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Im hoping to pull the trigger on a used ridgeline as soon as i run across one i like, will probably be 2010 or newer, something with less than 50k miles on it. Question is, are there any things i should go ahead and do to the truck? Im thinking specifically of the radiator problems, should i change it out first chance i get or let it go for awhile (like 100k miles). From what ive read honda hasnt fixed this so its an issue regardless of which year i buy correct?
 

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I don't think that we've seen the radiator issue be a significant problem on 2009+ models.

More important would be to all the things that one would normally do with a used vehicle: Look for maintenance records, get an independent pre-purchase inspection (by a Honda-trained mechanic), replace fluids, check for application of any service bulletins.
 

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As was said, the radiator shouldn't be a big deal on such a new vehicle. It's more of a problem on the 06-08 models simply because they're older and have had more of a chance to be subject to corrosion. If you find one with less than 50k miles on it, there are only a few fluid changes that should have been done at the 30k and 45k mile marks. If those haven't been done, it's a good chance for you to either do them yourself or have it worked into the purchase deal that the services are done before you take delivery. Other than that, regular oil and filter changes are all that are necessary.
 

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but it would be an issue later on wouldnt it? I normally buy vehicles and drive them until they die (i currently have an element with over 200k on it), so i will have this vehicle a pretty good while.
 

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but it would be an issue later on wouldnt it? I normally buy vehicles and drive them until they die (i currently have an element with over 200k on it), so i will have this vehicle a pretty good while.
Eventually, every radiator should be replaced. If you're looking for that new of a truck with that low mileage, it shouldn't be of any concern to you for at least 3-5 years.
 
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