Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: High Point, NC
Model Year: 2008
Color: Billet Silver Metallic
Re: Abou to purcahse a used Ridgeline....Common problem areas?
Others above have covered most of the very few troublespots on the RL. The first year was amazingly solid, unlike most first year vehicles. If you tow, get a RL mfg after August 24,2005. That's when Honda corrected a hitch wiring issue affecting the reverse circuit.
Some RLs have had issues with water leaks in the cabin due to faulty seam sealant application at the factory. I really don't know how you can check for that except you could pop off a threshold cover and run you hand up under the carpet to check for any dampness. Or check for any musty smell inside.
Due to the unique rear diff and Honda AWD/4WD, routine maintenance is important, as mentioned above. Personally, I would prefer to find a vehicle with a maintenance history included. Failing that, I would want to do a complete fluid and filter change to establish a maintenance baseline.
If you are a DIYer, you can do all the routine maintenance and save much $$$. Every aspect of routine maintenance is covered, often with pics or video, here at the ROC.
Do you know the difference in the trim lines? RT, RTX, RTS, RTL? Learn how the Maintenance Minder works. It's a good system but takes some mental adjustment if you're used to maintenance schedules.
Most importantly, ask questions here. I'll bet the ROC has seen most issues that are likely to occur with the RL.
2008 Ridgeline RTS in BSM
2006 Pilot EXL-RES in BSM
1999 Civic LX 5 speed manual in flat black
2009 Toyota Corolla S in Blue Streak