ROC Rank: 2k Comma Club
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Eastern part of Texas
Model Year: 2006
Color: Billet Silver / Gray
Re: Rattling Their Cages
I was involved in getting three or four of us together for an East Texas meet very early on, maybe 2005 or early 2006. It was the first mini meet of any kind in Texas. We did not do anything special except show off our trucks and talk about them, have barbque and generally shoot the breeze and get to know each other.
I also attended two larger meets in Dallas with Mike, Outfitter and several others. We went to car shows, ate at Uncle Julios (best Mexican joint!) and even swam and drank Tequila in Outfitter's pool. They were good times. As things progressed and more Texans bought Ridgelines, we became more separate rather than closer and the meets, although often talked about, never came about. Why I am not sure but it probably has to do with the fact that over the last few years there has been talk of the death of the Ridgeline, either totally buried or at least the death of the quality as we know it. Rather than hearing nothing but positive and enthusiastic comments as there was early on, in recent years there have been rants and bashings, if not of the Ridgeline itself, of Honda in general and how they have treated our "baby". And speculation has been the primary focus here for the past two years.
People have sold their trucks and purchased something else, others have resigned themselves to never owning another Ridgeline. In other words, the enthusiasm is not what it once was for the truck, especially its future and quality, and I think that mainifests itself in a lack of enthusiasim in making plans for future meets. I could be wrong of course but that sort of makes sense to me.
I for one am fairly certain that I have been holding out in vain for the last two or three years waiting for a re-tooled, new, modern Ridgeline to take the place of my original model. We might get it and we might not but even if we do I do not believe it will be what I was hoping for. In the meantime, I am looking seriously at alternatives to buy this year, maybe even this month if the incentives are good enough. So for me, and I think many others (not just Texans), our interest seems to be moving in other directions and away from the Ridgeline.