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Hello everyone. My name is Bryan and I bought my RTL about 3 weeks ago. Here is the story of how I became a RL owner.

I saw a commerical for it when I returned from Iraq. My wife and I have been wanting to get a safer vehicle since we now have a 2 yr old. I want her to get the Volvo XC90 but can't afford it right now. I, like most men, have always wanted a truck. Before my RL, all but one of my cars have been rice burners. MR2, two civics, BMW, and one Subaru SVX. Now that the riding low and fast is out of my system, it was time to become a man and drive a truck. I told my wife I was going to get it, with or without her help. She was furious, like most women would be. I went to the closest dealer and test drove a RTS. I knew then I had to have one. They couldn't make it work so I left. The only dealer in So Cal that had any RTs was too far away. So I thought if I can't own new, try used. So I searched and found a Black RTL w/ S/R about 45 mins away. I took the wife and as we walked up to it she yells, "That's it?!!!! That's not a truck!" and she starts laughing. We test drive it and I knew I had to jump on it. It had 6,000 miles on it and they were asking 29K for it. A STEAL in my book. One major thing though; it had a scratch on the left rear quarter panel, and the tailgate swing feature was broken. I knew I could take it to a dealer and get the tailgate fixed, but I was going to have to live with the scratch. I thought, "It's a truck, it's not supposed to be pretty." So after the test drive we left. I called the dealer the next day and told him about the scratch. He called me back and said they lowered it to 27K! I was pissing my pants. I told my wife I would be picking it up and I did. I got the tailgate fixed the next day and it drives like a dream!!!! I have sinced put rear mud flaps and the other grill on to make it look more like a truck. Below is a pic of it on the car lot then 3 pics in front of my house with the new grill and mud flaps. Another thing I like is the previous owner removed the rear emblems. I've been thinking about getting an adhesive Honda emblem and applying it to the tailgate below the handle. I think the one on the front of the RL is too big so I was considering the one on the back of the Honda Pilot. What are your thoughts on this?
 

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Congratulations. You won't be sorry with the choice you've made. And like many on this forum have found out, even if our spouses didn't care for the RL at first, they end up falling for it too after driving it. Then comes the battle of who gets to drive it on what day!
 

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Wow, I think you're the first one on this forum who's bought one used. Congrats on your purchase, and further congratulations on your baby and on getting back home from Iraq safe and sound. Enjoy your ride. :D
 

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Thanks!!!!
 

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Great looking truck bbnmcas! So shiny it's like a black mirror. Enjoy!! :cool:
 

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Welcome to the club and best of luck with your RL! The alternate grill is something that I am seriously considering. I think Meth's statement that you are the first member to buy a used RL is accurate.
 

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Welcome to the boards. The black looks really sharp.
 

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Congrats Brian and welcome to ROC!
 
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Welcome to the ROC family and welcome back from the eternal dust storm safely.
We're glad you're here and we KNOW you will enjoy the ride.
Just one question if you don't mind me asking.
Did they tell you why it was used already??
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jkaletski said:
I'm curious...Why was this for sale with only 6,000 miles on it?
Was the previous owner crazy or was this a dealer floor model?
I am guessing but I think dealers are only allowed to put 6000 miles on demo model vehicles. So 6000 would be about right for it to be a demo. But it does seem curious as to why they ended up with a 'used' RL so soon after the vehicle went on the market. There are a couple things I can think of, one is a Repo, the other is that someone had a serious change of requirements that made them trade it out early. I know someone who bought a car then was fired and hired into a totally different industry and needed a large truck all within 3 weeks and ended up trading the car in to get the truck, they were very disappointed because they really wanted that car.

If it was a demo, the dealer should have informed him of that right up front. I almost bought a demo instead of the one I bought, but when it came down to it, we could afford a new model and were just being cheap and when we considered that our average mileage each year is about 7k miles, losing a year of depreciation before we even took it off the lot seemed high to us.
 

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jkaletski said:
I'm curious...Why was this for sale with only 6,000 miles on it?
Was the previous owner crazy or was this a dealer floor model?
A demo wouldn't have the emblems removed from the tailgate. ;)
 

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I bought it used from a Jeep / Chrysler Dealership. The salesman said the previous owner traded it in on a Chrysler 300M. He must have bought the RL right when they came out.
 
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bbnmcas said:
I bought it used from a Jeep / Chrysler Dealership. The salesman said the previous owner traded it in on a Chrysler 300M. He must have bought the RL right when they came out.
YOU MEAN HE TRADED A RIDGELINE FOR A CHRYSLER?? Oh..what's the world coming to!!?? :eek:
 

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VERY NICE TRUCK AND SWEET DEAL, KEEP THAT BAD BOY CLEAN MY MAN!
 

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ladyridge said:
YOU MEAN HE TRADED A RIDGELINE FOR A CHRYSLER?? Oh..what's the world coming to!!?? :eek:
He's lame! ;)
 
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