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by Frugal Al
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which of our cars should we use more, old or new?
Replies: 32
Views: 2397

Re: Which of our cars should we use more, old or new?

Make sure to keep the miles on the newer car in line with age with respect to warranty, not ignoring the 8 year, 80k mile emissions equipment warranty. I say this from buying a car from my father in law. He and the MIL tended to drive the cheaper car all the time and left the more expensive car at ...
by Frugal Al
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?
Replies: 87
Views: 8954

Re: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?

Waterboyz wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:58 am
In the process of buying 2018 CR-V EX-L FWD new.
During my research, I found that the turbo engine is having, what is called, "Oil Dilution" issues.
Thanks for the heads-up, Waterboyz, I hadn't heard about this.
by Frugal Al
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports Auto Issue Out now
Replies: 48
Views: 4831

Re: Consumer Reports Auto Issue Out now

I agree with the observation that the reliability of older cars is inferior to current production. I traded in a 2013 Honda Accord and replaced it with a 2018 Fiat Spider Lusso. The Honda had experienced dead battery issues, slipping CVT, loose items in doors causing noise, and other minor issues. ...
by Frugal Al
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sams Club vs Costco
Replies: 78
Views: 6498

Re: Sams Club vs Costco

Sam's Club is the same quality as a Wal Mart only in bulk. Wow, it seems that we have a bit of snobbery on the board. For many items there is nothing bad about "Wal-Mart" quality. Besides it's not entirely true that Sam's carries the same merchandise, though I'm sure there are many common items. Th...
by Frugal Al
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: philosophicaleconomics predicts 4% real equity returns
Replies: 152
Views: 10924

Re: philosophicaleconomics predicts 4% real equity returns

The 4% SWR will work even with a consistent 1.5% real rate of return. The problem is the sequence of returns. Although the article is interesting, in and of itself, it in no way dispels the 4% SWR.
by Frugal Al
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Going Paperless Issues
Replies: 68
Views: 4420

Re: Going Paperless Issues

I get all bill notifications from e-mail. On the rare occasion I don't get the e-mail, I see it in Quicken bill reminder (bank online bill pay systems can do something similar). I push all bill payments from Quicken to my banks bill-pay system. This has worked flawlessly for years. I know when every...
by Frugal Al
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The value of car body repairs/upkeep of older cars?
Replies: 33
Views: 3024

Re: The value of car body repairs/upkeep of older cars?

Do you know why it rusted? Japanese cars are not generally well rust-proofed, but rusting in less than 10 years is unusual. Old reputations die hard, but since the mid to late 90's or so, most of the Japanese manufacturers in the U.S. have been using double side galvanized steel. That took care of ...
by Frugal Al
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: H&R Block 1099G state tax refund issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1023

Re: H&R Block 1099G state tax refund issue

Thanks jebmke, I'll be patient with it. I did get a good price on it this year.
by Frugal Al
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: H&R Block 1099G state tax refund issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1023

Re: H&R Block 1099G state tax refund issue

Tried H&R Block for the first time this year. After having used both Tax Act and Turbo Tax in the past, which were both easy to use, by comparison Block's desktop version seems very glitchy, with corrections being difficult and/or proforma changes being very "sticky" within the program. It's also re...
by Frugal Al
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 23 Years Old, Uncomfortable with Target Date Funds
Replies: 19
Views: 2279

Re: 23 Years Old, Uncomfortable with Target Date Funds

Questions: 1. Any thoughts on my decision to opt for the 401a/Defined Contribution option instead of the pension? I get to make this decision again in my fifth year of teaching---when it will be binding. I chose the 401a/DC option for several reasons:... [*]Vulnerability to assault by Republican le...
by Frugal Al
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?
Replies: 87
Views: 8954

Re: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?

Fair enough. But also to be fair, 6k is more frequent than Honda recommends--20-40% more often, to be exact (they recommend 7500-10,000). There's no way they can deny coverage because you didn't go dramatically above their own published maintenance schedule. That's what I'm arguing against. I never...
by Frugal Al
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise in my attic
Replies: 307
Views: 79136

Re: Noise in my attic

We didn’t hear any boom, but the other day we found a box with a few 8mm movie reels and a projector we had never noticed before. They probably belong to the family living here before us. Should I watch them ? Feels like intruding in their lives. Perhaps you should first watch the movie "The Ring."
by Frugal Al
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?
Replies: 87
Views: 8954

Re: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?

Fair enough on the oil spec end. But I've confirmed empirically that a 13k OCI is overkill on my chiptuned and abused twin-turbo engine. I therefore find it impossible to believe that 6k in a family-mobile is anything but exceedingly conservative with a quality synthetic. That may well be, David, b...
by Frugal Al
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?
Replies: 87
Views: 8954

Re: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?

They can't assume the use of synthetic oil when they don't specify it as a requirement in the manual. If you want to use synthetic AND have an OCI of 6k, that's up to you. But it's unequivocally overkill, just as a 3k interval would be for conventional oil. They do specify it in the manual, by defa...
by Frugal Al
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?
Replies: 87
Views: 8954

Re: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?

A $60 synthetic oil change at the dealer is a fair price if it includes the filter. You did not get taken. Virtually all quality 0W-20 oil is synthetic or synthetic blend. My daughter thought she'd save a few bucks at an oil change shop on her Honda Element. The shop (it could happen at any of them)...
by Frugal Al
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgrade my Roku?
Replies: 34
Views: 3639

Re: Upgrade my Roku?

I've used a Roku for years. For the money I think it's the best streamer. There has been a significant change (for some) to the Ultra that might concern some potential buyers, and that is the optical SPDIF connection has been dropped from the new Ultra (4660R). The new version is bit less expensive ...
by Frugal Al
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When the cold wind comes, I go where the dahlias bloom
Replies: 32
Views: 2959

Re: When the cold wind comes, I go where the dahlias bloom

...I'm not sure I could take the politics or lifestyle of Florida or Arizona though... ...I could definitely handle both the politics and lifestyle of Hawaii, but it's a very long flight and very HCOL. What about Chile? Also a long flight but a different and interesting culture, nice park system, a...
by Frugal Al
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Online Bill Pay Security: Push or Pull?
Replies: 102
Views: 5612

Re: Online Bill Pay Security: Push or Pull?

I only push using my bank's online bill pay. Pushing though the ACH system is much safer than allowing pulls or writing a checks: https://wallethub.com/edu/ach-payment/11932/
by Frugal Al
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco vs sams club vs neither.
Replies: 77
Views: 5466

Re: Costco vs sams club vs neither.

I've got 2 Costco stores and one Sam's withing 15 minutes of my home. For my consumption pattern, I save more at Sam's. Also, in our area, the meat is better at Sam's, plus I like that I can get individual steaks now, as opposed to six at a time (I hate freezing a good steak). I also like Costco, bu...
by Frugal Al
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Dealer Cost/Invoice does one use?
Replies: 20
Views: 2328

Re: Which Dealer Cost/Invoice does one use?

Another expense incurred by the purchaser which also clouds the true price paid is the doc fee. To properly compare one purchaser's price to another, or to invoice price, especially in different states, doc fees should be included in the cost. Some are quite high, and they are usually state taxable ...
by Frugal Al
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allianz Vision Deferred Variable Annuity
Replies: 33
Views: 2401

Re: Allianz Vision Deferred Variable Annuity

The promised 8% growth was on the income base and not on the actual investment. Do some research on these and find out how they actually work. I wish you wouldn't just make flippant comments. No one is going to guarantee an 8% growth of principal. Most regular posters here KNOW HOW VA's WORK, and I...
by Frugal Al
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbochargers
Replies: 60
Views: 5867

Re: Turbochargers

For me this is a simple equation. How much gas will I save in 100,000 miles and what will the be the cost to replace the T Charger in 100,000 miles. Yah, I know some of you will say they last over 100,000 miles but I am not going to be bet on it unless it is a Honda or Toyota T Charger. I wonder wh...
by Frugal Al
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My Variable Annuity [what do I have?]
Replies: 39
Views: 4326

Re: My Variable Annuity [what do I have?]

Given the expenses and opportunity costs that have already been paid over the past 10 years, the small percent this represents of the OP's overall portfolio (10%), and the resultant value of the income base ($179k), which is only useful upon the eventual annuitization with Metlife, I'd keep the prod...
by Frugal Al
Sat May 27, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mexican Pacific Beaches
Replies: 52
Views: 5322

Re: Mexican Pacific Beaches

Historical/Natural attractions makes me think of Tulum in Mayan Riviera for the ruins and great beaches. Fly to Cancun and shuttle to Tulum or rent a car which will give you access to Coba and Akumal as well. There are also cenotes in the area for swimming and some have swing ropes that your teen w...
by Frugal Al
Fri May 26, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Small SUV for 15 Year Reliability?
Replies: 92
Views: 12510

Re: Which Small SUV for 15 Year Reliability?

This ain't no term paper. So draw your own conclusions. :sharebeer In the meantime. Don't be distracted while driving. Don't drive drunk. Don't speed. Don't drive recklessly. Slow down in rain and adverse conditions. Don't run red lights/stop signs. Don't tailgate. Don't drive the wrong way. Watch ...
by Frugal Al
Sun May 21, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Small SUV for 15 Year Reliability?
Replies: 92
Views: 12510

Re: Which Small SUV for 15 Year Reliability?

Not sure what part of the country you live in and what the weather is like there, however the Subaru AWD system blows the AWD systems Honda and Toyota has out of the water. Go to Youtube and search for Subaru AWD comparisons. Not all Subarus have AWD systems that are much superior to the Hondas and...
by Frugal Al
Thu May 18, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Small SUV for 15 Year Reliability?
Replies: 92
Views: 12510

Re: Which Small SUV for 15 Year Reliability?

I don't know that it's even possible anymore, but I'd try to find something that's non-turbo and non-CVT for long-term reliability. The Mazda CX-5 would fill that bill--a very nice compact SUV (maybe too compact). Another reasonable alternative, albeit getting a bit dated, is the Acura RDX. Despite...
by Frugal Al
Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Game of "Who is responsible"
Replies: 45
Views: 3891

Re: A Game of "Who is responsible"

The plumber was negligent on the install. I've put in toilets before, they ALL get tested after the install--crap happens. Faulty products happen in the the normal course of business. The $4 gasket should get doubled in price (or tripled) as it is part of their truck inventory, and they can charge f...
by Frugal Al
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2017 Honda CRV
Replies: 17
Views: 5044

Re: 2017 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2017 Honda CRV

Both the CR-V and the CX-5 received a major model change for 2017. Both are very good, reliable, compact crossover choices. I've driven the CR-V Touring trim on numerous occasions and found it to be nimble, quiet (although a bit droning under hard acceleration), and well designed. Concerns I have ab...
by Frugal Al
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: You can never go "home" - retirement
Replies: 85
Views: 14524

Re: You can never go "home" - retirement

The hometown of one's youth is not just a place, but rather a place and a time . One can no sooner go back to that than they can go back to being the person they were at that time. Some of us are fortunate that we have fond memories of our hometowns--many people don't. There may be good reason to mo...
by Frugal Al
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to be a good parent to an introverted kid
Replies: 29
Views: 3443

Re: How to be a good parent to an introverted kid

I was the same way, and I turned out great Too funny, this coming from Frank. Anyway, I too am an introvert. I do think mild nudging is in order. It should be acknowledged that it's a totally normal behavior, but it should not be used as an excuse to totally disengage from certain activities. Thank...
by Frugal Al
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: take pension or not..Help?
Replies: 12
Views: 1872

Re: take pension or not..Help?

With the limited info provided and assuming good health of your husband and a reasonable life expectancy, I'd definitely wait until age 65 to take the pension. If there is any SS anticipated in the future, the strategy for claiming that should be considired as well.
by Frugal Al
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Secretly entered two comma club
Replies: 44
Views: 7954

Re: Secretly entered two comma club

One comma to two comma status is a non-event because it's small change: literally one penny. The change has been happening all along, gradually, from that initial milestone of $100k all the way to $1000k. Or, to look at it another way, like the frog in water gradually heated to boiling, but in a goo...
by Frugal Al
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Honda
Replies: 58
Views: 6263

Re: Toyota vs. Honda

I'm obviously not Harkin, but as a former Honda associate and having dealt with Hondas for the past 36 years or so, I'll offer my opinion: transmissions are not Honda's strong point. Having said that, Honda does learn from their mistakes, once they admit to them--which they are sometimes slow to do....
by Frugal Al
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Transmission Service
Replies: 47
Views: 5291

Re: Honda Transmission Service

Yes, you can do it that way Hank, but why if you don't have to? It's actually more difficult, as well as a waste of time and money. One change-out (3 qts) every 30k is all you need to do (a nice ATF funnel makes this easy and quick). Even changing every other oil change is overkill. At 120k or so on...
by Frugal Al
Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Transmission Service
Replies: 47
Views: 5291

Re: Honda Transmission Service

Good advice from jharkin. DO NOT FLUSH. For the Honda automatic (problematic) transmissions, a single drain and fill every 30k is the way to go. The DW1 is the fully compatible with the Z1, so there's no need to get anal about a (relatively) full change-out of 3 drains/fills. Changing any sooner is ...
by Frugal Al
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quietest tire for 2017 Honda CRV?
Replies: 32
Views: 7907

Re: Quietest tire for 2017 Honda CRV?

There's no doubt that a vehicle that lacks sound deadening insulation can benefit from a product like DynaMat. I installed it myself in a Miata to correct a resonance that bothered me. The process can be hit or miss, and it is not inexpensive if not doing it yourself. I have yet to see an instance w...
by Frugal Al
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017 Honda CRV: anyone shopping or buying?
Replies: 26
Views: 5712

Re: 2017 Honda CRV: anyone shopping or buying?

We have a 2004 CR-V. Do you think the 2017 Touring CRV is loads quieter or just a bit quieter? In my opinion, and in a non-instrumented test drive, the 2017 is definitely much quieter, and that's on Hankook tires. I have a 2008 CR-V with Michelin tires, and it's much quieter than that as well. Also...
by Frugal Al
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Compounding under the microscope.
Replies: 89
Views: 8711

Re: Compounding under the microscope.

Wow, "the magic of compounding" is hype, who would have thought. Obviously, we all know there's no such thing as magic-right? Of course there's no magic in what is just math, but rather it's the power in the resultant, effortless , exponential growth over time within a positive return environment, w...
by Frugal Al
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Caribbean vacation with 3 kids
Replies: 27
Views: 2812

Re: Caribbean vacation with 3 kids

Hard to go wrong with St. John. It can be pricey, but it doesn't have to be. You might also consider Cozumel, or the Akumal/Tulum area, south of Playa del Carmen. Water is great. Day trips to Chichen Itza and other attractions are reasonable. I find both Playa and Cancun too commercial.
by Frugal Al
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car windshield wipers - go cheap or better?
Replies: 42
Views: 6013

Re: Car windshield wipers - go cheap or better?

I think Scotty Kilmer gets windshield wiper advice right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AFdUihWPCk .
by Frugal Al
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: MetLife Promise Whole Life Select 10
Replies: 16
Views: 1829

Re: MetLife Promise Whole Life Select 10

It sounds like bit like lifestyle creep is driving up expenses faster than planned, impinging upon savings and insurance goals. With such a limited amount of info to go on it can be difficult to understand all the facts and circumstances which may not be obvious. What was the primary purpose of this...
by Frugal Al
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Permanent Life Insurance
Replies: 16
Views: 2399

Re: Permanent Life Insurance

The insurance agent seems to be offering boiler plate justification for permanent insurance. It appears the agent believes, as they are often taught, that everyone needs some permanent insurance. I don't see any of the conditions present that sometimes makes permanent insurance a reasonable product:...
by Frugal Al
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plumbing issue - advice sought
Replies: 47
Views: 4478

Re: Plumbing issue - advice sought

I have experienced the same issue and still have 3 holes in my ceiling...depending on a few things which have not happened just yet, we plan to sell our home in 3 months to 2 years. Our plumbing has been plagued with leaks just as you describe so wife and I agreed to leave the holes in the ceiling ...
by Frugal Al
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rule of Thumb for Getting Rid of Car
Replies: 51
Views: 7192

Re: Rule of Thumb for Getting Rid of Car

While I'm generally inclined to agree with the Doc, I have to make an exception in this case. Although these cars are great fun, they were not good or reliable cars when new and, unlike a fine wine, they don't get better with age. Unless you turn your own wrenches, this vehicle will probably be a mo...
by Frugal Al
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern
Replies: 516
Views: 70892

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

I like Quicken and use every feature of the software. I could go with an annual payment of $30 to $40 bucks or so, but anything approaching $75 to $80 and I'll be done with it.
by Frugal Al
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump pump and power outage
Replies: 53
Views: 5961

Re: Sump pump and power outage

Of the close to 1000 deaths in the US due to CO over the last decade (that did not involve a fire), about 80% involved exhaust from a generator. A battery CO alarm is a required accessory. As we approach spring storm season, this cautionary advice definitely bears repeating. Thanks for the heads-up...
by Frugal Al
Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What investment firm for small investors?
Replies: 14
Views: 1539

Re: What investment firm for small investors?

I've been a diehard Vanguard fan for years, but I'm concerned that Vanguard is growing too fast. I've recently helped a family member establish accounts there and the customer service is dreadful. Out of nowhere they froze all accounts and threatened to turn them over to the state, because a piece o...
by Frugal Al
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to proactively replace water heater
Replies: 60
Views: 7460

Re: When to proactively replace water heater

Take_Five, given the heavy usage, the good run you've gotten out of the tank, the lack of anode replacement, and the hard water, I wouldn't hesitate to replace the tank at 20 years. On the other hand, if it's located in a space with no collateral damage potential, you'll be doing the work yourself, ...