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Goodbye faithful 2006 RTS, Hello 2017 RTS

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I just bought a Blue RTS. I've had my 2006 Ridgeline for 10 years and 224k miles. It was the best vehicle of the 30 years I've been driving. I wasn't easy on it either. The only problem I ever had was the catalytic converter failed around 150k. Never changed the timing belt. Never had a breakdown. Here she is in the Honda dealer's lot right after I traded her off.

I spent 6 weeks test driving and negotiating. I talked to 9 different dealers. Half of them offered little or no discount off the MSRP. Some of them stated "These Ridgelines are being sold faster than we can order them!" While this is partially true because shipments are slowly trickling out and dealers usually only have 2 or 3 in stock, I called BS. I kept working on the price and holding out for the truck I wanted, a blue 2WD RTS. Eventually I got the deal and the truck I wanted at about $3k below sticker.

Here's the new one. I hope I get another good 10 years and 200k+ miles out of this one.

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Congrats, 3k below sticker???, well done!! Hope it is as good to you as the G1.
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I in the same boat, I'm selling my 2008 RTL with 51,000 miles on it and have on order a 2017 RTL-T AWD that should be here the first week of November. The person buying my Ridgeline has a 2006 with 190,000 miles on it and it's been a trouble fee vehicle for him, I think he is getting the better deal, that is, he sells his and buys mine (somewhere around $7000 difference it cost him) and I buy new and it cost me $24,000 difference, I think I loose on this one. I think you made a good choice on the RTS, very nice vehicle for the price, probably one of Honda's best buys out there.

Congrats and it's nice to see more people with RTS's. Mine has been great and I hope you the same!
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What dealer did you get such a great deal from?
I've had my 2006 Ridgeline for 10 years and 224k miles. Never changed the timing belt.
While this is a testament to the longevity of the timing belt, I have to ask...why? The vehicle should now be on its THIRD timing belt. You do know what will happen when the timing belt breaks, right? What other maintenance did you neglect that a potential buyer should be aware of?
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