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by NHRATA01
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fuel for snowblower
Replies: 97
Views: 5443

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: 5443

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: 3525

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: 7433

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: 1239

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: 2408

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: 3356

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: 696
Views: 104782

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: 696
Views: 104782

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: 696
Views: 104782

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: 3541

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: 5991

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: 3463

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: 3463

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: 1445

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: 3672

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: 696
Views: 104782

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: 4387

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: 1860

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: 887

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: 1736

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: 4827

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: 4827

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: 7686

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 ...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 1.9 M windfall. My plan; input requested
Replies: 30
Views: 4771

Re: 1.9 M windfall. My plan; input requested

I see no reason to decline a pair of new 30K cars when considering the size of the windfall and the fact the existing lease terms are ending. Though 30K may be bare bones for a full size pickup these days. A big 3 pickup and a Honda/Toyota sedan, and you're getting a pair of very reliable vehicles t...
by NHRATA01
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineers come in.
Replies: 108
Views: 8370

Re: Engineers come in.

I'm a mechanical engineer, have been for 17 years. Probably about as "wired for engineering" as one could be. Legos since like 5, cars since well before I could drive, randomly taking things apart as a kid to figure out how they work, etc. Very good in high school math, advanced/honors/AP classes, e...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I contact GMC about A/C issues?
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: Should I contact GMC about A/C issues?

I come from a GM family, over a dozen or so cars in my 38 years. Having experience with only GM cars, you just don't know any better. Here's an article from Consumer Reports that supports my observations: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-best-cars-to-get-to-2000...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I contact GMC about A/C issues?
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: Should I contact GMC about A/C issues?

When it comes to quality, Honda is light years ahead of GM Honda is certainly taking a huge hit to its reputation for its recent behavior. I lived through the GM bad camshaft era, the GM bad intake gasket era and I can't even begin to count how many dozens of disk brake rotors were replaced prematu...
by NHRATA01
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I contact GMC about A/C issues?
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: Should I contact GMC about A/C issues?

...if GMC would step up to the plate and fix the parts I might consider another GM vehicle. I learned my lesson many years ago. Why do people keep buying these unreliable cars when they could buy a Honda, Toyota or Subaru? I don't get it at all. You get what you deserve for not doing your homework....
by NHRATA01
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I contact GMC about A/C issues?
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: Should I contact GMC about A/C issues?

We have a 2014 Acadia Denali. Also Hs a bad condenser. Worst vehicle ever. Will never buy a GMC again. Yeah we had a '10 Traverse that lost the A/C (and now a '17). Unfortunately those cars (Acadia/Traverse/Enclave) are plagued with A/C issues more than any other vehicle I've ever seen. The newer '...
by NHRATA01
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Women Lifting Weights
Replies: 87
Views: 7062

Re: Older Women Lifting Weights

The video I see is of a sumo DL. ton of weight, but different exercise than a DL. Shorter distance to pull, and more favorable back angle. Easier exercise. Just sayin. A lot of women who compete pull sumo over conventional since it favors their hip mechanics more, and yes as mentioned if an allowed...
by NHRATA01
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a current car without a console between the front seats?
Replies: 52
Views: 5512

Re: Is there a current car without a console between the front seats?

It's what I miss the most when I traded in my 1996 Windstar for a 2016 Ford Flex. It was so convenient when bringing food home from a restaurant to place the container on the floor in between the front seats. And when traveling it was easy to reach into the second row for drinks or snacks. There is...
by NHRATA01
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a current car without a console between the front seats?
Replies: 52
Views: 5512

Re: Is there a current car without a console between the front seats?

When looking for a vehicle for DH to use on the mailroute (sat in the passenger seat and stretched the leg over) it was getting to be very difficult to find something that would work. Probably even more so now--retired 2011. We were told by a salesman that a prime cause for most/almost all vehicles...
by NHRATA01
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Women Lifting Weights
Replies: 87
Views: 7062

Re: Older Women Lifting Weights

I think the problem with books written primarily with men in mind is that women don't want to look like men. They, in general, don't want "guns," giant pecs and thighs, and bulging shoulders. They want to maintain/increase strength and prevent osteoporosis without adding a lot of obvious mass. I've...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead powerlifters?
Replies: 115
Views: 8939

Re: Any Boglehead powerlifters?

Never. Because with all things in life based on a system (the body is based on a biological system), more can go wrong than right. As Charlie Munger would say, "invert, always invert." In this regard, all I want to know is the date of my major injury so I don't show up that day. In goal setting, al...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead powerlifters?
Replies: 115
Views: 8939

Re: Any Boglehead powerlifters?

Some very impressive numbers in here, hats off to everyone. Watching professionals now, it is just mind blowing how much weight these guys are moving, the sport seems like it has really advanced quickly in the past 10 years. I wouldn't call myself a powerlifter since outside of a couple college benc...
by NHRATA01
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota RAV4 service questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: Toyota RAV4 service questions

Regarding the transmission fill vs flush... It is an oft-debated topics among car guys so people have their own opinions. Mine is this: - Flushes can be detrimental if the transmission is old and not in great shape, hasn't been maintained. Say, 100K + miles and fluid service never been considered. T...
by NHRATA01
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car for long-distance driving
Replies: 80
Views: 5725

Re: car for long-distance driving

Per the calculations above, the difference between 30 and 40mpg would be less than $500 per year. For those long hours if it were me I would go find a nice used cushy Buick LaCrosse or maybe Caddy XTS if the price is right (both of which should do 30+ easily on the highway), and gladly eat the $500 ...
by NHRATA01
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I wasting money on my old car?
Replies: 34
Views: 3641

Re: Am I wasting money on my old car?

I say fix it. Does a 6 year old Corolla or Mazda 2 have a timing belt? If so, and the belt has not been changed, then guess what? You'll need to immediately change the belt. Both the Mazda and Toyota motors have a chain. I would say a 22 year old car, regardless of it's reputation for durability is...
by NHRATA01
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?
Replies: 55
Views: 5586

Re: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?

I would suspect, being a new installation, there is likely a leak in the system (probably due to the install) and you are now low on refrigerant. As mentioned assuming flow across the coil isn't a problem (a restriction such as a clogged filter, collapsed duct, or blockage at one or more of the outl...
by NHRATA01
Fri May 25, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alzheimer's Disease, Long Term Care, and your Retirement Finances
Replies: 83
Views: 8632

Re: Alzheimer's Disease, Long Term Care, and your Retirement Finances

Here's my long term care plan: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/10/health/david-goodall-australian-scientist-dies-intl/index.html I have no intention of enduring Alzheimer's in any form or fashion, and would be gone long before LTC would be required. I don't personally consider such a minimal existence ...
by NHRATA01
Fri May 25, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 696
Views: 104782

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

Do we know what year the oil-gas dilution issue reared it's ugly head? I have a 2012 CR-V EX with about 60,000 miles on it. Mainly affecting the 1.5L turbo engine that Honda started using in the 2016 Civic and the CRV in 2017. Seems related to the use of small-displacement turbo engines with direct...
by NHRATA01
Mon May 21, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best used SUV, Wagon, Hatch, Pickup under $10k
Replies: 34
Views: 3353

Re: Best used SUV, Wagon, Hatch, Pickup under $10k

Funny, it was only a couple days ago I read a Jalopnik article extolling the virtues of the Pontiac Vibe wagon. They can be had quite cheap, and are the sister to the Toyota Matrix, which was built off the Corolla platform. In other words, rock solid reliability, but with the discount of a domestic ...
by NHRATA01
Fri May 18, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake work estimate
Replies: 45
Views: 3405

Re: Brake work estimate

Would you go to carforum to ask advice about investing? why not? If you want to replace Explorer brakes, I bet there are better forums than this one. Some of us who post on investing forums are knowledgeable enough to provide useful automotive advice. Likewise some of us who also post on automotive...
by NHRATA01
Thu May 17, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY AC freon for car or professional fill up
Replies: 15
Views: 1782

Re: DIY AC freon for car or professional fill up

Update AC is blowing ice cold so it is working fine. Why is my car acting like it has more horse power now? I noticed it is much more powerful. Does that make sense? If the A/C is properly charged the A/C will cycle on and off more frequently. If it's low, the compressor may run and run and run, wh...
by NHRATA01
Wed May 16, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake work estimate
Replies: 45
Views: 3405

Re: Brake work estimate

I would also question the need for new rear pads and rear rotors. Typically last twice as long as your front under "normal" circumstances. That's not always true. A lot of modern cars will bias the rears under light braking to help promote even wear, which in a car that seldom sees firm braking may...
by NHRATA01
Wed May 16, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake work estimate
Replies: 45
Views: 3405

Re: Brake work estimate

Price sounds about right. FYI. Replacing pads and rotors is actually a fairly easy DIY task even for someone who's not particularly handy. No, no it's really not. Its an easy DIY for someone who understands cars and how the braking system works, and dabbles in basic mechanical repairs. Someone who ...
by NHRATA01
Mon May 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a boglehead muscle car?
Replies: 140
Views: 9832

Re: Is there a boglehead muscle car?

Can't go wrong with picking up a current gen V6 Camaro, particularly used for a deal. 335hp and a great handling chassis. Runs the quarter (~13.8@102ish) only a bit slower than the late 90s LS1 cars did, and about as fast as the early/mid 90s LT1 cars.
by NHRATA01
Mon May 14, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a boglehead muscle car?
Replies: 140
Views: 9832

Re: Is there a boglehead muscle car?

I'm sorry but if you're asking for a muscle car a Honda Civic or other "performance compact" really isn't going to cut it. A boglehead muscle car is probably either a Mustang GT or Camaro SS (1SS trim), both which are pushing upwards of 450hp, rear drive and easy to find with a manual transmission. ...
by NHRATA01
Fri May 11, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car, $20K-$25K
Replies: 43
Views: 4256

Re: Used car, $20K-$25K

If you're looking for something more sporting, being you have the LaCrosse on there and aren't shied away from Buicks, what about the Regal GS instead? They have very bad depreciation so you can find a great deal. Also have transferrable 4/50 B2B and 6/72 powertrain warranties. Had a '12 myself whic...