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Re: How long can a 1995 Chevrolet Beretta last?

rec7 wrote:
deanbrew wrote:Longer than I would want to drive it.


You won't see them in the indy 500 no time soon.


You would if it were 1990 :D
by NHRATA01
Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long can a 1995 Chevrolet Beretta last?
Replies: 10
Views: 800

Re: Donald Trump - The Apprentice

Used to watch it. When it was real people it was interesting, but then when the celebrity shows came on, it came down to keeping 'colorful' people on to keep ratings. Trump himself has begun to pontificate too much. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/penn-tell-all-magician-rips-dona...
by NHRATA01
Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donald Trump - The Apprentice
Replies: 27
Views: 1625

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

Mercedes bought Chrysler who bought American Motors. That sort of stuff sticks. Get a Lexus. In their defense, Chrysler was running quite profitably before the Germans took over. Daimler wanted Chryslers SUV platform which they built the ML off of while tossing Mopar an old E-class platform to buil...
by NHRATA01
Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4484

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

I would much favor owning a Lexus out of warranty over a Benz or other German make.

The CLA is an extremely harsh riding car, and frankly feels cheaper than an Accord.
by NHRATA01
Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4484

Re: Partial transfer from Ameritrade to Vanguard

TDA does wave commissions if you set up an automatic recurring monthly investment - however I can't recall if it's limited to mutual funds (I use it with VFINX) or inclusive of ETF's.
by NHRATA01
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Partial transfer from Ameritrade to Vanguard
Replies: 8
Views: 557

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

At almost 3 acres and relatively flat, I would also suggest a zero turn. I can echo much of the earlier advice - avoid the cheap stuff at the big box stores and go for quality. On the low end you're probably looking at $3-$5K range, high end at $7K and up. While I don't think you need to go straight...
by NHRATA01
Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2306

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

Please don't just take my advice on the Sequoia though...I encourage you to continue to do your due diligence and look for data you can trust. As you know, there are plenty of websites with opinions, but you really want actual data. I agree. One fact: 2013 Toyota Sequoia Sales: 13k 2004 Toyota Sequ...
by NHRATA01
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 111
Views: 9392

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

So all those '99-'04 Honda Accord/Acura automatic transmission failures were the car holding up? Or the ongoing Toyota 3.0 V6 sludge problems? Nissan generally being mediocre and Mitsubishi continually at the bottom for over a decade? Honda/Toyota had stellar reliability in the 80s and 90s which go...
by NHRATA01
Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 111
Views: 9392

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

Single data point, but Car and Driver completed its 40,000 mile road test of the Ram 1500 and only item to repair was a $3 fuse. Drivers remain very impressed with comfort, performance, and reliability. Can't rule out an American car, just because it's American. I still want to see 1st year reliabi...
by NHRATA01
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 111
Views: 9392

Re: Changing Jobs 401k

You would most likely be rolling it over to a traditional IRA, unless you specifically want to do a Roth conversion of the amount in your old 401K. If you choose that, weigh out the tax consequences of doing so to see if it's beneficial. Regarding where to put it, personally I find Fidelity to be on...
by NHRATA01
Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing Help [Changing Jobs 401k]
Replies: 14
Views: 559

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

NHRATA01, I got my info from the car brochure I got from the dealer. I will have to research it more if all the Chevy all-wheel-drive Traverses have independent rear suspension. AWD would have to have an IRS for sure. There are basically 2 types of suspensions when the rear wheels are driven - the ...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 111
Views: 9392

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

One interesting thing though between the Chevy traverse 2LT and the GMC Acadia SLT2 is that the GMC has independent suspension where as the traverse has an H Link rear suspension. Just to compare, the Durango has an independent suspension. Personally, I think the independent suspension would give m...
by NHRATA01
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 111
Views: 9392

Re: How much energy does water heater use when I'm not home?

Probably turning down the thermostat is a better idea. BUT in Canada and the UK, water temperature in the tank has to be 55 degrees centigrade-- to prevent formation of Legionnaire's disease. Apparently that is not a requirement in the USA. But is it a good idea? That would be worth finding out. Th...
by NHRATA01
Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much energy does water heater use when I'm not home?
Replies: 32
Views: 2783

Re: $32k Subaru Outback or $14k Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Here's a quick update. I realized that the Outlander Sport isn't as safe as I originally thought so I decided against it before ever taking it for a test drive. it sold within a couple days -- I'm surprised the dealer had it marked so low since small CUVs are so popular now. My wife and I test drov...
by NHRATA01
Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $32k Subaru Outback or $14k Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Replies: 46
Views: 5053

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

Additionally, does anyone have experience with fitting/using convertible car seats in the lambda platform vehicles (Acadia, Traverse, Enclave), as well as the Highlander? Eventually we will transition to convertibles, possibly notably large ones such as the Britax Marathon. So just curious how thes...
by NHRATA01
Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 111
Views: 9392

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

Regarding the Lambda's, we have a '10 Traverse. Reliability-wise '12 and up are much better. '09 and earlier had issues with timing chain stretch and then failure. The warranty has been extended from 100 to 120K. Rectified in '10. The '09 models had a specific issue with the transmission whereby the...
by NHRATA01
Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 111
Views: 9392

Re: Oil Change due: Synthetic vs Regular Oil

Synthetic oil is for sustained high-temperature operation. I was told that synthetic oil also helps during engine start in cold temperatures. Sunny, I don't really know, but I doubt it. I imagine that small variations in oil viscosity have little to do with cold-start ability. Your engine is hard t...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil Change due: Synthetic vs Regular Oil
Replies: 33
Views: 2841

Re: Oil Change due: Synthetic vs Regular Oil

I respectfully have to take several issues with your post. This post is absolutely correct. The company I worked for routinely Interfaced with GM engineering. Many customers will not trust the oil system, which is a real shame, because GMs oil change indicator is every bit as brilliant as their engi...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil Change due: Synthetic vs Regular Oil
Replies: 33
Views: 2841

Re: Oil Change due: Synthetic vs Regular Oil

Change your oil once a year at least, preferably in the late fall. There is no reason to use synthetic oil in a car that has normal use. Use what the owner's manual says. Synthetic oil is for sustained high-temperature operation. If the oil level increase over time, you have a problem with too many...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil Change due: Synthetic vs Regular Oil
Replies: 33
Views: 2841

Re: SAT preparation

Since you can have her take the test multiple times, why don't you have her just shoot from the hip on the first go round? I took my first SAT in '94 as a sophomore. My mom had insisted on enrolling me in a prep course even though I was a pretty good student. I was acing the practice tests in the st...
by NHRATA01
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SAT preparation
Replies: 30
Views: 2460

Re: Repair or replace old Taurus?

I would either take the car for scrap value, or donate it to charity (I believe running is even optional) for the $500 tax deduction. At this point the repairs exceed the vehicle's value. Also a head gasket may or may not be an open and shut case. The head may be warped or the block surface not flat...
by NHRATA01
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or replace old Taurus?
Replies: 32
Views: 2835

Re: What octane gas do you use to fill your car?

Why the aversion to ethanol? Do a test. Run a few tanks of gas with ethanol and a few without and track mpg. I always...always...average 10% higher with non ethanol gas. I look at ethanol as "filler" that dilutes gas. Also, ethanol kills small engines. Heard a small engine repair guy said...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What octane gas do you use to fill your car?
Replies: 77
Views: 5717

Re: advice regarding hard to find HVAC freon leak

http://images.pennwellnet.com/ogj/images/ogj/93223601.gif Sorry for the digression but I figured all the enginerds out there would enjoy. So about a 6% difference. That makes sense that it would be noticeable if comparing two systems both in good condition, but might be overshadowed in practice by ...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: advice regarding hard to find HVAC freon leak
Replies: 50
Views: 2999

Re: advice regarding hard to find HVAC freon leak

Not necessarily true. R22 is actually a superior refrigerant from an efficiency standpoint vs R-123 or R-134A (much as the older R-12 was even better). I'm just curious what the efficiency difference tends to be between R12, R22, and R134a. I'd hear the statement made that the original compound was...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: advice regarding hard to find HVAC freon leak
Replies: 50
Views: 2999

Re: bidet for a boglehead

user5027 wrote:Bidet for a boglehead?

Dampen the toilet paper under the sink faucet. A boglehead bathroom is small so the sink is beside the toilet. :D


LOL! Well done, I got a good laugh out of that one. :D
by NHRATA01
Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bidet for a boglehead
Replies: 19
Views: 2187

Re: advice regarding hard to find HVAC freon leak

A system old enough to use R-22 is probably very inefficient. You'll probably be able to pay for the system with the savings on electricity. I'd skip the test and get a new system. Not necessarily true. R22 is actually a superior refrigerant from an efficiency standpoint vs R-123 or R-134A (much as...
by NHRATA01
Wed May 21, 2014 9:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: advice regarding hard to find HVAC freon leak
Replies: 50
Views: 2999

Re: Should I buy a fun car?

Perhaps an E46 M3 convertible would fit well? ie - older, better value, but still an awesome machine (one of the better looking M3s IMO) S54 is an expensive to maintain engine. Rock solid though, would last 100s of 1000s of miles. More than, say a Chevy SBC V8, probably. But looking at his other ch...
by NHRATA01
Thu May 08, 2014 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a fun car?
Replies: 59
Views: 3147

Re: BRK: What am I missing?

Well aside from the fact this forum generally shuns individual stock picking, personally I would be worried about a corporation who's most two influential leaders are 90 and 83. As unfair and cold it may be, at some point they will pass, and the market will react, probably more harshly than it did w...
by NHRATA01
Mon May 05, 2014 12:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: BRK: What am I missing?
Replies: 40
Views: 3612

Re: Riding Lawn Mower

I'm a believer in you get what you pay for on this one. I know a number of people, including myself, that had cheap Craftsman tractors and got 5-10 yrs out of them. For <$1K, it isn't that bad a deal when you consider paying for a JD (and I'm not talking about the HD/Lowes versions) will cost you q...
by NHRATA01
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Lawn Mower
Replies: 29
Views: 8343

Re: Projects/Kits for 12 yr old son

How about radio controlled electric (or even gas) cars/trucks? I built one in 7th grade (electric), learned a lot about electronics as well as mechanical things like suspensions and transmissions. Then had a lot of fun playing with it outside in the dirt. Certainly fostered the hot-rodding hobby I d...
by NHRATA01
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Projects/Kits for 12 yr old son
Replies: 15
Views: 2732

Re: Buying no load Vanguard mf's...is there always a fee

I'll add that at Ameritrade (and probably most other mainstream brokerages), there is no transaction fee if you set up a monthly recurring investment. Prior to becoming a boglehead a couple years ago, I had set up a recurring investment in the Vanguard 500 index after opening an Ameritrade account. ...
by NHRATA01
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying no load Vanguard mf's...is there always a fee
Replies: 22
Views: 2212

Re: NYC Comic Con

I took my much-older kids there last fall (ages 12 and 15.) There is no way we would ever go back, and under no circumstances would I take a two-year-old. Comic-Con NYC is a gigantic convention floor filled with tables and booths of people selling their overpriced comic-related stuff. There is very...
by NHRATA01
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC Comic Con
Replies: 12
Views: 884

Re: How often do you rebalance to maintain your AA

Being the nerdy engineer, I have a running spreadsheet of my Roth IRA+401K for each year that I add to month-by-month which tracks values, expenses and returns, as well as calculated my current asset mix amongst stocks, bonds, international and REIT (what I consider my 4 major asset classes that I h...
by NHRATA01
Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:23 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How often do you rebalance to maintain your AA
Replies: 35
Views: 1990

Re: LED bulb prices

IMO the question is more about LED vs CFL, To my thinking, I would take LED hands down over CFL. Perhaps I am biased against CFL.....I know people say the new ones are much better than the earlier ones....but wherever I see CFL and am aware of it, I find the light very harsh. Plus a number of CFL's...
by NHRATA01
Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED bulb prices
Replies: 118
Views: 14780

Re: Auto repair - "Threads getting thin in oil pan drain plu

I am definitely not doing at dealer. Is 3 hr labor reasonable? Thanks I'm just a shadetree mechanic, but you could replace the entire oil pan in only 30 minutes. I would suspect that it greatly depends on which car. I know I was surprised at how much of a PITA it was to replace my starter. On my ca...
by NHRATA01
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto repair - "Threads getting thin in oil pan drain plug"
Replies: 40
Views: 2568

Re: Auto repair - "Threads getting thin in oil pan drain plu

On a '99 Camry, I would drill out old threads in the oil pan and re-tap with a slightly larger drain plug. Be sure to run a magnet to gather all shavings. Entire process would probably take ~40 minutes to do yourself and for very minimal cost. No need to replace the whole pan due to threads strippi...
by NHRATA01
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto repair - "Threads getting thin in oil pan drain plug"
Replies: 40
Views: 2568

Re: advice requested from engineers

As a mechanical engineer and a hiring manager in a facilities engineering organization, I'll echo the sentiment that as long as the school is accredited, it will be fine. RIT is well known in the Northeast, but I can't speak to it's reputation across the US (BTW I went to Clarkson, which is similar ...
by NHRATA01
Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: advice requested from engineers
Replies: 85
Views: 4827

Re: Where do you invest your child's savings?

What I did was start a savings account for each of my kids (right now 6, 4 and 2). Once they each hit $2K (2 of the 3 have) I started putting any future gifts they received into a large cap no transaction fee fund of relatively acceptable ER from T Rowe Price via my Ameritrade account. I started thi...
by NHRATA01
Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where do you invest your child's savings?
Replies: 30
Views: 1554

Re: Buying a 'loaded' vs stripped down vehicle

The hardest part about finding a stripped vehicle is almost no dealers order them that way. Particularly outside the subcompact market, or pickup truck (since contractors prefer them in a basic trim level). You'll be stuck with a factory order and then you have little wiggle room to negotiate - as w...
by NHRATA01
Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a 'loaded' vs stripped down vehicle
Replies: 52
Views: 3934

Re: mid term investing for auto purchase

I don't think that's a bad idea at all, it's pretty close to what I do. I started off with a 5K lump sum in VFINX (the vanguard 500 index) in mid '11 and added 300 every month. The logic being to take what is a typical monthly car/lease payment and invest it with the goal to build up enough for a ca...
by NHRATA01
Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:40 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: mid term investing for auto purchase
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Re: WHat to do with current market conditions

Thank you- Looks like some short term and intermediate bond funds are doing well now. is this a good time to buy more bonds? Because the interest rates have been dropping for the past few weeks while the market semi-corrects. No one knows the future but it is fairly reasonable to expect rates to re...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WHat to do with current market conditions
Replies: 21
Views: 1228

Re: preventing rust on car exhaust system

There really isn't much you can do. You may be seeing the external rust, but likely it wasn't the major contributor to the exhaust system needing replacement. Engine exhaust is harsh and contains a number of acids, as well as a lot of moisture, which adding temperature make for a perfect environment...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: preventing rust on car exhaust system
Replies: 28
Views: 1882

Re: Roth IRA $11,000 Vanguard

I agree you can't go wrong with a Target Retirement fund, it will give you a nice asset mix with a (granted, predetermined) risk tolerance appropriate for your age. The expense ratios are still quite minimal. IMHO after a few years of growth and contributions, then you can start to split it out and ...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth IRA $11,000 Vanguard
Replies: 14
Views: 2155

Re: SUV Vs Sedan

If you don't need the utility of an SUV/CUV, or have a family of 4 or less, I really find them to be a waste compared to a nice sedan. As someone who actually enjoys driving, SUV/CUV's are: Slower Handle worse Brake worse Worse gas mileage All of which are inherent when you take what is essentially ...
by NHRATA01
Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV Vs Sedan
Replies: 50
Views: 4167

Re: devices to maximize a car's fuel economy

The more air space that is in the gas tank the more evaporation of the gas will be. Liquids evaporate in air so keep your car filled up with gas maybe not letting it run down past 1/4. Gas tanks are pretty well sealed. Typically a car will lose 1/8 of a gallon per year . You may actually lose more ...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: devices to maximize a car's fuel economy
Replies: 64
Views: 3705

Re: Car Tires

The mention was made of "compressed air" and it reminded me of nitrogen in tires: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=191& Like said on the link it's generally a waste of money. If you can get it for free, sure there are minor benefits. Most of them would be rem...
by NHRATA01
Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Tires
Replies: 22
Views: 3040

Re: Car Tires

wheels failing due to corrosion I have chrome plated steel cast wheels. Due to northern salt and a corrosion on the inside bead surface, one of the wheels have very slow leaks. I think the salt gets under and flakes the plating and gives air a path to leak. It got better with new tires installed a ...
by NHRATA01
Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Tires
Replies: 22
Views: 3040

Re: Truck/Car Envy....How do You Deal with It?

I'm a car guy but I fixed that issue real early. Bought a toy fresh out of college in '01 that only sees good weather and daily drove beaters. Then when I had a little more money I daily drove off-lease used cars until they started to fall apart and I spent more time under them than driving them. 1....
by NHRATA01
Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Truck/Car Envy....How do You Deal with It?
Replies: 64
Views: 5113

Re: I don't understand bonds...

I'm not an expert but a little clarification on the inverse relationship between bond values and interest rates. Basically say you trade bonds. This is different than buying an individual bond and holding it to maturity - then you are correct, you won't lose money. But say you're a trader, and you b...
by NHRATA01
Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:17 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I don't understand bonds...
Replies: 20
Views: 1912
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