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Old 10-17-2016, 05:38 PM   #81
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Well for real owner reviews of the Honda I can tell you that they are bullet proof other than the alignment.

I have a 2016 with 143k miles and not a single repair other than self inflicted which is that I have to fix the boots and joints about once every two years since I offload a lot in it, and drive it through over mesquite which tears up my boots and dries the joints.

I have pulled out brand new stuck F150's out of muddy rice fields and have guys with 4x4 F250 back off after seeing me go through the field since they thought that their truck wouldn't handle it. No the ridgeline is not a super truck however first thing I did was chunk the city tires and installed silent armour tires, meant for mud and ice with kevlar. So for all those 4x4 running around with the original tires, lets face it it will only perform as good as that 1/4" thread gets mud in it, and then its slick town.

I have used it in tx mud/silt and colorado snow/ice and never lost traction once. Stuck it twice, once over about 60' long patch of mud/water, which when I opened the door the water was 1" off the floor

I never have had the problem of having to unload the back of it to get the spare out since I use kevlar tires, hence no flats.

Payload wise 1650# of wood floor in the back and nope didn't bottom out, and yes you are not supposed to go over 1500 but I figured there was a safety factor.

I can fit two sports bikes in the back no issues, my cruiser does not fit.

As far as the rest of it, its simple its a Honda, you can abuse it and forget to feed it/clean it take care of it and it will still run.

I know two people that have them as well and they are on their second one and love them.

If you don't like the looks, or the fact that it rides like a car (like that is a bad thing) or you are a contractor, it probably is not the truck for you. If you are like most out there that your truck never sees dirt or haul anything significant, then this will handle anything you can throw at it, if you can handle the not a real truck comments and laugh.

Got friends with Tacomas and they are amazing as well, but I like the cab size in mine better, Tacomas are tougher and have better resale value.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:42 PM   #82
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^ 2016 with 143k miles!
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How much does a timing belt change run? One of the biggest reasons I got rid of my GLI was the ridiculous expense of that service. That and the shoddy fit and finish.
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:08 PM   #84
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Sorry guys it was a typo 2006 with 143k miles.

If you do the belt on its own, I believe it's about $800, however if you do it around 90k and not he maxed out 120k then there are other service items that require opening the engine so the cost is just an extra 200 or so to whatever that scheduled service is. Like I stated I abuse mine as in I don't take it for oil change until a bit past 7500 miles each time so I don't really keep up with remembering which service is which.
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Timing belt and water pump every 90k to avoid catastrophic engine failure. And a word on the alignments, you can align a Honda perfectly, back it off the rack and pull it back on and it will be out again. It's really stupid. 1-345684th of a turn of that eccentric bolt for rear toe is all it takes to knock it out. And while your doing the timing belt, go ahead and replace the motor mount that sits at the front of the engine. Chances are it's wasted at timing belt time. The average cost to our customer is around 900-1200 for a timing belt. Mostly due to labor as the v6 3.5 calls for roughly 3.5 for the belt ( not including water pump) oh and to get the harmonic balancer bolt off on a Honda takes an act of without a special double torque socket as the bolt is made out of wolverines bones. I can usually bang one out in 2 hours start to finish with a cold engine.
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Beauty of tacos are you buy it for 37grand and drive it for 10years and sell it for 37 grand.
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I need to get my 3rd gen T4R to Hondarider for the timing belt...thanks for the reminder!
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I picked up some dirtbike parts from him the other day, his Taco is sick.
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I have a 2006 with 159K on it, outside of standard services/timing belt, I have never had an issue with it, it pulls an enclosed trailer down the highway at 80mph smooth as can be, and the trunk is a lifesaver! (does not hurt that you can ice down multiple cases of beer in there too!)
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I have a 2006 with 159K on it, outside of standard services/timing belt, I have never had an issue with it, it pulls an enclosed trailer down the highway at 80mph smooth as can be, and the trunk is a lifesaver! (does not hurt that you can ice down multiple cases of beer in there too!)
How much for the timing belt replacement? The Odyssey is past due. Not sure if I should venture doing it in the garage or not.
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I want to say it was $900 , but I had some other things done along with it at the time.
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How much for the timing belt replacement? The Odyssey is past due. Not sure if I should venture doing it in the garage or not.
It's easy if you got the right tools...
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I picked up some dirtbike parts from him the other day, his Taco is sick.
Did that pipe fit up ok?
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Yes sir, thanks for the killer deal!
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Nice truck Hail, since you posted that picture there's been an identical truck with paper tags parked in my garage on Smith Street, I took a minute to look it over this morning and that color is sharp!
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Ha! My work truck is typically parked less than 50' from your new taco the few days that I'm actually in the office at 1100 Louisiana. Nice truck!
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