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by RootSki
Sat May 25, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bigger car, less economical but more safe.. Get used to smaller car over time?
Replies: 105
Views: 6468

Re: Bigger car, less economical but more safe.. Get used to smaller car over time?

I drive Volvo SUV’s so I don’t have to over analyze how unsafe the other cars and trucks are.
by RootSki
Thu May 23, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a used BMW 330E 2018?
Replies: 21
Views: 1277

Re: Should I buy a used BMW 330E 2018?

There's nothing safer than a Volvo. Nor anything more boring. The young man just got a taste; let's not crush his dreams so soon. What he drives will be part of how the rest of the world perceives him, and by that I mean 20-something girls. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190523/8c9b3f91663584f7...
by RootSki
Thu May 23, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a used BMW 330E 2018?
Replies: 21
Views: 1277

Re: Should I buy a used BMW 330E 2018?

I’ve leased a 2018 BMW 330E Hybrid for about a year now. I love the car and I’m thinking of buying the same car (used 2018 BMW 330E Hybrid) . I’m a new driver (only been driving for a year) as previously I lived in a place with very reliable public transportation. Stats Age: 31 Income: 130k a year ...
by RootSki
Thu May 23, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best way to test drive cars?
Replies: 39
Views: 2677

Re: What is the best way to test drive cars?

+1 on the Turo idea I like to evaluate cars more pragmatically in terms of actions you might need to do while driving and the general ergonomics of the seat and drivers cockpit. Then I move on to the driving experience. I drive cars on both highways and suburbs. I like to set the cruise control on t...
by RootSki
Wed May 22, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'
Replies: 87
Views: 5205

Re: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'

ohai wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 11:24 am
Ok, so basically, the new Quattro is also a Haldex system, but just one that Audi claims to be more effective than old versions.
Volvo's have been using Haldex (BorgWarner) AWD systems since the early 2000's. The Gen4 Haldex on my XC60 has been nothing short of amazing in deep snow.
by RootSki
Sun May 19, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Synthetic oil or not for very low mileage auto?
Replies: 47
Views: 3061

Re: Synthetic oil or not for very low mileage auto?

What oil type is specified in the vehicle’s service/owners manual?

That’s what I would use.
by RootSki
Fri May 17, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which car has the best or most comfortable cabin under 35K
Replies: 74
Views: 5937

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

You don't say if your longer commute is due to congestion or longer miles, but I'd also consider a high mileage car a requirement. I'd look at a pre-owned Volvo - Famous for their comfortable seats, and high mileage. I just did 1629 miles in 2 days and was happy to be sitting for that long in my Vo...
by RootSki
Wed May 15, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 35
Views: 2526

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

Jest aside, does anyone know why Volvos get dinged on reliability? Is it the major component reliability (engine, transmission, steering, shocks, etc.) or is it more reliability of the "nice to have" components (user interface, etc)? Consumer Report really doesn't say, other than a mark. I don't co...
by RootSki
Tue May 14, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 35
Views: 2526

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

If anyone want to know when and where any Volvo was made, they have a very easy to use VIN Decoder tool on the Volvo Bookstore.

https://www.volvotechinfo.com/index.cfm ... vinDecoder
by RootSki
Tue May 14, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 35
Views: 2526

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

RE: Consumer Reports (subjective) "Reliability" Volvo S90 2016 owner: "Spotify took 30 seconds to load. I have had 2 software updates to fix it" Consumers Reports: "Totally unacceptable" :shock: Lexus RX 2015 owner: "My 80's Casio style clock is flawless" Consumers Reports: "Oh yeah, now we are talk...
by RootSki
Mon May 13, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 35
Views: 2526

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

Volvo is more Swedish now than during the Ford years.

My 2010 XC60 T6 with 173K miles on it has been the most reliable car I’ve owned. Most fun too. Volvo has been turbocharging cars for a really long time now. They know what they are doing with boost.

V90 T6 R-Design would be my choice.
by RootSki
Fri May 10, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used cars: Age, mileage, condition
Replies: 16
Views: 1317

Re: Used cars: Age, mileage, condition

As a Saab owner, Volvo will give you a loyalty discount for both new and CPO on top of any other promotions, rebates and incentives they are running.
by RootSki
Thu May 09, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1024
Views: 145100

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

Geez man... get rid of that car already and get yourself something you will enjoy.
by RootSki
Tue May 07, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I have a car problem - $100K+ Cars
Replies: 47
Views: 6147

Re: I have a car problem - $100K+ Cars

OP I like you plan. Hopefully one day when I’m ready I can play “what do I drive this year?” also.
by RootSki
Sun May 05, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving passwords on iCloud
Replies: 21
Views: 2007

Re: Saving passwords on iCloud

Separate you and your wife’s iCloud accounts. You don’t need to save passwords in Notes. Safari/iOS will do it for you.
by RootSki
Thu May 02, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car lost acceleration
Replies: 111
Views: 5764

Re: Car lost acceleration

I view this case (car alone, life events notwidthstanding) as over frugalness on the auto mechanic by the op. keep it under $100 if possible, but worried if I take it to any mechanic, it seems like no car repair is ever less than $300, they want to charge $100 plus an hour, charge at least 1 hour di...
by RootSki
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Infertility treatments/insurance/job situation
Replies: 44
Views: 3300

Re: Infertility treatments/insurance/job situation

We went through 2 cycles of IVF with RMA-NJ. Got pregnant once, but had a 2nd trimester fetal demise. Worst day of my life. We went back to RMA Jan 2018 to discuss our options going forward. They highly suggested we consider donor eggs... at 4x the cost of the previous cycle and a 8 to 12 month back...
by RootSki
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The reality of borrowing from your 401k for home mortgage
Replies: 48
Views: 3200

Re: The reality of borrowing from your 401k for home mortgage

Terrible idea. You're only 27. Rent for a few more years until you have a proper down payment.
by RootSki
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric smoker
Replies: 26
Views: 1164

Re: Electric smoker

I love my Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. Everything I cook in there come out fantastic. Get an amaz-n pellet tray or the cold smoker attachment once you get tired of reloading chips every 45 minutes. In the summer I cook everything in there. Hot dogs, burgers, bacon, pork belly, chuck roast, ribs... I...
by RootSki
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car recommendations?
Replies: 107
Views: 9403

Re: Luxury car recommendations?

Certified Pre-Owned Volvo S90
by RootSki
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?
Replies: 145
Views: 12014

Re: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?

Cannabis 8-)
by RootSki
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clipless pedals for a hybrid bike
Replies: 48
Views: 2283

Re: Clipless pedals for a hybrid bike

Just remember to unclip before coming to a stop. I learned this the hard way. Several times. :oops:
by RootSki
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable internet (Split or not)
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Re: Cable internet (Split or not)

Using a COAX splitter is usually not a problem, if there is enough signal level present coming into your home. A two-way splitter reduces the signal level by 3.5dB (not 2.5) input to output legs. A 4-way splitter reduces the signal level by about 8dB. If you go this route, use whatever splitter Comc...
by RootSki
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clipless pedals for a hybrid bike
Replies: 48
Views: 2283

Re: Clipless pedals for a hybrid bike

Checkout the Shimano SPD a530. It's a SPD clip on one side and a platform on the other. Not a great platform, but good enough if you're coasting to a stop.
by RootSki
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost analysis on buying vs. renting skis?
Replies: 28
Views: 2441

Re: cost analysis on buying vs. renting skis?

Buy the skis and then figure out how to add more ski days into your life. :sharebeer

I buy new skis every 3-4 years.
by RootSki
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OBD GPS tracker for new teen driver
Replies: 20
Views: 1212

Re: OBD GPS tracker for new teen driver

@tea_pirate dropped some really good advice up there ^^^
by RootSki
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan - Safety
Replies: 34
Views: 1624

Re: Minivan - Safety

Toyota has a history of scoring poorly on "enhanced or newer" crash testing the first year or two that test is conducted. When off-set crash testing first started, the RAV4 didn't score so well, so Toyota reinforced the drivers side, but left the passenger side alone until the testing institutes sta...
by RootSki
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling Volvo and Audi owners! Reliabilty questions
Replies: 61
Views: 3778

Re: Calling Volvo and Audi owners! Reliabilty questions

For anyone looking at a used Volvo, the 3.0L T6 turbocharged SI6 is one of the best engines Volvo ever used. Very powerful and very smooth matched with a solid 6-speed transmission. Not so great on gas. The 3.2 has some issues that are well documented on Swedespeed.
by RootSki
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling Volvo and Audi owners! Reliabilty questions
Replies: 61
Views: 3778

Re: Calling Volvo and Audi owners! Reliabilty questions

Volvo or Audi made 10 years ago are completely different vehicles compared to the ones today. I'd be concerned about new Volvo in particular, as the company has been extremely aggressive about redesigning their entire line up. They are offering equal or better features and more technology on paper ...
by RootSki
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling Volvo and Audi owners! Reliabilty questions
Replies: 61
Views: 3778

Re: Calling Volvo and Audi owners! Reliabilty questions

1. 2010 XC60 3.0 T6 AWD - Bought it new and this has been the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. It is also the most comfortable vehicle I've had. 2. 170,100+ 3. Never. Service History 78,747 - Leaking break vacuum pump line. 117,843 - Replaced right rear wheel bearing 150,000 - Replaced faulty/...
by RootSki
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with turbo >100,000 mi
Replies: 29
Views: 2293

Re: Experience with turbo >100,000 mi

I would not buy a car unless it has a turbo. Don’t fear the boost.
by RootSki
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best quality car - Lexus?
Replies: 56
Views: 6275

Re: Best quality car - Lexus?

Lexus may be the most reliable you can get, but they are pretty damn poor when it comes to ergonomics, performance, style, and innovation. Their interior design is 10-15 years behind the times, as is their awful infotainment system, not to mention their ancient engine and transmission technology. T...
by RootSki
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best PAID music streaming service?
Replies: 69
Views: 4232

Re: Best PAID music streaming service?

I stick with Spotify family because I have so many playlists created there, and I'm far too lazy to build up another app with playlists of what I like to listen to.
by RootSki
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trouble stomaching car
Replies: 52
Views: 4891

Re: Trouble stomaching car

You're not a "car guy" are you?

Do you enjoy driving?
by RootSki
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another "Is it worth it to fix" question [2002 Nissan Sentra]
Replies: 66
Views: 4131

Re: Another "Is it worth it to fix" question [2002 Nissan Sentra]

No chance I'd fix it. Too old, not safe enough as it is.
by RootSki
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports "funny math" in auto ratings
Replies: 17
Views: 2387

Re: Consumer Reports "funny math" in auto ratings

Is this data based on CR's own in-house testing or the results of their annual user survey.

If it's the survey, I don't put too much stock into it. CR doesn't verify the vehicles that people are reporting on.
by RootSki
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity Zero ER Funds are underperforming their equivalent premium class index funds
Replies: 62
Views: 9680

Re: Fidelity Zero ER Funds are underperforming their equivalent premium class index funds

Back in Dec 2017 Fidelity created a bunch of custom index trackers. You can read about the methodology they used here: https://www.fidelity.com/bin-public/060_www_fidelity_com/documents/mutual-funds/Fidelity_mkt_cap_weighted_methodology.pdf They "back-dated" both index's history using this methodol...
by RootSki
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best weather sites
Replies: 28
Views: 2136

Re: Best weather sites

For storm related discussions, this is the place to go.

https://wxdisco.com
by RootSki
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 14629

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

OP if you are still interested/thinking about a new Volvo XC60, as of January, Volvo has added the XC60 T6 into the Overseas Delivery program.

https://www.volvocars.com/us/shopping-t ... s-delivery
by RootSki
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend men's undershirts
Replies: 49
Views: 3704

Re: Recommend men's undershirts

I like Terramar, UA, ExOfficio, and Columbia undershirts. Only cotton under shirts I have are by Columbia, and they are not 100%.

Like others, I prefer the synthetic moisture wicking fabrics.
by RootSki
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 13087

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

I am surprised that there has not been more discussion of CZ pistols. Modestly priced, but very good. Many special forces operators and mercenaries (yes these guys still exist) carry them. 9mm is more or less a standard. Both hammer and striker fired versions are available. I love CZ pistols. I own...
by RootSki
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 13087

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

+1 to the go to the range and handle a lot of guns. See what feels good in your hands. What type of action do you want? Do you want a safety? Single or Double Action? Striker or Hammer? I'd go to a gun store, and let them know your budget. Then see what feels good and make arrangements to shoot it.
by RootSki
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 14629

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

X3 or X5 if going the lux route. Volvo is owned by the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd., headquartered in Hangzhou, China. Buyer beware. Geely might be headquartered in China, however Volvo Cars is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo is more Swedish now, and makes better cars then when ...
by RootSki
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 14629

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

@Meg77 If you love your XC60 even half as much as I love mine, I think that you'd find many of the current model year "mainline" (aka Toyota, Subaru, Mazda) manufactures are lacking in fit and finish, comfort and safety over what we are driving now. At least that's how I feel every time I rent somet...
by RootSki
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 14629

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

I have a 2010 XC60 and I will be replacing it this summer with the new generation XC60, hopefully the T8 PHEV.

My XC60 has been near flawless for 165K miles.
by RootSki
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car purchase. Need to consider seat height.
Replies: 32
Views: 27561

Re: Car purchase. Need to consider seat height.

Volvo XC60 - best seats in the business. Both front seats are fully adjustable in every way. Bonus if you can find on with air suspension for custom passenger load heights.
by RootSki
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru infotainment issues -can people chime in?
Replies: 44
Views: 8573

Re: Subaru infotainment issues -can people chime in?

Doesn’t Subaru use a infotainment system borrowed from Toyota?
by RootSki
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NEW CAR anyone w/ experience buying police, SSV or taxi package?
Replies: 19
Views: 2157

Re: NEW CAR anyone w/ experience buying police, SSV or taxi package?

Oh, all the new cars have microscopic engines with Turbos. They rev really high. So they will wear out very soon. So expensive to fix that you must buy a new car instead. The only cars with decent cubic inches and normal cruising rpm are the PPVs. My 1994 3.8 L engine still has good compression. It...
by RootSki
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safest downhill ski helmet
Replies: 31
Views: 1297

Re: safest downhill ski helmet

I stick with Giro, but I'd use a Smith or a POC if one came my way for the right price. MIPS all the way.