phineas· Super Moderator
2017 Ridgeline RTL-E | Northeast U.S.
I just checked my rocker panels from front to back on both sides and they are fine. But it's the second time I've checked because someone else posted a while back that they had an issue as well. Clearly there were problems with this operation.To all the 2017 RL buyers, look at the black rocker moldings on the truck especially on the forward part of the bed, As I dropped mine off at the dealer yesterday my wife and I were looking at the new models, she pointed out that the molding on the front of the bed seemed bent, I bent down to look at it and when I touched it, it fell off, I checked the one other that they had and the rocker molding was barely attached. 3 clips were broken.
REAR DOOR CLOSING ISSUE
An issue I have been wrestling with is door closing. When three doors are closed and you go to close the fourth the air pressure inside the vehicle makes it slightly more difficult to close that last door. But I have a problem with the right rear door that it just all too frequently stands ajar after being "closed." If you slam it, it always closes but if you send it in motion with just the right amount of force, not only does it not close, it's not latched in the least. If I were to drive around a curve to the left, it would fly open.
By comparison, the left rear door (and in fact all three other doors) always closes. It's the sort of problem that drives dealers and owners nuts because people do these things in different ways. I've always been a minimum force kind of guy. (Thank God my 11-year-old is the exact opposite.) Is the service manager or mechanic the type of person who always slams the door? Well then you're likely to get "we couldn't find anything wrong." It's my 14-year-old daughter who usually sits in his right rear seat, though. She is not the type to slam the door. There is a safety issue is as well as a danger for another car or pedestrian if the door were to swing out.
My plan is to live with this for another couple of days and keep testing it myself I want to see that it consistently has this issue. But then I have to pursue this if I believe that there is something wrong with the door.