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by NHRATA01
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AC went kaput, Sketchy quotes. Time to think Geothermal?
Replies: 19
Views: 2203

Re: AC went kaput, Sketchy quotes. Time to think Geothermal?

I think you made a good choice and did well. For comparison I had to install a new 4ton unit 2 springs ago, it was 4200 for the condenser, air handler, lineset and some miscellaneous parts. Install was 3k. $3k for installation, did it take more than a day? Yes...probably took a good 12 hours all sa...
by NHRATA01
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AC went kaput, Sketchy quotes. Time to think Geothermal?
Replies: 19
Views: 2203

Re: AC went kaput, Sketchy quotes. Time to think Geothermal?

Just giving an update, finally after atleast 10 HVAC quotes and multiple technicians, I'm back to the first technician and decided to just replace the AC condenser unit, change everything to R410a and clean the furnace thoroughly. The furnace seemed to be in good condition and I hope I can ride it ...
by NHRATA01
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fun car advice
Replies: 112
Views: 7034

Re: fun car advice

Buy an older (pre 1970) vehicle. All mechanical (no computers) and appreciation in value is much more solid than a 10 year old Honda. For $50k you could easily find a late 60's restored convertible Vette. It won't appreciate much though if he'd like it to be a driver. And I'll take the reliability ...
by NHRATA01
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family man who misses driving a fun car
Replies: 91
Views: 5751

Re: Family man who misses driving a fun car

Well, do you want a fun daily that is large enough to be practical? Or are you considering just a separate toy that can be impractical? If it's just a toy for the weekend, the sky is pretty much the limit (or, moreso the pocketbook but you get the picture). A Miata, particularly used is fairly econo...
by NHRATA01
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 954
Views: 137166

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

I would say if you're going to keep the vehicle, use a high quality synthetic and keep EVERY receipt for your oil changes. This way if there is an engine issue within the warranty period they can't claim you haven't been doing maintenance. Also you never know, years later they may announce a special...
by NHRATA01
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Car Values
Replies: 155
Views: 10602

Re: Best Car Values

As I always point out in these discussions where the assumption is that size is always better for vehicular safety, it is often neglected that the smaller more nimble vehicle will be more likely to avoid the accident in the first place. Braking, handling, rollover potential and loss of control avoid...
by NHRATA01
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Car Values
Replies: 155
Views: 10602

Re: Best Car Values

For buying used 10 years/100K miles and then drive it til it dies, yes I would probably say a Lexus ES or GS, maybe an IS (getting small). Best value... I would argue take advantage of the steep depreciation curve of something like a Buick LaCrosse or Regal, combined with the transferrable 4/50 fact...
by NHRATA01
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring or Honda CR-V EXL
Replies: 69
Views: 5065

Re: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring or Honda CR-V EXL

I generally don't like CUVs (more of a sport sedan guy but those are becoming unicorns these days) but I have to say the CX-5 is about the only one I'd willingly drive. Drives great for a CUV, IMO the sharpest looker out there, and interior design and quality are far better than you'd expect for thi...
by NHRATA01
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?
Replies: 167
Views: 7966

Re: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?

Full synthetic every 10k on a Toyota. YMMV, depends on car and use. Me too. Toyotas...synthetic...10K miles.... I never change it early...after reading a study done by Consumer Reports long ago.....I don't worry if I run over. I do check my oil frequently...but in 20 years and several Toyotas, I've...
by NHRATA01
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Different emissions standards?
Replies: 8
Views: 574

Re: Different emissions standards?

I was looking at a 2014 truck with a gasoline engine today, and noticed a sticker on the door that said it was not legal for sale in California. Curious, I thought all the major manufacturers built to the toughest EPA standards, which would match CA. Does anybody know what could be different betwee...
by NHRATA01
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Auto repairs
Replies: 46
Views: 2591

Re: DIY Auto repairs

Youtube is a great tool but also if you have a common vehicle (say a Civic, Camry, any of the big 3 trucks/SUVs) the vehicle specific forums are a great resource for repairs, especially common ones. Besides general guidance, for some repairs people are nice enough to post step by step DIY with pictu...
by NHRATA01
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Auto repairs
Replies: 46
Views: 2591

Re: DIY Auto repairs

From your list, brake pads are very easy, but you do need a specialized tool to compress the calipers. I "rented" it for free from the auto parts store the first time, and then just bought my own after that. Or just use a block of wood and a C clamp. Or just use the old pads you pulled out to lever...
by NHRATA01
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advisability of Using a Personal Trainer at the Gym
Replies: 52
Views: 3878

Re: Advisability of Using a Personal Trainer at the Gym

If I can make a simple recommendation to start, as far as checking your form - bring your phone and either set it up or ask someone to record you for a set. Particularly if we are talking compound free weight lifts such as the squat or deadlift, or any of the olympic type lifts (which are very advan...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to set android phone to send phone solicitors directly to voice mail.
Replies: 27
Views: 1781

Re: How to set android phone to send phone solicitors directly to voice mail.

If you have an Android with the ability, you can chose to screen the call and an automatic response will answer and then transcribe the caller's response so you can tell if they're a real person or a spammer.
by NHRATA01
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 6846

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it. Indeed. This thread has repeatedly shifted into medical advice, which pe...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 6846

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Strange direction this thread has gone in. I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it. Indeed. This thread has repea...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone raised 3 kids WITHOUT buying a 3-row vehicle?
Replies: 82
Views: 5744

Re: Anyone raised 3 kids WITHOUT buying a 3-row vehicle?

3 kids in child seats (especially any rear facing), it's tough to do. We had a Traverse with a 2nd row bench and were able to fit the 3 seats across - but that is a rather wide vehicle even for the class and it was very tight to the doors. With the 3rd row down we had a lot of cargo room in the back...
by NHRATA01
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 954
Views: 137166

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

I would not write off direct injection and turbocharging just because this particular application is having problems. Yes, DI tends to be a bit harder on the oil than port injection - but not commonly to the extent where the fuel content actual raises the level in the oil pan. More typical the manuf...
by NHRATA01
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ticket for speeding
Replies: 66
Views: 5465

Re: Ticket for speeding

I'm pretty frugal, but I've never fought a ticket where I knew I was at fault. You can't preach personal responsibility then try to weasel out of paying a fine you deserve. This is what I mean by morality. You don't "deserve" anything. First understand is that the traffic system is a money generato...
by NHRATA01
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ticket for speeding
Replies: 66
Views: 5465

Re: Ticket for speeding

Always, always plead not guilty, especially if you have a clean record (and then I wouldn't bother with a lawyer either). They may very well toss the ticket or at minimum knock it to a non moving violation with no points. All they really want at the end of the day is the money. Show up in court dres...
by NHRATA01
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NEW CAR anyone w/ experience buying police, SSV or taxi package?
Replies: 19
Views: 2153

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 NHRATA01
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi S4 vs S3
Replies: 36
Views: 2361

Re: Audi S4 vs S3

Not to be fresh, but I see A3/S3 and the first thing I think of is a Jetta with a nice markup.
by NHRATA01
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NEW CAR anyone w/ experience buying police, SSV or taxi package?
Replies: 19
Views: 2153

Re: NEW CAR anyone w/ experience buying police, SSV or tax package?

So you asked this same question almost exactly a year ago. I believe at that time I googled and found that you could get a Ford Police Interceptor, which is a Explorer body and Crown Vic chassis with a hard plastic back seat. And you were also told then that most taxis are Toyota Prius’. What resea...
by NHRATA01
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NEW CAR anyone w/ experience buying police, SSV or taxi package?
Replies: 19
Views: 2153

Re: NEW CAR anyone w/ experience buying police, SSV or tax package?

You won't find a dealer that will sell the public a fleet vehicle because the manufacturer will not allow it. Primarily because the margins are slim so batch orders are typically required, but also in the case of police/fire vehicles, etc they are outfit in spartan fashion. As anyone who's bought a ...
by NHRATA01
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED light bulbs
Replies: 130
Views: 16190

Re: LED light bulbs

There's a lot of efficiency to be gained by using heat only when and where it is needed. My alternative to using a few hundred watts of electric resistance heating (in the form of light bulbs) for a fraction of an hour a day would be to turn up the central heating for the whole house by a couple of...
by NHRATA01
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED light bulbs
Replies: 130
Views: 16190

Re: LED light bulbs

Going by the dates I labeled on the bulbs, I started migrating to LEDs in '12-'13 with those ugly early year Philips tri-element bulbs (60W equivalent) in my highest use family room overhead fixture. They're still going strong but now in lampshaded fixtures so I don't have to look at them. Then in '...
by NHRATA01
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fuel for snowblower
Replies: 97
Views: 5722

Re: fuel for snowblower

Sigh, take an IR gun to the exhaust manifold at the closest point to the cylinder head of a hot engine that is not running. It will be much less than 500F which is roughly the temperature it takes to ignite gasoline. You will not create a mushroom cloud in your driveway refilling a mower/snowblower...
by NHRATA01
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fuel for snowblower
Replies: 97
Views: 5722

Re: fuel for snowblower

Sigh, take an IR gun to the exhaust manifold at the closest point to the cylinder head of a hot engine that is not running. It will be much less than 500F which is roughly the temperature it takes to ignite gasoline. You will not create a mushroom cloud in your driveway refilling a mower/snowblower ...
by NHRATA01
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which snow blower ?
Replies: 58
Views: 3748

Re: which snow blower ?

I would say don't go by the "I have a brand xxx that's 20, 25, 30 years old" stories, as a lot has changed since then. Like mowers the majority of the popular ones and almost all the ones from the big box stores (Craftsman included) have been MTD units for the past 10 years or so. Few manufacturers ...
by NHRATA01
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 99
Views: 7709

Re: Too many choices for my next TRUCK

This is coming from a person who has bought 90% Asian vehicles. Skip the Nissan and Toyota and pick one from the Big 3. The domestic brands know that this is their bread and butter and can't afford to make a bad truck. All 3 are good so I would drive all 3 and see what you like and buy it. This. Th...
by NHRATA01
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do older 4x4 vehicles hold higher salvage value?
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: Do older 4x4 vehicles hold higher salvage value?

Thanks for the responses. That helps. On a side note, would you say most cars would retrieve at least $1k regardless of age or mileage or even condition as long as they run and are functional? I would say a running car that can pass inspection, or do so with minor maintenance (say brake pads/tires)...
by NHRATA01
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weight Training After 70
Replies: 33
Views: 2474

Re: Weight Training After 70

Investigate Classical Stretch ! Miranda Esmonde White is on many PBS channels & she has a website with DVDs for sale but there are free routines on youtube. Website has tips about where beginners should start. Check with your doctor first, go slowly at first, go at your own pace. As someone else po...
by NHRATA01
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kevin O'Leary: owning a car is a terrible idea
Replies: 43
Views: 3422

Re: Kevin O'Leary: owning a car is a terrible idea

They are a terrible idea for his reasons. However he neglects the fact that in most cases an automobile is a net contributor to your income: that is, you often can't get to a job and make money without incurring transportation costs. You could live in the city and walk, however it is more likely you...
by NHRATA01
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 954
Views: 137166

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

I've kind of never been of the opinion that 87 is sufficient for all of these modern high specific output (ie high power levels from small displacement) engines running turbochargers despite the manufacturers saying it is ok. GM was using, maybe still does, the "premium recommended not required" cav...
by NHRATA01
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 954
Views: 137166

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

We know that all engines use a rich mixture when they are cold. Put an eye on heavy load conditions say, a loaded up CRV against a strong wind or uphill, after warm up. I wonder if the air fuel ratio would dip way below 14.6:1 as the CVT tends to keep the rpm low and put the engine in the LSPI regi...
by NHRATA01
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 954
Views: 137166

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

From what I can find (still not 100% sure), this CRV has a 172F thermostat. If that's the case, that's amazingly low operating temperature. Back when I had my Lotus Elise, I replaced the garbage, plastic Toyota 190F thermostat with an Auto Zone all metal 180F thermostat as there was far more proble...
by NHRATA01
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car servicing
Replies: 48
Views: 3605

Re: Car servicing

Own a 2010 Honda Civic and the dealer seems to keep finding new problems and each service runs me 500 or so. Thinking of switching dealers. Any suggestions on where to take my car? Currently I use a Honda dealer. Can you list the problems you've had (describe them) and the ones the dealer found? Ho...
by NHRATA01
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone done a Hair Transplant?
Replies: 79
Views: 6314

Re: Anyone done a Hair Transplant?

I've known of a few to try, and can't recall a case (including current top politician mentioned earlier) where it came off looking good. And regarding the pills, I've also read of too many cases of side effects - they do mess with testosterone/dihydrotestosterone (dht is what influences baldness) wh...
by NHRATA01
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead's Car Talk
Replies: 35
Views: 3536

Re: Boglehead's Car Talk

Probably cross the Cross-trek off your list. I repeatedly read that they are slow and small. My sister-in-law owns one, and I've driven it. I was pleasantly surprised by the pep of that little 2.0L -- it actually puts out more horsepower than the 2.2L in my '96 Outback. If a family of four thinks i...
by NHRATA01
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead's Car Talk
Replies: 35
Views: 3536

Re: Boglehead's Car Talk

A fun car need not be a fancy car.

I paid roughly a $5K premium for a 2016 Chevy SS sedan ($40K, thanks GM for 20% off ;) ) over about what an equivalently optioned Toyota Camry
XLE V6 ($35K) would have cost.

Best legal $5K I could have spent!
by NHRATA01
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rebates/incentives
Replies: 21
Views: 1471

Re: Car rebates/incentives

And gm has not have record sales, their sales last month were worse than 2017. Just read an article on it. They specifically cited that lack of incentives, and high prices are causing sales to plummet. Google it. This, GM is seeing sales stagnate or fall, and they've been very stingy with the incen...
by NHRATA01
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Car on Lot for Year and a Half
Replies: 36
Views: 3704

Re: Used Car on Lot for Year and a Half

Ok I've learned something about the Vibe, that it's actually a Toyota. Then sure, buy it. Otherwise I'd run from anything Pontiac. Maybe the fact you were unaware of the Vibe's underpinnings suggests you probably shouldn't consider yourself an expert on vehicle quality? There were a number of Ponti...
by NHRATA01
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 954
Views: 137166

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

Wakefield1 wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:49 am
What a shame if they have discontinued the excellent V6 Accord in favor of the turkey (I mean turbo).
The naturally aspirated V6 in mainline vehicles is going the way of the dodo.
by NHRATA01
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 4490

Re: Ventilated car seats?

My current car is the first I've had with them, and they are definitely a help in the summer. I probably wouldn't pay extra but it's a nice feature when standard. I will say the best cooling feature any of my vehicles ever had was the A/C vent located below the steering wheel on an '03 Caddy Seville...
by NHRATA01
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Light bulbs
Replies: 19
Views: 1900

Re: New Light bulbs

All Phillips LED. I’ve tried many many of the cheap brands over the years and they all fail prematurely. Even Cree :( I bought a lot of Cree 40 and 60 watt equivalents in '13 and '14 (the ones with the heat sink on the base), so far haven't lost a single one. Since I started converting in '12 - hav...
by NHRATA01
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Music
Replies: 12
Views: 909

Re: Portable Music

I've just been going on Amazon and buying refurb'd iPod nanos. Still have iTunes with my 1200+ song library and still use it to download new MP3s. I still prefer having ownership of the actual media vs a streaming site, which is kind of full circle to basically a radio station. I don't like carrying...
by NHRATA01
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Timing of car purchase during a model year
Replies: 17
Views: 1795

Re: Timing of car purchase during a model year

In general buying in the 4th quarter can get you a bargain if you find a leftover (ie an '18 once the '19 model year hits full swing in September). But really with how the automakers go by month to month sales figures to make Wall St. happy, you will see incentives throughout the year. I bought a GM...
by NHRATA01
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to have “what if” discussion with retired parents?
Replies: 48
Views: 4884

Re: How to have “what if” discussion with retired parents?

Just as an adder, at least have a POA (and preferably medical proxy) in place with one of your children. Even if one is declared a beneficiary pretty much no financial institution will grant any sort of access to accounts without a POA in place while the account owner is living. The legal requiremen...
by NHRATA01
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to have “what if” discussion with retired parents?
Replies: 48
Views: 4884

Re: How to have “what if” discussion with retired parents?

Lets see your dad and mom made it to there 70s without the help of others (kids). My parents in there 80 manage all money on there own. Never talked about it. They have a will. Thats all we know. Wife's parents passed away in their 80s. They had a will. Never talked about money. Will split everythi...
by NHRATA01
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan Vs SUV Experience
Replies: 111
Views: 7857

Re: Minivan Vs SUV Experience

The minivan is essentially the most practical vehicle you could ask for if you have a family of 2 adults and 2.5 kids, and 0.75 cat/dog, etc. That said it's got it's stigma that a lot of people can't get around. I would buy and drive one, but only as a last resort. However I don't particularly care ...