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by ssquared87
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes
Replies: 94
Views: 10138

Re: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes

You just can't lump all the models together and say "Mercedes, BMW, etc. are expensive to maintain". There is a big difference between a BMW 7 series and my BMW 2 series. My 2015 BMW 235i has a motor that's been proven to be reliable, it has a transmission that has proven to be reliable, and in gen...
by ssquared87
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi S4 vs S3
Replies: 35
Views: 1932

Re: Audi S4 vs S3

Ended up with an 2016 S4 certified pre owned has 43k on it. Audi changed their CPO program, now instead of 2 years 50k (whichever comes first) it is 1 year unlimited miles with the option to extend it to 2 years unlimited for 3290 or 3 years for 4930....interested in hearing opinions and thoughts o...
by ssquared87
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 4860

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

Ignore the social justice warrior posts in this thread, their moral high ground arguments have 0 impact on VW reliability. For me, social justice isn’t so much the issue. As a consumer I expect to get exactly what I am paying for. If I can’t trust that the manufacturer is building a product up to t...
by ssquared87
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 4860

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

Do you really believe that VW Golfs added in anyway to the pollution? It's just hilarious... It was really more about breaking the law than about the pollution. OK, so I became curious about this and checked it out on Wikipedia. Someone previously posted this pollution was laughable. That's what I ...
by ssquared87
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi S4 vs S3
Replies: 35
Views: 1932

Re: Audi S4 vs S3

thoughts on 335i or 340i? love the front face once you go below the headlights. Both are good assuming you get one with M-Sport Package and RWD. If you don't get M-Sport or you get M-Sport and X-Drive (BMWs AWD system), you don't get the M-Sport Suspension (option code 704) that stiffens up the car...
by ssquared87
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 4860

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

+1 Oh, and don't forget now they are being investigated for illegally selling pre-production vehicle to unsuspecting customers. As much as I like cars like the GTI, I'm not going to buy a product from a company which has no qualms about breaking environmental laws and taking advantage of their cust...
by ssquared87
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 4860

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

So you're OK buying a car from a company that plead guilty to violating the US Clean Air Act and paid more $4B in fines? Why, because you like the "style" of the car? I'd think about supporting companies that are innovative, build high quality products, and know how to obey the law. It's all about ...
by ssquared87
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi S4 vs S3
Replies: 35
Views: 1932

Re: Audi S4 vs S3

Neither. If you want something that drives properly, go with a BMW M2 with 6MT. It looks a lot better also. The BMW M cars will also hold their value much better than an Audi S car, but that shouldn't matter much as I'd keep an M2 as long as I possibly could. If you need 4 doors go with an M3. Still...
by ssquared87
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 4860

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

So you're OK buying a car from a company that plead guilty to violating the US Clean Air Act and paid more $4B in fines? Why, because you like the "style" of the car? I'd think about supporting companies that are innovative, build high quality products, and know how to obey the law. It's all about ...
by ssquared87
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NEW CAR anyone w/ experience buying police, SSV or taxi package?
Replies: 19
Views: 2042

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 ssquared87
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 4860

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

So you're OK buying a car from a company that plead guilty to violating the US Clean Air Act and paid more $4B in fines? Why, because you like the "style" of the car? I'd think about supporting companies that are innovative, build high quality products, and know how to obey the law. It's all about ...
by ssquared87
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else is doing home automation?
Replies: 64
Views: 3439

Re: Who else is doing home automation?

Unless Google paid me quite significantly, there's no way I'd hand over so much personal information to them. I work in tech, I know a thing or two about machine learning and security, and there is no way in hell I'd have a Google Home or Amazon Echo in my home. They're basically recording everythin...
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes
Replies: 94
Views: 10138

Re: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes

Lease luxury. I'm not a luxury car person, but my wife is; thus, I've become an expert in obtaining the best deals for BMW, Audis, and Mercedes. I looked very hard at CPO on multiple occasions, but it's very expensive to own these cars from years 5-10. They need premium gas. Routine maintenance is ...
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donate to homeless?
Replies: 84
Views: 3946

Re: Donate to homeless?

Donate to organizations catering to the homeless or volunteer with one of these organizations. Giving money to them will likely enable poor behavior. It may even lead you you being mugged or assaulted. Some of these vagrants have serious untreated mental conditions and may become violent. Homeless o...
by ssquared87
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dry eyes- optimal laptop screen resolution to reduce eye strain
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: dry eyes- optimal laptop screen resolution to reduce eye strain

Have you tried glasses with blue light blocker? I have a coating on my normal glasses that reduces blue light and that has been a big help in reducing computer induced eye strain
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Southern California Vacation Questions
Replies: 39
Views: 2024

Re: Southern California Vacation Questions

Instead of a car, you can get away with Lyft or Uber...it's probably cheaper than paying for parking plus the cost of rental and gas. Uber and Lyft are much cheaper out here in LA than elsewhere. Public transport is a joke. You maybe be able to get a few places with it, but you won't be able to hit ...
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019-Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE /w JBL,Driver Assist - Negotiate
Replies: 19
Views: 1482

Re: 2019-Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE /w JBL,Driver Assist - Negotiate

Any price for a Camry is a rip off. Get an Accord or Mazda 6 instead
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking about downsizing car
Replies: 27
Views: 1842

Re: Thinking about downsizing car

The cayman just has a better interior and a much more satisfying engine (assuming you get a flat 6 instead of the garbage 4-banger they cripled the 718 with...idk why they didn't use the 5 cylinder from the TT RS). I have driven the Cayman, but never owned one. It's at the top of my list right next...
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking about downsizing car
Replies: 27
Views: 1842

Re: Thinking about downsizing car

Us enthusiasts have figured out that it's an Audi. That was easy. I'm at a loss for "sports car" and $48k new. I'd only consider an R8 to be an Audi sports car (I've owned an S4 and it's not even close to being a sports car). In any case, trading from an Audi to a Miata will cost you less going for...
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a nice travel watch... recommendations?
Replies: 41
Views: 2355

Re: Looking for a nice travel watch... recommendations?

I travel a lot and would never wear an expensive watch. I've heard too many horror stories about theft. Why would you want to risk yourself and/or others getting hurt in a robbery? I recommend keeping your purchase less than $200 so if you lose it you won't cry. I like my Timex Ironman and wear it ...
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking about downsizing car
Replies: 27
Views: 1842

Re: Thinking about downsizing car

I bought it used w/ 32k miles. Electronics sports differential if that helps you narrow it down :). ESD you say? Some kinda of Audi. I know the yesteryear RS5 doesn't have the ESD, so I'm guessing S4 or S5. Anyways, I vote for the S2000. 987 Cayman if you want to keep it german. I miss having the t...
by ssquared87
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a nice travel watch... recommendations?
Replies: 41
Views: 2355

Re: Looking for a nice travel watch... recommendations?

Rolex or omega is the perfect travel watch, so you’re already covere. They look good with everything, they’re durable, and they hold value. If for whatever reason you run out of cash or your credit cards are frozen and you have no access to money, you can sell a Rolex in nearly any country for a dec...
by ssquared87
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else not enjoy going out?
Replies: 68
Views: 12011

Re: Anyone else not enjoy going out?

Interesting thread and I feel similar. I'm 31 and have much less desire to be in crowded or noisy places. When I go out with friends/family, I prefer going to places which are conducive to conversation like a nice restaurant or something like that. When my friends want to go to bars and such, I just...
by ssquared87
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking about downsizing car
Replies: 27
Views: 1842

Re: Thinking about downsizing car

Depending on what type of German care you are talking about, the savings you will face by going to a Mazda probably isn't worth it. If you have a Merc, trading it in may be a wise idea because reliability is relatively poor. On the other hand, if you're talking BMW or Audi or Porsche, you're in good...
by ssquared87
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please Recommend a New Car for Me
Replies: 52
Views: 3979

Re: Please Recommend a New Car for Me

Sites like Edmunds are better suited for your search. No one drives manuals any longer. Subarus are designed for the Northeast. I drive a manual - and prefer it. Hopefully automakers continue to produce these as long as they make ICE vehicles. Electric cars and hybrids of course will be the end of ...
by ssquared87
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please Recommend a New Car for Me
Replies: 52
Views: 3979

Re: Please Recommend a New Car for Me

Since many of the posters above ignored your desire for a manual transmission and suggested a bunch of cookie cutter econo box crossovers, here are some options that meet your criteria. 1. Honda Civic - available with manual and has gottten extremely positive reviews in its driving dynamics, comfort...
by ssquared87
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is Costco gas so much cheaper
Replies: 119
Views: 10466

Re: Why is Costco gas so much cheaper

According to gas buddy, premium in my area ranges from $3.35/gallon to $4.45

Costco is cheapest at $3.35 second cheapest is Arco at $3.63 both are top tier so they are comparable. Then there are a bunch of no name brands and 76 is next at $3.75
by ssquared87
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guy's Western US Ski Trip - suggestions?
Replies: 44
Views: 2378

Re: Guy's Western US Ski Trip - suggestions?

Jackson is too advanced for the type of group you're describing. It's a great hill and there is beginner terrain, but the options for beginners are limited. The Apres ski scene at Jackson is lacking as well. The town is very small. There's a few extremely good restaurants, but your options are limit...
by ssquared87
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TV Recommendations Please?
Replies: 80
Views: 5453

Re: New TV Recommendations Please?

Focusing on picture quality, specs and LED vs OLED, etc. is putting the cart before the horse IMO. Find a TV brand with excellent software, interface, and update support. If you intend to stream, these features will be critical for enjoyment and longevity. If the manufacturer hasn't teamed with the...
by ssquared87
Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s your “barometer” for luxury purchases?
Replies: 72
Views: 5479

Re: What’s your “barometer” for luxury purchases?

After maxing out my 401k, IRA and HSA and meeting my after tax savings goals, whatever money is left after paying my fixed expenses is free game. If I feel like going out and blowing $400 on a nice dinner with my girlfriend, or buying a new iPhone, or a $5k omega watch I just do it as long as I can ...
by ssquared87
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TV Recommendations Please?
Replies: 80
Views: 5453

Re: New TV Recommendations Please?

:twisted: And, @stoptothink, my wife and I just spent hours today listening to music on our new stereo. Worth every penny. I wonder if you were blindfolded, if you could even tell the difference between your high-end system and something 1/5th the cost. I know from experience that I can't - I have q...
by ssquared87
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TV Recommendations Please?
Replies: 80
Views: 5453

Re: New TV Recommendations Please?

The issue you describe with your current tv not having great performance in dark scenes is something that OLED TVs excel at. LCD TVs look bright and flashy in the store, but they struggle to produce deep inky blacks and subtle color gradiations. In a properly lit room, OLED TVs will produce much mor...
by ssquared87
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car choice for low mileage driving: Prius Prime Premium or Subaru Impreza Premium?
Replies: 21
Views: 1644

Re: New car choice for low mileage driving: Prius Prime Premium or Subaru Impreza Premium?

Looks live in HI so unless you’re going off-road to do hiking or something there’s no point in getting AWD in the Subaru. The Prius is a fine boring car. But you may want to consider the Mazda 3. Better interior than the Toyota and Subaru and more fun to drive. Reliability should be close enough to ...
by ssquared87
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best headphones under 500 bucks
Replies: 79
Views: 6486

Re: Best headphones under 500 bucks

I went with the Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Industry Leading Noise Canceling Over Ear Headphones, Black (WH-1000XM3/B) (2018 model) for 348 dollars. Have had them for about a week and real happy. Sound quality and comfort are perfect for me. Good choice! Amazing noise cancelling, excellent sound and su...
by ssquared87
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When is Too Long to Return a Hair Dryer to Costco?
Replies: 73
Views: 4928

Re: When is Too Long to Return a Hair Dryer to Costco?

I've been "warned?" Pish posh. I am curious what OP's neighbor decides to do after this discussion. OP, do keep us updated, won't you? Thanks. :happy People that abuse the return policy don't just get banned, they ruin it for people that legitimately want to return something. If something breaks af...
by ssquared87
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car choice for low mileage driving: Prius Prime Premium or Subaru Impreza Premium?
Replies: 21
Views: 1644

Re: New car choice for low mileage driving: Prius Prime Premium or Subaru Impreza Premium?

With the mileage you drive, gas mileage differences don’t matter as much. Test drive them both and see what you feel most comfortable with and like the best. The fuel savings on 4K miles a year are way less important than your comfort. Just get what you like best.
by ssquared87
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When is Too Long to Return a Hair Dryer to Costco?
Replies: 73
Views: 4928

Re: When is Too Long to Return a Hair Dryer to Costco?

Just return it. I’d expect the hair dryer to last more than 4 years so if it broke in that time I’d be unsatisfied. Costco’s policy is clear. With the exception of certain items, if you are unsatisfied, then return it. I’ve only returned something to Costco once but they were great about it. I had 2...
by ssquared87
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Forester Vs. 2019 Rav 4
Replies: 21
Views: 2258

Re: 2019 Subaru Forester Vs. 2019 Rav 4

5 years and 80k miles isn’t much for a modern car. Spending $25-35k to replace something that is working well and meets you needs is not only financially wasteful but it’s not good for the environment. The energy and materials used to build a car put out more emissions than the car will put out over...
by ssquared87
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iMac + iPad Pro
Replies: 23
Views: 1831

Re: iMac + iPad Pro

I’ve got a 2018 MacBook Pro and an iPhone Xs. Most of the time my MacBook Pro is connected to an external display and keyboard. This combo works for me and I could see myself doing an iMac and iPhone if I didn’t have to frequently work from client sites. I used to have an iPad but never found a use ...
by ssquared87
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6052

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

The 6 series is not in the same class as a6 or a7 or cls. First google hit for me: https://www.whatcar.com/news/new-audi-a7-sportback-and-mercedes-benz-cls-vs-bmw-6-series-gt/n16964 Seriously every comparison test matches these cars up as they are cars that get cross shopped. Don’t think the 6 GT i...
by ssquared87
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6052

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

You know Audi A6 is Audi torsen quattro which will offer much better safe and confident driving on slippy road. The 2019 no longer uses Torsen, it is a Haldex system and operates in FWD mode with 100% of the power going to the front wheels most of the time. BH never buy new luxury vehicle. Buy 3 ye...
by ssquared87
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6052

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:18 pm
You know Audi A6 is Audi torsen quattro which will offer much better safe and confident driving on slippy road.
The 2019 no longer uses Torsen, it is a Haldex system and operates in FWD mode with 100% of the power going to the front wheels most of the time.
by ssquared87
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6052

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

As far a which car to buy, you really need to drive all 3 and drive them with the configuration you plan on buying. If it was me, I'd stay away from the turbo 4 cylinder models on any luxury car. Yes, they are now pretty powerful but the sound alone would kill it for me and all 3 make great V6's. M...
by ssquared87
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6052

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

Be prepared for poor reliability and plenty of aggravation at the service center with any of them. Not guaranteed to happen, but you need to be mentally ready for this tradeoff (otherwise get a Lexus GS350). Bearing that in mind and in order of reliability - The MB is the best all-arounder: most so...
by ssquared87
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6052

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

Nissanzx1 wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:26 pm
BMW with Sport suspension and don't look back.
+1

My 5 has the m-sport suspension and it’s the right balance between sport and comfort. Even on LA’s terrible roads it rides great. To me, the base suspension and the adaptive suspension were a bit to floaty.
by ssquared87
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6052

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

I’ve had my 2017 530i M-Sport for 15k mikes and 15 months and it’s been a spectacular vehicle. I came from a 2011 328 and I do miss the agility of the 3, the manual transmission, and the steering feel, but everything else on the 5 is better. I seriously considered the Mercedes E class but there were...
by ssquared87
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?
Replies: 38
Views: 2706

Re: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?

2015 BMW 5 series fits the bill +1 Someone here mentioned that 528i is slow. That depends on your last ride. I personally own a 528i and think it's the best of both worlds when it comes to accelerating as well as fuel economy. My last car was a Lexus RX 350. That was me. Real world MPG is not all t...
by ssquared87
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?
Replies: 38
Views: 2706

Re: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?

2015 BMW 5 series fits the bill Low miles, XDrive for $25k? Unlikely Inexpensive maintenance. Impossible. :D Haven't had a 5, but two different 3-series that have been very inexpensive to maintain over the past 20 years, with the exception of the current one's insatiable appetite for rear tires. Bu...
by ssquared87
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?
Replies: 38
Views: 2706

Re: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?

2015 BMW 5 series fits the bill Low miles, XDrive for $25k? Unlikely https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/viewDetailsFilterViewInventoryListing.action?zip=94402&maxMileage=30000&sourceContext=carGurusHomePage_false_0&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity2=c24540&distance=50000&entitySelect...
by ssquared87
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unplugging from Tech Tips
Replies: 38
Views: 2960

Re: Unplugging from Tech Tips

I work in tech and am a consultant, so the nature of my work is one which client service and responsiveness is extremely important. Many consultants I know are tethered to their phone or constantly responding to every email they receive and taking their attention away from the task at hand. My email...