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 9 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 2008 Honda Ridgeline owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Frozen calipers caused no braking in one wheel"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"at 65000 miles, just normal wear"

Gary H., WV (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger rear caliper failed damaging brake shoe. Both replaced"

James M., NJ (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Left rear caliper froze in the closed position. We had to replace both rear calipers, rotors, and pads"

John M., FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"The rear disc brake calipers corroded and caused premature brake wear. I now have these checked annually and they have needed cleaning and lubrication"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"caliper failed. Wife kept driving & took out the rotor. Replaced both front rotors and calipers & pads."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"I have had the rear brakes replaced twice in 90k miles. That maybe normal however, the calipers needed to be replaced for the last replacement."

George B., NH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"These tend to build up rust and thus do not move in/out fully. This causes excess brake pad wear."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Sticking brake caliper"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rear Brakes only made it 40000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace front rotors due to damage from brake pads"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"No problem"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"brakes wore out prematurly"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"I had to get my brakes replaced"

Barry M., BC (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"It made it 120000 miles on the original brakes, so this was anticipated"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"No protection from salt in winter, Brake parts unpainted or not coated- tends to rust very quickly- as do the steel wheels"

Eve B., ID (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"The problem created noise when stopping. The break replacement was expected because of the high mileage."

Gary B., NH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"at 53000, had to replace back brakes only"

Tom T., GA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"As noted, routine. Pads and rotors."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brakes replaced with less than 50000 Km"

Mike J., BC (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"This vehicle has had trouble with the rear brakes. My mechanic said this was a defect for that year"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Front disk pads were replaced in 2015. Rear disk pads were replaced twice in the last two years. At least they said they replaced them twice. And now the rears are ready again. But possibly due to trailer towing once tor twice a year. No Biggy, happy with my truck"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"First brake job was at approx. 60000 miles. Next brake job needed in half the mileage"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Excessive wear of rear brakes"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"This is the 3rd rear brake pad replacement since new"

Craig S., OH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes are failing, but instead of squeaking or grinding, have gotten very soft"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"2ND SET OF BRAKES THAT HAVE BEEN INSTALLED. ONLY 35000 MILES"

Steve C., NJ (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Given that the truck is not used for heavy loads or wear and tear, the brake pads tend to wear at an extremely fast rate even though the truck has a low annual mileage."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"With 78,000 miles on this truck I have already had to have two $1,000+ brake jobs as the result of frozen calipers"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"rear brakes wore out much faster than front"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"I took the vehicle in for routine brake service. A couple of days later, while driving on the expressway, the brakes failed due to a mechanical failure in the front left wheel causing the brake fluid to gasify and cause the total loss of brakes while operating at 110 kph in heavy traffic. The failure occurred as a result of something letting go in the breaking mechanism while driving at speed. The brakes were NOT in use at the time of the failure. The vehicle started to jump about and when the brakes were applied, the pedal went to the floor."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Again this is the result of heating up Rotors. They warp and cause pulsing feel. I replaced the rotors and that solved it. The Ridgeline has been very reliable otherwise."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Even with annual brake maintenance, parts continually seize up and require extra work and replacement."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"rusting rotors"

Bruce G., MN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"rotors went bad"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"I believe Rotors are not made thick enough, and get hot and warp. This is done to lower weight of the vehicle, to increase fuel economy... but I have replaced the rotors twice in the front brakes, due to warping. I dont drive a lot, but you cant turn the rotors, to fix them. Just have to buy new ones. Overall the braking is good. I bought heavy duty brakes this time (for towing, even though I rarely tow anything.) hoping this helps extend life."

Anonymous, MA (2008 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

Alignment

"since new the vehicle has drifted to the right and does not seem correctable - even when alignment is correct it will only track straight on a dead flat road"

Dan C., BC (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"Need to be replaced for $1,000"

Mary Y., AZ (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"Squeaking"

Alex S., BC (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Sway bar links failed first rear, now front"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"The bushings became worn and needed replacement"

Jeremy K., MI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"LEAK IN THE COUPLING IN POWER STEERING LINE,"

Nancy S., MN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"hose clamp not secured"

Al L., WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"power steering line failed"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"The entire power steering line had to be replaced to stop the power steering fluid from leaking. I have owned all sorts of vehicles since 1970 (over 30 ) and I have never experienced this problem before"

Sam S., MA (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Leakage not fixed during 3 visits in a year, then kept in shop overnight for repairs."

Anonymous, WV (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The power steering pump was replaced by the Honda Dealer. Two months later the Ridgeline was returned to the Dealer for an oil change and routine maintenance. The Dealer stated the power steering fluid was dirty and should be replaced. This means the pump was replaced two months earlier and had been operating on dirty fluid!!! I have not since returned to this Dealer"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump whines frequently. Changing the fluid helped, but Honda said there wasn't a problem Still whines though off and on"

Steve M., TX (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Became very hard to turn at slow speed"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering intermittent failure. Difficult to diagnose. Trial and error by service dealer. Replace some components on speculation. Switch sensor, fluid reservoir and finally steering pump"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering set up a howling noise at low speeds. Power steering pump had to be replaced"

William J., FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump complete failure"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"the high pressure hose was leaking. I manage to fix it myself but it would be difficult for most people."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering O-rings leaked, causing the power steering to make a lot of noise. O-rings were replaced and it works fine now; this is a common Honda power steering issue for many of the late aught vehicles."

Rafiq A., AL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"I don't know how long they should last, so can't judge whether this is normal wear and tear. They are just worn out and leaking."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"when ever i go over bumps in the road a noise comes from the front end, i didn't have it checked out yet . don't know if it the struts of tie rod ends or what."

Dennis K., WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Torsion bar rusted, old age. Dealer replaced , not a big deal considering it's 11 years old and gets driving in Michigan during winter."

Kevin E., MI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"replacement of sway bar end links"

Jeff M., SD (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced the whole rack and pinion system"

Martin H., CA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"leakage that will eventually require replacement of the rack and pinion system."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"Both front axles required replacement. Ceritified mechanic reported that struts, bushings, had been mis-installed allowing axles to wear unevenly"

Richard T., VA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"See previous note. Two axles, wheel bearings and bushings required replacement"

Richard T., VA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Wheel bearing issues most likely result of front end accident in 2017 not diagnosed at the time of the accident."

Edward T., CO (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 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

A/C compressor

"leaky hose"

Paul J., PA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"I had a slow leak the last three years. Instead of bringing it in I recharged my self each year. Well, this past year I over charged it and destroyed the compressor. Per mechanic. lol"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"System read as overcharged and compressor needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Seems early in vehicles life to have A/C issues. The vehicle was certified and had lots of little issues with a vehicle that should have left the lot in better condition"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"one caliper piston was starting to seize so had to be changed"

Gilles B., ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have compressor replaced"

Garrick H., VA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"no heat during winter. cost $400. then only cool on passenger side. another $400. but now fixed"

Charles T., AL (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"pressure switch that controls AC or compressor went out,"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Blowing hot air on one side cold on the other."

Hernandez R., FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Two times now, I've experienced air blowing but no cold air came out. The part that tells the system to blow cool air had to be replaced."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"While in automatic mode, the system seems to have a mind of it's own. It can be 100 degrees outside and the temperature inside will be outputting heated air instead of refrigerated air. A series of manual control steps are necessary to reset the system to get it to work properly again."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"Had to be replaced"

Alex S., BC (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The air conditioner fan stopped working. the problem was a burnt wire. the mechanics could not decide what caused the wire to burn out"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"The leaks have been since I purchased truck, dealer has not been able to repair"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"cracked hose"

Tom H., MN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace A/C line due to poor connection at hose fitting"

Jim M., OH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer tried to fix 3 times and failed. I had independent make repair, which was fixed"

Richard M., OH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Lost refrigerant charge, recharged, continues to lose charge"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking a/c line causing loss of coolant"

Robert S., CO (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Leak cannot be found. Dye doesn't appear to help locate leak."

Robert W., NC (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Had the vehicle back to dealer numerous times....soured me on climate control...would opt for straight ac"

Garrick H., VA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"The leak is on going and has not been able to be located by the Honda Technicians. In the process of looking for it over the last 18 months the compressor failed."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

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

Body control module

"both front power door locks stopped working and had to be replaced. power window motor on driver side died and was replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Clock

"a few of the backlights have burned out including the radio/clock backlights"

Michael F., WY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Right rear light lens leaks, water gets into the tail light"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

"Odometer/temp flicker on and off"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Left needs replacing every 9 months or so...."

Anonymous, WV (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"I ave owned this ridgeline for 4 years and have installed 13 new headlights. The majority have been on the passenger side."

George B., NH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The heated seats do not always turn on when switch on and may turn on indescriminately at some much later time."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"Cabin lights over the front seats do not work, I put new bulbs in then took to dealer for general services they said they couldn't fix, not sure why there is no power to the socket or the ground could be bad. next time i take it in the odds are a different mechanic maybe they can find problem, otherwise it's been a great Truck"

Mike K., NE (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Lights randomly go out"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Interior lights don't function when driver door open only. Lights work when other doors are open. Warning signal when headlights are left on also not working. Car does not have auto lights shutoff, so this can be a problem"

Thomas R., NY (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Often have to have bulbs replaced (more than normal)"

Sabrina B., LA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"The lights to the stereo quit. I was told that it would cost $550..00 + to repair. On line I learned that this has occurred often"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"One of the two overhead lights that come on when the door(s) are opened is out. I understand that this has been a common problem in earlier Ridgelines. It was also a problem we had with a 2006 RTL"

Mary H., AZ (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"The driver maplight no longer illuminates when the door opens although it still works when toggled on"

Michael F., WY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Over head lights and dash went out."

Daries B., NC (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire Pressur Monitor light stayed on, even after pressure corrected. Required replacing one sensor"

William B., NJ (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Warning light came on because part of the Knock sensor wiring harness was made from soy and a mouse chewed through it"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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

"within the first 2 weeks the trim on top of the side of the bed just blew off while driving i found it back and the dealers response was ah well also the tailgate chain rusted through and so did the cable that operated the lock again response was ah well"

Peter B., MD (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"Driver side moldings are pealing away. Driver door has completely come off. I have learned that these were evidently installed after-market. They were not factory installed moldings."

Joe B., MI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Starting to rattle inside at +90K"

Paul J., PA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"The headliner separated from the interior vehicle roof. Adhesive failed. Common failure with Ridgelines in Hawaii at the 5-7 year point. Honda estimate to replace was exorbitant ($1800 and 3 week delay for parts). Local Upholstery shop did excellent job in 4 hours for $450."

Robert H., HI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"clear coat on roof is cracking and peeling"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"The paint on the hood has chipped off in several spot, likely due to rocks spit out of other drivers tires hitting it. This has led to rust spots. The paint should not chip so easily, I have never seen that on any other vehicle I have owned"

Chris A., AK (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"the roof of the cab is almost bare from paint fade and wear."

Mary Y., AZ (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on rearview mirrors is peeling off plastic mirror backs."

Edward A., KY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Nice truck but doesn't look to have had the best paint or rust proofing done. Showing rust around the gas fill door and creeping down into fender from there"

Mark P., WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"spots of rust which I thought is a little premature"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"The body underneath the doors on both sides of the vehicle are rusting"

Adam S., CT (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"installed new driver side rocker panel"

D-M H., NB (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"There is rust along the truck right below the rear doors on both sides"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Although this vehicle is ten years old it has more underside and body rust than any other Honda I've ever owned. Several parts have fallen off due to rust failure of support components."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Rust located on the rear driver-side quarter panel around the wheel well. Also some rust appearing at the trailer hitch and tow hooks."

Joe B., MI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Small amount of rust on rocker panels on both sides of vehicle in front of rear wheels."

Thomas W., WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 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

Air or water leaks

"Driver door seal failed allowing water to enter. Had to have seal replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Windshield Water drain, Right passenger side got clogged within the rt. ft. Qtr. panel thereby dumping approx. 3 inches of water onto the front carpet. Ie: I have Never parked this vehicle under a tree, nor is one close to my parking areas"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"In a heavy rain,water will accumulate in the doors of the Ridgeline. Eventually it drains out, but you can hear it sloshing about until that happens"

William J., FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Dust comes in the cabin"

Richard K., SD (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Had to replace both rear seals. ($20 parts, 4 hrs labor, total $750). I suspect this was due to not driving much"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Weather stripping around front window is pealing"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"rubber seal in trunk has come apart"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"One of the rear doors will take on water, weather stripping seems to be wearing out"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Frequent rattles from undercarriage due to loosen of parts driving rough terrain"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"A rattle has developed somewhere in the dashboard. Not sure what it is yet. Started about 2 weeks ago"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"After dealer changed out rt. ft. Door actuator the door rattles yet they can't fine problem"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Front and rear sway bar links. Stabilizer Bar., both, each side. Alternator Drive Belt."

Kelly C., NJ (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"This truck has had wind noise since it was brand new. Honda was never able to fix this"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise while driving"

Lisa H., MA (2008 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 computer

"On rare occasions the engine takes to long to idle down when coming to a stop. Really have to apply the brakes hard to keep from rolling into the intersection. Car bought used with limited mileage warranty, Haven't seen any recalls on this problem. Assuming its a computer issue, throttle not sticking"

Mark P., WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Broken motor mount detected during routine maintenance"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"My Ridgeline failed VA inspection due to a failed motor mount. How does a Honda have a failed motor mount after only 6 years and 80,000 miles"

Marjorie B., VA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Fuel leaks

"This just happened. The truck is in the shop now. We have not gotten the prognosis yet"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Had an oil leak which cost about $500 to repair. Also had to replace the boot on the right front wheel"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Constant drip of oil onto garage floor. Had it worked on several times but never fixed"

Bret R., ID (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"Main rear seal had to be replaced in order to stop oil leak. Since entire transmission had to be removed in order to access the problem area, the labor/parts cost was over $800."

Armando M., CA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"LEAK DEVELOPED IN CRANKSHAFT MAIN SEAL."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pump seals began to leak and were replaced. A plug on the engine block also began to leak and new seals were installed. Both conditions resulted in small oil spots on driveway."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Rear oil seal"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"Actually had no major leaks, but developing leaks in the oil pump."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Check engine light on. Dealer reported bad cat converter & replaced"

Edward T., CO (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"It needed replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Engine light came on but was covered in warranty US model ridgeline and accord is US model"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"Just a leak"

Ken B., NY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"heat shield always rattling"

Cris L., ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Multiple 100 miles trips to dealer for airbag replacements."

Anonymous, KY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Recall item."

Hernandez R., FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Airbags were replaced as a result of factory recall"

Charles L., FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Warranty recall for both front airbags"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"Driver and passenger airbags replaced under a safety recall"

Mike J., BC (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 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

"Disk jammed in somehow. Won't eject. Causes problem when cycling through options"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"CD Player has never worked when the temperature drops below freezing. That happens a lot in Alaska. Dealer can offer no solution other than replacement"

Chris A., AK (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"The six-cd changer failed and had to be replaced twice. According to the repair person it is not an uncommon problem"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Intermittent failure of lights for stereo head unit"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Odometer freezes--flashes--goes blank at times---more prevalent in the winter time"

Patricia K., OH (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Radio's light didn't work so I had to replace the whole radio"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Light in lighted display of radio burned out - unfortunately there is no easy way to change the light in the radio. Most people either leave radio as-is such that you cannot see its display while driving at night or they replace the entire radio"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"No back light, dark at night"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"speakers finally rotted out"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Lock mechanism repeatedly came unscrewed from door"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Passenger Heated Seat does not work"

Paul J., PA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"Paint on mirrors has started pealing off. Nothing seems to stop it"

Steve M., TX (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Main interior mirror fell off while driving"

Charles L., FL (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"The rear seat locking mechanism failed. Plastic gear mechanism. Honda estimate was $400 to repair. Self replaced In 1 hour with brass aftermarket gear mechanism ($19 part}. Instructions on You tube."

Robert H., HI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Back seat bar restaurant tractors are both broken. Backseat support bars don't retract, and instead stick out into the backseat cargo area. Seems expensive to repair."

Edward A., KY (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"chain that connects from the body to the tail gates rusted through and so did the cable that operates the opening mechanism of the tailgate"

Peter B., MD (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"Poor design on latching mechanism for tailgate in the swing mode. Small plastic ball keeps popping out of it's housing. This is at the end of the cable that opens the latch to the tailgate so it could swing open. you have to take the panel off the ta"

Sam S., MA (2008 Honda Ridgeline 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

Differential

"It has a rear seal leak (i think it was the differential) that cost $1900 to fix"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"OIl leak $400 to repair"

Gary H., OR (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"they changed the wholedrive shaft because the vivrating joint does not separate and a year later they had to change it again under warranty"

Gilles B., ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"the main drive shaft bearing was faulty which need to change the whole shaft. very wrong concept"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Axle rusted through and was in an awkward position and rubbing within the wheel well."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"a wiring harness under the dash failed, melted"

Marty M., NJ (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Failure of the electronic throttle pedal sensor. $300 to replace/repair"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Common problem with the ridgeline, is heater fan stops working. been to the shop 3 times since purchasing. Each time was same end result but problem was something different. This time wire harness failed"

Marty M., NJ (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"check engine light mostly light. sometimes goes off for a few days. then back on. spent $1500 to have fix. each time dealer claims a different problem"

Charles T., AL (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"rodent chewed up Egr wiring,common problem"

Richard N., WA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

"2 catalytic converter need replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"My vehicle constantly showed the Check Engine Light. After visiting my mechanic, I was told that the my O2 sensors were detecting bad emissions because my catalytic was failing. Aside from the Check Engine Light being on, there were no noticeable performance issues. I was told that the catalytic converter might eventually need to be replaced if it was restricting exhaust flow too much to the point of decreasing horsepower, but that never happened. So, I never replaced it as it was a rather expen"

Jackson P., ND (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light illuminated, took vehicle to dealership after confirming fuel cap was properly tightened."

Anonymous, GA (2008 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

"Cylinder head problem likely caused by dealer when doing major maintenance, replacement of sparkplugs, timing belt, etc. Based on owner's forum, care must be taken when performing this maintenance to prevent the spark plugs from backing out, allowing"

Chris M., TX (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine failed with fewer than 74000 miles on it. We don't know the cause but it is very disappointing. The oil has been changed faithfully every 2000 to 3000 miles since purchase"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Number 5 cylinder lost all compression. Cause unknown. Failure of Cylinder #5 is a known issue identified by owner's groups on line and canvassed engine rebuilders. Had an independent garage procure and install a used engine. Work completed April"

David M., MB (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"No failure. 100,000 replacement. Water pump also. Costly."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"It was not a failure. It was recommended maintenance"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 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

Slipping transmission

"Torque converter was slipping due to damage caused by leak/loss of transmission fluid thus needed a rebuild of transmission."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"transmission leak at left drive shaft seal"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Transmission pressure switch was replaced"

Brian K., MD (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 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

Alternator

"Alternator failed causing battery to loose all power leaving me stranded on the side of road."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Starter failed, vehicle had to be towed for a very expensive repair"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"There is a continuous rumble/vibration in top gear occurring at/about 80km's. Honda says that the problem is with the overdrive clutch plates in top gear. They do not offer a repair other than continue to drive the vehicle until the problem becomes w"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Water pump replacement was part of recommended maintenance associated with timing chain replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
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