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So I put in a quote on a site that specializes in importing cars from canada to the usa and vice versa. Looks like it's not impossible to do it on your own but if it was $100 for someone else to do all the paperwork that would be worth it. Also an importer might have other useful info.

I wonder if you could try to buy the honda care extended warranty in the USA for a Canadian Ridgeline?
 

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That's the biggest challenge to 'Trade Balance"... Can you REALLY blame other countries for NOT wanting to buy our poorly built :poop:? and, of course we want their well built stuff... We need to get back to the 70s when we had P.R.I.D.E. in in our work... Productivity, Responsibility, Integrity, Dedication, and Education... THEN we will be unstoppable!!!
You’re kidding right? American car companies had “PRIDE” in the 70’s (Mustang 2, Pacer, Vega, Maverick, Pinto...)?
My company is a Tier1 supplier to most major OEM’s including Big 3, Honda, Toyota, BMW, PSA, etc. I can personally attest to other OEM’s telling me they look at Honda (globally including Honda USA) as a quality benchmark. Honda requires us to manufacture our product with extra steps and processes other companies skip which IMO are overkill but Honda requires it. This is something nobody would really ever notice but Honda spends extra to have it done anyway. Two weeks ago both the Engineering & purchasing teams from another major OEM told me “one primary reason we’re considering you is because youre a preferred supplier to Honda... they are a top quality benchmark for us”. I personally attend quality assessment audits in plants producing parts for most manufacturers and see what each manufacturer’s quality system requires. They are all darn good but Honda is at the top. The workers at most plants take great pride in their work. All manufacturers have issues at times, especially since they request suppliers to supply more full component systems (like a plug in suspension/brake/chassis module) and development schedules are now so condensed. The quality of most manufacturers is now amazing compared to what it was in the 70’s and 80’s.
 

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Still you have to consider the value... American Made Ridgelines are :poop:, if you have to pay a couple thousand more for one made in Canada, maybe it's worth it... 1st Gen Canadian built are lasting 3 to 400,000 miles, the 2nd Gen American made ones won't get you home from the dealership... be sure to consider also, the fact that the Canadian Dollar is back where it belongs, at 75 cents, since Trump fixed our economy... $40,000 Canadian dollars is only $30,000 American Dollars... Of course it COULD still cost too much, they ARE a Socialist Country...
All Ridgelines are made in the USA. The Alliston, ON plant used to make the G1 however the G2 is made in Alabama.
 

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I have had Canadian and US G1s and US G2 Ridgelines. Never had a quality problem either way.

All the vehicle manufacturers have national pricing and cooperation from the government of those nations to protect that pricing by either flat out banning grey market imports or making them so inconvenient to register that very few people will shop outside their own border.
 

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So I put in a quote on a site that specializes in importing cars from canada to the usa and vice versa. Looks like it's not impossible to do it on your own but if it was $100 for someone else to do all the paperwork that would be worth it. Also an importer might have other useful info.

I wonder if you could try to buy the honda care extended warranty in the USA for a Canadian Ridgeline?
Honda dealers both sides of the border do what they can to keep the business in they're own country. When the dollar drops or goes up drastically its an opportunity for one side or the other to take advantage.
They cannot stop the process, but Honda like all other car manufacturers will obstruct wherever they can.
I do remember that I had to have my imported vehicle inspected at a designated inspection garage to obtain the necessary paperwork to licence the car.
 

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I’ve imported three cars from Canada to the US including one Honda and one Acura. It wasn’t too bad paperwork wise and both cars were used and out of warranty. I did have to pay duty on the Acura since it was made outside North America. It was basically requesting a letter from Honda Canada that the car met US compliance regulations, not all cars comply. After that a few import docs I completed myself. I am a dual citizen and imported one as a Canadian Resident and one as a US resident. For newer cars with warranty it would have more issues.

This is my first post, I pickup my new 2019 RTL-E Friday
 

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This thread has been dead for a while, but I came across it when searching for all the option differences between US and Canadian Ridgelines..
I’d expected Rain Sensing wipers on my new RTL-E after reading the owners manual on-line, but it appears that is standard on some Canadian Trims, but on NO US trims.. at least currently.. Do any US Ridgelines have sensors?
So the list of denied features include:
Rain Sensors
Folding Mirrors
Ventilated Seats
Anything else?

I doubt I would retrofit any of those items... but could one obtain the parts and install them?


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You won't find rear seat heaters (2 level) or rear climate controls. I believe those two items, along with what you mentioned, are the only differences, but that's off the top of my head. As for parts, one user on the forum is eventually going to attempt installing the rear seat climate controls in his truck, but it's taking a while due to all this virus activity. He did manage to source the parts though, so it isn't impossible; what's difficult is manually modifying and splicing into the wiring harnesses, which Honda will not provide here in the states to be compatible with Canadian options.

Edit: Here's the thread for the rear climate control mod. Rear Climate Control Mod (US)
Also, one further Canadian feature is not only do the side mirrors retract, they also have integrated turn signal lights.

Final note: see this thread for all Canadian features not included on US models. Additional Features on Canadian Models
 

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I doubt I would retrofit any of those items... but could one obtain the parts and install them?
Country and trim-specific wiring harnesses and related control / interface module programming would make all of these very challenging indeed, even if you manage to source the parts from Canada.

It'd be very far from a 'plug-and-play' undertaking, would doubtless require some physical 'hacks' to the harnesses for any of 'em and in some cases some programming hacks to achieve a semblance of OE operation.

But given time, $, skills, and motivation, nothing of this sort is "impossible" :LOL:
 

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Well any of you US folks who want to fly up to Bugtussle when all this blows over I will take you for a drive.

You'll get to see crazy expensive gas, folding mirrors and maybe more. Some conditions apply.
 

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Thanks for the responses.. I’m sure Honda in their infinite wisdom has a reason.. but if Hyundai ever started to build a unibody P/U, you might start to see all kinds of improvements!


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Just did the math... with today’s exchange rate, the “Touring” Trim, equivalent to our “E” is $5,000 cheaper...
Errrrrrr.....!


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I did the reverse and bought a used BMW that was originally sold in California. The car had already gone through the import process so I am not clear on that.

If it comes to warranty, I found that if you needed it, you could probably get repairs done at least with BMW. They do have separate divisions for the US and Canada.

One of the features of the car is the connected tech. Sort of like a dumbed down onstar. In order to get that to work after the car hit 3 years, I had to get the car moved to Canada through BMW. That took 6 months of back and forth and it has sort of worked.

A little more tweaking and we should be able to Real Time Traffic!

I also got an extended warranty with BMW Canada.

If Honda has anything similar, cross border purchases shouldn't be that bad.

PS : I can't believe that Canada gets the Seat Coolers! What sort of marketing decision is that?
 

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Sorry PB_NB, none of that stuff you mentioned applies to the Ridgeline from Canada. None.

And yes, Canada gets options we don't in the USA. Due to something called a international configuration (which is the Ridgeline models used in the rest of the world if shipped to them).

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Steve, I was expecting Honda to be similar to other big brands and show some flexibility.

I wonder what some of the other options are that we get in the great white north? I wasn't able to find "international configuration" after searching.
 
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