One thought I've been asking myself if I would ever consider trading mine for a new one. Basically maybe, but a pre-condition on the deal would be that the dealer must drop the gas tank and fully seal that forward seam & along the adjoining upper frame brackets using a factory approved seam sealer before taking delivery. If they are not willing or start squirming about warranty coverages, I would walk away. Personally convinced this is a critical flaw and likely dealership technicians are fooled/distracted by the main pinch seam with the factory sealer being the problem. Yes, this unsealed seam is not the only possible leak source but this one is so simple to resolve ahead of time.I sure hope if there's any silver lining to all of this it's that Honda gets hit with so many water repairs that they once and for all finally fix this problem. I told the dealer who offered to "order" me a ridgeline that I was no longer interested. I can't see spending $44k+ only to have a soaked interior.
Id go ahead and buy one if I knew I could crawl under there and fix it myself proactively but I'm not dropping the gas tank on a brand new truck that's crazy.