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by tcassette
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 4225

Re: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020

I don't know about any head gasket issue, but it's pretty incredible that Subaru has been selling cars with a 3.6l V6 until now. Buyers have had a choice between a weak 4 cylinder and an old 6 cylinder engine that has the same mpg as a Honda Pilot. I don't know why they haven't just licensed some o...
by tcassette
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to use a fuel stabilizer - for cars, boats, lawn mowers, etc?
Replies: 47
Views: 3035

Re: When to use a fuel stabilizer - for cars, boats, lawn mowers, etc?

hudson wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:48 pm
I use stabil or double dose stabil for my mower, tiller, and 2 cycle engines.
I never drain engines. I use no ethanol gas. No problems
+1
by tcassette
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ISP rural area what are my options?
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: ISP rural area what are my options?

I am also in a rural area with limited choices for internet. I tried 3 different cellular internet services (Virgin, Sprint, and Verizon) with generally poor results. Speed was slow, there were data caps, and the kicker was when their system showed me using data in the middle of the night when I had...
by tcassette
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Forester Eyesight System?
Replies: 101
Views: 5248

Re: 2019 Subaru Forester Eyesight System?

We had one and sold it. When the dash lights up to tell you you are about to have a collision it forces you to take your eyes off the road! We even called the company to warn them of this. There response? Well no one has died. Our response “how would you know? They are dead?” They did change their ...
by tcassette
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used car advice
Replies: 20
Views: 1584

Re: used car advice

Hello, I'm seeking advice to break my current paralysis analysis on used cars options. To add context: I'm moving to a house where we'll have to get a second car. This will be my primary car, and will be used to commute to work 3-4x a week, ~50 miles r/t per day. I'm looking for value, primarily, a...
by tcassette
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Outback 2017 - 2019 Comments
Replies: 20
Views: 2184

Re: Subaru Outback 2017 - 2019 Comments

Also be aware that with the new larger touch screen on the dash, some dedicated physical button controls for certain functions like HVAC have been lost, meaning that you will have to go through menus on the screen to do stuff like change the HVAC temperature setting. I consider this a step backward...
by tcassette
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Outback 2017 - 2019 Comments
Replies: 20
Views: 2184

Re: Subaru Outback 2017 - 2019 Comments

I am considering purchasing a 2020 Subaru Outback in the "Touring" trim line later this year when they become available and am soliciting comments from those people who have owned a 2017 through 2019 Subaru Outback with either engine offered at the time of purchase. I really don't want to get comme...
by tcassette
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone recommend a cheap cell phone service for text and calls?
Replies: 24
Views: 2192

Re: Anyone recommend a cheap cell phone service for text and calls?

My father-in-law needs a cheap cell phone and service. He is not a senior citizen (age 55) but has early on-set Alzheimers. Anyone have any suggestions on a cheap cell phone plan for someone like him ? He just needs it for emergencies and staying in touch with family. The ability to also text would...
by tcassette
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?
Replies: 131
Views: 8211

Re: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?

What products in life that worth buying the "flagship" version of them? My own experience: I bought the following item as "budget" AKA cheap and regretted it - Brand new Moto G5 plus. Now that I switched to Pixel 2 (bought used) I see a huge difference in speed and performance. - I tried the Nespre...
by tcassette
Thu May 30, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good small SUV or AWD sedan recs
Replies: 39
Views: 2090

Re: Good small SUV or AWD sedan recs

Background: My wife and I lived in Boston for several years and now live on the Wakefield/Melrose border. I also used to commute to Andover. We also used to own a Camry (an '08 during the Boston days) until we traded it in on the Golf Sportwagen 4Motion. I think you'd be missing out to not test dri...
by tcassette
Thu May 30, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need AWD?
Replies: 14
Views: 1122

Re: Do I need AWD?

I live on a long hilly gravel driveway in the north where we regularly get snow. I am looking for a minivan and the only one that has AWD is the Toyota Sienna. I like the other minivans available more than I like the Sienna but they do not have AWD. My 2009 Honda Civic, without AWD, cannot get out ...
by tcassette
Wed May 29, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good small SUV or AWD sedan recs
Replies: 39
Views: 2090

Re: Good small SUV or AWD sedan recs

Hello fellow BHs! My dear daughter recently hit a deer and totalled her 15 yo Camry :(, but very fortunately she came thru the accident without a scratch. The Camry was a good city (Boston) car for her, as it was parked on the street, had a few dings, and wasn't a big deal if a few more came along....
by tcassette
Thu May 16, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which car has the best or most comfortable cabin under 35K
Replies: 74
Views: 6284

Re: Which car has the best or most comfortable cabin under 35K

Due to a change in circumstances, we now have a long daily commute, so toying with the idea of splurging on something more comfortable since we'll be "consuming" that luxury for a couple of hours everyday. Which car cabin have you been wowed by? Budget $35K (incl taxes and fees), doesn't have to be...
by tcassette
Mon May 06, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roku
Replies: 35
Views: 3823

Re: Roku

Thanks for all the above input. Looks like I will be getting a Roku, but which one? Should I go for Premier or Ultra? Even within the Ultra line there is a wide price range on Amazon. TIMING THE MARKET! This may be Boglehead heresy, but should I time the Roku market? Should I wait for any know, imm...
by tcassette
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your 5 favorite tools (hand, power, other)
Replies: 33
Views: 2294

Re: What are your 5 favorite tools (hand, power, other)

A pickup/grabber like this https://www.harborfreight.com/24-inch-2 ... 94162.html is one of the most useful tools you can have.
by tcassette
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Installing Hitch on my Subaru Outback
Replies: 51
Views: 2640

Re: Installing Hitch on my Subaru Outback

A Subaru Outback generally requires drilling holes into structure in order to install the hitch. The holes are 1/2 inch in diameter and the metal is thick (maybe 1/4"?). Are you comfortable drilling holes into your car unibody? What you can do is have UHaul install the hitch only and not install th...
by tcassette
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need some help with slow folders in Windows
Replies: 33
Views: 1773

Re: Need some help with slow folders in Windows

Try the free version of ccleaner.com
by tcassette
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PNC 2.35% online savings
Replies: 13
Views: 1923

Re: PNC 2.35% online savings

https://www.pnc.com/en/personal-banking/banking/savings/high-yield-savings.html# Anybody have this? Any catches? I recently opened a high-yield savings account with PNC, and it was a PITA. They asked for my funding source (external bank info) and amount during the application if I didn't choose the...
by tcassette
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?
Replies: 38
Views: 2857

Re: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?

JimInIllinois wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:16 am
You can get a new Subaru for around this price. AWD and collision avoidance standard. Not "luxury" but plenty nice.
This. A top trim level Subaru Legacy sedan with the 3.6L engine is very nice, especially a 2018 with the incremental upgrades for that model year.
by tcassette
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube Car Reviewers
Replies: 18
Views: 2106

Re: YouTube Car Reviewers

whodidntante wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:17 pm
Hoovies Garage. Pretty entertaining and I like his taste in cars.
He is entertaining, but the way he blows cash on his cars and maintenance is definitely not what a Boglehead would do.
by tcassette
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 126
Views: 24649

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

My father was a subscriber for years, and I eventually decided to get a subscription a couple years ago. What turned me off of resubscribing was that the useful information that I expected to see in the magazine was now behind a paywall, and that I started receiving mailings nonstop. I figured that...
by tcassette
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole house generator
Replies: 31
Views: 2227

Re: Whole house generator

First, you do not want Genrac, get the Kohler. Kohler manufactures their own motors and are much more reliable systems. Please point to documented proof of your statements. Generac makes their own motors as well, and I have yet to find any accurate sources of reliability comparisons among generator...
by tcassette
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole house generator
Replies: 31
Views: 2227

Re: Whole house generator

First, you do not want Genrac, get the Kohler. Kohler manufactures their own motors and are much more reliable systems. Please point to documented proof of your statements. Generac makes their own motors as well, and I have yet to find any accurate sources of reliability comparisons among generators.
by tcassette
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: most compelling TV character ever
Replies: 260
Views: 27208

Re: most compelling TV character ever

The best character from the best series: Basil Fawlty.
by tcassette
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru infotainment issues -can people chime in?
Replies: 44
Views: 9151

Re: Subaru infotainment issues -can people chime in?

My 2018 Outback with the Harman Kardon system has some irritating design "features," but I have not experienced the lockups, blank screens, and other major issues you have heard about. There are workarounds for some of the "features" and overall, my unit has been dependable. The navigation has alway...
by tcassette
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: home theater equipment
Replies: 5
Views: 522

Re: home theater equipment

The picture is of a wall panel for speaker cable connections, although there is one RCA jack that could be for a subwoofer or video output. There should be speaker cables in the wall behind the panel; you need to find where they go. That should tell you what the panel is for. The panel is probably w...
by tcassette
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Pension is Really Valuable
Replies: 13
Views: 2648

Re: My Pension is Really Valuable

It seems like a good pension to me, but counties, cities, and states can have unforeseen budget difficulties down the road. You never know. I would still try to save and invest what you can above and beyond your expected pension. +1 on that. Any entity can change its pension program, including redu...
by tcassette
Wed May 16, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent Car before Buying
Replies: 19
Views: 1577

Re: Rent Car before Buying

I got a loaner car from my Subaru dealer while they were doing warranty work that unexpectedly lasted all day. I had to sign a rental agreement (no charge, of course) whick looked similar to what a rental company would have. So check with the dealer for each brand you are interested in. Even if you ...
by tcassette
Fri May 11, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Picking up New Subaru-Worth buying extended warranty?
Replies: 58
Views: 14767

Re: Picking up New Subaru-Worth buying extended warranty?

Do not buy the warranty NOW, if at all. Wait till Subaru warranty is about to run out. Then evaluate. But if you do buy then, get what's called an exclusion policy which covers everything except for excluded items (wear parts like brakes) and not one that lists only certain parts. And if you do thi...
by tcassette
Sun May 06, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Car Keep/Buy Question
Replies: 22
Views: 2295

Re: Another Car Keep/Buy Question

You did not specify the residual/purchase value at the end of the lease. You would want to compare that with the cost of a different car with unknown history. Also, Subaru does not make a V6; they offer a flat or horizontially opposed 6-cylinder engine. Also, do you need all-wheel drive or not? The ...
by tcassette
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Help completing the TN state tax return]
Replies: 73
Views: 3527

Re: How do I know which amounts from my 1099 form make me decide on if I have to pay a state tax return to Tennessee?

Sorry, I just don't understand. I went to that website that the second poster made but it doesn't seem to answer my questions? It just talks to me about filing some type of tax? Someone can't tell me simply if all you do is add all the numbers from the 1099-DIV box plus the 1099-INT box from the Su...
by tcassette
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a lemon? 2018 Outback Infotainment issues
Replies: 33
Views: 14361

Re: What is a lemon? 2018 Outback Infotainment issues

The 2018 Outback infotainment issues are frustrating. I bought my Outback last September and have documented my issues on subaruoutback.org along with many others. I have not tried to use Android Auto or Apple Carplay, so I don't know if my unit has those problems. However, from what I have read, ot...
by tcassette
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To Move or Not To Move - Couldn't be more of a Coinflip! (Help Please)
Replies: 82
Views: 8910

Re: To Move or Not To Move - Couldn't be more of a Coinflip! (Help Please)

If your current employer is preparing a retention offer because you told them you are considering a move, why aren't they paying you more already? In other threads concerning job offers in fields outside academia, most people say "retention" offers by current employers are the kiss of death, i.e., y...
by tcassette
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Amazon HD video better than a blu-ray disc?
Replies: 13
Views: 1150

Re: Is Amazon HD video better than a blu-ray disc?

There are two shows that I'd like to get the highest quality viewing version of, but I'm confused by the options out there. Does anyone know how to rank these options by quality? Amazon HD video Amazon SD video Blu-Ray Disc DVD Is the ranking: Blu-ray, Amazon HD, DVD, Amazon SD? Basically, I would ...
by tcassette
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Natural Gas Generator
Replies: 110
Views: 10073

Re: Whole House Natural Gas Generator

Like others, I do not view my whole-house generator as increasing the value of my home. Perhaps it could be marketed as an attractive feature, although some prospective buyers might view it as an unwanted or unsightly We live in the woods with well water, electric heat, and sump pump. After a secon...
by tcassette
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 Updated IRS Withholding Calculator Released
Replies: 32
Views: 4172

Re: 2018 Updated IRS Withholding Calculator Released

I couldn't get the calculator to work on my computer, even after disabling all blockers. It wouldn't let me populate all the income boxes. I used both Firefox and Chrome to no avail. Let me guess: it only works with Internet Explorer. No thanks.
by tcassette
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help Sell FIRE to spouse
Replies: 31
Views: 4343

Re: Help Sell FIRE to spouse

More fuel for the FIRE: https://firecalc.com/
by tcassette
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laughter is the Best Medicine - What makes you Laugh?
Replies: 105
Views: 7702

Re: Laughter is the Best Medicine - What makes you Laugh?

Chris K Jones wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:07 pm
Old episodes of Fawlty Towers, currently on Netflix. They are more than 30 years old and I have seen them multiple times, but I still laugh out loud .
+1 Best sitcom ever.
by tcassette
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback vs. used Volvo XC-70
Replies: 53
Views: 7389

Re: New Subaru Outback vs. used Volvo XC-70

I currently drive a 2005 Volvo XC-70 wagon, bought as a CPO in 2006 (with 20K miles). It's at about 150K miles now and I'm getting a hankering to replace it. Right now my two top choices are a new 2018 Subaru Outback, probably a Limited and, if I can find one, a low-mileage 2016 Volvo XC-70, probab...
by tcassette
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4k UHD TVs worth it?
Replies: 66
Views: 6769

Re: 4k UHD TVs worth it?

Well, I'm certainly glad I asked. It sounds like most of you don't think they are worth it. I did go and look at these TVs yesterday and I could definitely tell there was a fairly big difference in picture quality compared to my current TV, but it wasn't "shocking." The OLED TVs were pretty darn im...
by tcassette
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1399

Re: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)

If you really want to have a detailed drill-down, you'll probably have to tag things yourself or build your own playlists. Personally, I leave it up to the whims of random, even if that means a wild swing in genres, such as Crosby, Stills & Nash followed by Disturbed. +1! Random play is definitely ...
by tcassette
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet speeds
Replies: 37
Views: 3120

Re: Internet speeds

Besides the rated speed tier, other factors should be considered. The type of internet service to your home can make a significant difference, especially at peak usage times of day. Fiber optic service is generally less susceptible to slowdowns than copper cable service when many other customers in ...
by tcassette
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Exempt for Social Security
Replies: 16
Views: 1443

Re: Exempt for Social Security

Here's how SSA handles government employees like yourself:
https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/gpo-wep.html
by tcassette
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Least/Most Reliable Carmakers Today
Replies: 31
Views: 2526

Re: Least/Most Reliable Carmakers Today

Why would you trust a source that lists several makes (Pontiac, Hummer, Scion, etc.) that are not made any more?
by tcassette
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: selling an older car on eBay-no bites!
Replies: 65
Views: 5924

Re: selling an older car on eBay-no bites!

For several weeks I have posted a 40 year old car on eBay; I am the original owner. The car is in good shape,it runs, paint is original and ok, interior is good except for needing a headliner. It is a pretty uncommon car, I just don't see the model around anymore and I get comments on it when I tak...
by tcassette
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK?
Replies: 36
Views: 3837

Re: How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK?

How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK? I know there are other reasons to drive a car regularly, other than just the battery, but I don't know what they are. I have a 2003 Toyota Camery that I don't use much. If I just drive it once a week to the grocery ...
by tcassette
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amica Increase
Replies: 59
Views: 7842

Re: Amica Increase

One thing to consider is that Amica typically pays annual dividends on each policy, which are essentially rebates. They are not guaranteed, but I have received them for years. This will bring the cost down a bit. When you get a quote from Amica, be sure to ask about the dividend rate.
by tcassette
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 7587

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

Do not get an Outback if she likes to sit high. Outbacks are not easy to get in out for old folks, especially tall ones. DAMHIKT. Forester might be a better choice and also cheaper. There is definitely a learning curve with today's new vehicles. What is your opinion based on? I sit medium high (hig...
by tcassette
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 7587

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

Do not get an Outback if she likes to sit high. Outbacks are not easy to get in out for old folks, especially tall ones. DAMHIKT. Forester might be a better choice and also cheaper. There is definitely a learning curve with today's new vehicles. What is your opinion based on? I sit medium high (hig...