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by NHRATA01
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 216
Views: 9117

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

Regarding disposal - if you live in a northern climate try a calling a couple of local shops. Many have waste oil burners to keep the place warm and are more than happy to take free fuel off your hands.
by NHRATA01
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 216
Views: 9117

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

There's really no cons to it. You could say the time spent, but to drive to an oil change place and wait is probably going to cost your more time then just doing in your garage. Safety wise, ramps are pretty darn safe, I would say more so than a jack and jackstands which have more potential to be im...
by NHRATA01
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto oil change
Replies: 54
Views: 4051

Re: Auto oil change

These threads are always entertaining! :D In 2009: "Follow the maintenance minder. Why second guess what the manufacturer wants? Trust the engineers!" (MM indicates 5k miles) In 2019: "Ignore the MM, oil and engines have improved so much! You can safely go 10k miles. Trust the engineers!" Little do...
by NHRATA01
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto oil change
Replies: 54
Views: 4051

Re: Auto oil change

Once warmed up (~10 mins driving), "exercise" the engine a bit - full throttle pulls, RPMs closer to redline - in many people's opinions that is a good way to extend engine life actually. I'm curious as to what the logic is for the above? On another note, many years ago I used to have a boss who wo...
by NHRATA01
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preventative car maintenance (oil changes) costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3787

Re: Preventative car maintenance (oil changes) costs

My opinion, as a gearhead of sorts, is that you do not need $12/qt boutique oil such as Amsoil in your typical daily driven car. Amsoil is a great oil, I ran it for years in a performance car that I raced on occasion and now run Driven motor oil that's about as expensive. Kept good oil pressure hotl...
by NHRATA01
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bench press and weights
Replies: 59
Views: 4029

Re: Bench press and weights

Not a bad idea, although you can’t just show up to any mass market gym and expect to find competent trainers. I’m always shaking my head at some of the silly stuff I see trainers doing with their clients. Ideally, find a gym that specializes in Olympic or power lifting. You mean doing a deficit ket...
by NHRATA01
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When and should I buy dream car? 1997 Toyota Supra
Replies: 38
Views: 3255

Re: When and should I buy dream car? 1997 Toyota Supra

Car guy here too, who remembers all the deification of the MKIV Supras, particularly after F&F came out. I mean at the end of the day a dream is a dream and you can't always look at a dream as a rational pursuit. But the thing with Supras is an unmolested later year 6 speed seems to command insane m...
by NHRATA01
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2010 Honda Accord - loud?
Replies: 31
Views: 2888

Re: 2010 Honda Accord - loud?

Yes, I would say that particularly if you're in an area where roads get salted or near the coasts, a 10 year run is about the lifetime of the exhaust before it corrodes and starts making some more noise. Also the packing in mufflers tends to break down over time from the exhaust gases so the muffler...
by NHRATA01
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leaving NYC for retirement, Hudson Valley or PA. etc?
Replies: 21
Views: 2712

Re: Leaving NYC for retirement, Hudson Valley or PA. etc?

I can't speak to PA that well but I have lived in the Hudson Valley for 18 years now, first Fishkill now outside of Poughkeepsie. I grew up in Rockland County so not sure if that counts too. It is a nice area, lots of outdoor activities and great hiking since he enjoys that. From Poughkeepsie on sou...
by NHRATA01
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy parts for DIY Auto repairs
Replies: 46
Views: 3660

Re: Where do you buy parts for DIY Auto repairs

Yea Craftsman is no longer what it used to be at all, as most are aware with Sears going under it was sold to the highest bidder and now just relabled stuff. Supposedly Kobalt and the other brands from a Lowes/HD are reasonably serviceable. Harbor freight is ideal for those non critical tools you ne...
by NHRATA01
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth
Replies: 189
Views: 10253

Re: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth

One fun activity is if there are "ninja" gyms in your location. Some have opened near me, based on the things you see in American Ninja Warrior - basically fitness related obstacle courses. A fun way to exercise, build endurance, strength, and balance. Ones near me have classes for kids even younge...
by NHRATA01
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth
Replies: 189
Views: 10253

Re: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth

My husband and I are not particularly athletic either and the most “sport” we do is weekly hikes through our town trails. Other than my oldest we are all normal weight and some are underweight . Look, if you guys don't want to workout, why should you kid do it? You want him to do something and have...
by NHRATA01
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth
Replies: 189
Views: 10253

Re: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth

I like reading this thread because my middle one is 10.5 and also large for his age, always has been. Likewise he does TKD 2-3x per week which he started 3 years ago and will be at black belt in a year, but is losing interest. His older sister (12) and younger brother (7) are both in too and enjoyin...
by NHRATA01
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need ideas for NY Upstate Getaway
Replies: 48
Views: 3477

Re: Need ideas for NY Upstate Getaway

ohai wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:28 am
Indoor water park in the Poconos.
I don't know if that's quite ideal for a couple looking to get away and de-stress for a weekend.
by NHRATA01
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?
Replies: 42
Views: 2583

Re: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?

Get the GT. For one, it's a toy. For two, the resale will be better. For three, in the long term, the naturally aspirated V8 will most likely be more durable then the direct injected turbo 4 cylinder. Also not sure if you're getting a manual or an auto. A naturally aspirated V8 is an endangered spec...
by NHRATA01
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need ideas for NY Upstate Getaway
Replies: 48
Views: 3477

Re: Need ideas for NY Upstate Getaway

Sorry to hear. Lake George is a very nice area, Bolton Landing just a hair north is a big less touristy but a bit more costly. We were up in the Glens Falls area this summer for my daughter's softball tournament and we went out in Lake George for a night. The Adirondak Nationals car show was just 2 ...
by NHRATA01
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RESOLVED: Dual-use "dress" / comfy shoes: Matte Black, locally sourced--starting with Brown Rockport Pro-walkers
Replies: 24
Views: 2222

Re: Dual-use "dress" / comfy shoes: Matte Black, locally sourced--starting with Brown Rockport Pro-walkers

On that note I will 3rd the Eccos. I used to wear various dress shoes for work - semi-casual engineering environment but often presenting to upper management - such as Bass, Allen Edmonds, etc but it is also a large campus and I like to walk, so they were not very comfortable for extensive walking. ...
by NHRATA01
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RESOLVED: Dual-use "dress" / comfy shoes: Matte Black, locally sourced--starting with Brown Rockport Pro-walkers
Replies: 24
Views: 2222

Re: Dual-use "dress" / comfy shoes: Matte Black, locally sourced--starting with Brown Rockport Pro-walkers

I'm somewhat confused by the request, you want a shoe for formal occasions that can also double as a hiking shoe? That's a tall order to fill.
by NHRATA01
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing brake pads in a Honda CRV 125,000 miles
Replies: 34
Views: 2509

Re: Replacing brake pads in a Honda CRV 125,000 miles

Hello all: We have a 2008 Honda CRV that has served us well for several years now with 125K miles to its credit. Off late, I am hearing a strange noise when applying the brakes which to me sounds like it is due to a worn out brake pads (I am not an automobile expert). No jerky movements - just a lo...
by NHRATA01
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?
Replies: 142
Views: 11863

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

I usually stock up on B&J or Hagen Daz when the local supermarket runs a sale and I can get the pints for sub $3. To me they're worth the cost. So much of the larger volume ice cream has become such garbage - Breyer's used to be a favorite when I was a kid and it's awful now. No longer "all natural"...
by NHRATA01
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Critique my exercise routine because it's not working for me
Replies: 160
Views: 10782

Re: Critique my exercise routine because it's not working for me

Has Starting Strength been brought up yet? Apologies as I'm a late comer and I've read through most the first and then third pages. It's been mentioned already but I'll add to the point by suggesting swapping 2 days of cardio training for 2 days more of strength training. 5 sets of 5-8 reps is a rea...
by NHRATA01
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trex decking or alternatives?
Replies: 44
Views: 4489

Re: Trex decking or alternatives?

Trex I believe has changed a bit in the past 10 years, my in laws did a deck in '08 and it has not held up well. But I believe that was the bare composite they made back then, and I think have since moved to a capped composite like others. I did a Timbertech capped composite deck in 2013 after getti...
by NHRATA01
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?
Replies: 52
Views: 4849

Re: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?

Best I can tell, this is a Direct Inject engine. Direct Inject engines tend to suffer from carbon buildup on the intake valves. It is a hotly debated issue as to whether to proactively clean the valves or not. That said, putting a cleaner in the fuel tank will not clean this carbon off, because in ...
by NHRATA01
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cancel collision coverage on older car?
Replies: 79
Views: 6825

Re: Cancel collision coverage on older car?

Is it worth considering bumping the deductible up to $1K and seeing what the annual costs drops to?
by NHRATA01
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 15K CAR with comfortable seats and quiet
Replies: 51
Views: 4832

Re: 15K CAR with comfortable seats and quiet

Recent year Buick LaCrosse or Regal will get you what you want at pretty reasonable mileage for $15K vs a comparable Lexus or Acura. Buick has done well in the reliability rankings for the past few years.
by NHRATA01
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend an American medium size car
Replies: 32
Views: 2665

Re: Recommend an American medium size car

Sounds like he wants a mid/large "personal coupe" which once the Monte Carlo was put to pasture, hasn't existed at GM. You can get the pony cars, 2 door ATS, Buick Cascada (convertible) and that's about it. I also pretty much stick with the American brands but I have to say, the Accord Coupe is prob...
by NHRATA01
Thu May 30, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need AWD?
Replies: 14
Views: 1179

Re: Do I need AWD?

You get more traction with FWD/winter tires vs AWD/all seasons. The tires matter more in most cases. I disagree with this frequently quoted opinion, particularly in OP's case of trying to get up an incline. I drive a RWD car with winter tires and prior owned a FWD car with winter tires, while the w...
by NHRATA01
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is buying 1-3 year old used Toyotas and Hondas?
Replies: 114
Views: 13096

Re: Who is buying 1-3 year old used Toyotas and Hondas?

The worst 2 brands to buy almost new (especially Toyotas). They have incredibly high resale value, so you're going to pay almost new price for someone else's vehicle. Great brands but two times to buy them IMO are: 1. New 2. Several years old because you need to pay as little as possible for a car ...
by NHRATA01
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Advice: Repair Car or Purchase Used Car
Replies: 29
Views: 1146

Re: Seeking Advice: Repair Car or Purchase Used Car

If it is purely for maintenance such as the brakes you mentioned, I would have the work done. With that amount of mileage routine maintenance is going to be a constant and a new car won't change that. If the car is mechanically sound, being that it is fairly efficient for such annual mileage, I woul...
by NHRATA01
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: out of network emergency visits. Huge bill!!!
Replies: 156
Views: 14113

Re: out of network emergency visits. Huge bill!!!

20 minute drive to save $10k? Not sure you made the right choice. Considering I know someone who was in his 30s and perfect health without a history of stones, had one strike while driving, then had to pull over and passed out on the side of the road (luckily had fully stopped the car) from the pai...
by NHRATA01
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age did you buy your first first class airplane ticket?
Replies: 112
Views: 5370

Re: At what age did you buy your first first class airplane ticket?

The only time we did was for a honeymoon to the Caribbean, but it was on one of their local airlines on an older 737 so it really wasn't a first class experience, just wider seats and priority boarding. Think maybe a small plastic flute of economy champagne. I don't think the tickets cost us much of...
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: 2418

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: 2418

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: 140
Views: 10198

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: 181
Views: 13572

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: 1159
Views: 182831

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: 12082

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: 12082

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: 6584

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: 9554

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: 623

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: 2868

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: 2868

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: 4280

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: 1878

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: 8889

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: 8889

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: 81
Views: 6451

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: 1159
Views: 182831

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: 6077

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...