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Help: Shopping for a Ridgeline in GTA!

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Hey everyone,

Hoping to get some advice on Canadian Ridgelines as I have been shopping for one for a while! Need a mid-size truck at a good price and the Ridgeline fits the bill. I have a few purchase options and it boils down to mileage/model and price:

Would you rather have:

Car #1: 2008 EXL with 188kms for $14M

Car #2: 2010 RTS with 199kms for $14M

Car #3: 2009 DX with 192Kms for $13M

All are coming from 3rd party dealers so I'll be getting a Carproof and mechanical inspection. Just looking for the right balance of mileage vs model. I'll only be putting 8-10 thousand Km per year on it as it is a short daily commuter and hockey/soccer run around on weekends.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks for everyone's help!
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i read this as you were looking for a ridgeline in the game Grand Theft Auto... :grin:

good luck on your search. i think the 2010 might be the best one, but i don't know the canadian model lineup so well. they all seem pretty close, does one have nav, or is in your preferred color? that might be the decider
Get as much history on each one as you can. Was it dealer serviced? We're all scheduled maintenance item replaced? The list goes on. As an example, I'd take 200 k hiway over 100k city. Do a search here and read,read, and read. Good luck.
i read this as you were looking for a ridgeline in the game Grand Theft Auto... :grin:
Ha ha, that's what I thought too & was going to say...There's not one.
How hard is it to buy one just across the border. I here may that go across to buy side by sides, is there anything special for purchasing a vehicle in the lower 48. Depending on where you live of course.
i'd like to have the canadian daytime running lights (i heard that was a standard feature ... right?) would probably keep my silverstars from burning out in 6 months..
I believe the Daytime Running Lights came standard starting in 2010, at least for US models. See if you can find brochures for the years your thinking of and read the Safety features.
Those three trucks are just about equal on price and mileage. What it's going to come down to is which has the best balance of maintenance history and the features you need/want. If the maintenance history is satisfactory on all of them and you can't eliminate any of them based solely on that, you have a choice to make. All RL's have the same drivetrain and safety gear. The DX is a US RT. Base model with steel wheels, black door handles, single CD player, manual climate controls and not a whole lot of creature comforts. The EX (RTS) steps up with dual auto climate control, 6-disc changer with a subwoofer, body-colored handles, alloy wheels, power drivers seat and steering wheel audio controls. The EX-L (RTL) adds to the RTS features with leather heated seats (extremely nice in Canadian winters) and a moonroof. There were engine, transmission, interior and exterior upgrades for the 2009 model year. A portion of the 2009 models were built in Ontario, Canada before RL production was moved to Alabama midway through the year. If the 2009 you're looking at was built in Canada and you can live with the base model, go for it. Canadian built 2009's are considered the "unicorns" of RL's in that they have the build quality of the Canadian plant (superior to Alabama) and the 2009 updates. If you want all the creature comforts, the 2008 would be my choice. If you want something in the middle, the 2010 is the newest one. You're doing the right thing by having them checked out before buying. At the mileage they all have, they all should have had the timing belt service completed. This is the most important and most expensive service required on the RL. If the one you decide on has not had this done, you can use it as negotiation leverage and have the seller take off some from the asking price.
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