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Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy

Posted By: Sneaky_Snapper

Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/16/08 02:56 AM

My T-100 SR5 Extended cab 4x4 has 113,000 miles on it. It is in great shape except for some light hail damage on the front hood. I really like the truck but need something with a little more backseat room since my youngest child is 14 years old and 6'1" tall.

I am in love with the new Tundra crewmax, but realistically they are out of my price range. I do not haul heavy loads anymore since my landscaping is finished at home.

I realize the Ridgeline is not heavy duty and looks unsightly. But at this time I just want a little smoother ride with more room. I might just upgrade to a used Tundra double cab 2007 or older.

Am I crazy to even consider changing vehicles? The mileage for my T-100 is comparable to the Ridgeline. The Ridgelines are on close out these days with the new model coming out soon--$6,000-8,000 off MSRP.

Thanks for your help, Brad
Posted By: CJMT100

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/16/08 03:05 AM

Ridgeline is nothing more than a car with a chevy avalanche-esque body on it. I would suggest if you want more room and a truck to get a doublecab tundra (the older models) or a 4Runner if you want an SUV.
Posted By: bkg

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/16/08 06:05 PM

Yes, you are very crazy. Very. Did I say very?

Buy an 05-06 Tunrda Double Cab or even an 05+ Tacoma Doublecab. You'll be very happy.
Posted By: speedlever

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/17/08 04:03 AM

I don't think you're crazy. If I were buying today, I'd probably spring for a Ridgeline. I don't need much of a truck these days and 4 doors with a smaller body would work great for me.

One benefit my T100 has than a new Ridgeline wouldn't... no vehicle payments. That's tough to beat.

But there's one thing that concerns me about my T100: the rear seat riders heads are against the rear glass. It's not a safe environment now that the kids have grown out of their child seats. I don't have an easy fix for that other than getting another vehicle.
Posted By: wsquaredodie

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/17/08 04:10 AM

Nuts you are. For rear seat head gear, you can modify to put in head bumpers if needed. If you do not usually use rear seats, so what. 300 per month for new car smell? 3600 can buy a pretty usable T100, cash, in a year. Buy 7 and you can have one for each day of the week!!!! And still be ahead.
Posted By: Sneaky_Snapper

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/17/08 07:47 AM

Okay guys, I so I had a bad dream. Totally forgot how reliable and trouble free my T-100 has been these past 5 years. Only repairs were the normal - ball joints, starter (did myself) timing belt, water pump, belts, now I have valve cover gasket leak and need the front bearings repacked. Not too bad.
Posted By: Greg_Canada

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/18/08 01:52 AM

Your son will fit in the back of a 05+ double cab taco, i'm 6'4 and i fit and have no prob sitting in one in the back during a roadtrip.
Posted By: foxtrapper

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/18/08 12:26 PM

I've got friends that have the Ridgeline, and love it. They work well. Biggest thing I've observed is that people coming from a car background like the Ridgeline, those coming from a truck background are disapointed.

Shop with the kid! At 6'1", he needs to spend some time in the rear to see if it fits. From what I hear, the Tundra's rear seat is highly disapointing.
Posted By: awineke

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/19/08 06:08 PM

If you change your mind and decide to sell, I'm looking for a T100 - I live down in the Springs. Or anyone else with a spare 3.4 Xtra Cab lying around.
Thanks, Andy
Posted By: Sneaky_Snapper

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/20/08 12:35 AM

Tomorrow I go to the dealership and say goodbye to a good friend. I have had my T-100 for 7 years and it has 120,000 miles on it. Barely broken in.

I went shopping on Tuesday and was figuring on leasing the Ridgeline. But when push came to shove and I realized I would be paying for 7 years if I decided to keep the vehicle I was leaning toward buying until the payment came out to $600 a month. No thanks. So threw in the T-100 so I could get a lower payment.

Anyway the dealer gave me $7,000 for my 1997 T-100. I thought that was a great price since my T has hail damage on the front hood and some on the side. On Edmonds the trade-in price is more around $4000. We were paid $3000 by the insurance company back in 2002, when we lived in Kansas and did not get it repaired.

I initially told them there would be no trade so they did not up the price of the new auto when I threw in the idea of a trade. I did tell them I had one more dealer to check out a few miles down the road - Kuni Honda.

Anyway I will have a T-100 factory service manual for sale and a set of Aisin manual hubs for sale. I will give anyone on this forum first chance.

Just e-mail me.

Thanks, Brad
Posted By: foxtrapper

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/20/08 01:23 AM

Well then check your inbox.
Posted By: speedlever

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/22/08 12:57 PM

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Nuts you are. For rear seat head gear, you can modify to put in head bumpers if needed.


Please enlighten me as to how you are going to modify the back seat of a T100 and install head rests/bumpers in a manner that would provide a comfy and safe ride?

I don't see how that is possible without having the rear seat rider's head tilted forward.

Got any pics of such a mod?

I have two kids that ride in the T100 with me all the time.
Posted By: wsquaredodie

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/22/08 03:50 PM

Never did it on a Toy back seat but did on a Chev 4 door Series 25. At that time, JC WHitney had clamp ons that worked, but the clearance to the back of the cab was not an issue. Alternative is to mount a pad across the window top to bottom. If you have access to high density foam and someone to do the stitching, it might work. Don't need a lot of thickness, just something to keep your head from whacking the glass. I know all about that. I have had the luxury of sitting in the back of my buddy's 4Runner and fully appreciate hard bench seats and no head support.

Anyway, that's a suggestion. A good T100 versus a 30K + set of wheels makes me look for simple alternatives.
Posted By: Sneaky_Snapper

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/23/08 07:26 AM

Just for clarification - I have nothing but praise for my T-100. Never let me down and the maintenance was pretty straight forward. It had NO rust, just a couple of nicks in the paint above the windshield from small flying rocks.

The interior was immaculate. It will be interesting how the dealer prices it - but I have a hunch it will never see the used car lot.

By far the best truck I ever owned.

I hope everyone enjoys their T as much as I have.

I considered the Doublecab Tacoma but it would not fit in my garage. That was part of my rationale for the Ridgeline.

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Posted By: speedlever

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/23/08 04:05 PM

Out of curiosity, do any of the new trucks offer the option of manual hubs? Nissan? Toyota? Or have auto-style hubs completely taken over the market?

Will the older Aisins fit any of the newer Toy trucks?

I wonder if the Ridgeline offers a similar 4wd system to the Toyota ADD system. Wonder if there's any sort of manual hub conversion available for it?
Posted By: speedlever

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/23/08 04:12 PM

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Anyway, that's a suggestion. A good T100 versus a 30K + set of wheels makes me look for simple alternatives.


I appreciate the suggestion. I just don't see a practical way to implement it from both a safety and comfort perspective. Any pad across the back will also eliminate the use of the sliding rear center glass too. Also, a hard enough hit in the back may not stop the rear seat rider's head from breaking the glass. Sometimes I carry 2 riders in the back seat.

Honestly, I just don't see it as being a safe ride back there and wish I had a better alternative than selling my T. (although that's not in the immediate future from a financial perspective).
Posted By: Sneaky_Snapper

Re: Thinking of selling my T-100 for a Honda Ridgeline--am I crazy - 03/24/08 03:10 PM

The dealer just posted the truck on their website. They want $9,900. Fair price - if anyone wants it just expect to put about a $1000 worth of repairs into it. That is about it. So negotiate from there.

Also, I sold the repair manual and the aisin hubs.

Brad
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