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Just traded my 2019 Ridgeline for a 2021 Frontier Pro-4X

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Long story short (we'll see) ... my 2008 Subaru Legacy GT that was tuned and modded to 349wtq/325whp ... had done me well for many years but then for inspection this year apparently I needed around $2500 in repairs. So I sold the vehicle on Craigslist for $6000 and let them know the deal on the repairs needed.

So I was in a hurry to buy another vehicle. Had done some research a few years ago and decided a Ridgeline was a good choice. So I bought the first clean one in the color I liked. Had the 6 speed tranny, turned out to be a POS and began slipping almost immediately. Had to put some different fluids in there to make it work again. Also had 3 cylinder mode activation which I hated and tried to deactivate, which caused detonation knock in the engine. And creaked like it was going to break every time I turned the steering wheel all the way or went over bumps.

Otherwise a very smooth ride and comfortable. So I got the Frontier and have been driving it for only 2 days. My first impression are:

  • Not as comfy/smooth and actually feels like driving a truck.
  • More power, better revving engine and much better transmission.
  • Narrower and more dated interior.
  • Bigger turning radius takes some getting used to.

These are not complaints; observations. I'm sure the Ridgeline gets a few more MPGs too as I was doing close to 25 on the highway. That all said, I'm a 2021 Frontier Pro-4X owner now and I'm sure soon enough this will fit me like a glove. I have been surprised by some of the capabilities and performance already and I'm looking forward to a long life with the vehicle and minimal/cheap maintenance compared to the alternatives.

Seems to be getting some head turns around here too driving it around. Can't say the same for the Ridgeline 馃槅

Only pic I have so far... hard to tell with the reflections but the truck is mint

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4. Conventional motor oil as standard.


The synth oil commercials were true. I worked in Auto research and development. Oil companies stopped testing synthetics as they wouldn't fail in a timely manner.... We'd only test conventional with additives to see if they'd go longer than a week. Only barely did they a couple of times. Oil pump is the first to go. Won some good bets during that time hehe.

Edit: As I was typing this, memories came back. I remember taking oil samples on some of them. Nothing would come out so you let the test keep going. At the end, you had to have a sample, so we'd take the oil pan off with a pry bar to find oil cake... not sludge... nothing remotely 'fluid' anymore, just dry, thick, baked on carbon. You'd chisel some off and more than likely, toss the pan.
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Welcome! I just entered the wonderful world of PRO-4X ownership as well (and the accessory buying frenzy that came with it) o_O :p
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