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Exact same crap was said about Gen 1, believe me, but it was a lot worse due to the looks. This one, just fix or replace the head unit, everyone complains about it, and not just in this truck, in every Honda they put it in. They are supposedly changing it in every MY 18 Honda. Good riddance.
 

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I wonder if the supposed updated unit in the 2018s will be interchangeable with the current head unit.

Probably not.
 

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If the 18 isn't available for the RL there are some nice aftermarket units at Best Buy. (was looking at them last night)

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Weird?!?, my last two vehicles, besides the Tesla Model S I have now, were a Chevy Volt and a Saab 9-3. You don't know weird unless you had a Saab, or old VW or some other vehicle like that.
 
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If the 18 isn't available for the RL there are some nice aftermarket units at Best Buy. (was looking at them last night)



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Would everything (Navi, Reverse camera, vehicle settings, internet, etc etc) still be usable if replaced with the ones you were looking at?
 

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Would everything (Navi, Reverse camera, vehicle settings, internet, etc etc) still be usable if replaced with the ones you were looking at?
Don't know about the internet and vehicle specific features, but the other features yes according to the sales guy.

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Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. Here's mine....

1.) If you don't like the radio, try a different trim level. That's precisely why they make them.
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2.) If the spare tire is such a problem, put it in the bed, or ... have a spare, "spare" tire that you keep in the garage, and can occasionally toss in the bed for mulch hauling, etc.
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3.) Finally, if the reviewer can't seem to feel right about himself because the truck doesn't feel "truckie" enough .... he may simply need VIAGRA ...
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Exact same crap was said about Gen 1, believe me, but it was a lot worse due to the looks. This one, just fix or replace the head unit, everyone complains about it, and not just in this truck, in every Honda they put it in. They are supposedly changing it in every MY 18 Honda. Good riddance.
What is wrong with the ridgeline head unit? It can't be worse than Lexus interface
 

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What is wrong with the ridgeline head unit? It can't be worse than Lexus interface
I have to agree. I think the head unit is fine.

The only thing I've found that's a bit of a pain is when you have to tune to find a station. For that function, I wish there was a knob. For me, once I set all the stations I listen to, it'll be a very rare occasion for me to search for another station again.

I've also gotten around the 'finger print' issue. I set the screen sensitivity to it's highest setting. Now I can use the tip of my fingernail or I also have a stylus to select functions. Using my finger nail or the stylus is becoming rare because at least 90% of the functions I use can be accessed on the steering wheel controls.
 
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...2.) If the spare tire is such a problem, put it in the bed, or ... have a spare, "spare" tire that you keep in the garage, and can occasionally toss in the bed for mulch hauling, etc...
Exactly! Easy-peazy, but I guess even simple solutions are too hard for some people to figure out. The reviewer suggests that owners will tire of having to do this "every time" they're hauling stuff and then be caught unprepared for a flat. But I think if you fill your bed with mulch, gravel or lumber that often, you should probably just mount a fullsize spare in the bed and be done with it.
 

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While I do agree a spare tire in the trunk if fully loaded with mulch or something similar could be a pita, the probability of this type of scenario on a Ridgeline is like getting hit by lighting. It could be much worse such as having your beer in the trunk and no access, OMG!. I do not see anybody mentioning how the typical under mounted spare becomes useless as it is corroded in place after a few harsh winters where salt is used on the roads. I really prefer the Honda design by far. As for loading mulch or soil or anything similar, much easier to unload and more practical using a trailer for this task or at least this is what I have always done.

As for the head unit, yes it took me a few weeks before it became second nature however I really like it now. You simply cannot get in and use it like an old fashion radio, there is a learning curve which none of the reviewers ever get to go through as they only have the truck for a couple of days at best. I must say it is fast in comparison to many others I have used. I hate navigation lockout and know how frustrating this can be as my wife's car does this however on the Ridgeline I do have an advantage since the Canadian model allows navigation programming/changes while under way.
 
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I must say it is fast in comparison to many others I have used. I hate navigation lockout and know how frustrating this can be as my wife's car does this however on the Ridgeline I do have an advantage since the Canadian model allows navigation programming/changes while under way.
There's an after market unit that can be installed in-line with the harness that connects to the back of the head unit which allows you to operate the navigation while under-way. I know I have it saved some where as I intend to install it in my RL.
 
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Exactly! Easy-peazy, but I guess even simple solutions are too hard for some people to figure out. The reviewer suggests that owners will tire of having to do this "every time" they're hauling stuff and then be caught unprepared for a flat. But I think if you fill your bed with mulch, gravel or lumber that often, you should probably just mount a fullsize spare in the bed and be done with it.
Doesn't the spare, in the trunk, well isn't it on a sliding tray? My home depot is about 2 miles from the house so I wouldn't even bother with it. But let's say you are going to be driving an extended time with a full load in the bed. I'd just pull the spare, jack, and tools, and either put them in some part of the bed, or raise one or both rear seats and throw them in the truck "just in case."
It's really not that big of a deal. There are pros/cons to every design. Personally I'd rather my spare tire be in a trunk, secured from the elements compared to mounting one under the bed getting sprayed with all sorts of sheet 24/7. And keep in mind that journalists' jobs are to nitpick, and be an absolute critic, as they should. If they alert the consumer/buyer to +'s and -'s, all of them, then they are doing their job. People take reviews way too personally when it comes to items they have purchased. I'm more interested if it handles like sheet, drives like sheet, stops like sheet, and accelerates like sheet. Way more important than a spare. You should see a few cars I've looked at purchasing recently (Ford Focus RS, VW Mk7 Golf R), you don't even get a got damn spare, not even a donut. You get a can of fix a flat which can really F up your wheel. I'll take a spare, included with the vehicle purchase, anyway I can get it, mounted anywhere I can get to. Those 2 cars I referenced, the Golf R, you can spend about $400 buying a spare, jack, tools, carpet/foam, and make a near OEM solution. That car, in Europe, comes with a spare tire, in the USA it doesn't. On the Focus RS, the AWD system, specifically the GKN shafts and AWD unit (called a RDU, located between the rear axle or half shafts) takes up all the room so you have no place to put a spare, no mounting location. You'd have to buy one and carry it around in the hatch. So we should be glad Honda gives a donut, many mfr's are doing away with them to save $50. :rolleyes:


There's an after market unit that can be installed in-line with the harness that connects to the back of the head unit which allows you to operate the navigation while under-way. I know I have it saved some where as I intend to install it in my RL.
You can do this with about any aftermarket Nav Unit. Just ground the mf'er. Some of them will even let you play DVD's while driving. Not anything I would suggest, but on a road trip, and the wife, or kids, wants to watch something, you can do it. Way more options aftermarket, just initial install is a PITA. Luckily a member here has already done and provided us with the blueprints. Just destroy them when complete or they'll self destruct :grin:
 

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Exactly! Easy-peazy, but I guess even simple solutions are too hard for some people to figure out. The reviewer suggests that owners will tire of having to do this "every time" they're hauling stuff and then be caught unprepared for a flat. But I think if you fill your bed with mulch, gravel or lumber that often, you should probably just mount a fullsize spare in the bed and be done with it.
My issue with the flat with a load is that I dont think the spare would be up to spec for carrying what is hindering you from getting the spare. I guess thats why the fullsize trucks always have the full size underneath.
 

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My issue with the flat with a load is that I dont think the spare would be up to spec for carrying what is hindering you from getting the spare. I guess thats why the fullsize trucks always have the full size underneath.
A Honda rep, i think in an early TFL video from the San Antonio event, said the spare would handle the payload requirements of a loaded Ridgeline.
 

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A Honda rep, i think in an early TFL video from the San Antonio event, said the spare would handle the payload requirements of a loaded Ridgeline.
Yep, I remember that. I think it was actually the Ridgeline LPL (Kerry McClure) defending the RL's limited-service spare when Roman was needling him that real trucks have real spare tires. We've kinda beat this horse to death in other threads, but I'll repeat my point that I wouldn't want to be caught with a heavy load or on a rough back road in a situation where I needed to run that donut spare for many miles before I could replace it with a full service tire. The OEM spare is almost a full inch smaller in diameter than stock tires and Honda says not to exceed 50 mph with it.
 

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Yep, I remember that. I think it was actually the Ridgeline LPL (Kerry McClure) defending the RL's limited-service spare when Roman was needling him that real trucks have real spare tires. We've kinda beat this horse to death in other threads, but I'll repeat my point that I wouldn't want to be caught with a heavy load or on a rough back road in a situation where I needed to run that donut spare for many miles before I could replace it with a full service tire. The OEM spare is almost a full inch smaller in diameter than stock tires and Honda says not to exceed 50 mph with it.
I had a new '07 Tundra DC 4x4 the had a smaller size spare from Toyota.
I bitched about it to Toyota corporate to no avail.
After cutting off locks that I lubed so many times,or seeing spare tire
cradles swinging empty on the truck in front of me.
Once mine was stolen even locked!
I'd rather have a clean spare in the trunk.
 

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While I do agree a spare tire in the trunk if fully loaded with mulch or something similar could be a pita, the probability of this type of scenario on a Ridgeline is like getting hit by lighting. It could be much worse such as having your beer in the trunk and no access, OMG!. I do not see anybody mentioning how the typical under mounted spare becomes useless as it is corroded in place after a few harsh winters where salt is used on the roads. I really prefer the Honda design by far. As for loading mulch or soil or anything similar, much easier to unload and more practical using a trailer for this task or at least this is what I have always done.

As for the head unit, yes it took me a few weeks before it became second nature however I really like it now. You simply cannot get in and use it like an old fashion radio, there is a learning curve which none of the reviewers ever get to go through as they only have the truck for a couple of days at best. I must say it is fast in comparison to many others I have used. I hate navigation lockout and know how frustrating this can be as my wife's car does this however on the Ridgeline I do have an advantage since the Canadian model allows navigation programming/changes while under way.
There's an after market unit that can be installed in-line with the harness that connects to the back of the head unit which allows you to operate the navigation while under-way. I know I have it saved some where as I intend to install it in my RL.
OOOOOOOR.... you could just use your Google Maps function and disregard the OEM nav feature. The voice recognition is AMAZINGLY accurate and much faster, as it accesses Google and not the pre-loaded database...in other words, it's ACCURATE and up to date. :)
 
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