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#305 of 840 Considering buying a 2006 Ridgeline....?
Oct 13, 2005 (9:57 am)
I have owned my Ridgeline for 6 months and would like to (objectively) share the following to help others decide whether the Ridgeline is the "right" vehicle for them. Please consider the following:
Very good: car-like ride, cab space, under bed storage, overall styling
Good: miles per gallon, tailgate opens traditional style and barnyard style
Poor: A typical Honda - somewhat under powered (too much gear shifting). Would not recomend Ridgeline for anyone doing a lot of towing. Also, I have sent HONDA USA two e-mails and never got any acknowledgment.
Very Poor: Tonneau Cover is a "Rube Goldberg." Why?
[a] All Ridgeline Tonneau covers use the same lock and key (can you believe it!)
[b] It's a 2 man effort to take it out and put it back in (very inconvenient!)
[c] The tonneau cover design is poorly engineered and it does not work seamlessly without some frustration - even after the dealer has installed some hoaky shims.
#306 of 840 Re: Honda Navi [bosshova]
Oct 14, 2005 (11:37 pm)
Wow bosshova (post #304)!! What dealer did you buy this at. I'll follow you there tomorrow! 26555 for an RTS sounds like a bargain. Then again I'm wondering what kind of pressures dealers and Ridgeline sales are experiencing right now--freeing up pressure on supply/demand:
1. Gas prices are a bit intimidating
2. Other competing trucks are selling '05 models off with a vengence of discounts.
3. Post "employee pricing" season has dealers feeling the pinch of anticipating a really lean time for a few months. My friend is a finance mgr at a Ford dealer and says they are really not looking forward to this period.
Does anyone know how "new" or recent the $1000 incentive back to the dealer is? Was this happening during the recent employee discounts? If not, this is another reason for dealers to be more flexible with their pricing. I'm going serious shopping tomorrow, so we'll see what kind of great deals I can scare up.
#307 of 840 I bought it
Oct 18, 2005 (8:34 am)
Bought a RTS this weekend for 26,500 including destination. This was my starting offer and I never had to budge from it. Added to this was tow pkg, bed extender, protection package. Dealer installed accessories were harder to bargain on. The night before "p" day (the "p" stands for purchase) I sent about 10 e-mails with my offer to honda dealers throughout the Puget Sound area. I said that I would be purchasing the vehicle on Sat. and if they wanted my business to call my cell phone. If they had the right deal I'd be on the road and come running. By 10:30 am I had no less than 5 offers. Two were for my asking price. As I sat in one dealer's chair I had to be excused to talk to another one on my cell. Worked very nicely. Thank the Lord for technology. Would have taken a lot more work to set this up otherwise.
Now I have a question- I based my starting offer on the information provided by Edmunds that the dealer was getting a 1,000 rebate which was unseen to the consumer. Consumer Reports, when I printed out their $12 info sheet on the Ridgeline, disagreed with that. They said there was no rebate. During the deal the salesman adamently claimed that there was no rebate--this was on the Pilot, not the Ridgeline. In retrospect I think he was right. But I'm surprised that they were willing to come down on their price this far without it. Guess I should have started my bidding 1,000 lower. I should thank Edmunds for the misinformation! (if indeed it is.)
#308 of 840 Re: I bought it [miket5]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 18, 2005 (8:51 am)
How long ago did you get the pricing sheet from CR? Edmunds shows the dealer marketing support of $1000, effective 10/04/05... Perhaps your information from CR is not up to date?
Either way, I wouldn't pick a salesperson as the oracle for dealer incentives.. He has no incentive to be upfront about incentives that the customer doesn't get directly..
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#309 of 840 Re: I bought it [kyfdx]
Oct 18, 2005 (10:04 am)
To piggyback on top of that....if you go to carsdirect.com and select the ridgeline it is going to give you a price that is $1000 below invoice....the dealer incentive goes to the first part of December....and just to make sure the price was correct I call another Honda dealer...told them the price ($1K under invoice) and they said they would match...no problem....so to me the salesman is not very knowledgeable...
The 05 Pilot has a $1500 incentive...not $1000 anyways...
Just my .02....
#310 of 840 Re: I bought it [miket5]
Oct 18, 2005 (2:41 pm)
I did the CR report on Saturday morning before I went out to buy the car.
MSN says invoice is 27056. Destination makes it 27606. So I bought it 1106 under invoice. The dealer does get the 3% of MSRP holdback, which is 902.25. Guess this would show them loosing money, which I doubt happened. You might be right, but of the three sources I would guess CR to be the most accurate. Anyways, good luck dealing for a RTS for any less than this--at least at the current time/market conditions.
Oct 18, 2005 (9:31 pm)
First congrats to you miket5, incentive or no incentive 26-5 seems to be the sweet spot for now on the RTS and the deals will only get better as the year ends and the 07 model roles out. So far I'm loving it. Smooth, comfortable ride. I installed an after market navi, the eclipse AVN5495 that fits my needs nicely. I also own an Infiniti fx35 and I barely miss driving it. The convenience of having that trunk just tickles me to no end. It's one of those things that until you have experienced it in a truck you wonder how they ever made one without it. Fill-up ain't cheap, but that's to be expected. How many miles to the gallon you guys getting out there?
#312 of 840 Re: RTS Update [bosshova]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Oct 19, 2005 (5:07 am)
Since this discussion focuses on pricing, you'll have better luck asking your MPG and other ownership questions in our regular Honda Ridgeline SUT discussion, where other owners hang out.
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#313 of 840 Looking at RTL with Navi
Oct 21, 2005 (11:12 am)
Anyone know the current discounts on an RTL with Navi in the NOVA/D.C. area?
#314 of 840 2006 Ridgeline RTL w/moonroof - Phoenix area
Oct 24, 2005 (10:40 pm)
I'm about to spring for the subject vehicle for an "out the door" price of $32,227.97. This price includes vehicle (29,016.00), tax (2350.29), documentation (299.00), tags 577.58) and tire tax (5.00). Does this sound like a reasonable deal? Are there any other charges that could pop up? Thanks for any comments.