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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: 2042

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: 1104

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.
by RootSki
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safest downhill ski helmet
Replies: 31
Views: 1104

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.
by RootSki
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes
Replies: 94
Views: 10148

Re: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes

I generally used to agree with this, but due to bogleheads-style living and *never* having bought a new car, I accumulated enough assets that buying a new luxury car was a rounding error versus a Honda or Toyota. So, I decided to buy a new Audi Q5 a couple of years ago. I have to say that driving i...
by RootSki
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door openers - please compare Chamberlain B970, B980, B1381?
Replies: 24
Views: 1883

Re: Garage door openers - please compare Chamberlain B970, B980, B1381?

I recently put in a new Chamberlin C450 (1/2hp equivalent) with WiFi. I paid $161 for the unit plus another $100 for a local guy to install it.

Great investment, as I have a bad habit of not closing the door when I leave.
by RootSki
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ‘01 Honda Odyssey: won’t start, needs $2700 repair. Junk it or fix?
Replies: 65
Views: 4050

Re: ‘01 Honda Odyssey: won’t start, needs $2700 repair. Junk it or fix?

17 year old minivan is too old of a car for a daily driver. :oops:
by RootSki
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best new Mac/features for 2000-3000
Replies: 60
Views: 3855

Re: Best new Mac/features for 2000-3000

I’m a big fan of the Mac Mini. My 2014 Mac Mini with solid state hard drive is just as fast if not faster than when I got it.

iCloud is genius.
by RootSki
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?
Replies: 62
Views: 4804

Re: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?

Do it! Buy one today! I suggest you also purchase a Braava 240 if you have hardwood floors. I purchased reusable pads for my Braava. There are three different types. One is for dry-dusting, one for light mopping and one for regular mopping. The thing is amazing! I no longer have a house keeper as I...
by RootSki
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken Sewer pipe - $10,000-$20,000 to fix
Replies: 58
Views: 6219

Re: Broken Sewer pipe - $10,000 to fix

Did you do a pre-sale home inspection?
by RootSki
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?
Replies: 62
Views: 4804

Re: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?

I need one too. I'm looking for something that can re-charge it's self and has virtual mapping that you can create virtual walls with their app.

Bonus points if it can be used with 2 separate floor-plans (upstairs and down).
by RootSki
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV
Replies: 10
Views: 741

Re: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

Toyota electric technology. I think the infotainment is part Toyota too. Lose 25% storage capacity in the rear because this platform isn't designed to be a PHEV. http://distributed.subarumedia.iconicweb.com/mediasite/libraryImages/40._2019_Crosstrek_Hybrid__mid.jpg That being said, I think it will b...
by RootSki
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car - aftermarket upgrades vs higher trim
Replies: 28
Views: 1876

Re: New car - aftermarket upgrades vs higher trim

The electrical system in these cars is so complex, I wouldn't even consider putting in an aftermarket alarm or remote starting system.

OEM all the way.
by RootSki
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My car was totaled. Do any of you have experience with this process?
Replies: 48
Views: 2911

Re: My car was totaled. Do any of you have experience with this process?

How would the telephone company know it was you (the OP) that hit the box? That's what I was asking myself. Maybe they call the police department and ask if there was a report made? Or else the police department contacts them? That is the only way I can think of where they would know. I doubt it. M...
by RootSki
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car - aftermarket upgrades vs higher trim
Replies: 28
Views: 1876

Re: New car - aftermarket upgrades vs higher trim

For new cars OEM or factory options is the way to go. I drive and have restored older collectible cars as well, and one of the going phrases is “Stock never goes out of style” Factory options are never gonna be in question vs aftermarket. Thanks for the replies! Let's say I did to get a lower model...
by RootSki
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My car was totaled. Do any of you have experience with this process?
Replies: 48
Views: 2911

Re: My car was totaled. Do any of you have experience with this process?

How would the telephone company know it was you (the OP) that hit the box?
by RootSki
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do I need a financial advisor?
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

Re: Do I need a financial advisor?

Gather information strategies here. Bogleheads are the masters of avoiding investment fees and very good at sharing information. Learn as much as you can. The wiki is awesome. Read it twice. After 2-4 weeks of heavy learning, then ask your self if you need (vs. want) a financial advisor. I'd never u...
by RootSki
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda reliability slipping?
Replies: 58
Views: 7364

Re: Honda reliability slipping?

Just opinions. When it comes to vehicle reliability nobody knows nothin'. Consumer Reports reliability ratings are based on hard data, not opinions. Unlike the market, in this case, someone knows somethin'. I'm pretty sure Consumer reports bases their reliability ratings on the annual survey they s...
by RootSki
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types
Replies: 49
Views: 2598

Re: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types

If you go with an iPhone, all of your contacts, favorites, texts, emails, photos will always be sync'd with your iPad. This happens behind the scenes, and you never have to remember to do it. If you go with an android, they will not. There are other ways to accomplish some of this, but it requires m...
by RootSki
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with an Audi A3, Sport hatchback e-tron?
Replies: 37
Views: 2363

Re: Anyone with an Audi A3, Sport hatchback e-tron?

Priorities: 30 mpg, comfort, low noise, reliable. Not a plug-in but hybrid, but some Volvos would check your checkboxes. Have you considered a new XC40 or a Certified Pre-owned V60? Not willing to buy Volvo now that it's owned by Geeli, a-wholly owned Chinese company. Volvo is more Swedish now, tha...
by RootSki
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Think I have found my new commuter car - 2019 Honda Insight
Replies: 44
Views: 4756

Re: Think I have found my new commuter car - 2019 Honda Insight

I do notice that my left leg is bent to the side and presses into the door while I drive, but I'm not using it. Red flag right there. How’s that going to feel if someone or something hits the door with substantial force right there? How’s that going to feel on a long road trip, potholes, vibrations...
by RootSki
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Think I have found my new commuter car - 2019 Honda Insight
Replies: 44
Views: 4756

Re: Think I have found my new commuter car - 2019 Honda Insight

I've been eyeing the Insight as well. My Prius still has several years of life left, but I'm tired of other cars on the road "bullying" me because I drive a Prius. I read about this before I got the car and chalked it up to an exaggeration by those obnoxious hyper-milers who impede traffic (and who...
by RootSki
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6052

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

onourway wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:27 pm
Agreed on the suggestion to consider the S90 and their excellent OSD program.
+3. Go for the T8
by RootSki
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you save money on groceries?
Replies: 157
Views: 10601

Re: How do you save money on groceries?

My favorite place for grocery savings however is a salvage supermarket. This is where you find things dented, pulled for labeling changes, expired and overstocks. There's one of these about an hour away from me, but not a single one exists in my state. We have been doing that for 10-15 years. When ...
by RootSki
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5 vs 3.6
Replies: 43
Views: 4912

Re: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5 vs 3.6

I drive a 2007 Outback with the 2.5 turbo and a five speed stick. Best car I've ever owned. Got 126K miles on it and it's just getting broken in. Sadly, Subaru engineering is losing its mojo. The absolute sweet spot in automotive engineering these days is a 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo with direct...
by RootSki
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5 vs 3.6
Replies: 43
Views: 4912

Re: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5 vs 3.6

The absolute sweet spot in automotive engineering these days is a 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo with direct injection matted to an eight to ten speed automatic transmission. Good power (most are in the 240-280 HP range), great torque starting at very low RPM, good acceleration, and north of 30 MPG ...
by RootSki
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5 vs 3.6
Replies: 43
Views: 4912

Re: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5 vs 3.6

I'd go 3.6L, but I my normal choice is to always choose the bigger, more powerful engine.

At some point, you might wish for more power. I feel it's unlikely that you'd be wishing for less power day to day.
by RootSki
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: People with older car, share your unusual repairs
Replies: 84
Views: 5306

Re: People with older car, share your unusual repairs

2010 Volvo XC60 T6 bought new in 2010. I don't remember or have easy access to records of what I paid for it. My faded memory says close to $40K. This has been the most reliable car I've owned. Followed the service schedule and replaced tires/brakes as needed. 59,800 - Turbo boost pressure replaced ...
by RootSki
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?
Replies: 114
Views: 7229

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

100% all day, everyday. I’d rather go against a 40 ton truck in a 10 year old Volvo than a 2018 RAV4. It’s more than just better safety engineering. You get the best most comfortable seats in the automotive industry, superior handling, better acceleration, more tech, etc... Also, had a smaller car ...
by RootSki
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?
Replies: 114
Views: 7229

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

My last two trade-ins had 292k & 276k miles on them - Volvo's. Actually got more than I thought on trade in value, I was buying pre-owned 'new' car. Current car is XC70 2008 with only 90k, I drive less after I converted to full time telecommuter. As to safety features&accidents my observation in my...
by RootSki
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?
Replies: 114
Views: 7229

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

My last two trade-ins had 292k & 276k miles on them - Volvo's. Actually got more than I thought on trade in value, I was buying pre-owned 'new' car. Current car is XC70 2008 with only 90k, I drive less after I converted to full time telecommuter. As to safety features&accidents my observation in my...
by RootSki
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: 7229

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

My last two trade-ins had 292k & 276k miles on them - Volvo's. Actually got more than I thought on trade in value, I was buying pre-owned 'new' car. Current car is XC70 2008 with only 90k, I drive less after I converted to full time telecommuter. As to safety features&accidents my observation in my...
by RootSki
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle recommendations for long commutes in CO mountains
Replies: 72
Views: 4769

Re: Vehicle recommendations for long commutes in CO mountains

oldlongbeard wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:28 pm
The Volvo XC Series ticks a bunch of your boxes.....if you are looking for a “not so obvious” suggestion.

Regards,
Greg in West Mitten
+1 to this suggestion. Haldex AWD has never left me stranded. Great CPO warranty. Comfortable for 8 hour drives.
by RootSki
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?
Replies: 114
Views: 7229

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

I have a 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 with 160,000+ miles on it. My plan is to keep it for this ski season and then replace it with a 2019 XC60 T8 before next ski season. It’s been the most reliable and fun car I’ve ever owned. I wish I could sell my wife’s 2010 CRV with 18,000 miles on it and keep the XC60 a...
by RootSki
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai/Kia Recall (sudden fires). Should I avoid these cars (or Genesis)?
Replies: 25
Views: 2473

Re: Hyundai/Kia Recall (sudden fires). Should I avoid these cars (or Genesis)?

I'm more concerned with long term reliability when it comes to brand image. I think Hyundai/Kia is pretty close to Toyota/Honda in that regard. Kia and Hyundai have been doing much better in terms of reliability but I think it will be another decade or two before people think of them they same way ...
by RootSki
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To replace old Volvo
Replies: 35
Views: 1495

Re: To replace old Volvo

Volvo has one of the best CPO warranty's out there. 7 years or 100,000 miles from the date the vehicle was first placed in service. The new 2019 S60's should be in dealerships Dec/Jan. Volvo does have an early-trade up leasing program. I'd expect you'd find some screaming deals on low-milage lease r...
by RootSki
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 114
Views: 11746

Re: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??

TheAccountant wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:08 pm
25k miles a year?

Buy the most comfortable car that’ll get the job done.
Fixed it for you.

25K miles a year is a lot of windshield time, you're going to want to be comfortable.
by RootSki
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead's Car Talk
Replies: 35
Views: 3475

Re: Boglehead's Car Talk

Scott S wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:52 am
RootSki wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Life is too short to drive boring cars.
Oh, I dunno. Lots of millionaires drive boring cars like Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys. ;)
I was one of those millionaires, until once day I decided I wasn't going to be that millionaire anymore. :beer :moneybag
by RootSki
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gore-tex warranty experience
Replies: 7
Views: 887

Re: Gore-tex warranty experience

I've done very similar things with Mountain Hardwear more time than I can remember. I only use their skiing outwear because of the lifetime guarantee on stitching and zippers. If they can't fix it, they will give you credit for it.
by RootSki
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead's Car Talk
Replies: 35
Views: 3475

Re: Boglehead's Car Talk

Life is too short to drive boring cars.
by RootSki
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cancun in a few weeks
Replies: 52
Views: 3888

Re: Cancun in a few weeks

Cuidado with the tainted drinks: https://www.google.com/search?q=tainted+cancun+drinks&oq=tainted+cancun+drinks&ie=UTF-8 http://www.startribune.com/cancun-area-trip-in-face-of-tainted-alcohol-gang-violence-concerns/456481053/ Thanks for the info, I'll probably just have a bottle of beer. :sharebeer...
by RootSki
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What would you do with some bulk silver?
Replies: 41
Views: 2592

Re: What would you do with some bulk silver?

“Junk” silver really isn’t junk. It’s just a term applied to money that had real silver in it.

Make sure you get ~90% of silvers spot price when you sell it.
by RootSki
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cancun in a few weeks
Replies: 52
Views: 3888

Re: Cancun in a few weeks

Is there still a seaweed problem in Cancun? We were looking at going there mid-September but once we found out about the seaweed closing beaches, we went elsewhere.
by RootSki
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?
Replies: 49
Views: 3257

Re: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?

novemberrain wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:35 am
I rent for such trips. Main reason is I get to drive a different car than my own car. Removes some boredom. Plus I get to try out a brand or a car that I might potentially buy in future
There’s nothing boring about a Volvo S60.
by RootSki
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a pre-owned Lexus IS-250
Replies: 29
Views: 1883

Re: Buying a pre-owned Lexus IS-250

Re: Prius - Life is too short to drive boring cars everyday :beer
by RootSki
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?
Replies: 49
Views: 3257

Re: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?

Volvo all the way.

Do you really think that a rental (low end fleet trim) is going to have more comfortable seats than your S60? Highly unlikely.

At 70,000 miles, your S60 is just about broken in.
by RootSki
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.
Replies: 62
Views: 7356

Re: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:50 pm
FiveSixAce wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:01 pm
A few years ago I asked my friend, a vehicular homicide detective, what the safest cars out there were. He told me to get the heaviest vehicle I could afford, and the laws of physics were the best safety feature.
Agree. Mercury Grand Marquis? 8-)
VOLVO
by RootSki
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.
Replies: 62
Views: 7356

Re: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.

Thanks for sharing.
by RootSki
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?
Replies: 81
Views: 5953

Re: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?

The Outback has pretty good ground clearance for light offroading. We found the Forester less comfortable and I believe it has less clearance. I agree with the poster wishing for a turbo engine. Our 2.5L is ok but a bit gutless in difficult merges , though we didn't want to suffer worse fuel econom...
by RootSki
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda 3 w/ Snow tire or Subaru AWD with All Season Tire
Replies: 56
Views: 3627

Re: Mazda 3 w/ Snow tire or Subaru AWD with All Season Tire

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:47 pm
RootSki wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Subie.
Hi reliable of Subie now? Box engine still burn oil?
Don’t know. I only buy awd turbo Volvo’s.

I do know that on snowstorm days, I see far more Subie’s in the ski Resort parking lots than any other manufacturer.