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by Jd1006
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Volvo XC90 Review
Replies: 27
Views: 4225

Re: BH Volvo XC90 Review

I have the 2016 XC90,45k miles. Only real issue so far was a door handle that needed to be recently replaced, covered by the warranty. Been consistently getting 28mpg in summer, 24.5 mpg in winter. I was annoyed that they didn’t bring android auto to this iteration, when they promised it, but we are...
by Jd1006
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New SUV, $50G, Pilot/Highlander/Other
Replies: 151
Views: 23694

Re: New SUV, $50G, Pilot/Highlander/Other

I wouldn't call myself an XC90 fanboy, but I have 30k miles on my 2016 and it has been a terrific vehicle.
by Jd1006
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In-N-Out Burger - Best Chain Fast Food Burger Joint?
Replies: 157
Views: 23947

Re: In-N-Out Burger - Best Chain Fast Food Burger Joint?

It is Shakeshack and it isn't close. Their smokestack burger is absolutely perfect.
by Jd1006
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi Q7 Reliability
Replies: 79
Views: 17480

Re: Audi Q7 Reliability

I don't know how you pick a q7 over the Volvo xc90
by Jd1006
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a good laptop to buy?
Replies: 90
Views: 9567

Re: What is a good laptop to buy?

Surface book with performance base
by Jd1006
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New SUV, $50G, Pilot/Highlander/Other
Replies: 151
Views: 23694

Re: New SUV, $50G, Pilot/Highlander/Other

Everyone suggested an XC90 -- I assume you mean a new model - which is definitely going to cost above 50K. When I looked at it a year ago (when XC90 was remodeled) it was in the 60-65K on road. I didn't buy it eventually given it's V4 motor (!!!) - there was a car and driver review that said they w...
by Jd1006
Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New SUV, $50G, Pilot/Highlander/Other
Replies: 151
Views: 23694

Re: New SUV, $50G, Pilot/Highlander/Other

I've got 27k miles on the 2016 XC90 and it has been a fantasti vehicle. Way ahead of its peers in infotainment, excellent in the snow, easy on gas (28mpg this past summer!). Find a used 2016 for a good price on a great SUV. I drove all the options mentioned in this thread and none compared to the Vo...
by Jd1006
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?
Replies: 88
Views: 20074

Re: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?

The infotainment system is slow to boot up on the XC90, but I brakes squeak a little, but I have had no other issues. I get the reliability concerns, but I do think buying from a good dealer with a great service department makes a difference. I understand the demand for Toyota and Honda when they we...
by Jd1006
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?
Replies: 88
Views: 20074

Re: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?

I've seen nothing but positive reviews of the xc90 online. And after 30k miles on my 2016 XC90, there's very little to complain about. I drove all the competitors, no other 3-row SUV could touch the mpg, the future-proofed infotainment system, and the comfort. you might as well save your money and g...
by Jd1006
Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 309
Views: 50318

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

Brooks running apparel
Tracksmith tights/pants
Sonos
Darn tough socks
Exofficio boxer briefs
Garmin watches
Allen Edmond shoes
Bonobos weekday warriors
Brooks Brother non iron shorts
by Jd1006
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?
Replies: 88
Views: 20074

Re: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?

2016 xc90. I bet there's some nice deals out there on a slightly used one. It blows those other two options out of the water. A lot of us like the reliability of Hondas and Toyotas. +1. That xc90, although really nice looking both inside and outside, has gotten nothing but bad reviews from what I'v...
by Jd1006
Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?
Replies: 88
Views: 20074

Re: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?

2016 xc90. I bet there's some nice deals out there on a slightly used one. It blows those other two options out of the water.
by Jd1006
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.
Replies: 54
Views: 5739

Re: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.

Apple car play and android auto compatibility is a requirement for any luxury vehicle in my mind. That rules out Toyota, Lexus, At this point. Are people really using that today? A few people I know have tried it, but no one really likes it or uses it that much. Seems to have a lot of potential, bu...
by Jd1006
Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.
Replies: 54
Views: 5739

Re: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.

Apple car play and android auto compatibility is a requirement for any luxury vehicle in my mind. That rules out Toyota, Lexus, At this point.
by Jd1006
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.
Replies: 54
Views: 5739

Re: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.

I have enjoyed every one of the 26,000 miles we put on our 2016 XC90. Terrific balance of practical, safety, and luxury. 28.5mpg in the non winter months. 23mpg in the Minnesota cold.
by Jd1006
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.
Replies: 54
Views: 5739

Re: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.

2016 Volvo XC90 is the best 3-row out there
by Jd1006
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which state to move for milder weather
Replies: 118
Views: 16162

Re: Which state to move for milder weather

Talk me out of Boulder area, Colorado. Seems perfect.
by Jd1006
Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Benefits/longevity of more expensive ($300+) mens dress shoes?
Replies: 40
Views: 4704

Re: Benefits/longevity of more expensive ($300+) mens dress shoes?

Resoling is generally cheaper than buying a new shoe over time. The higher quality shoes will look nice for years, with some basic care. It's a higher initial investment, but more than makes up for it. I have 4 pairs of shoes that I purchased over the past 5 years and resoled all of them at $80/pair...
by Jd1006
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do in Seattle (weekend trip)
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: What to do in Seattle (weekend trip)

Head over tp Ballard and Fremont. Great neighborhood feel, lots of good restaurants. On the Queen Anne side of Seattle there's a small park on the hill side with a tremendous view of Seattle, the sound, and MT Rainier if the sun is out. The underground tour in Downtown is great.
by Jd1006
Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945669

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Read The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Reads like a high school senior paper. Interesting concept of trying to explain the polarization of American political thought, and moral reasoning. Haidt spends most of this book on a long winded literature review, adding a tiny bit of substance. How the b...
by Jd1006
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books (real or digital)
Replies: 40
Views: 2128

Re: Books (real or digital)

I like Audible for books...listening while i drive and workout. Audible is a tremendously good deal, because those books often cost like $40-$50, and under their membership you can get them for as little as $4.99. But, I really like hard copy for the ones i'm reading. I like to share books...especia...
by Jd1006
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Vehicle Should We Buy?
Replies: 20
Views: 2278

Re: Which Vehicle Should We Buy?

The new Volvo wagon that just came out. If it is anything like the XC90 it will be fantastic
by Jd1006
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV with 3 rows - Acadia, Volvo or something else?
Replies: 18
Views: 2712

Re: SUV with 3 rows - Acadia, Volvo or something else?

zadie wrote:I thought the xc90 did have the 2nd row captains chairs?

Not the 2016. The center seat of the 2nd row folds flat so a kid could move between, but it certainly isn't as convenient as captains chairs
by Jd1006
Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV with 3 rows - Acadia, Volvo or something else?
Replies: 18
Views: 2712

Re: SUV with 3 rows - Acadia, Volvo or something else?

Love the new xc90. But no captains chairs...although the middle of the 2nd row does fold flat so you can move between that way.

The pilot is probably the most comfortable of the 3-row SUVs and gets decent gas mileage.
by Jd1006
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 146
Views: 20601

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

The redesigned xc90 is fantastic. I'd go look for a CPO 2016 xc90, if you find one for under 50k, it would be a steal. I
by Jd1006
Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3575
Views: 1019699

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Hell or High Water is the best movie I have watched in a long time
by Jd1006
Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 146
Views: 20601

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

The xc90 is the cats @ss. They tech-proofed it for the long haul with the digital dash and infotainment options of both car play and android auto. All the new safety features, including lane keeping, pilot assist, active cruise, blind spot, a freaking 360 degree camera, pedestrian and large animal ...
by Jd1006
Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 146
Views: 20601

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

The xc90 is the cats @ss. They tech-proofed it for the long haul with the digital dash and infotainment options of both car play and android auto. All the new safety features, including lane keeping, pilot assist, active cruise, blind spot, a freaking 360 degree camera, pedestrian and large animal a...
by Jd1006
Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 146
Views: 20601

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

2016 xc90 is the best out there right now. I am getting 28mpg, three row space, all the tech features and a really snappy engine. Price is in line with the top end explorer, highlander, mdx, rx, Acadia I just built one on their website and I have to say I am impressed. There's one in my office park...
by Jd1006
Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 146
Views: 20601

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

2016 xc90 is the best out there right now. I am getting 28mpg, three row space, all the tech features and a really snappy engine. Price is in line with the top end explorer, highlander, mdx, rx, Acadia
by Jd1006
Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving from Android to iPhone
Replies: 48
Views: 4507

Re: Moving from Android to iPhone

Made the switch a year ago.

Only thing I had to adjust to was losing the excellent Gmail app. However the outlook iOS app is just as good...skip apples native mail app.

The camera sensor on the 6s plus is better than anything I have seen.
by Jd1006
Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars
Replies: 75
Views: 14094

Re: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars

I didn't like the look of the Pilot. Just get a van if you like that thing, it looks like one and vans are much cheaper. I also didn't like their debut of the 9-speed transmission...which had a lot of issues in other iterations. I liked the highlander, but the 3rd row was too small and it has a lot ...
by Jd1006
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars
Replies: 75
Views: 14094

Re: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars

Did this song and dance last year. Looked at all the 3-row SUVs and the far and away winner was the Volvo XC90 It wasn't even close. It's very nice, and costs quite a bit more, too. I've considered it, but worried about reliability. Did you buy one? And if so, any problems and/or repairs? http://ww...
by Jd1006
Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars
Replies: 75
Views: 14094

Re: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars

Did this song and dance last year. Looked at all the 3-row SUVs and the far and away winner was the Volvo XC90 It wasn't even close. It's very nice, and costs quite a bit more, too. I've considered it, but worried about reliability. Did you buy one? And if so, any problems and/or repairs? http://ww...
by Jd1006
Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars
Replies: 75
Views: 14094

Re: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars

Did this song and dance last year. Looked at all the 3-row SUVs and the far and away winner was the Volvo XC90

It wasn't even close.
by Jd1006
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas grill recommendations please
Replies: 52
Views: 3966

Re: Gas grill recommendations please

Weber performer, gas ignition, charcoal grill. Best of both worlds.
by Jd1006
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated
Replies: 124
Views: 12761

Re: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated

Sounds like you would really enjoy the cinque tierre and Monterosso bay or Levanto in particular, as both have nice beaches and a small town feel. I think Siena is a must see. Lucca was the neatest small town in northern Tuscany, it has ramparts you can bike around! Florence is absolutely a can't mi...
by Jd1006
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Acadia National Park - Tips?
Replies: 22
Views: 2263

Re: Visiting Acadia National Park - Tips?

Take a lobster boat tour. We had a great time seeing the park from the water and getting info about the lobster industry
by Jd1006
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cinque terre in September....
Replies: 18
Views: 1894

Re: Cinque terre in September....

Went in 2011, late September. Weather was unseasonably hot. Best advice is to take the train to Levanto and hike to Monterosso. Longer hike that most forget about because Levanto isn't in the cinque Tierra. We stayed on Manarola. It is one of the least traveled and located in the center. If you hike...
by Jd1006
Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 Row SUVs - Help Educate Me
Replies: 42
Views: 4674

Re: 3 Row SUVs - Help Educate Me

If I was going used, the highlander or pilot would be the top 2. We went new and the 2016 XC90 has been awesome...after 15k miles it gets 26-28 on the highway, 22-24 in the city, tons of room and drives like a car. Fantastic vehicle.
by Jd1006
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy used or new? Which of these small SUVs are best for families?
Replies: 39
Views: 4094

Re: Buy used or new? Which of these small SUVs are best for families?

Volvo XC 90 is a great 3 row, that drives much smaller.
by Jd1006
Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many "subscriptions" do you have?
Replies: 50
Views: 7773

Re: How many "subscriptions" do you have?

Internet - $60
Cellphone- $160, work pays half
Netflix-$9
HBO now - $16
Spotify - $10
Audible - $15
Sirius - $7
WSJ - $29

That's a decent amount. But we use them all. We have Sonos in our home so Spotify/Sirius/ Audible are heavily used.
by Jd1006
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else hates choosing a car?
Replies: 150
Views: 21607

Re: Who else hates choosing a car?

We recently went through a year long process of researching and buying our first new car. It is debatable if it is best to do it this way, but we like to hold our cars for a long time. We were looking for a 3 row suv that was going to be up on all the new technology. Drove a ton of vehicles, looked ...
by Jd1006
Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best streaming video and audio services, if you only pick 1 of each?
Replies: 8
Views: 1079

Re: Best streaming video and audio services, if you only pick 1 of each?

Spotify paid is awesome...been a user for 5 years

Hulu is starting to overtake Netflix for me. Not many great movies on Netflix anymore, I like tv shows a lot more. But I do like having HBO Now because they gave the best tv shows and a solid selection of movies
by Jd1006
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter running gear suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 2438

Re: Winter running gear suggestions

Sporthill wind briefs and xc pants, single base layer top of fleece/wool, jacket, wool hat and mittens, Brooks makes a great winter running jacket...the adapt jacket Get a pair of shoes and put some sheet rock screws in them for added traction Tracksmith makes fantastic running pants as well...prett...
by Jd1006
Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: profitable hobby?
Replies: 119
Views: 15273

Re: profitable hobby?

I play daily fantasy football on draft kings. I have consistently turned an average weekly profit of 70% or so with an occasional huge week. You have to be disciplined, but there's a method to take advantage of those who just throw money away on those sites. I also coach two high school sports, trac...
by Jd1006
Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Edge or Nissan Murano or Something Else
Replies: 24
Views: 3018

Re: Ford Edge or Nissan Murano or Something Else

Take a look at the new xc90 from volvo. You might think a 3-row is too big, but it really is on the smaller side, yet keeps the option of hauling 7. We cross shopped with most, and nothing could come close to match the features. We did extend the warranty to 7 years, 100k miles because it is a brand...
by Jd1006
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soundbar
Replies: 19
Views: 2608

Re: Soundbar

Have the Sonos playbar. Ridiculously versatile. Overtime I have added 3 Sonos speakers to my house and they are an incredible investment...use them everyday
by Jd1006
Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Use of Ultimate Rewards Points
Replies: 109
Views: 14782

Re: Best Use of Ultimate Rewards Points

Both my wife and I recently got Chase Sapphire Preferred cards and each received (and acumulated to total, each ) about 50,000 "Ultimate Rewards" points. What's the best use of these? We aren't big travelers...maybe fly regionally (east coast/midwest) a few times per year. I have found transferring...
by Jd1006
Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me decide between Lexus GX460 and Toyota Highlander (Hybrid/Non-Hybrid)
Replies: 75
Views: 16039

Re: Help me decide between Lexus GX460 and Highlander Hybrid

We looked at all the 3-row SUVs on the market and the Volvo XC90 is what we went with. It gets 26-28 on the highway, 20 in city driving and for the money you spend you get a nice balance of luxury and practicality. The infotainment system is the most future proofed you will find in that segment. Saf...