I've had my 2019 RTL AWD for one year now and only have about 3400 miles on it. Had the dealer do a free oil change and tire rotation (included in the purchase price) a couple weeks ago. In general. I am very pleased with my Ridgeline except for two regrets/problems.Hello Ridgeline Owners Club.com,
This is my first post...but I've been lurking here for months now.
I just ordered a new RTL-E in Obsidian Blue. Do any of you owners of the 2G version of the Ridgeline have any regrets or completely regret buying the new Ridgeline? I've watched just about every video on YouTube about the new Ridgeline and am convinced that this is the vehicle for me. I'd love to hear some feedback of issues with the new version from owners of it though.
One regret has to do with dealer and my failure to not do a better inspection at purchase. There was undetected paint damage on the roof (white) and exterior passenger door panel (black) and damage to the plastic bedliner when I bought the vehicle. It was dark and raining when I took possession or I might have noticed this damage before driving it away. That night when I got home and parked in the garage, I saw some reddish stains on the bedliner, but figured it was something that would wash off and didn't think much about it for the next several rainy days. When I did get around to trying to wash it off, they turned out to be permanent stains. I still wasn't that concerned. After all it was just a bedliner. A month later I was hauling some chairs and was standing in the bed when I saw the paint damage on the roof for the first time. It was a long nasty reddish streak on my white paint that ran the length of the roof. That was also when I saw a thumb print size stain on the passenger side door panel. This motivated me to go back to the dealer since I now had actual paint damage that was unsightly and could cause it to fail prematurely. The dealer was reluctant to take responsibility because of the elapsed time. After consultation with Honda Corp, they did finally agree to fix the roof paint damage, but not the door panel or bedliner stains. So I see a reminder of that damage every time I look in the bed or walk around to the passenger side door. My son-in-law works at a body shop and thinks the damage was caused by leaking brake fluid. Probably from a vehicle parked above it when it was trucked to the dealer.
The second regret/problem is due to a hood flutter problem. The hood moves upward significantly when encountering strong gusts of wind (like when you meet a semi going highway speeds). I have never seen a hood move like this. The first time I saw it I stopped to check that the hood was latched. I did research here on this forum and found a mention of TSB 17-083 about this issue. Took it to the dealer with a printout of the TSB, and they said they "repaired it" in accordance with the TSB. It seemed to lessen the movement, but did not eliminate it. I have more or less become used to it now, but have been thinking about calling Honda corporate to see if there is more they can do to eliminate the movement entirely. It is not how I like to spend my time, but I should probably pursue it while it is still under warranty.
Other than that, I really like how it drives. I get about 22 mpg combined hwy and city. Keep it on Econ mode all the time. Rides like a dream.
However, these two problems have kind of soured me on Honda in general and the local dealer in particular. I've owned five Honda vehicles, but I just bought a new car after my wife hit a deer and totaled her Civic. It was not a Honda. I bought a Toyota Camry instead.