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by RootSki
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead's Car Talk
Replies: 35
Views: 3160

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: 809

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: 3160

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: 46
Views: 2706

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: 2374

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: 46
Views: 2706

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: 3100

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: 1733

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: 3100

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: 7076

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: 7076

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: 5670

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: 3344

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.
by RootSki
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New post - car muffler and auto emissions
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: New post - car muffler and auto emissions

Seems to me there's not a lot to lose by taking it in for inspection as is. Agreed. Failing inspection is not a big deal. If they only test the emissions and don't do a visual inspection there's always a chance that the muffler could be leaking so bad that no emissions make it out the end of the ta...
by RootSki
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tesla Class Action Lawsuit..... Should I Join ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2361

Re: Tesla Class Action Lawsuit..... Should I Join ?

At least you got out before it dropped to $290 :oops:
by RootSki
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New post - car muffler and auto emissions
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: New post - car muffler and auto emissions

adamthesmythe wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:10 pm
Seems to me there's not a lot to lose by taking it in for inspection as is.
Agreed. Failing inspection is not a big deal.
by RootSki
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New post - car muffler and auto emissions
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: New post - car muffler and auto emissions

Does NJ actually still test emissions? I thought they just hooked up to the cars OBD and run the catalyst tests.
by RootSki
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help on car decision: Honda CRV vs luxury car used
Replies: 68
Views: 6508

Re: Need help on car decision: Honda CRV vs luxury car used

I have a 2012 Volvo XC60 (very similar in size to the CRV). Smooth ride. Been very dependable. Gas mileage is lacking, and there is no way I am getting two adult bikes in the back with the seats down without knocking something out of alignment. I got a trailer hitch and bought a nice Thule four-bik...
by RootSki
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For real liquid cod liver oil.........?
Replies: 16
Views: 1149

Re: For real liquid cod liver oil.........?

If this is for Omega3’s I get my primary doc to write me a prescription one a year. Option?
by RootSki
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 4225

Re: Ventilated car seats?

I’m hoping this option is available to be next year. Highly deseriable. My wife loves the heated leather seats on the 2002 Camry we bought last year. I don't care at all - so that is one reason she drives that car. I've been rocking heated seats since 2010. Ventilated will be a nice addition. What ...
by RootSki
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 4225

Re: Ventilated car seats?

I’m hoping this option is available to be next year. Highly deseriable. My wife loves the heated leather seats on the 2002 Camry we bought last year. I don't care at all - so that is one reason she drives that car. I've been rocking heated seats since 2010. Ventilated will be a nice addition. What ...
by RootSki
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity/Comcast set top box question
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: Xfinity/Comcast set top box question

Even if you "power the STB off" the box really doesn't turn off. It just disables the outputs and changes a led color on some models.

They never "turn off" unless power is removed. This is by design so the MSO is can use the STB as part of their outage detection tools.
by RootSki
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 4225

Re: Ventilated car seats?

I’m hoping this option is available to be next year. Highly deseriable.
by RootSki
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile
Replies: 130
Views: 18129

Re: Xfinity Mobile

Yes I consider Xfinity hot-spots as secure as my home cable modem, it's essentially the same hardware/concept just in a different enclosure. Yes, you can always turn WiFi off and force the phone to use the cellular network. I'd be a little bit careful here. Comcast is NOT using any encryption/secur...
by RootSki
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile
Replies: 130
Views: 18129

Re: Xfinity Mobile

Yes I consider Xfinity hot-spots as secure as my home cable modem, it's essentially the same hardware/concept just in a different enclosure. Yes, you can always turn WiFi off and force the phone to use the cellular network. I'd be a little bit careful here. Comcast is NOT using any encryption/secur...
by RootSki
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile
Replies: 130
Views: 18129

Re: Xfinity Mobile

Xfinity mobile users: Do you consider Xfinity hotspots secure? When I’m on public Wi-Fi, I make it a point to switch to cellular before logging into any secures sites. Is that an option on Xfinity mobile? I.e, can you force your phone to get data from cellular/Verizon even if you’re within range of...
by RootSki
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you really like the CR-V, you should check out the [_____]
Replies: 89
Views: 9322

Re: If you really like the CR-V, you should check out the [_____]

Volvo XC40 or XC60. I do realize this is a different class of vehicles, but the technology packages on the new Volvo’s is amazing.
by RootSki
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fakespot vs. Reviewmeta for Amazon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1620

Re: Fakespot vs. Reviewmeta for Amazon?

I never heard of meta—— but I use fakespot and don’t order things below a B score.
by RootSki
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile
Replies: 130
Views: 18129

Re: Xfinity Mobile

XM the same coverage/signal as VZW.
by RootSki
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Forester - ready to buy
Replies: 43
Views: 4274

Re: Subaru Forester - ready to buy

I've said this before and I'll say it again...

I really wish Subaru would expand the use of a turbo charged 4 cylinder engine across their line.

Until then, I'm not interested.
by RootSki
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?
Replies: 81
Views: 5670

Re: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?

I really wish Subaru would offer turbocharged engine options on their suv’s again. Now, even their “sport” models are boring.
by RootSki
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3438

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

Strapping an apple watch to your handlebars just to know how fast you are going seems dumb to me. Firstly, who really cares how fast you are going? Secondly, that defeats the ability for the Apple Watch to record heart rate data. I stopped caring about my speed, and now I've got a great feel for pr...
by RootSki
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3438

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

Strapping an apple watch to your handlebars just to know how fast you are going seems dumb to me. Firstly, who really cares how fast you are going? Secondly, that defeats the ability for the Apple Watch to record heart rate data. I stopped caring about my speed, and now I've got a great feel for pro...
by RootSki
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you save money on groceries?
Replies: 155
Views: 9928

Re: How do you save money on groceries?

I love reading these threads, and running though a mental checklist I do that, and that and that... I saw a few mentions of finding a Grocery Outlet store, they have great finds if one is near you. My favorite place for grocery savings however is a salvage supermarket. This is where you find things ...
by RootSki
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rec. for a specific type of internet router
Replies: 33
Views: 1548

Re: Rec. for a specific type of internet router

Get a couple of power line ethernet adaptors/transceivers. I believe many of them will generate their own wifi signal where every you place them in the house so no need for a secondary router.
by RootSki
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3438

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

Apple Watch.

A bike computer is only useful while on the bike, while an Apple Watch is useful all of the time and can perform many of the same functions and much more.
by RootSki
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Storage facility as investment.
Replies: 18
Views: 1639

Re: Storage facility as investment.

One patient with 110 units at 115$monthly, 100% ocupancy with waiting list. Overhead around 24-27% (includes salary, security, property taxes, landscaping, security and insurance). That translates into about $110000/ yr. income. He essentially goes there physically 2-3 hours every 3 months. Manager...
by RootSki
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Earn 1.5% on your checking account without the usual hoops (at Fidelity)
Replies: 64
Views: 7468

Re: Earn 1.5% on your checking account without the usual hoops (at Fidelity)

Don't the high ERs for these accounts (.42%) make them less attractive than a regular account at Ally or Capital One 360? Or is this just seen as the cost of keeping your accounts in one place? Don't look at the expense ratio, look at the 7 day SEC yield. Doesn’t Fidelity waive the ER on core posit...
by RootSki
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: German B&M Non-Blinking vs. Blinking Bike Tail Lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1253

Re: German B&M Non-Blinking vs. Blinking Bike Tail Lights

This is what I use. I have there on all my bikes. Plenty bright during the day as I feel people give me plenty of room, even when they really don’t need to. USB recharging. I use a similar light on my helmet too. https://www.amazon.com/BLITZU-Rechargeable-Intensity-Accessories-Flashlight/dp/B015IEJ0...
by RootSki
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?
Replies: 96
Views: 7114

Re: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?

2010 Volvo XC60 T6 with 159,000 miles. Awesome car, amazing AWD in deep snow. Still as powerful as day 1. Dash and center stack still looks modern and relevant (not dated).

It will be replaced with another XC60 in a year.
by RootSki
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Edward Jones advising roll over 401K to their IRA
Replies: 44
Views: 3769

Re: Edward Jones advising roll over 401K to their IRA

Yes you can do this your self. The Bogleheads are here to help.
by RootSki
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity Zero ER Funds are underperforming their equivalent premium class index funds
Replies: 59
Views: 7320

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 methodolo...
by RootSki
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?
Replies: 46
Views: 7034

Re: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?

I used to use Waze and finally concluded that it didn't add much value in my situation. In a lot of areas I travel there really aren't any alternatives if there is an accident or construction slow down so knowing about it doesn't produce any actionable information. I like the clean look and large t...
by RootSki
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $65K Fun Daily Driver
Replies: 112
Views: 8693

Re: $65K Fun Daily Driver

Volvo S60 T6 R-Design with Polestar
by RootSki
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ICE or a hybrid car
Replies: 31
Views: 2045

Re: ICE or a hybrid car

I too plan my auto purchasing 1-2 years out. I’m considering an twin-engine eAWD hybrid but need to understand it’s off the line and long highway performance on pure battery mode. I had a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and I got great mpg with it.
by RootSki
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan Vs SUV Experience
Replies: 111
Views: 7498

Re: Minivan Vs SUV Experience

I mentioned the following things that are better in a minivan than an SUV or sedan: Safety (To explain why minivans are safer than SUVs, it is thought that the higher ground clearance of SUVs causes them to roll more frequently, resulting in worse injuries and more fatalities when compared to miniv...
by RootSki
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men’s Underwear recommendation
Replies: 67
Views: 6852

Re: Men’s Underwear recommendation

ExOfficio are top of the line. I have several and they are my go to when going on any vacation or trip.

I have a lot of Terramar. They breathe well, and the waistband hold up better than Under Armor.

Hard to find company that make tradition boxers. Boxer briefs being the trend.
by RootSki
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aqua Shoes for Beach
Replies: 16
Views: 1576

Re: Aqua Shoes for Beach

Another vote for Keens. Newport H2 or CNX.