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by lazydavid
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3.2 Million Mile Volvo Owner Passes Away - Car Still Running
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: 3.2 Million Mile Volvo Owner Passes Away - Car Still Running

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:22 pm
http://bestride.com/news/entertainment/ ... n-has-died

truly a BH car.
Except that this forum would implode if someone suggested it was prudent to spend double one's annual income on a car. :shock:

RIP Irv, it's been fun to read your stories over the years.
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which snow blower ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1273

Re: which snow blower ?

Ariens. Definitely Ariens. I live in the NW suburbs of Chicago, went with a Platinum 24 SHO EFI three years ago, and couldn't be happier. It chews through anything I throw at it, including snowbanks that are significantly taller than the bucket. And it throws the snow so far that I have to tilt the ...
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fuel for snowblower
Replies: 63
Views: 3173

Re: fuel for snowblower

I've actually spoken to a chemical engineer who worked as a developer for Chrysler for years about this, and he says that ethanol is not an issue, especially at 10%. He's personally run much higher percentages in stock vehicles with no problems at all. Mechanics often like to blame ethanol as being...
by lazydavid
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fuel for snowblower
Replies: 63
Views: 3173

Re: fuel for snowblower

There are a few convenience stores in our area that sell ethanol-free gas that is 91 octane. It is more expensive, which seems counter-intuitive, since I thought the idea of adding ethanol was to reduce the cost. That is not counter-intuitive, it is directly intuitive. If the purpose of adding etha...
by lazydavid
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new car [pay cash?]
Replies: 15
Views: 1210

Re: new car [pay cash?]

hi all,new to the forum I was wondering i am looking to buy a new Audi 2019 Q series,and thinking about paying cash for the car,does anybody think that is a good idea,any advice would appreciative. We bought a 2018 Q7 three months ago, and "sort of" paid cash. The only promotion we were eligible fo...
by lazydavid
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel system cleaning for old SUV $269!!
Replies: 17
Views: 1178

Re: Fuel system cleaning for old SUV $269!!

They are padding the service ticket. There is no such thing as combustion debris removal to improve MPG. Well there is, but not on this engine and the fix doesn't come out of a bottle. Direct Injected engines (which this Toyota V8 is not) tend to build up carbon deposits, which have to be removed b...
by lazydavid
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 83
Views: 5927

Re: Too many choices for my next TRUCK

smitcat wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:43 am
On two occasions I have had to pull a staff members Honda Ridgeline from our employee parking lot due to snow - I was in a Chevy 1500 at the time.
This is probably more of a tire issue than a vehicle one.
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 83
Views: 5927

Re: Too many choices for my next TRUCK

One caution with Ford F150 is that they use turbo charged engines to get additional power. That introduces another layer of complexity. A lot of truck guys are leery of that and prefer to just get the horsepower needed without turbo charging. My 2 cents worth. Though I don't agree with the sentimen...
by lazydavid
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 83
Views: 5927

Re: Too many choices for my next TRUCK

I was OK with the Tundra being low tech, gas hog and dated. I would think after 12 yrs of production, Toyota would have all the kinks worked out by now and the Tundra should be the most reliable of the bunch. No? It should be pretty solid, just significantly overpriced for what you get at this poin...
by lazydavid
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 83
Views: 5927

Re: Too many choices for my next TRUCK

The current Tundra is ancient --twelve years old to be exact. It also gets atrocious gas mileage. Toyota or not, I'd cross it off my list. The F150 was all-new a couple of years ago and is a great truck, the F250 all-new last year. Also look at the 2018 Ram. Still one of the best in class (and the b...
by lazydavid
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Treadmill - Proposition 65 Warning Label
Replies: 22
Views: 2024

Re: New Treadmill - Proposition 65 Warning Label

I can't even remember how long it's been since I've seen a product of any kind that is not "known to the state of California to cause cancer, etc". It is literally the most meaningless warning in existence.
by lazydavid
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rentals, what is the catch?
Replies: 46
Views: 5350

Re: Car rentals, what is the catch?

Just read the reviews for U-save and Priceless on Yelp. They are hilarious. And terrible! https://www.yelp.com/biz/u-save-car-and-truck-rental-miami?osq=u-save+rental Well, Hertz Tampa and Hertz Orlando are pretty bad too. I have rented cars at both locations: https://www.yelp.com/biz/hertz-rent-a-...
by lazydavid
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me with my car decision
Replies: 42
Views: 3395

Re: Please help me with my car decision

One consideration with snow tires on a Porsche or other RWD vehicle is that it's a pretty big hassle to switch them out twice each year. You can't carry the other tires to the shop in the Porsche because it lacks the necessary cargo capacity, so someone else will have to drive a second vehicle to t...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lemon built in Bluestar fridge
Replies: 5
Views: 1077

Re: Lemon built in Bluestar fridge

I'm assuming you got this from a local high-end appliance retailer. Get them involved. They may have better luck escalating your complaints, especially if they are a high volume dealer ("high-volume" being relative to the market), and being a niche player they have a vested interest in making sure c...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 112
Views: 9314

Re: What are you learning or studying?

Homebrewing. I've been using a PicoBrew for about 18 months, and am now preparing to jump into the deep end, all-grain brewing from scratch. I picked up the Brewing Elements book series last week, and am about halfway through "Malt". Also researching what kind of rig I want to buy or build.
by lazydavid
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 247
Views: 16832

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

weltschmerz wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:02 pm
1) GTI sits very low to ground, much lower than Golf even. You will have lots of headlights from crossovers and trucks shining in your eyes.
It is indeed lower, but I don't know that I'd call a difference of 0.4" "much lower"
by lazydavid
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems with oil pans and plugs for Honda Odyssey
Replies: 52
Views: 5828

Re: Problems with oil pans and plugs for Honda Odyssey

In the OP's case, the oil filter can be easily changed without jacking it up, simply by turning the steering wheel all the way to the right (or so the google machine says--going to try this on my FIL's car). Again, way easier and far less mess, without having to crawl under the car. If you're pulli...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?
Replies: 38
Views: 2654

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

2015 BMW 5 series fits the bill Low miles, XDrive for $25k? Unlikely Inexpensive maintenance. Impossible. :D Haven't had a 5, but two different 3-series that have been very inexpensive to maintain over the past 20 years, with the exception of the current one's insatiable appetite for rear tires. Bu...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasure Island or Bally's in Las Vegas
Replies: 32
Views: 2269

Re: Treasure Island or Bally's in Las Vegas

My parents stayed at TI about 5 years ago and were pleasantly surprised by how quiet the room was. Bally's had been a dump for a long time, but they're really trying to bring it back, so it may be nice now as well.
by lazydavid
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)
Replies: 32
Views: 2464

Re: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)

Probably the closest would be a full-sized conversion van. Often they have bench seats in the back that fold down to a semi-acceptable bed, plus the captains chairs generally recline pretty far and are reasonably comfortable for one night's sleep. Haven't seen one with a generator separate from the ...
by lazydavid
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for A/T tire that also works well in snow
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Recommendations for A/T tire that also works well in snow

No personal experience here, but Tirerack's reviews say that BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 and Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac seem to work the best in deep snow. https://blog.tirerack.com/blog/motorsport-messages-from-marshall/all-terrain-tire-options-with-a-mountainsnowflake-symbol Consumer Reports ra...
by lazydavid
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)
Replies: 32
Views: 2464

Re: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)

Please note the word "also" in my post. I understood what you meant, and was additionally pointing out that for vehicles where this is not available in the computer (which as far as I have seen, is only on vehicles with keyless ignition), it can be added inexpensively. My apologies for not reading ...
by lazydavid
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?
Replies: 114
Views: 7158

Re: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?

I am considering getting rid of my 2009 Hyundai Sonata car after I paid $870 in repairs this month ($680 of which for something that triggered check engine and must be repaired to pass inspection) I think it is time to start shopping Obviously no one's crystal ball is perfect, but what should drive...
by lazydavid
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)
Replies: 32
Views: 2464

Re: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)

Looks like this can also be added to a lot of models with keyed ignitions: https://www.secure-idle.com/install.html The feature I referred to is not added-on hardware. It takes advantage of the standard shift-lock security functionality that you use when the vehicle is in Park and the ignition is o...
by lazydavid
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?
Replies: 114
Views: 7158

Re: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?

Our last two cars: 2000 BMW 323i, bought new in 2000, traded in 2011 at 155k miles 2007 Lexus RX350, bought demo 11k miles in 2007, traded two months ago at 170k miles So it looks like it's 11-12 years and >150k miles for us. Combination of starting to worry about repairs (like UpperNwGuy above) and...
by lazydavid
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)
Replies: 32
Views: 2464

Re: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)

F150s (and possibly other models) have an option called "Secure Idle" buried in the software configuration settings. When activated you can leave your truck idling. As long as your keyless remote is in your pocket and not in the truck, the gear shift can't be moved out of Park. Looks like this can ...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)
Replies: 32
Views: 2464

Re: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)

I leave my dogs in my Ford F350. I lock the doors and leave the engine running, with AC maxed. For 2 hours or more. I do this all the time. It's never been a problem. This is just about as ideal a situation as it comes. From what I've read, the 6.7 diesel consumes about 1/3 gph at idle, and diesels...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car lease is up: buy it or get a new lease?
Replies: 46
Views: 3890

Re: Car lease is up: buy it or get a new lease?

Given your low mileage and general disinterest in cars, I would be inclined to buy your current Civic at the end of the lease, and trade it in on a new one--leased or purchased--whenever you feel like it. That could be at the same time or years later. Aside from the loss you'd take on turning in you...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card claim for rental car collision?
Replies: 31
Views: 2575

Re: Credit card claim for rental car collision?

The Wizard wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:01 am
What are "logs"?
Fleet usage logs. The insurance company will want the rental agency to corroborate its Loss of Use claim by proving that every single vehicle of that class at that location was rented out for the time period that the damaged vehicle was being repaired.
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card claim for rental car collision?
Replies: 31
Views: 2575

Re: Credit card claim for rental car collision?

We thought we were covered with our Citibank card, but it didn't turn out that way. We had a minor fender bender ($914 damage), the other driver was at fault (swerved across 4 lanes of traffic to make a right turn without looking), and their insurance (Geico) paid the full amount of the damages. Her...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Gurus ... Air Filter Recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 2593

Re: Car Gurus ... Air Filter Recommendations

The dealership also recommended brake oil flush ($169) and coolant flush ($199). Are these things easy to do? Or are they better left to a mechanic? Brake oil replacement (which due to the linear nature of the hydraulic system is a flush by definition) is quite easy, but can take some time. You nee...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Don't buy a big house
Replies: 248
Views: 25634

Re: PSA: Don't buy a big house

Has any scientist ever done any research into why the smoke detectors always beep in the middle of the night as opposed to 10am? it never fails. i know it is just coincidence, but it is maddening. in our house we have 7, and in the middle of the night it takes me some time to figure out which one i...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Don't buy a big house
Replies: 248
Views: 25634

Re: PSA: Don't buy a big house

Halogens emit significantly more heat than LED bulbs so that Wikipedia entry seems wrong. It's not. Halogens emit a ton of heat but are not appreciably damaged by heat--in fact, they don't reach peak output until they get hot. LEDs do put off less heat, but do so in a very concentrated area that is...
by lazydavid
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sequoia or Land Cruiser
Replies: 25
Views: 1369

Re: Sequoia or Land Cruiser

The Sequoia feels significantly behind the times in a variety of aspects, because it is. 2019 is the twelfth model year since the last significant changes to the platform, and much of it dates all the way back to its inception in 2000 (or actually, the late '90s Tundra). It is roomy and reliable, an...
by lazydavid
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Additional charges for kids in Las Vegas hotels
Replies: 25
Views: 2684

Re: Additional charges for kids in Las Vegas hotels

Almost all Vegas hotels charges extra for more than 2 adults per room. This is fairly common in big-city hotels that cater to tourists and conferences. The lack of free breakfast is also common in big-city hotels. Sure, you could book the room for only two people, cram 4 people in there, and hope y...
by lazydavid
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 60
Views: 4265

Re: noisy generator

Well, I watched a youtube video about changing the oil, oil filter, and air filter; I certainly hope I don't have to do that and that that's what my service contract is for. I will ask the guy when he returns to do the final work. In the event you wind up without power for days at a time, you have ...
by lazydavid
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling to CarMax if maintenance light is on?
Replies: 33
Views: 3020

Re: Selling to CarMax if maintenance light is on?

I would just bring it in as-is, and tell them that you know it is due (not overdue) for an oil change and air filters. Carmax will always change the oil/filter on any car it takes in, whether the maintenance light is on or not, so it doesn't matter in the slightest.
by lazydavid
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Give 1 Week Notice: Can Employer Retaliate by Not Paying Vacation?
Replies: 53
Views: 5069

Re: Give 1 Week Notice: Can Employer Retaliate by Not Paying Vacation?

As others have mentioned, unless it's explicitly written in the policy and enforced uniformly, you should get paid out. I work for a payroll company, so hopefully our HR folks are aware of compensation law :) We have two different types of PTO: Vacation which is accrued on a per-period basis, and fl...
by lazydavid
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maserati Experiences
Replies: 47
Views: 5503

Re: Maserati Experiences

I wouldn't have more trust in an Aston Martin engine over a Ferrari. Best Aston Martin is the Lagonda: https://www.astonmartin.com/en/cars/taraf I have no idea of the price....but you get room for your elbows that isn't available in the Vanquish etc. From their site, it sounds like it won't even be...
by lazydavid
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to complain about Hertz bait-and-switch?
Replies: 58
Views: 5989

Re: Best way to complain about Hertz bait-and-switch?

No rental expert, but I never recall reserving a specific make and model car - always was a class or category of car. Several agencies, including Hertz, do have some categories that are labelled "Rent this EXACT model". Normally this is higher-end selections, but I have seen it for a Camry before. ...
by lazydavid
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: flat for the year
Replies: 27
Views: 2570

Re: flat for the year

Excluding my taxable account--which Personal Capital says is up 78% on the year, due to weirdness associated with a large withdrawal that I'm too lazy to compute manually--my returns are +0.3% YTD. Balance is up 5.3% due to contributions.
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to complain about Hertz bait-and-switch?
Replies: 58
Views: 5989

Re: Best way to complain about Hertz bait-and-switch?

I've completely given up on Hertz, after three consecutive years where their "Reserve this EXACT car" program utterly failed. The third and final time, I had reserved a Porsche Cayenne, and they gave me a 4-cylinder Chevy Equinox that got 13mpg and disabled its AC when the fuel got below 1/4 tank. I...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you ever buy a lottery ticket?
Replies: 32
Views: 1374

Re: Would you ever buy a lottery ticket?

People can obviously do what they want, but I never really understood the office gang buying a bunch of tickets together. Seems to cynical me that the probability of the ticket holder getting the mega winning ticket "mixed up" with the ticket he bought for himself would be somewhere approaching 1. ...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sneakers with good arch support
Replies: 33
Views: 1864

Re: Sneakers with good arch support

My son pronates to the point that he has needed custom orthotics for the past few years. We have settled on New Balance Stability shoes to support his inserts, and he has been pain-free for several years now. NB's Stability Shoes are those with model numbers where the 10s digit is a 6--so he's weari...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maserati Experiences
Replies: 47
Views: 5503

Re: Maserati Experiences

I personally would want the Quattroporte or I'd pass on the Maserati brand all together. Those kind of brands I feel like you need to get one of the flagship products for the full experience or it's not worth the money. I would argue that the Gran Turismo is even more of a flagship product with reg...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maserati Experiences
Replies: 47
Views: 5503

Re: Maserati Experiences

Ferrari repair prices with the added bonus of double digit depreciation every year. No way sorry. Buy a Ferrari or Lamborghini instead. I'm more in the market for a sport coupe / GT than a supercar. An Aston Martin would probably be the next alternative. But I've heard they have crappy reliability....
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Correlation between the FIRE movement and one of the greatest bull markets
Replies: 158
Views: 13768

Re: Correlation between the FIRE movement and one of the greatest bull markets

I going to start the RIP movement. Retire In Place. Keep your job, keep your insurance, and take as much time off as possible and travel the world. Who is with me? Not going to cut it...my 4 weeks of annual vacation isn't enough to do all the things I want. Like many things it is situationally depe...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 7833
Views: 1607755

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Just wonder how many people on this board really saw this correction or market freefall coming? I will admit that I was surprised by its intensity and widespread retreat. Not specifically, no. But in broader terms, yes, and anticipation of that changed our plans to replace our car. First, we did it...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Single Family Homes in Chicago?
Replies: 33
Views: 3554

Re: Single Family Homes in Chicago?

:happy I'm of the mind that having reasonable commutes is worth a lot... Does such a thing exist in Chicago if you have to get downtown from the suburbs? :shock: I've lived in two different suburbs with a ~35 minute commute into the city via Metra. Never bothered me at all to sit and read the paper...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?
Replies: 82
Views: 8063

Re: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?

I'm in the govt too...I don't get it off, but take vacation...well worth it...while it's an easier day to work because most people take it off, it always feels depressing to me to work....choices, choices... My wife and I always work on BF. Typically I'm the only person on my end of the building. I...