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by Gladiators2Swansons
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having to consider replacing my car
Replies: 40
Views: 2367

Re: Having to consider replacing my car

Icarus961 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:55 am

No fever, just felt like a newer car w/ a much longer value runway may be a better bet than trying to ship of Theseus my $3000 Accord.
Haha, that's a brilliant description! Well done.
by Gladiators2Swansons
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having to consider replacing my car
Replies: 40
Views: 2367

Re: Having to consider replacing my car

I second Lt Henderson's idea of comparing the repair cost to the expected future life of the car after the repairs. I just replaced the brake pads and calipers and windshield wiper motors. $1100 or so if I'm remembering correctly. That's on a car KBB is listing as $3-4k. Which I imagine means I'm du...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card miles or cashback for travel to wedding
Replies: 20
Views: 1281

Re: Credit card miles or cashback for travel to wedding

I think it depends on which airlines will likely be available to you. Southwest would be great - - no limit to how many seats available as you can purchase any seat with cash or points. I think JetBlue is also a flexible option. Others... It's harder,but doable. You could do Delta and use a compani...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card miles or cashback for travel to wedding
Replies: 20
Views: 1281

Credit card miles or cashback for travel to wedding

My family will be attending a wedding at some point in the next few years (the date hasn't been set yet). The wedding is far enough away from our home that we'll have to fly. I'm trying to determine if it's worthwhile to transfer our spending to a travel credit card (CC) to start building a balance ...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Headache buying new minivan
Replies: 37
Views: 4304

Re: Headache buying new minivan

Like another post said, Odysseys have a timing belt that MUST be replaced every 105,000 miles. This will cost at least $600, and much more if you replace other parts that are easier to access while the timing belt is off, like a water pump. This will be over $1,000 if done by a dealer. If the belt f...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?

Spark plugs and coolant are tricky, because there isn't a set mileage/time listed in the owner's manual for a change. Are you sure about that? The 2017 Toyota Sienna manual shows... - Spark plugs @ 60K miles - Engine coolant @ 100K miles - Spark plugs and brake booster vacuum pump @ 120K miles http...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?

One of the big gotchas with this is that if you’re even one mile over on your service (say 50,001 miles instead of 50,000) they can invalidate your warranty. So say you’re going on a trip where you will need to drive 1,250 miles. Your odometer reads 38,900 and you have a service due at 40,000. Do y...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?

Follow your senses...the answer is NO. I would be highly suspect of such a free "warranty", given that you've paid nothing for it, and there is already a dispute/discrepancy between what the dealer says it covers and what the fine print says. Imagine what it would be like if you ever tried to make ...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?

The only lubricated big $ power train part that really fails these days is maybe a transmission. The dealer price on the maintenance will likely be about the same as this. If it doesn't cover things like wheel bearings, CV joints, belt driven accessories, then pass on it. The fine print specificall...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?

I would assume factory required service would include things that I wouldn't otherwise do, like spark plug changes, coolant replacements, blinker fluid flushes, transmission fluid replacements, and the like. I would also assume that missing even one oil change would invalidate the warranty. I would...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty worthwhile?

I just bought a used Toyota Sienna, less than 5 years old and under 50,000 miles. The dealer 'includes' free lifetime oil changes and a lifetime powertrain warranty (from the dealer, not Toyota) IF all factory required maintenance is performed by the dealer. They described it as covering 'lubricated...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Mon May 20, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Requesting info about cargo box for sedan
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: Requesting info about cargo box for sedan

Some things to consider ... 1. How much stuff do you need to carry? How heavy and what volume? 2. Are you able to easily reach a rooftop box? Or will you need a ladder? 3. Do you already have a hitch? If so, what size? What is the tongue weight it can hold? 4. Do you already have a wiring harness f...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Mon May 20, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Requesting info about cargo box for sedan
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Requesting info about cargo box for sedan

I’m considering purchasing a way to increase our sedan’s cargo carrying capacity. My thinking is that a cargo box, mounted to either a new hitch or a new set of roof rails, would be the easiest and most economical. How easy are roof rails and a cargo box to install? Our sedan doesn’t have anything o...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Mon May 20, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car repairs: what to do next time
Replies: 42
Views: 2860

Re: Car repairs: what to do next time

One thing to also factor into your calculations is that the car is still depreciating. If you keep it for another two year(24 months) and put a lot more miles on it then it might only be worth $600 then since it would be 16 years old and have 180k+ miles.(These are made up numbers.) If that is true...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Mon May 06, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom Remodel - Looking for Advice
Replies: 56
Views: 4762

Re: Bathroom Remodel - Looking for Advice

We had our master bathroom redone recently. The impetus for our project was like yours – we wanted to proactively replace the cracked original fiberglass shower. We also decided to redo the entire bathroom instead of just replacing the shower. A builder grade shower stall and separate tub were repla...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirecTv Now changes
Replies: 32
Views: 2752

Re: DirecTv Now changes

I signed up for Sling blue @ $20 for 3 months with dvr it's good because I like to watch racing or at least I did but I'm not sure I'll keep it when the price goes up to $30 per month. Sorry if this is derailing the thread. I'm a huge racing fan and YouTubeTV has pretty much every series I want to ...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment

Just got the car back from the mechanic. He said that too much grease was applied to the wheel studs and nuts, and guessed that some of it got on the wheel and burned. It worked out well in the end. The front caliper pins were rusted and sticking, so he freed those up. The brake pedal is a lot short...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment

Yeah parking brake is possible. Hard to believe that the driver did not notice the lack of get up and go. > or a bad wheel bearing Usually this causes a very noticeable shrieking sound. My money is on the calipers or brake cylinder or parking brake. Some parking brakes are surprisingly weak once yo...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment

Since the collective wisdom is that the alignment was unrelated to the smoke, I took it to the 'normal' shop last night. They don't do alignments, so I had to use another shop for that.

Hopefully nothing too expensive. Thanks everyone for the info.
by Gladiators2Swansons
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment

Dumb question did she leave the parking brake on? It sounds like the brake in the back may be on or stuck on. Did they align the rear wheels as well as front? That said I suspect coincidence here more than a failure of the shop. In any event I'd would get somebody to look at it asap. Not a dumb que...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Smoking tire/wheel/brake one week after wheel alignment

On Friday of last week (3/8), I had the wheels aligned on our 2006 Scion tC because it has new tires and hadn’t been aligned in several years. This morning, my wife called and said that after driving to work, there was smoke coming from the left rear tire/wheel area, it smelled bad, and the lug nuts...
by Gladiators2Swansons
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: General Investment/Financial Advice
Replies: 57
Views: 4691

Re: General Investment/Financial Advice

Groceries 400 Biggest things here are meats, diapers, wipes, papertowel, kids food/snacks A relatively minor suggestion on diapers and wipes - try the Parent's Choice brand at Walmart. I purchased 210 Size 3's last week in store for under $0.09 per diaper (they're $0.12 each online). Wipes are unde...