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by Laker1
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car maker and car year specific coolant?
Replies: 15
Views: 806

Re: Car maker and car year specific coolant?

I work on a lot of restomods and get into very custom built hi end engine configurations...if a guy has spent 50K on his engine and wants Amzoil...he gets Amzoil. Amzoil is a good product...so is Gulf...anyone ever run that?
by Laker1
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OBD2 scanner?
Replies: 28
Views: 1705

Re: OBD2 scanner?

If you want to share the brand, year, model and engine in your car I might be able to help, I do this all day long...LOL
by Laker1
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car maker and car year specific coolant?
Replies: 15
Views: 806

Re: Car maker and car year specific coolant?

In my shop I bet I have 10 different types of coolant that I keep in stock...same with oil brands. I use exactly what the company recommends for each brand, year and in some cases even model. I keep Mobil One, Castrol, Pennzoil and Amzoil in stock for the same reasons...These fluids are the life blo...
by Laker1
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help with a side hustle investment plan
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: Help with a side hustle investment plan

Her side hustle is teaching gymnastics and they are a W2 kinda deal....great job that she loves but just plain old taxable income for which she is grateful.
by Laker1
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 447
Views: 24905

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

Shelby GT500 with a Super Snake add on at the factory in Vegas,,,,drive it 700-1000 miles then let me tune it for you...NOTHING that is US legal with give you an issue...Make sure your life insurance is up to date btw.
by Laker1
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help with a side hustle investment plan
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Help with a side hustle investment plan

My daughter age 38 is looking for the most tax effective way to invest her side hustle money. She already maxes out her 403B at work and her Roth each year. She has no debt and is a tenure tracked educator with a nice pension plan. She makes about 35K a year on her side hustle and at this point I to...
by Laker1
Fri May 29, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Issues - No Oil
Replies: 89
Views: 6363

Re: Car Issues - No Oil

First dont panic...take the car in and have them change the oil and ask for a high mileage 5w30 brand of whatever you been using...its been burning oil for years..no big deal...I work on oil burners all the time...oil leakers are easy fix...burners not as cheap...but a case of oil and keep it in the...
by Laker1
Wed May 27, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?
Replies: 174
Views: 13776

Re: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?

A bit late to this thread, but I thought I'd give some of my 2cents. A bit of background, I am an engine development engineer with FCA in Michigan. Globally, the trend for vehicle buyers has been moving from sedans/hatchbacks to CUVs/SUVs and trucks. Jeep, for our company, is in a very strong posit...
by Laker1
Wed May 27, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?
Replies: 174
Views: 13776

Re: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?

I have owned a Jeep Wrangler of some type since the 60s...CJ5 CJ7 Wranglers, ect...current is a 2017 Wrangler Rubicon 2 door V6 with a 6sp stick, with of course a soft top..I dont know why its just what I drive...no reason really...I have other much nicers cars as well..I build and repair cars for a...
by Laker1
Wed May 27, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophiles: Any one collecting speakers?
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Audiophiles: Any one collecting speakers?

Well in my den I still rock a pair of JBL 100 Century speakers with a MacIntosh old tube Amp Model 240....I dont know much about sound tech but to this old ear they are as pure as can be....we have a B&W system in our home theater but to me...old stuff works...
by Laker1
Sun May 24, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you buy a new car without a spare tire?
Replies: 21
Views: 1064

Re: Would you buy a new car without a spare tire?

No...try calling AAA and waiting 4-5 hours....then have them tell you they will need to tow you to a place to get a new tire...and that place is not open til tomorrow...or the next day or two...If I cant put a spare on our of my truck I am not owning that car..period.
by Laker1
Sat May 23, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?
Replies: 62
Views: 3934

Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

2019 in an XLT for my work truck...have owned and worked on Ford V8s for about 40 years or so...
by Laker1
Fri May 22, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.
Replies: 264
Views: 20293

Re: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.

As someone that makes his living off the high end classic car market may I say that you to those of you with that hobby...I try and treat each client as fairly and honestly as possible and two other old geezers and myself have a nice retirement hobby/job from this. We only take in 2-3 cars a month t...
by Laker1
Thu May 21, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?
Replies: 62
Views: 3934

Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Buy the 5.0 V8 and not even close...The V8 is about as bulletproof as they come.
by Laker1
Thu May 21, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying tires for 2017 Subaru Outback
Replies: 29
Views: 1771

Re: Buying tires for 2017 Subaru Outback

I would buy one of two tires...either a Michelin Defender T&H or a Nokian WRG4SUV. Both are good tires and either will give you great service. Toyo makes a great tire as well. Discount Tire will match anyones deal...so if you find a better deal take it to them and they will match it. Discount has al...
by Laker1
Mon May 18, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password vault or generator?
Replies: 105
Views: 6330

Re: Password vault or generator?

I was working on a clients car one day and he called me to get his VIN number...I said sure...he laughed and said it was the password for account online at one of these vaults and he couldnt remember it...said I never write it down...if I forget I walk out and look on the dash...I said..well suppose...
by Laker1
Sun May 17, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding mower - JD (E100) vs Husqvarna 18542
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: Riding mower - JD (E100) vs Husqvarna 18542

15 years from now that John Deere will still have all the parts you ever wanted around...not sure about the others...also...perhaps think about spending a little more and go buy it from a JD dealer...I know...its more money...but over time they will save you more...I have a X300 which I use to mow a...
by Laker1
Sat May 16, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HELOC or home loan for house remodel
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: HELOC or home loan for house remodel

You better hurry...Chase, Wells Fargo for starters are getting out of that business...I use a CU and they will be staying in that business I was told...
by Laker1
Sat May 16, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Craftsman Tools
Replies: 98
Views: 6515

Re: Alternatives to Craftsman Tools

I use whatever the NAPA store is selling...if one breaks I call them and they will bring me another one or I can exchange when I go into the store...in over 40 years not one single issue. If NAPA Is gone we have a much bigger issue than tools...LOL
by Laker1
Sat May 16, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire shop returned my van with a broken part!
Replies: 27
Views: 1863

Re: Tire shop returned my van with a broken part!

Update After I left a negative google review, the shop manager called me back and offered a refund of the $110 alignment, requesting I take down the negative review, and also took no responsibility for the winch mechanism. He speculated the winch becomes stuck when retracted/extended with no weight...
by Laker1
Wed May 13, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard or Fidelity Advising Services?
Replies: 16
Views: 892

Re: Vanguard or Fidelity Advising Services?

I expect this service below which others here have used, including me, will be all that you need. Likely to be the best $149 you've ever spent based upon what you have shared. They provide sane and sensible advice and won't try to sell you anything else because they have nothing else to sell. https...
by Laker1
Sun May 10, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement due to COVID 19 ?
Replies: 82
Views: 6316

Re: Retirement due to COVID 19 ?

One of my doctors, who is in his 60's just retired, on apparently short notice. Yea DW was one of over 800 let go in a single day at the system she works at....got a call to her cell phone right after shift ended and told to clean out her locker and bring her Badge and ID to a location for processi...
by Laker1
Sun May 10, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement due to COVID 19 ?
Replies: 82
Views: 6316

Re: Retirement due to COVID 19 ?

My wife was just 'Retired" as in fired from her healthcare job due to the losses that the hospital is taking during this pandemic. DW is an PA with an MBA...after being on the frontlines for 5 weeks once the surge dropped the system decided to fire most of the highest paid staff with hopes that they...
by Laker1
Fri May 08, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi A8 or keep looking?
Replies: 30
Views: 2462

Re: Audi A8 or keep looking?

You will look back at your old Ford pickup as the most reliable car on the planet after dealing with an A8..I work on just about anything....my client has to be beg me to work an Audi,,,,new they are wonderful cars...drive like they are on a rail. Engines and electronics are a total nightmare. Hard ...
by Laker1
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or RAV4
Replies: 57
Views: 3378

Re: Highlander or RAV4

I posted this for another person but you may not have seen it: I highly recommend renting a Highlander from a Toyota dealer over night, which gives you quality time with it versus a short drive accompanied by a pushy salesperson. You'll find out whether it fits in your garage, etc. Their service de...
by Laker1
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Leaving Edward Jones is there a better or worse time
Replies: 35
Views: 1988

Re: Leaving Edward Jones is there a better or worse time

Today at 9:20 seems like a good time to move it in kind and then let the new house help you make the adjustments to a simple 2 or 3 part portfolio. I wish I had done it earlier for sure!
by Laker1
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or RAV4
Replies: 57
Views: 3378

Re: Highlander or RAV4

Parts are hard to find on the H1...just a thought.
by Laker1
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or RAV4
Replies: 57
Views: 3378

Re: Highlander or RAV4

As some one that repairs cars I would buy a Highlander Hybrid and drive it for 10-15 years and have the best bang for buck. I too am soured on Honda as my wife got caught up in the CRV oil issues but they did buy hers back at full price and sell her a Pilot at 20% off sticker so she came out fairly ...
by Laker1
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire Mileage Warranty - what's it worth?
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: Tire Mileage Warranty - what's it worth?

Costco and buy Michelin Defenders or my personal brand I recommend is Nokian Tire...get the WRG4SUV...best all around tire on the planet...Discount Tire sells them...Dont replace with OEM trash...it was the cheapest tire Honda could get...
by Laker1
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car shopping PHEV / ICE / or all electric?
Replies: 75
Views: 6250

Re: Car shopping PHEV / ICE / or all electric?

No brainer....Prius plug in...Toyota makes the best car in this class period.
by Laker1
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 Highlander - any owners
Replies: 43
Views: 3959

Re: 2020 Highlander - any owners

As someone that works under these cars may I throw in my 2 cents worth...KIA is nice car but get under the car and look at the Toyota and KIA both after 100K...not even close...if you only keep em for a few years...no worries..Toyota costs more for a good reason...not saying any car is perfect...bu...
by Laker1
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 Highlander - any owners
Replies: 43
Views: 3959

Re: 2020 Highlander - any owners

As someone that works under these cars may I throw in my 2 cents worth...KIA is nice car but get under the car and look at the Toyota and KIA both after 100K...not even close...if you only keep em for a few years...no worries..Toyota costs more for a good reason...not saying any car is perfect...bu...
by Laker1
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 Highlander - any owners
Replies: 43
Views: 3959

Re: 2020 Highlander - any owners

As someone that works under these cars may I throw in my 2 cents worth...KIA is nice car but get under the car and look at the Toyota and KIA both after 100K...not even close...if you only keep em for a few years...no worries..Toyota costs more for a good reason...not saying any car is perfect...but...
by Laker1
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn tractor not starting
Replies: 35
Views: 1579

Re: Lawn tractor not starting

Two things...first just go get a new battery...the ones that come with the mower are usually old and cheap to begin with...second...buy a can of Seafoam and but in about 1/3 of the can to the tank...top off with fresh gas...let it sit over night...it will start and then run it out and replace the ga...
by Laker1
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hand Truck Tire Replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 768

Re: Hand Truck Tire Replacement

Tractor Supply sells either tubes or hard tires..at least in Michigan they are still open...if you are moving a lot of weight stay with the air version....lots lots go solid tire..
by Laker1
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: [Panicked and moved to cash. What to do next?]
Replies: 106
Views: 12718

Re: I am a Massive Loser

1: First, buy a Lotus Evora GT. It's one of the only exotics left that offer a proper manual transmission. 2: Put all the rest of your money back in the market, lump sum. (you could jump right to #2 if you want to) You buy a British car with that electrical system and bailing on the market with be ...
by Laker1
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas stabilizer and Covid 19
Replies: 34
Views: 2820

Re: Gas stabilizer and Covid 19

A few years ago I realized that my bottle of Sta-Bil, that I use for my lawnmower gasoline, was about 10 years old. I wondered if they sell stabilizer for my stabilizer (Sorry, but true story). I later learned that it goes bad after 2 years. Oh well! Drop in a bottle of SeaFoam and give it a day or...
by Laker1
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas stabilizer and Covid 19
Replies: 34
Views: 2820

Re: Gas stabilizer and Covid 19

I just got a letter in the mail from Shell oil wanting to know if I am ok..they are worried that my local station may be forced to close since I am not driving my gas guzzlers and buying premium from them for the past three weeks...
by Laker1
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Cares Act Payroll Protection Program
Replies: 154
Views: 9753

Re: Cares Act Payroll Protection Program

Applied last Friday and was approved yesterday..I asked for 2.5 time my payroll for the three of us. Why not...my work hasnt really stopped but we are all staying home to stay safe. I do custom car work and those guys can wait a few more weeks rather than get 3 guys all over 60 sick by going out..I ...
by Laker1
Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas stabilizer and Covid 19
Replies: 34
Views: 2820

Re: Gas stabilizer and Covid 19

You are much more likely to have an issue with a dead battery than any fuel issue...just start it twice a month or so and let it run til operation temp and put a load on it some...back and forth in your driveway is fine a few times...just get things moving...you will be fine...if everyone is doing t...
by Laker1
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord 2015 Battery Swap Out: do it myself?
Replies: 33
Views: 1374

Re: Honda Accord 2015 Battery Swap Out: do it myself?

Agree, watch You Tube video, go to NAPA parts store they have a curb side pay over the phone option here right now and its pretty simple. Be sure and take a few precautions like goggles, and clean the cables well. Coke works as well as anything to remove corrosion. Have a towel to lay over your fend...
by Laker1
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's worth paying more for?
Replies: 80
Views: 6623

Re: What's worth paying more for?

Anything I can do to get more time with my grandkids...
Snap on tools
Accurate repair manuals.
by Laker1
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Washing Machine
Replies: 14
Views: 994

Re: New Washing Machine

Why not LOOK to see where it's leaking? If no obvious fix- if I had to buy a washer- I would buy a middle-of-the range machine that was not a Samsung or LG. By the way- I had never heard of Speed Queen- and I read some and decided that I didn't need to buy one. I have a LG that has been ok for 4 ye...
by Laker1
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Netflix:] Can We Talk About Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness?
Replies: 46
Views: 4290

Re: Can We Talk About Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness?

You cant make this stuff up...LOL...here kitty, kitty...
by Laker1
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?
Replies: 119
Views: 7783

Re: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?

Electronics have changed the need for lots of people. As we make engines smaller and electronics bigger it is just going to get worse.
by Laker1
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?
Replies: 119
Views: 7783

Re: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?

Depends on the car. Toyota Corolla: no Honda Civic: no Geo Metro: yes Chevrolet Vega: yes j­čî║ I'm not sure you want to do business with any company that would warranty a car that hasn't been made in nearly 35 years :shock: The times when you want an extended warranty are not crappy cars like the Geo...
by Laker1
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?
Replies: 119
Views: 7783

Re: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?

German cars, yes...Jag...HELL YES...Italian Car..Even more yes...Korean or Japan made..no...American..Model specific. Electronics are the nightmare...Just my himble opinion of the guy on the end of the wrench. I never buy warranties as I only drive Hondas, older Landcruisers or older Jeeps...
by Laker1
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MBA Worth It?
Replies: 88
Views: 6049

Re: MBA Worth It?

I started out turning wrenches after high school since I could not afford college. Worked and went to JC at night...then worked and got my BS going part time for three years...All the time turning wrenches. As I got a little older I decided to go to work for the parts company and they had a deal whe...
by Laker1
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawnmower recommendation (Gas + SP)
Replies: 48
Views: 1582

Re: Lawnmower recommendation (Gas + SP)

I have a Honda that is about 20 years old...I change the oil each year in the fall when done with it and sharpen the blade. Wash it off well with my pressure washer its like brand new. Tough to beat it really. My neighbor has a new Toro and it seems really solid as well. I think a sharp blade and oi...
by Laker1
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...
Replies: 106
Views: 12251

Re: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...

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Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:12 pm
FWIW. I've decided on a 2020 Camry LE. Hope to pick it up this coming Saturday.
Smart buy you will love that car for years and years and it should be as trouble free as anything with wheels on it can be!! Well done.