Funny, but wrong. What got us into this mess was the outsourcing of jobs and the offering of pensions. When the Big 3 decided to give their workers pensions, they basically wrote themselves a death wish. The import companies had NOTHING to do with the demise of the Big 3. The Big 3 brought this upon themselves. It's quite obvious to see this by the way. The Big 3 offered pensions to retired workers, now they're paying the retired workers, so let's say Mr. Retired Autoworker now gets $2,000 a month from his pension. Well, that $2,000 is money that ISN'T being spent on producing good, quality vehicles. Hence cut-corners assembly and lower quality materials. Not to mention the outsourcing that was done. Most "American" built cars are built by Mexicans or Canadians. Not Americans. The Big 3 caused themselves this problem, Honda and Toyota as well as the other import companies didn't offer pensions and other retirement plans. Tougher on the worker? Yes. But it does create a very successful company.
Go with a minimum 100000 mile warranty next time, instead of lemon quick off the hook import warranty. I sold our Honda, had no warranty left, ran out fast.
First off, sorry you got suckered by ad hype and bought a car that was falsely marketed as a truck. We had nightmares with Honda too. Ours was falling apart even BEFORE the puny 36,000 mile warranty expired. Neither of our 2 GM's has ever required ANY repairs. One has 85,000+ miles and one has 80,000+ miles. The one with 80,000 has never even had the brake pads replaced. I can see how GM can offer 100,000 mile warranties. It won't cost them a penny!
"I can see how GM can offer 100,000 mile warranties. It won't cost them a penny!"
I bought my GM before they had a 100,000 mile warranty. I bet they were happy that I had an engine failure JUST PAST the end of my warranty. You couldn't PAY ME to buy another GM.
Love our Honda Ridgeline. We get complements all the time on it, right and left.
Got 15k on it now runs like new, it is an 08 RTL. We are going to get another, kinda like turkey dinner, when it's this good, you go back for 2nds.
I've got a friend who owns a little Civic and has spent little money on it all around. I told him what I just bought and he laughed and said it is just broke in, he has 240,000 miles on it and it's still running everyday.
I'm surprised some of you domestic lovers out there have time to type on this survey due to all those repairs you're missing out on.
Love my Honda, it is interesting how GM/Dodge are two of the automakers who recently needed government bailout money. I wonder why that is? I wonder why only recently they both had to update their 36k warranty to 100k; could it be attributable to shoddy workmanship, poor design, or greedy executives. You know, at least with all the money I as a taxpayer have sunk into GM, you'd think I could rename the company maybe
"I'm surprised some of you domestic lovers out there have time to type on this survey due to all them repairs your missing out on."
When we owned our Honda, we had plenty of time to type on our lap-tops in the service lounge while it was being repaired. Since switching to GM, we haven't had a single trip to the service department for anything but oil changes. If I won a new Honda in a contest, I'd sell it and buy a GM or Ford. My time is too valuable to waste taking cars for repairs when I can buy a GM or Ford and not even have a scheduled tune-up for 100,000 miles and have a warranty that lasts that long as well. After the puny 36,000 mile warranty ran out our Honda was bankrupting us. We dropped our membership in the "Transmission of the Month" club when we sold the Honda and switched to Fords and GMs.
I suggest you all go read Consumers Reports and see what your domestics look like 5 years from now compared with the imports. You will see I'm sure more red on our imports than you will on the domestics, so keep buying a car or truck every 5 years. I prefer to stay with every 10, because I know a Subaru or Honda will last that long without major repairs.
I didn't make it past 3 years with my newer Hondas without trans issues. I sold; maybe a 5 year 100,000 miles warranty, I might have bought another. I would not buy a Ridgeline due to the bed size. High sides and towing. Maybe a hatchback, but again if the warranty was standard 100000 miles. No more Hondas for us. My last was a 2002.
Was going to buy another Ridgeline, but took a test drive yesterday in a new 2010 Honda Pilot, and boy what a ride. It just would make for a better vehicle on family vacations, handling is secure, and a 5 star on crash test on everything, except 4 stars on rollover.
Really nice truck, wife didn't want to drive it due to it being so expensive. Think we found our next car once the Ridgeline is paid off, so we can have 2 nice, reliable, vehicles in the driveway.
I think that in most cases, if you take good care of a vehicle, it should last at least 10 years.
My Jeep Wrangler is 15 years old, and still going strong.
I also own a Saab 9-3, that is now 7 years old and has been extremely reliable. I point this out because these are 2 vehicles that seem to get labeled as unreliable in some consumer oriented publications, as well as on this site.
Good maintenance should certainly help any vehicle last longer. There are of course some exceptions, as some vehicles are badly engineered and suffer from (for example) premature engine or transmission failures.
My 2007 Ridgeline has been very reliable. With 70,000 miles so far, I've had one warranty repair. The 3rd gear trans solenoid, which was minor to repair. Our other car, a 2005 Honda Odyssey is at 75k and no problems. So was the Accord with 220,000 miles we sold for $3,000!
My only problem has been with the Toyota Tacoma I traded in on the Ridgeline.
The truck has done everything I need it to. I can fit a washer and dryer in the bed, and still close the tailigate. Materials are strong. If I wanted to tow a travel trailer, I probably would have bought a Ford, but it would have driven and felt like a "truck."
The Ridgeline is definitely the best of both worlds. It handles like a cat in the ice and snow, and takes me and my family where we want to go in style.
"I think that in most cases, if you take good care of a vehicle, it should last at least 10 years."
I agree wholeheartedly. My family currently owns a 56-year-old totally original GM car, a 44-year-old Dodge and a 41-year-old Dodge. In 2009 we sold a 32-year-old Buick with 277,000 miles on it that had never required a single repair. One of our current GM's has 90,000+ miles and is 8 years old at this point. It has not even required a brake job yet. We plan to keep it at least another 10 years.
Ironically, the only vehicle we did NOT get 10 years out of was a Honda. It literally fell apart as soon as it was out of the puny 36-month warranty and was sent to the junkyard before 100,000 miles. It cost far more in repairs than all of our domestics combined.