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Riding and handling like a good sedan, the Ridgeline rewrites the book on pickups. It's a truck that isn't a hardship to drive. Further, it has many unique innovations, including a tailgate that opens vertically or horizontally and a lockable trunk. The roomy cab is nicely detailed and easy to access, with comfortable seats. While not designed for serious off-roading, Ridgeline also scaled our demanding rock hill.
Alerts
There are 12 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. Blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking available from 2017.
Road Test

Riding and handling like a good sedan, the Ridgeline rewrites the book on pickups. It's a truck that isn't a hardship to drive. Further, it has many unique innovations, including a tailgate that opens vertically or horizontally and a lockable trunk. The roomy cab is nicely detailed and easy to access, with comfortable seats. While not designed for serious off-roading, Ridgeline also scaled our demanding rock hill.

Towing capacity is a relatively modest 5,000 pounds and the bed is relatively short. At 15 mpg overall, fuel economy only matches that of some full-sized trucks. And even though Honda built this first-generation Ridgeline from 2006-2014, updates during that time were few and far between, so don't expect modern electronic features in the latest Ridgelines.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (247 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Honda Ridgeline owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“the cluster panel failed at 25,000 and the company refused to repair unless we paid $800-$1000. to fix it”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

“The electronic dashboard display goes out intermittently. All of the lights on the dash disappear for a while then eventually come back on. Shop said they have to remove entire display and send for repair as it cannot be replaced due to odometer is part of system”

Randy F., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“LED backlit gauge (odometer, mileage) goes blank in cold weather and doesn't become visible until the ambient temperature rises out of the 40s”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Odometer keeps flashing on/off. They say (dealer) that it needs a whole new one at the cost of $1300. I think I'll keep fighting and keeping my fingers crossed that I can get mileage when I fill up”

Larry M., WA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Dashboard information screen failing”

Anonymous, MT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Cannot easily change AC/Heat temperature, must continuously rotate dial to set temp”

Gilbert H., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace the instrument cluster”

Anonymous, NU (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Electronic odometer screen has acted up and has now gone out completely”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“light bulbs have always had a short life with this vehicle. Learned to keep extra lamps in the storage compartment”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Fogged over. I need to have the "fog" cleaned and the headlights treated as right now it diminishes my night vision. I am going to try to fix this myself. If it doesn't work, I'll take it to a professional”

Lawrence G., UT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Headlights blow out about every six months”

M S., GA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“I have had to replace the headlights 6 times in the last year”

Kyra S., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“Interior light periodically does work on the drivers side”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Dashboard dimming intermittent. Front dome light not activated when entering/exiting vehicle”

Cory S., CO (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The front dome light stopped working and the whole unit had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Dome lights failed in the front seat area. Drove around 3 years without them. Just recently had the entire unit replaced which was the needed fix”

John I., WA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“After nearly 10 years of driving this great vehicle, some of our interior dashboard lights have failed including heated seat switch lights. Also, our interior map lights do not turn on when opening vehicle doors”

Emil L., PA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Both map lights out multiple times, even after bulb and switch replacements”

Joshua M., PA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“map light on passenger side has stopped working. Honda cannot repair problem”

Dennis-Carolyn W., WI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“interior lights stay on when doors closed. Causes battery drain issues”

Gilbert H., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Some of the dashboard lights stopped working”

Clarenc H., TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Dash panel lights have burned out and no instructions on how to replace them”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Interior light not coming on fully”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“drivers door lock stopped working with the key fob. must unlock manually, but is acceptable”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The rear driver side door lock does not always open when using the key-remote. the other doors always open”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Door locks do not work as shown in owners manual. Trunk lock also does not unlock . Have to use key on trunk lock to open”

John W., IL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The keyless entry module on Drivers side has gone bad twice. Was replaced in 2009 and has again gone bad in 2014”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Parking brake light stays on all the time, with brake not set”

John T., AZ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Several service lights have come on involving the transmission but no problem was evident. Engine light also was a false warning requiring replacement”

John I., WA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Warning lights come on when it is humid outside. Dealer states there is no problem”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Cal. Converter”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Stopped working”

Anonymous, SK (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

“Both major power steering hoses had leaks and required replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Power steering leaks are due to manufacturer's trash hoses they put in the vehicle”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Both major power steering hoses needed replacement and the pump needed to be rebuilt”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Less than 1,000 miles after the steering rack was replaced the power steering pump started whining. Not sure the two are related but the pump has been replaced now”

Randy S., MO (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“power steering pump no longer works”

Laurence L., BC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Soft front struts”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Normal wear”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“leak in rear shock”

Fred I., CT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“I noticed a noise in my right rear tire area of my truck. I was told by a mechanic that it was probably a strut going bad. I had all four struts replaced. Problem fixed”

Glenn M., GA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“After 200000 km, the shocks were not as stiff as they once were. The truck runs fine otherwise so I decided to refresh the drive and suspension”

John L., QC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The struts have been the problem thru the years that I have had the ridgeline”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The ride had devolved into a springy mush, which was expected for a 10 yr old vehicle that has been used thoroughly. This was more maintenance than emergency”

Blake R., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Goodyear decided I needed struts, turns out Goodyear tires had broken belts and Monroe struts make the vehicle ride like a log wagon. Never put aftermarket struts on a Honda product”

Anonymous, LA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Broken rear spring”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Rt back & Lt Back Stablizer Links broke and had to be replaced”

George C., NY (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Stabilizer link kits were worn out”

John L., QC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Broken front and rear torsion bars”

Thomas M., NY (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Surprising since Ridgeline is only use in the city”

Gabriel G., PR (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“See previous”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“I have replaced may front end suspension components and I still have a noise that was not there before the work was done”

Anonymous, KS (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“left front wheel bearing failed. repair cost $400”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“It will cost more than $3000 for the repairs. Not worth it”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“It pulled to the right. When I changed tires, it greatly improved. The rear right old tire was badly scalped”

Sydney C., SK (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

“Needed to be replaced plus CV boots”

David L., MD (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Worn out”

Anonymous, SK (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“This vehicle does not allow for easy parts replacement. Bushings are part of a larger assembly that are expensive to replace & not cost effective in a high mileage vehicle”

Penny M., MB (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Pwr Steering Rack developed serious leaks after being serviced. No prior problems”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer reported in last two checkups that the steering rack was leaking and recommended it be replaced as a safety issue. It was extremely expensive and unexpected at the mileage”

Randy S., MO (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Need to replace rack and pinion due to leak”

Kenyon E., UT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Front drive axle boots split and slinging grease”

Rene H., TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Due to age and abuse, the plastic trim pieces on the bed sidewalls are coming off, as is the top trim of the tail gate. Further, two of the bedlights no longer work and have stripped screws, making servicing them difficult. However the light they provided was adequate at best, and the device that identifies if the tailgate is open/down is no longer funtioning properly”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Headliner fell down and had to be replaced”

Roberta M., FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Headliner is falling down! Estimated repair cost is $400 and lost use of my vehicle for a day or two”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Inner parts of door frames got rust”

J R., PR (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“I was and wax the vehicle regularly however the paint still is flaking”

Randy F., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“I get paint residue when I wipe the surface with towel after washing the Ridgeline”

Albert C., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“paint fading and chalking”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The hood of the truck is rusting and peeling”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Paint on plastic section at rear of roof - paint has virtually peeled completely off”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Roof paint and plastic parts paint is peeling and fading.The clear coat on the roof where the sat antennae is located and on the door guard trim is peeling. All this will require a new paint job because the plastic parts have faded differently comp”

Jerry L., FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The metal at the top of the right rear wheel opening has considerable rust and I am slowing losing some of the metal”

Harold G., OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Rusting around the gas fill”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Left rear wheel well paint beginning to bubble up and rust. This is the only spot on the vehicle. We do live in a salt belt NE state, but the rest of the vehicle is fine”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Rust spots appeared on the interior rear drivers side passenger door along the rubber gasket seal”

Jerry L., FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“about two years ago, started to see rust bubbling up around the bottom of the doors on both sides of the truck”

Kyle G., IA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Heat sheild and body panel braces rusted off/through”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“both rocker panels rusting out need replacement”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“The a/c started blowing warm air. I put in refrigerant and the compressor clutch seal started to melt”

Richard T., VA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“A/C Condensor failed & had to replace. Very expensive to replace, Approx. $700.00”

George C., NY (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Leak”

David L., MD (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“A/C wasn't cooling the interior...only warm air blowing. Dealer diagnosed the problem and replaced the compressor”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The compressor gave up along w/ the clutch”

Peter G., AR (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“selector function very slow to respond”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The control for recirculation or outside air failed $400 to repair”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Temperature adjusting knob not responding”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“Heater was basically non-functioning”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Interior Thermostat/Heater Control System failed. AC worked, but interior heat did not function. The electronic heater control was replaced”

William B., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“heater blows out of dash vents, not floor vents”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Took the vehicle to Honda dealer due to no AC. They charged $120 to say they couldnt find a leak. 6 mos later took it back, no AC again. Cost us $108 to say they couldnt find a leak. 3rd time they 'claim' they found it and an the part will cost another $320 + labor to repair”

Catherine V., NY (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Recall on part”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“my alternator died after 280000 miles, replaced it and the battery at the dealer”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The blower motor speed switch was failing. It would change speeds when you hit a bump. There were areas of the speed settings where it didn't work at all. It was integral to the whole control panel. Most problematic during defrost situations”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Front struts or undercarriage making noise when driving over bumps yet service at the dealership says nothing is wrong”

Michael K., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Cheep speakers are fall apart”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“dash”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Lots of clunking sounds as you drive on any surface”

Keith P., MI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles in dashboard that I can't resolve”

Jeff C., AR (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“rear anti-sway bars are broken & squeek”

Anthony G., NJ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“squeaks from dash area”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The truck has had an increase in interior rattles and noises over the last 20k miles”

Anonymous, HI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“There is a squeaking noise from rear suspension when going over uneven roads. Dealer replaced sway bar bushings, did not fix problem”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“My front right side still rattles after replacing much of the front end suspension”

Anonymous, KS (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Rattle due to loose anti-roll bar/ worn out bushings”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Winshield & sunroof have been noisy since day one”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Air or water leaks

“Discovered a leak into the luggage/spare tire area underneath the bed. The sealer on the lid was leaking because of dirt under the seal. Fixed at no cost”

Anonymous, LA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“When it rains, water is leaking in from somewhere, possibly the roof, or the drivers side door weather stripping. I don't know where, but it accumulates in the box of the seat belt where it rolls up, so when I put my seatbelt on its all wet and mold”

Richard P., TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The trunk leaks badly. Nothing can be kept in it...and we keep the plug open for the water to drain out of it. Mold mildew. We are surprised that so much rust is starting to show up...around the side windows, above the tires and above the front wi”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Calipers were frozen and replaced along with brake pads”

David S., NY (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“One caliper stuck shut and remediation required new rear brakes and new rotors. Another caliper leaked all fluid out of the system and remediation required new caliper and master cylimder”

Douglas M., OR (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“First 2 that came to service man were broken”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“one of the rotors was warped. It was one of the cheap aftermarket parts I used cause honda only had one Honda rotor, went to auto store to buy second rear rotor cause I wanted to do the work that day”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Thru normal wear and tear the rotors required repair/replace which dealer replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

“The VSA modular unit had to be replaced. SRS light was coming on and a new sensor was installed. This was an extremely costly repair at $1,570,47. Honda should have done a recall”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“honda had vendors who made rotors that once cut would then cause vibration when braking, Had to replace all four rotors when doing a brake job to correc this problem”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“had grinding noise in rear brakes and when I got to Honda Dealer needed new brakes and rotors in the rear”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced brake pads from normal brake wear”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“At 98000 miles I had to replace the brake pads for the first time. I consider this regular maintenance more than a problem”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“i needed front brakes at130000 first car in 49 years I went that far on 1 set of brakes”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“had to replace brakes”

Lloyd J., NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Normal wear and tear on brakes”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“6 CD player stopped working”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“failed - operator error”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“CD player just quit working with a CD stuck in it”

Michael W., AZ (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“MP3 player just "quit" working, disc still in player. Audio system silky will not recognize the satellite radio system (Sirius). In other words we cannot listen to satellite radio at all. Dealership doesn't know how To fix either problem”

John M., GA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“the odometer display flashes and goes blank when outside temperature goes below 55 F”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“one month after warranty, display went blank. Company said they would pay $500. toward the $1200. to fix the problem. Given the age of the vehicle, that was totally insufficient. Thus I will no longer purchase a Honda product”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The CD reader works only sporadically”

Douglas M., OR (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“faceplate does not light up at night”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The Radio illuminating lamp went out. Dealership wanted $300 to replace the lamp. So I purchased an after marked radio that had Bluetooth. Total cost including installation $275.00”

Charles J., UT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Radio has not worked properly since I bought the car used. AM radio reception varies when road conditions(bumps) cause the car to lose reception. FM reception fades much sooner than our other vehicles when moving away from a station's signal”

Thomas M., OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Factory defect of antenna cable connectors known on all vehicles from service bulletin but not corrected or advised of correction available from manufacture”

Anonymous, LA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The radio and associated CD etc did not work well after 4 years. I replaced with a new radio”

Anonymous, SK (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Defect in head gave symptoms similar to head gasket failure but allowed antifreeze to burn valves and require head replacement. Dealer misdiagnosed and removed heads 2 times”

Roger M., NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“covered by extended warranty”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Coil ejected while driving, requiring a new head die cast”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“have replaced my timing belt 3 times, the first time the belt broke 3 days after replacement- thank God I did not damage the engine. The battery is always going dead- no matter what kind I put in so I had to ad a trickle charger to the truck. The eng”

Reginald P., CT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“threw a rod & had to re[place the engine. Caused by lubrication failure - cause not determined”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Number four cylinder failed after I purchased the truck used. The dealer I purchased it from replaced the engine rather than re-build it. This was free of charge. Excellent dealer service throughout!”

D F., WA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Engine replaced. Something blew apart in the engine. Unable to identify”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

“The plug coil Melted into the head”

Anonymous, RI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“The maintenance guide recommended replacement of the timing belt, so I scheduled it at the dealership. They completed it speedily”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“It is an outrageously expensive service only necessary do to a bad design. Plus my Honda dealer sucks I had to return for 5 of the last 5 visits so they could finish the job”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“Due for replacement. Unanticipated and so the time and cost were a surprise”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“for some reason the different dealers have given me three different answers to when the belt needs to be changed along with the water pump. So- have have done this once myself and three times at the dealership. Why didn't they make this a diesel eng”

Reginald P., CT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Right bank pre-catalytic converter has OBD code”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Fuel cap

“Fuel cap warning light on dash. Fuel cap was always on tight. Eventually went away with no action”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“faulty valve cause fuel cap light to come on”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“"Check fuel cap" notice appears and you can't clear it. It eventually disappears on its own and may return months later. Dealer was unable to identify or remedy the problem”

Robert F., WA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“O2 sensor located between the firewall and the engine stopped working around 80,000 miles. No impact to engine performance or mpg. Replaced sensor myself to get rid of the dash lights at 110,000 miles. Very difficult to get to. No change in engine performance or mpg”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Two of the 02 sensors needed to be replaced”

Allen E., HI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“caused engine light to show on dash”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Defective, installed new one”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Catalytic sensors are located within a sealed exhaust system - very expensive to replace. Go to the dealership and have the error codes reset when they present themselves. Honda said this is normal for age of vehicle”

Anonymous, MB (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Sensors trigger the check engine warning light. . Units are expensive to replace and do not impact the operation of the vehicle. Easy to ignore on a high mileage vehicle”

Penny M., MB (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Check Engine light coded to be a defective Bank 1 engine compartment catalytic converter. There are apparently 3 in this Ridgeline. Replace the defective one and was warned the other 2 may be next”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Main Catalytic converter developed a hole”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“sluggish performance, decreased MPG”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“2catalytic converter failed at 6 years and 106000 miles. Out of warranty. I asked Honda Corp for help. Dealer helped and Factory ended paying about 75%”

Dave C., FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Needed to be replaced”

K G., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“was unaware that fuel additives used on a periodic basis to clean injectors would cause any residue from such to plug up a convertor”

Timothy C., NY (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Just needed replacing. Engine light indicated need to have vehicle checked. Diagnosis was the converter which was replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“I noticed the catalytic converter needed replacement from within weeks of buying the truck”

Kyra S., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Corrosion around the fasteners caused the shielding to fall off below the converter and rattle in other places”

Thomas M., OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“passenger side door will not lock or unlock with the remote”

Norman W., TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Electric locks and windows have not functioned well after 4 years”

Anonymous, SK (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Seat belts

“Rust behind all door seals in the window area's of the doors. Body shop says all models are doing this because of improper priming. Drivers seat belt will not retract”

James S., SC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“End gate would not open”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“Back window does not work after heavy rain. Left passanger window no longer has good seal and water collects in door; short of replacing the window and seal, we have removed one of the door bumpers which mounts through the inside bottom face of the door, allowing the door to drain outside of the door seal”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

“rear seat leg support cable folding mechanism breaks - replaced once already”

Oran D., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The back bench seat.....the fact that it lifts out of the way, is the reason why we went with the Ridgeline. But now is is very difficult to move up or to get down. The side handle control has become rigid”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“replaced front axles”

Lloyd J., NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Boots ripped, axle got gravel in joints”

Judith B., MN (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“A faulty air sensor negatively affected the transmission and 4WD system”

Ralph S., ON (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“Rear Differential seal leak”

Bill L., OR (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace short shaft with the cvt joint on passenger front side”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced CV Joint seal”

Bill L., OR (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“Honda said it was just piston slap. It started after I may have towed more than the 5000lbs limit. They recommended not fixing it”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“it has a ticking noise”

Anonymous, RI (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Very minor oil leak lower engine-- not enough to drip on garage floor”

Anonymous, MT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Evidence of possible minor leak at rear engine seal found by dealer. Area cleaned and dealer suggested to keep checking to verify if it is an oil leak for sure or not”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Engine rear main bearing seal oil leak”

Charles G., MN (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The oil gasket was leaking around engine and it cost $1250 to repair”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Transmission coolant leaked freezing up the transmission. cost for repairs $4400”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“fitting at radiator for transmission cooler line corroded and failed causing the transmision coolant to completely drain and some tranny fluid getting in radiator coolant”

Richard F., NS (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“The leaking transmission is where the two parts mate together. Honda wanted to replace the entire transmission, saying they don't work on the transmissions. I had them place a sealant around the gasket. This cost me 200 vs 4600 Honda quoted me for a new transmission. The leak is less now and I watch the fluid level. The transmission shop said they could replace the seal for 200, Honda would not replace the seal”

Greg B., OH (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

“Transmission gear sensor replaced. Shifting improved measurably”

Anonymous, MT (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Rough shifting or slipping caused by a faulty sensor”

Anonymous, NL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

“Starter relay did not engage when ignition switch was energized”

Michael W., CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“We recently had a spark plug module failure that is currently scheduled for repair”

Emil L., PA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Spark plug blew out of head destroying coil for that cylinder stripping threads in the head”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Transmission cooler failed. Transmission fluid and antifreeze intermixed. Required new radiator and 8 transmission flushes”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Leak from defect in head casting misdiagnosed by dealer as head gasket despite burned valves and a failed pressure test by the machinist the second time”

Roger M., NC (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Water pump

“Due for replacement. Unanticipated and so the time and cost were a surprise”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
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