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Hi guys,

I'm considering purchasing my brother's 2009 RTL. I've seen it briefly, and have driven it briefly, but not to a level I would if I were test driving something. He sent me some pictures of it, and cautioned me that there are a few dingers. Areas that I'd probably want to look at if I bought it:

(1) Front bumper area. In the photo showing the right front corner, it looks like the bumper cover has been pushed rearward just slightly. This is probably not a big deal to me, but I'd still probably want to look at that.

(2) Driver's door ding. It looks like there's a dinger in the lower half of the front of the driver's door. This may come out with paintless dent removal, I don't know.

(3) The big area, obviously, is the driver's side rear door, and the big divot in the bodywork behind it. I'm not all that familiar with Ridgelines, but I'd wager that this would be a major project to fix -- I doubt that those quarter panels just unbolt from the vehicle. I also don't know if there's access behind that for someone to sort of bang that area back out to possibly fill and paint. As for the door itself, I imagine that's beyond repair -- that'd need a new door skin, right?

(4) Wheels. At least one of the wheels has some curbing on it, but I reckon that those are generally easy enough to repair.

The big plus is the interior is still in very good shape -- the leather is supple still and the the seats aren't smashed in too bad. It's an '09 with about 100,000 miles.

If I bought it, I'd do the plugs, timing belt, and transmission fluid exchange right away. My wife's car is a 2005 Acura MDX, which is pretty much a kissing cousin to the Ridgeline, so I'm familiar with the mechanicals. It's even got the same excellent VTM-4 AWD system.

I appreciate any and all opinions on the bodywork I've outlined here. Just trying to get a rough order of magnitude -- especially about the dinger in the rear quarter panel just behind the rear door. Thank you all.























 

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Beyond the timing belt/water pump I'd say ... it's nearly 7 years old, just buy it and drive it. Less worry about parking it at the malls.
 

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I am with Wrascal. No one will park next to you because they will be afraid you will ding them. The rear cargo area looks pretty clean and scuff free for 2009. I have seen them much worse. Just buy it and enjoy. I actually prefer the slight changes on the 2009 from my 2008.

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The plastic often times using a heat gun on low and pushing does wonders. Try pdr yourself or pay to have it done. Should be able to pull all even the quarter. Some touch up paint on all and remove the rust and drive it.
On the pdr i never really have good luck with the push tools but that suction tool and hot gun for me pulls a lot out. If you can get to that quarter from behind with a hole or something a pro should be cheaper..try the pdr yourself
 

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The plastic often times using a heat gun on low and pushing does wonders. Try pdr yourself or pay to have it done. Should be able to pull all even the quarter. Some touch up paint on all and remove the rust and drive it.
On the pdr i never really have good luck with the push tools but that suction tool and hot gun for me pulls a lot out. If you can get to that quarter from behind with a hole or something a pro should be cheaper..try the pdr yourself
That's good to know that you think PDR might even pull out the quarter panel.

I've asked a lot of people about this, including some body work friends. The two prevailing answers are:

1) Dude, it's an older truck, just buy it and drive it.
2) The bodywork could run into the $2-3k range to fix right, including welding in a new rear bed side corner.

I've never owned something with visible damage before, so that would be a big step for me! :) But I've long admired the Ridgeline, and would relish the opportunity to buy one at a great deal, even if it does have some character marks like this one.

If I do buy it, it'll probably be later this year. I hope to be able to check back in at ROC as the new owner of a Ridgeline!
 

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I am with Wrascal. No one will park next to you because they will be afraid you will ding them. The rear cargo area looks pretty clean and scuff free for 2009. I have seen them much worse. Just buy it and enjoy. I actually prefer the slight changes on the 2009 from my 2008.

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I like most of the 2009's refreshes, but if I buy it, the first thing I will do is swap the tail lamps for the earlier style with the amber turn signal segments. One thing I can't stand is a red rear turn signal. Honda is usually pretty good about keeping amber rear turn signals on their vehicles, but they slipped with the '09 Ridgeline and same era Pilot refresh. The new 2016 Pilot looks to have red rears, too. :(

At least Ridgeline owners have the option of amber units with the earlier design.
 

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Hi fellow Bitoger,
Welcome and I hope you do buy the truck so can be a "made member".
Once you own a RL no other truck will do.
Unless you buy a big butt trailer!
I can't help with the body work questions but you do need to replace the
back seat support pulleys.
See this post:http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/showpost.php?p=554920&postcount=1
Honda has come out with cheaper metal replacements.
Take care and hope you get it.
RichR
 
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