I was warming up to the Ridgeline after looking at it, but I have to admit the Edmunds strut experience is ugly. I don't consider going down a washboard dirt road excessive. Honda's own promo pictures show it doing far worse than that. In fact, washboard dirt roads is exactly the type of "off roading" I'd do in it, with possibly a 500 pound four-wheeler atv in the back. I think I'll wait until I (hopefully) hear about serious strut upgrades on the 2007, to put the ridgeline back on my list. Its a shame, that trunk and interior room is fantastic.
#1825 of 2746 Re: Banter aside... [mrjjgittes]
Nov 07, 2005 (9:56 am)
Can't say that I blame you for your hesitation, but the Edmunds report is just one instance. For all we know it was a fluke. We really don't know yet.
When Honda introduced the Ridgeline, they allowed journalists to drive one on a test loop which included hills, ruts, water, a frame-twister, and washboard terrain. It wasn't terribly aggressive stuff, but enough to give people an idea.
If I recall correctly, they had journalists driving the same rig over this loop for at least two days. You can bet that if there were a strut failure, you'd have read about it.
#1826 of 2746 Re: Banter aside... [mrjjgittes]
Nov 07, 2005 (9:56 am)
Yes, if you don't need it now, it is almost always better to wait.
I am holding out for a diesel engine Ridgeline or something that is similar to the Ridgeline.
Add in the cost issue (doubtful that Honda is going to increase prices).
#1827 of 2746 Re: Banter aside... [varmint]
Nov 07, 2005 (9:58 am)
I agree. Isn't it funny that ***ONE*** Ridgeline that we have heard about just happened to have ALL four struts blow out?
#1828 of 2746 Re: Banter aside... [isellhondas]
Nov 07, 2005 (10:06 am)
I don't doubt that it happened. I just think we shouldn't get all chicken little about one instance. Especially when we really don't know all the details.
I mean, I heard about a brand new Jeep Rubicon that snapped a tie rod driving down a path covered in loose rocks. I was told this after I'd already driven the same track in my CR-V.
Would anyone take me seriously if I took that story and claimed that Jeeps are flimsy and unfit for off-road use? Geez, I hope not. So, for the same reasons, I wouldn't take a single story as the gospel for the Ridgeline.
Nov 07, 2005 (10:40 am)
But some love to hear stories like this and they will jump all over it.
#1830 of 2746 Re: Correct... [isellhondas]
Nov 07, 2005 (10:56 am)
Well, I guess I just don't see a reason for Edmunds to lie about the circumstances of the strut failure. If they dropped it off a mini cliff, then I be willing to bet they would tell us that, and there would have been other damage to report. Why not? It is in their best financial interest to be fair with the manufacturers. Also, one of the things that makes Hondas and Toyotas so good is that they are built in a very consistent way. Thus, it is not a stretch to believe that a significant problem may not be an anomoly, and will reappear. Anyway, it seems like a fix (i.e. heavy duty race inspired type strut) would be easy. I'll wait and see.
Nov 07, 2005 (11:24 am)
If ONE report of failed struts would scare someone away, they probably should buy a different car.
I have a lot of respect for Edmunds or I wouldn't be here.
Still...I find it VERY odd all four struts would somehow fail. I just don't understand, that's all.
#1832 of 2746 Re: Correct... [mrjjgittes]
Nov 07, 2005 (11:59 am)
I can't speak for Isell, but I'm offering up my perspective for this reason... If the problem was an anomaly, you'll be waiting for a fix that'll never arrive. If it isn't a one-time anomaly, Honda may fix it without ever announcing the change.
You have the luxury of time to buy. But you may be waiting for a fix that never happens, never needed to happen, or happens, but never gets published. All because of one report.
With the Jeep incident I mentioned before, I'm sure the driver thought the trail he was traversing was perfectly ordinary. Heck, it wasn't even a trail. It was an access road between trails. I made it without a 2nd thought driving a Honda CR-V, fer cryin' out loud. Why would a guy who bought a Rubicon package be concerned with this trail? He probably just hit an embedded rock, just the right way, at just the right speed.
I'm sure the Edmunds staffer thought he was driving a perfectly ordinary trail, at a safe speed, with nothing to worry about. There's no reason to suggest the staffer is lying about it.
#1833 of 2746 Anything is possible...
Nov 07, 2005 (12:07 pm)
I don't suspect anything either way.
I just find it very odd, that's all. Maybe the struts come from a supplier who accidently had a bad run.
I haven't a clue.