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Re: suggestion for awd luxury sedan

When looking at the MB's and the e350's they are very nice cars but the one thing that turned me off was the lack of leather,real leather.Unless you go with a e550 they have "MB Tex" aka taxicab vinyl.If I a paying that kind of money I want to sit on a real leather aka "dead cow"...
by nhdblfan
Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: suggestion for awd luxury sedan
Replies: 44
Views: 3498

Re: Transmission rebuilt ($2k) or buy a new car? [Honda Civi

Looks like a rebuilt trans can be purchased for less than $1000, wouldn't be more than $500 to remove and replace and the whole thing is done, beats most in house rebuilds in my experience. http://shop.synchrotech-transmissions.com/Automatic-Transmissions_c8.htm Yes, you "can" buy them li...
by nhdblfan
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transmission rebuilt ($2k) or buy a new car? [Honda Civic]
Replies: 23
Views: 1134

Re: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)

Great thread, nice to see some others who enjoy spending some of the money too ! like others my wife and I enjoy nice cars-Lexus's and watches (Rolex) but my most expensive "hobby" over the years has been investing in guns,started with sporting shotguns-Belgium Browning,Merkel,Prussian Dal...
by nhdblfan
Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)
Replies: 126
Views: 9244

Re: How much to replace a watch battery?

Captain_Video wrote:Buy a Rolex. You'll never have to change a battery or strap ever again! :P



beat me to it !

I have never had to replace a battery in any of the 4-with my wifes I have !(or a strap/band-thank goodness !)
by nhdblfan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to replace a watch battery?
Replies: 59
Views: 11183

Re: Synthetic engine oil worth better/cheaper in the long ru

I have been using Mobil 1 for many years-from new in my wifes Lexus RX and since I bought my Lexus GX (at 20k miles).We live in very cold NH-its -10 here this morn so the benefit of cold start is a big one for us along with the extended chage inveral ( we go about 5000-6000 and could go more).
by nhdblfan
Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Synthetic engine oil worth better/cheaper in the long run?
Replies: 89
Views: 9004

Re: Renew Barron's Subcription

Just renewed for 99 as well.I do enjoy Barons and WSJ along with Oxford Club for trading-I am not a true "bogglehead" as I like to trade stocks and options (covered calls-sell (cash secured) puts) but do enjoy the forum.I can see why many here would pass on it thou. Enjoying the Round Tabl...
by nhdblfan
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renew Barron's Subcription
Replies: 22
Views: 1220

Re: Most Efficient Way to Heat a Home

Woodburning stove + free firewood from relative's woods :D Up here in Northern New England everyone has a wood stove and they are thankful to have lots of woods to feed it ! Most economical way to heat our homes, I have a huge in the basement and a pellet stove to supplement it on the first floor.M...
by nhdblfan
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Efficient Way to Heat a Home
Replies: 86
Views: 5242

Re: swimming pool pumps

My goldline hayward pump just went out after 7.5 years which I understand is very good life for a pump. Being the do-it-yourselfer that I am, I decided to tackle the replacement myself. I ended up buying a rebuilt pump from a Co. called Southern rewinding. After putting on the two seals and 4 bolts...
by nhdblfan
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming pool pumps
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: swimming pool pumps

Although I have been "retired" from the swimming pool business for 14 years now (thank goodness) I did spend over 25 years building a servicing in ground swimming pools and replaced/installed probably 1000 pumps (filters.heaters and pool cleaners). Many years ago Marlow had a 2 speed pump ...
by nhdblfan
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming pool pumps
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: Thinking about buying a 2014 Acura RDX

No offense, but I find it comical that some people considering buying a $35,000-$45,000 vehicle balk at having to buy premium fuel, which probably only costs the average driver about $150-$250 extra per year. +1 + 2 !!! MY GX 470 require Premium and other owners have found you get better mileage as...
by nhdblfan
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about buying a 2014 Acura RDX
Replies: 44
Views: 2986

Re: Buy new vs used RX 350

I will second the recommendation for going here: http://www.clublexus.com/forums/login.php?do=login I have a 2004 RX 330 with 122k on it,presently in for its 3 radiator replacement since we have owned it (first 2 were covered by Lexus),other then that-and brakes and tires its been relatively trouble...
by nhdblfan
Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy new vs used RX 350
Replies: 29
Views: 2474

Re: $23K 2009 Lexus IS 250 AWD V-6 Miles 33K Certified.

Can't speak to the IS,but having owned a couple Lexus's I can say they hold their value well and are very reliable.I present have 2 a RX and GX 450.The GX was CPO's and they really went through it. (1 owner-traded with 25k on it,new tires,rotors-pads,battery,filters) so far its been excellent. You m...
by nhdblfan
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $23K 2009 Lexus IS 250 AWD V-6 Miles 33K Certified.
Replies: 18
Views: 1813

Re: How many folks have a dog?

Have two labs, a chocolate and a black,and yes I am a dog person. On my way out for our daily walk,could not imagine life without them. Only downside is the short lifespan dogs have,its our 4th and 5th and having to go through the end of the first 3 was very hard,still miss and think of each of them...
by nhdblfan
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many folks have a dog?
Replies: 112
Views: 6459

Re: Wood burning stoves in New England

OK I got less than 1/2 way through page 1 and quit reading. DON"T pay any attention to posts from people that have not heated with wood. Everything posted here is opinions including mine BUT I have heated my prior and current houses with firewood using the same woodstove for 20 years. I like f...
by nhdblfan
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood burning stoves in New England
Replies: 88
Views: 4593

Re: small luxury SUV options? EDIT: the hunt is over

I am surprised you did not look at the Lexus GX I love mine (yes it does use the Premium gas),nice ride, very good in the snow and I feel very safe,so far its been very reliable with no expensive repairs (It was a CPO'D ).My wife is one her second RX again very reliable ,fit and finish much better t...
by nhdblfan
Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: small luxury SUV options? EDIT: the hunt is over
Replies: 31
Views: 3300

Re: Car Wax

Its important to wash the car correctly to keep from creating swirls created by rubbing the dirty sponge over the paint. I use a Foam Gun first ; http://www.chemicalguys.com/Chemical_Guys_HOL_182_Foam_Blaster_Complete_Car_p/hol_182.htm Then go to a two bucket wash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w09r...
by nhdblfan
Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Wax
Replies: 42
Views: 2757

Re: Tesla S

"Actually, the Tesla is powered by electricity, and nobody is forcing you to use coal or natural gas to generate that electricity. " And that comes from .............Coal and Nat gas-both of which we have plenty of thankfully! Did you actually read the rest of my post, where I went on to ...
by nhdblfan
Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 431
Views: 38402

Re: Tesla S

"Actually, the Tesla is powered by electricity, and nobody is forcing you to use coal or natural gas to generate that electricity. " And that comes from .............Coal and Nat gas-both of which we have plenty of thankfully! electric vehicles will never be make much of dent in real world...
by nhdblfan
Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 431
Views: 38402

Re: Jewelry repair at Ben Bridge?

Resizing is pretty simple and they should be able to handle that with ease.
My wife's Rolex president came from Ben Bridge in California-they have over 60 stores,its also a Berkshire Hathaway owned since 2000 !

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stor ... ily13.html
by nhdblfan
Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jewelry repair at Ben Bridge?
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: USAA Homeowner Insurance Increase

Check your policy, there may be extra's on there you did not have before.They tried adding 75K for "other dwellings" ( I have none) on mine. Called and went through the list; No sheds ? (No,That must be some shed you want to charge me for !) No other garage then attached? ( NO !) Maybe you...
by nhdblfan
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USAA Homeowner Insurance Increase
Replies: 35
Views: 3181

Re: Why Can't I Bring Myself to Buy Me a Nice Watch?

I am not just a Boglehead (light spender) because I want to save for myself (though primary reason). I also believe that just because one has money (and I too have a 7 figure portfolio) does not mean one should spend on frivolous things. There are people starving in the world... Give to charity lik...
by nhdblfan
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Can't I Bring Myself to Buy Me a Nice Watch?
Replies: 193
Views: 13057

Re: Worldofwatches

Not sure about them try some well known dealers,you might pay a bit more but your not getting a "franken watch" .
Timezone is good for sale section also Time Keeper,I have purchased from DeMesy and been happy with the transaction.
by nhdblfan
Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worldofwatches
Replies: 9
Views: 1035

Re: Going on Safari suggestions

Big 5 or Plains game ? Have a friend talk me into going to Zim for Cape with him next time Lots of good info on here about guides and game. http://forums.nitroexpress.com/ubbthreads.php?Cat=0 Thanks for the link. One of the things on my life list is Africa to hunt cape buffalo or lion. Me too ! Wit...
by nhdblfan
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going on Safari suggestions
Replies: 16
Views: 1056

Re: Going on Safari suggestions

Big 5 or Plains game ? Have a friend talk me into going to Zim for Cape with him next time

Lots of good info on here about guides and game.

http://forums.nitroexpress.com/ubbthreads.php?Cat=0
by nhdblfan
Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going on Safari suggestions
Replies: 16
Views: 1056

Re: electric cars

Shouldn't these be called coal burning cars ? after all that where the majority of most markets eletricity comes from ?
by nhdblfan
Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electric cars
Replies: 606
Views: 122453

Re: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?

Lexus just got the top spot again in dependability ,note 3 of other 4 Porsche, Lincoln, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz are also consider luxury brands.

Lexus tops car dependability survey

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/encore/201 ... ty-survey/
by nhdblfan
Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?
Replies: 100
Views: 8671

Re: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?

I drive an LS460. It is a great car. Many people on this board are just plain cheap. You have to enjoy life a little. I guess in Texas you don't worry about snow. The AWD is a must have in the Northeast. My old LS400 with rear wheel drive was terrible in the snow. "Many people on this board ar...
by nhdblfan
Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?
Replies: 100
Views: 8671

Re:

ElJay wrote:This forum may be unbiased when it comes to investing, but it has an extreme bias against nice cars. :lol:


and nice watches :happy
by nhdblfan
Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?
Replies: 100
Views: 8671

Re: Lexus RX 300. Timing belt. $884.

Go to the local TM dealer ( and buy some TM stock its on a tear),we took my wife's RX330 there for the timing belt,same engine as the Highlander ( and they have to do them too-there is NO more cost involved in driving a RX 300(330) then a Highlander) and the tech who does your will have dome more th...
by nhdblfan
Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 300. Timing belt. $884.
Replies: 42
Views: 5216

Re: James Bond watch sells for $198,000

I agree Sean Connery was indeed the best Bond !


For those who like to see the real high end-six figure watches there is a auction in Hong Kong coming up,here is the link;

http://www.bonhams.com/asi/HKwatchsale/
by nhdblfan
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: James Bond watch sells for $198,000
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Supercommittee fails, where does DOW go from here?

Wait till the new downgrades come,don't bet on a 'santa claus" rally either.Those days are gone, just like "buy and hold". Yes, I did a buy today on Vanguard Total International Stock Index Admiral which I plan to HOLD. Guess those days aren't "gone" after all. Oh Market Or...
by nhdblfan
Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Supercommittee fails, where does DOW go from here?
Replies: 14
Views: 1669

Re: Supercommittee fails, where does DOW go from here?

Wait till the new downgrades come,don't bet on a 'santa claus" rally either.Those days are gone, just like "buy and hold".

Adding to TBT and SDS on any rally . We all greek now !
by nhdblfan
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Supercommittee fails, where does DOW go from here?
Replies: 14
Views: 1669

Re: James Bond watch sells for $198,000

Would rather have a brand new Rolex Submariner for ~$7k :lol: The clasp update is very well done on the new model (116610 ),as is the ceramic bezel. Amazing how much they go up every year thou. Paid 4500 for my TT sub that goes for 10200 now.Always a good investment,can't afford to throw money way ...
by nhdblfan
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: James Bond watch sells for $198,000
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Reelin in the yields

Well its certainly a "chose your poison" chart !
Been very happy with my MLP's over the last 5 years,I will take the "change in tax status" risk and bet it won't .
by nhdblfan
Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reelin in the yields
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: Burglar Deterrents

NRA membership stickers on the doors and windows. :D I think those pretty much say to the crooks, "break in when I'm not home, and you'll find a bunch guns that you can sell to other crooks." I think your wrong,and the low life thieves might be "dead wrong" ! Most gun owners hav...
by nhdblfan
Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Burglar Deterrents
Replies: 46
Views: 3082

Re: Beatles or Rolling Stones

well over 45

Stones !
by nhdblfan
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beatles or Rolling Stones
Replies: 70
Views: 3129

Re: What type of small business would you start in this clim

Have to agree with find something your passionate about.
Some of those that are do well in this recession environment ans should continue to for a while;

Gun sales
Security/Alarm
Debt Collection/Repo
Pawn shops/Cash Advance/Gold Buying-Sell
Dollar stores
by nhdblfan
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What type of small business would you start in this climate?
Replies: 42
Views: 2568

Re: What do you feed your dog?

As an owner of labs, I'm unfamiliar with the concept of a substance that a dog won't eat. This, I would have to agree with :D Add my two labs to the list ! (I kid my vet that he should name his boat "thanks labs") I have lost one,a chocolate,at 7 yrs old to cancer starting reading up on t...
by nhdblfan
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you feed your dog?
Replies: 65
Views: 3921

Re: Dishwasher Recommendation

What am I missing? I've been preshopping for a dishwasher even since our elderly one started with the ominous noises, and I'm seeing Bosch for under $500. forget that one, go for the stainless interior,lots of good Bosch ones out there for 1000 or just under that.Why waste (in repairs) your money o...
by nhdblfan
Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Recommendation
Replies: 54
Views: 2834

Re: Lexus ES 350 versus Hyundai Genesis

Yes go drive both,but find used ones with some miles (over 50k)on them-the dealers will have some .Driving two new cars won't help you compare what you will be driving for a few years. Then you will see-and yes its obvious,the Lexus is by far a better car then the Genesis and that's why they hold up...
by nhdblfan
Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lexus ES 350 versus Hyundai Genesis
Replies: 13
Views: 2542

Re: removing an underground oil tank

Between $100.00- 150k ! Friend had one that we "stealthy" filled with gravel and concrete while in the ground-then put a driveway over it. Another friend had one,in a two family,thought it was fine but went the the "non stealth method' and had a firm come in and dig it up,they found i...
by nhdblfan
Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: removing an underground oil tank
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Dishwasher Recommendation

Another vote for Bosch , best dishwasher for the money,you can spend more-not worth it for the marginal benefits,or less-way to noisy and you will be buying another while the Bosch keep working.best 1000 you will spend on your kitchen. Do not however buy their-Bosch Refrigerator-not the same quality.
by nhdblfan
Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Recommendation
Replies: 54
Views: 2834

They really should be called "coal burning" cars shouldn't they ?Not there is anything work with that as we are the Saudi Arabia of coal here in America (and I do trade KOL frequently )
by nhdblfan
Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: should I buy an electric car?
Replies: 87
Views: 6744

Lots of 0% (for year) and 0 (as well as 1%) transfer fee out there.Just be careful and pay on line to be sure you payments get there in time.
by nhdblfan
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Karma credit card Offer
Replies: 7
Views: 1013

I own several handguns and carry as well as hunt with a side arm.That said, the 44 mag is an excellent choice to hunt with and a S&W 29 could be a good investment but not good for personal defense (very heavy to carry) and for recreation it might be fun to shoot a few full magnum load but I susp...
by nhdblfan
Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smith & wesson Model 29 - S&W Classics - 6 1/2"
Replies: 55
Views: 4033

Wife is one her third Lexus RX, very few issues/problems and anything out of the ordinary was taken care of by warranty.Brakes and Tires and oil changes (we use Mobil One) are the only maintenance that seemed to be required and all can be done at non Lexus repair shops (Tires-Sams,Brakes and Ol chan...
by nhdblfan
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Japanese luxury car owners: Maintenance/ ownership costs?
Replies: 21
Views: 2374

In my opinion - the only people who use debit cards are a) poor (can't qualify for a credit card) b) very financially ignorant c) stupid. :lol: And your personal net worth is....? He probably has more then someone who wastes his money on a debt card I suspect but who cares ! BTW is that how you jud...
by nhdblfan
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank of America to Charge $5/Month for Debit Cards
Replies: 148
Views: 11337

once again, you and others who are either too gullible,have weak ethics and lack integrity to buy or defend those who buy fake watches have "swung and missed" ! You will forever go through life as you are now,faking who you are with no idea of what a real fine timepiece is,when in fact you...
by nhdblfan
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 637
Views: 137854

Kudos to those of you who have stayed out of this pointedly provocative thread. Actually, somewhere at the start of the thread, someone directed me to a forum that discusses watches. I went there and got some good advice. As of this writing, I still don't have a $5,000 watch. However, my wife does,...
by nhdblfan
Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 637
Views: 137854

I have never knowingly purchased 'knock-offs' or counterfeits and never would. In addition, I believe those likely to buy them *are* likely to be less honest and have lower esteem. However, this "study" hardly moves me, and seems particularly poorly conceived and constructed, as is the pa...
by nhdblfan
Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 637
Views: 137854
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