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by NHRATA01
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trex decking or alternatives?
Replies: 44
Views: 3417

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: 4290

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: 6480

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: 4070

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: 2372

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: 1086

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: 12056

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: 1026

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: 73
Views: 6318

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: 4708

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: 2287

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: 2287

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: 9208

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: 5930

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: 1118
Views: 158567

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: 10899

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: 10899

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: 5492

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: 8295

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: 583

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: 2686

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: 2686

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: 3940

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: 1797

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: 7469

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: 7469

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: 5841

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: 1118
Views: 158567

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: 5629

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: 5629

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: 2165

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: 2438

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: 2165

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: 2165

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: 16501

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: 16501

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: 5806

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: 5806

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: 3901

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: 7835

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: 1292

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: 2491

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: 3484

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: 1118
Views: 158567

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: 1118
Views: 158567

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: 1118
Views: 158567

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: 3619

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: 6488

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: 3559

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: 3559

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!