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Old 12-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #11
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Re: 2013 Ridgeline Sport-motor bleeding oil between head and block

Meh, its a new motor. matching VINs dont mean anything nowadays, its not a musclecar. I do understand its a new car and you want it to match but if its gonna cost you more money for a lawyer and more time blah blah blah, I would just tell them simply you want a new RL or threaten them with a lawsuit , not necessarily doing it.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:27 PM   #12
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Re: 2013 Ridgeline Sport-motor bleeding oil between head and block

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Meh, its a new motor. matching VINs dont mean anything nowadays, its not a musclecar. I do understand its a new car and you want it to match but if its gonna cost you more money for a lawyer and more time blah blah blah, I would just tell them simply you want a new RL or threaten them with a lawsuit , not necessarily doing it.
Nicely said 716. When is the last time anyone has ever checked vin numbers to see if they matched on a "modern" non collectible vehicle? It wouldn't hurt to try and get something out of the deal for your time and headache, but I would be satisfied with a new motor and full Honda warranty. Im sure everyone said the same thing about a 69 camaro ss back in the day....but I highly doubt a ridgeline will ever be a collector.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:35 PM   #13
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Re: 2013 Ridgeline Sport-motor bleeding oil between head and block

They have 30 days to fix the problem or else it is considered a lemon.

http://doj.nh.gov/consumer/sourcebook/lemon-law.htm

Get a lawyer, they usually work for "free". That is, Honda will pay them. I had a similar issue with a Hyundai in NC - and they took the car back, refunded all payments that I had made, and paid off my loan.

I chose this route, because it was a Hyundai. If you trust Honda, you could get a new RL.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:10 PM   #14
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Re: 2013 Ridgeline Sport-motor bleeding oil between head and block

I'm a little concerned that it was TOWED!
How far? This may be another potential problem.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #15
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Re: 2013 Ridgeline Sport-motor bleeding oil between head and block

I wouldn't stress out too much over a new engine. Everything will be checked over twice as compared to coming from the factory. It's a bummer, but life is short. Enjoy the truck.

I would try for an extended warranty or some sort of compensation for your time and lowered value of the truck. Arguably the truck has lost value due to this issue. Maybe a high end, 2way remote starter for those cold NH winters!

If they are total A-holes go to arbitration.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:08 AM   #16
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My question is how this would appear on a Carfax? I know it sounds stupid to ask, but every service call ends up on the Carfax. Every oil change, brake fix, etc. at the dealership. I don't know how it would effect the resale/trade-in value of the vehicle with an engine replacement. Maybe not at all being the replacement engine should be new as opposed to rebuilt, but it's worth finding out about. I don't know how much detail on a repair gets put into a report in a Carfax. There is no doubt they should replace the vehicle outright, but who knows. I'd call TV news. Dealerships hate this kind of "advertising", if you know what I mean.

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It will appear in Carfax that the motor was replaced.


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