Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: High Point, NC
Model Year: 2008
Color: Billet Silver Metallic
Re: Should I pull the trigger?
Agreed. If you plan on towing, the 2009 will be marginally better with the revised engine and tranny ratio tweaks. In addition, the 2009 will have the full OEM towing harness and hitch factory installed. Nothing wrong with having it done later as long as the OEM harness is used.
The 2009 is listed at ~62k miles. I don't see any mileage on the 2008. You will have a rear camera on the 2008 since it has the NAV pkg. That might be useful for backing up to whatever you're towing.
Edit: I notice the 2008 has about 59k miles on it after looking at the pics.
Maintenance would be a large factor for me in the decision process. If I didn't have any confidence in the maintenance of the 2009, I would lean towards the known history on the 2008.
Have you driven them both yet?
Also, since you mention that you travel a lot, that expands your reasonable search area considerably.
I see they left the right rear seat down on the 2008. Check it when up to make sure the support leg lays flat against the seat bottom. If it sticks out, the pulley is broken and should be repaired using the metal pulleys that Honda now provides for this. Early fixes called for replacing the entire seat assembly for a 5 cent plastic pulley. Very pricey fix.
That might give you some wiggle room in the price too, if you consider fixing that on your own. Instructions can be found here at the ROC.
2008 Ridgeline RTS in BSM
2006 Pilot EXL-RES in BSM
1999 Civic LX 5 speed manual in metalflake black
2009 Corolla S
Last edited by speedlever; 01-09-2012 at 12:08 PM.