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by InvestSlow
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"
Replies: 303
Views: 35576

Re: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"

I'm not retired, but currently live in Arkansas (#44). I took a week-long trip to my home state of South Dakota (#2) in February.

I don't agree with these rankings. I know lots of "snow birds" that move south to retire. Know of hardly any "sun birds" that migrate in the reverse direction.
by InvestSlow
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with turbo >100,000 mi
Replies: 29
Views: 2531

Re: Experience with turbo >100,000 mi

I had a 2004 WRX STi for nearly 15 years and over 120k miles. No problem with the turbo, and that was a 2.5 liter that was tuned to within an inch of it's life. (300 hp, 300 lbs torque). Subarus are very reliable, and they have used turbos for a long time. I wouldn't worry. P.S. Mine used no oil.
by InvestSlow
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Car Values
Replies: 155
Views: 11738

Re: Best Car Values

I agree with the strategy.

It lets you buy a much nicer car than you might otherwise. Just last year I bought a 2008 Lexus IS F. New it was over $64k, I paid a fraction of that. It's clean and hasn't given me a bit of trouble.
by InvestSlow
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: brand new Sienna/Odyssey or gently used?
Replies: 40
Views: 2614

Re: brand new Sienna/Odyssey or gently used?

I'd go with the used one. Cars are so well built these days, they're almost all good. Also, I doubt most minivans are abused. (I'd feel differently about a used Camaro.) I would insist on a clean maintenance schedule, then I'd gladly pocket the several-thousand-dollar difference. If you bought the n...
by InvestSlow
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weird issue when braking/stopped
Replies: 10
Views: 1036

Re: Weird issue when braking/stopped

I had a great Subaru (2004 WRX STi) until I sold it last year. It had a weird noise that occurred when I got in (stopped) and sometimes after coming to a stop. It was the struts. They were *awful*. I had them replaced once after the car was new, then when they quickly went bad again I just lived wit...
by InvestSlow
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reasonable and reliable riding lawn mower recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1034

Re: Reasonable and reliable riding lawn mower recommendations?

14 years ago my family moved into a house on 3.5 acres. Shortly after I spent $4k on a used John Deere 737, a commercial-grade zero turn mower. The mower has had a hard life. Our property is littered with stumps, uneven ground, and a swampy section that sometimes makes mowing difficult until the gra...
by InvestSlow
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need career advice to get into data science field
Replies: 10
Views: 986

Re: Need career advice to get into data science field

29 year programmer here. I agree with the person above. Formal education will sometimes help get a foot in the door, but IT is usually very much a meritocracy. Practical, hands-on experience (and the ability to get stuff done) is the trump card. I have seen many highly educated co-workers stay in pl...
by InvestSlow
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Corvette vs Cayman/Boxster......anyone owned both?
Replies: 57
Views: 5031

Re: Corvette vs Cayman/Boxster......anyone owned both?

Former Corvette owner (current IS F owner) here. My vote would go for the Boxster. It won't give you the wonderful, powerful feeling as you accelerate but it'll be a lot less trouble over the long haul and you'll appear a little more sophisticated. (Wifey makes fun of us older guys in Corvettes, doe...
by InvestSlow
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do people buy- performance cars?
Replies: 67
Views: 2693

Re: Why do people buy- performance cars?

I'm a Boglehead/Car Guy hybrid. I think I can explain both sides. As a car guy, I love strong acceleration, sharp handling, a good-looking car, and talking about my ride with fellow enthusiasts. (The right car will get compliments and questions everywhere from the church parking lot to the fast-food...
by InvestSlow
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: My Christmas Present To You
Replies: 108
Views: 12698

Re: My Christmas Present To You

Thank you for your service, and thank you for sharing your thoughts here.
by InvestSlow
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When has being frugal or cheaping out bit you in the rear?
Replies: 109
Views: 8860

Re: When has being frugal or cheaping out bit you in the rear?

Early into my relationship with my wife, I made hotel reservations for us. As a bachelor, I was accustomed to staying at really cheap places, I got a room at one of these. I haven't made a reservation since. We always stay at very nice hotels.* * I don't get too upset. The breakfast is always good a...
by InvestSlow
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Marriage and separate accounts - how does it work?
Replies: 98
Views: 5759

Re: Marriage and separate accounts - how does it work?

Married since 1998. I had more money than she did (not by much, and it wasn't a lot) but wanted to go for the 'married for life' shot. Shared finances, 100%. We agreed to discuss any purchase over $50. At first, we had a few arguments (notably my $4k used zero-turn mower. I still have it, still main...
by InvestSlow
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How to safely build a new house [financial risk]
Replies: 2
Views: 421

How to safely build a new house [financial risk]

My wife and I would like to build a new house. I'm trying to consider the angles, and one that I worry about is timing of the sale of our current home versus construction cost of the new place. I understand it takes about a year for the new place to be built. Judging from the local real estate marke...