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There's an ego-boosting article in there where te Xterra consistently whoops on the FJ, H1, and Titan. :cheers:
 

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I just read the magazine today, great ego buster. not only for the X but for nissan too. did you guys also read the article about the Terranaut? pretty cool huh?
 

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Yeah but ... they picked the Honda Ridgeline as the truck of the year. :geek:
 

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the honda ridgeline is the most worthless truck out here i think. what a dumb idea to name it truck of the year... why dont they check out a chevy or a GMC then theyll find out the real truck of the year
 

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the honda ridgeline is the most worthless truck out here i think. what a dumb idea to name it truck of the year... why dont they check out a chevy or a GMC then theyll find out the real truck of the year
Ever tour the factory's that make these? At GM people will be sleeping under counters and behind things as the auto's go by. At Honda or Toyota, the people are energetic, focused and at the ready for the next build. I live 2 miles from the GM plant, For about 12 years I delivered parts to all auto makers. While waiting to be unloaded, I seen what goes on. I have GM but I never will again. Nor Ford, But I'd buy a Honda in a heart beat and I'd bet it would out last the GM by at least double.

And I might add, that while delivering steel. GM, Ford and Chrysler all laundered steel, Yes, I picked up steel from Philly Docks that came from china, Russia, Australia and some other low quality producers, the steel had salt water pouring out of it. (From being in the hull of a leaky ship) Then they had me take it to a truck stop and remove all ID, Then they had me stop at an office somewhere and pick up BOGUS tags that say the steel is produced in US.
That steel; was delivered to the stamping plants. And, that's what those auto makers use to make your car.

Honda, Orders US steel from WCI in Warren Ohio, Only steel still made from pure scratch, not melted scrap. When it arrives at the factory, it gets put in storage, they cut a section off and it goes to a metallurgist who tests it to make sure it meets specs, only then is it stamped for use in Honda autos. In contrast, The used to be big three, pull it off the truck and set it on the machine.

I'd not be so sure about GM. They have bogus steel, (dumped steel so called) and the stamping plants are pure sweat shops!

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makes you wonder what "American made" really means. We used to own a tahoe and I loved it, it was a great truck. but now that I have the Xterra I can really tell the big difference in quality. I personally would never buy american. unless i decide to either buy a jeep or a corvette. I live in Bowling Green KY where the coverte plant and museum are and i have been to boths at least 15 times. people there are really proud of their job and work hard to make a difference. other than that i am buying japanesse
 

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MC, That is why all american makers are in trouble. Their products suck.

as for the ridgeline. It serves it purpose really well. We looked at it before the X. It was a little too much money. But Honda's is a very innovative company and takes a truck and goes out of the box.
 

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Ridgeline is a nice vehicle. Not for the hardcore 4x4 person at all, but it is really nice for its intended purpose.
 

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Not for the hardcore 4x4 person at all, but it is really nice for its intended purpose

All depends on what you wanna do... this is pretty hardcore! I'm not a huge fan of the ridgeline but I saw this truck while out in Vegas at the Henderson 400 and it was a very capable truck... not a crawler but definitely badass. It's got the basic race required stuff done to it but is basically stock aside from shock upgrades.
Here's a blurb about it that's pretty impressive:
The biggest difference between this Ridge-line and the things slowly rolling out of Honda dealerships are safety features like the roll bar, fuel cell and all the radios. While the interior is gutted, the stock dash and door trim remain, per the rules. The biggest change is the customized King springs and shocks. But even those are matched to fit around the stock MacPherson strut front and multilink rear. (Autoweek)
See the whole story here... http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060814/FREE/60804002/1004

 

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knaffie said:
Ridgeline is a nice vehicle. Not for the hardcore 4x4 person at all, but it is really nice for its intended purpose.
These guys may disagree if you consider SCORE hardcore.

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I have a Chev 6.5 turbo diesel truck thats the worst piece of shit that I've ever owned . It lives in the repair shop and will be sold at the end of this year . I don't trust it to go to the end of the street .
 

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I have a Chev 6.5 turbo diesel truck thats the worst piece of shit that I've ever owned . It lives in the repair shop and will be sold at the end of this year . I don't trust it to go to the end of the street .
Not surprised. That motor is junk. Shame on you for buying that instead of a Cummins or Powerstroke! If you would have bought a truck with a 5.7 in it, it would have went forever.
 

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Not surprised. That motor is junk. Shame on you for buying that instead of a Cummins or Powerstroke!
From what i hear, Ford Powerstroke is just as bad if not worst. Someone told me that it has a ton of recalls. I don't know much about it...just from what i hear.
 

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I have a ford powerstroke and it is anything but junk. I just came back from a 5200 mile vacation pulling a 30 foot 5th wheel. Gets 12 miles to the gallon pulling and 20 not pulling. It is an F-350 4x4 crewcab with an 8 foot bed. I could put a honda ridgeline in the bed and it wouldn't even know its back there :)
 

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A friend of mine worked as a quality assurance inspector for Ford frames. he was telling me how bad the welds on those chasis are, he tried to make a difference but no body actually cared for the quality or safety issues that might arrise from a bad weld. some of those as he put it were "criminal"
 

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Thai said:
knaffie said:
Not surprised. That motor is junk. Shame on you for buying that instead of a Cummins or Powerstroke!
From what i hear, Ford Powerstroke is just as bad if not worst. Someone told me that it has a ton of recalls. I don't know much about it...just from what i hear.
I have a friend who at 5K had to have his engine replaced. It took ford 2 months to repair it. It was one of the first new type power strokes(forgive me I am not up on the sizes or generation of engine). On the otherhand my uncle has a 96' power stroke with over 300K and no issues.
 

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I think the engine is a good design they just don't keep constant quality, that is what's killing them
 

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A friend of mine worked as a quality assurance inspector for Ford frames. he was telling me how bad the welds on those chasis are, he tried to make a difference but no body actually cared for the quality or safety issues that might arrise from a bad weld. some of those as he put it were "criminal"
I wonder if your friend has seen the new F150 frame. The new frame is quite impressive from me crawling all over it. It is fully boxed with some of the major crossmembers being welded thru-and-thru both sides of the boxed frame. It is supposedly the strongest frame in it's class.

As for the Powerstroke diesel, i meant the newer generation with the 5-speed auto. The older PS diesels were excellent from what i hear.
 
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