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by dsmclone
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Upgrading from an AT&T iPhone 6]
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: [Upgrading from an AT&T iPhone 6]

You'd also be going from a 4.7" to a 6.1" screen. which is a huge difference.
by dsmclone
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Upgrading from an AT&T iPhone 6]
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: iPhone

If it was a new model, I'd say replace the battery but you have a 5 year old phone so I would just make the switch. If you want to stick with iphone and you want to stick with AT&T, you're probably not going to get any great deals. Probably end up paying around $700 for the iphone 11. I guess you co...
by dsmclone
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus CPO - anyone made a claim? Worth the cost?
Replies: 18
Views: 2406

Re: Lexus CPO - anyone made a claim? Worth the cost?

Clark Howard on CPO cars: https://clark.com/cars/certified-pre-owned-vehicles-cpos/ CPO means nothing, just marketing unless the CPO comes with an extended warranty as part of the CPO program (many don't). And you pay extra for the CPO label anyways. CPO's vary widely among manufactures. Not saying...
by dsmclone
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me find some high quality cargo pants.
Replies: 63
Views: 5465

Re: Build a time machine go back to the 90s

Socrates wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:54 pm
or check into Deluth Trading as someone else mentioned. They make great stuff
Yeah not sure about cargo pants but I love their normal flex pants.
by dsmclone
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car waxing/sealant for a newb (not for high level detailing)
Replies: 23
Views: 3395

Re: Car waxing/sealant for a newb (not for high level detailing)

I have an orbital buffer that I use to remove swirl marks(maguiars m105 and m205) but that's the only thing I use it for. I've used about everything under the sun in the last 20 years. Zymol, Zaino, Klasse, Pinnacle Souverän, etc. The last time I did it, I used Sonax and it's probably my favorite so...
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on cellular annually?
Replies: 59
Views: 4153

Re: How much do you spend on cellular annually?

$1,764 Verizon 3 lines

$1,100 year 100mbps 1TB cap internet
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why are Mazda CX-5’s sales so much less than other brands?
Replies: 69
Views: 7889

Re: Why are Mazda CX-5’s sales so much less than other brands?

Not all Mazda's are created equal. About 7 years ago I had a brand new Mazdaspeed 3 and the quality left a lot to be desired. The interior was pretty bad but I knew this when I bought it. What I didn't know was that when the temperature dropped below 20 degrees it felt and sounded like you were driv...
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I sell or keep my 5 year old depreciated Tesla
Replies: 89
Views: 7790

Re: Should I sell or keep my 5 year old depreciated Tesla

I had wondered when these discussions would start. I believe that the majority of people I know who have bought a Tesla did so because it represents status, not necessarily because it will "save them money over the long run" or "save the environment." Of course, there are exceptions, as noted on th...
by dsmclone
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?
Replies: 63
Views: 4922

Re: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?

I'd recommend looking at a year or two old CPO from Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, etc. Let someone else take that depreciation hit and at the same time get a luxury vehicle for the same price as a new run-of-the-mill SUV... So for roughly the same overall cost you can drive a better vehicle in nearly eve...
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?
Replies: 63
Views: 4922

Re: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?

I'd recommend looking at a year or two old CPO from Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, etc. Let someone else take that depreciation hit and at the same time get a luxury vehicle for the same price as a new run-of-the-mill SUV. I've owned nearly 20 cars and I've been most satisfied going this route. For example...
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying expensive TVs online
Replies: 54
Views: 4020

Re: Buying expensive TVs online

Brianmcg321 wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:38 pm
A couple of months ago I purchased a 62” smart Roku HDTV. $299. Why spend more than $500 when they can be had so cheap now.
The same reason people spend more for a Honda Accord than a Yugo.
by dsmclone
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I sell my BMW
Replies: 48
Views: 3539

Re: Should I sell my BMW

wootwoot wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:33 pm
You've already eaten the depreciation and put low miles on every year, keep it!
This right here.
by dsmclone
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber - first time user - will I get picked up
Replies: 36
Views: 3751

Re: Uber - first time user - will I get picked up

I use the Bellhop app to compare prices.
by dsmclone
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?
Replies: 39
Views: 2088

Re: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?

Get the GT. Better performance and better sound and when you go to trade it, better resale.
by dsmclone
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V
Replies: 41
Views: 3810

Re: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V

Thanks for keeping the stats and sharing! Very useful. Here are my numbers to compare; 2015 Used Nissan Leaf, purchased used 15 months ago So far... $0.015/mi 'fuel' $0.098/mi depreciation $0.000/mi maintenance (expect this to average out at $0.015/mile in the long term. $0.072/mi licence/insurance...
by dsmclone
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V
Replies: 41
Views: 3810

Re: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V

Very cool post, thanks for being so meticulous. In my experience (granted it doesn't include a CR-V) the $6k in maintenance, even including all the items you did, over 10 years seems high. $6k seems reasonable to me for 110k miles Edmunds says maintenance on a 2019 CRV would be $4,321 over 5 years.
by dsmclone
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V
Replies: 41
Views: 3810

Re: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V

BTW, this looks to be a pretty good calculator to figure out costs. https://calculator.me/vehicle/operating-cost.php It really goes back to buying a reasonable priced car(usually used) and drive it into the ground if you want to save a lot of money. I enjoy cars so I'm willing to pay more but I do t...
by dsmclone
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V
Replies: 41
Views: 3810

Re: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V

Here, I'll make you feel better. 2015 BMW 235ix (Bought CPO) about 18 months ago. Not counting license and registration. Has about 35k miles. It had 22k miles when I bought it. Cost $34k, Worth about $25k now-$9k loss $600/year to insure 25mpg at $3 gallon=$1,560 Service=$100 (One oil change/tire ro...
by dsmclone
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV: Acura RDX or Mazda CX-5
Replies: 16
Views: 1654

Re: SUV: Acura RDX or Mazda CX-5

Go drive them both. The smoothness of the V6 in the pre-2018 RDX is what would sell me. The technology/safety in the CX-5 is going to be better, since the RDX is an older design. A 3 year lease on a CX-5 Grand Touring is going to cost you at least $18k over 3 years. Now compare that to a $24k RDX. I...
by dsmclone
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which stud finder?
Replies: 52
Views: 3254

Re: which stud finder?

I went through several cheap ones before I found this one and threw all the rest away. It is awesome and better than any other I've used by a longshot. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Franklin-Sensors-Professional-Stud-Finder-FS710-02B/302886762?cm_mmc=Shopping%7CG%7CBase%7CD25T%7C25-1_HAND+TOOLS%7CNA%...
by dsmclone
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all models of Toyota generally considered reliable?
Replies: 52
Views: 5348

Re: Are all models of Toyota generally considered reliable?

I like Toyota and have owned a few Toyota/Lexus models with no issues. With that said, you sometimes have to give up some things for that legendary Toyota reliability in some models. For example, everyone raves about the reliability of the Tacoma, which is well deserved. However, with that reliabili...
by dsmclone
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your Uber passenger rating?
Replies: 118
Views: 6843

Re: What's your Uber passenger rating?

4.95

Kind of surprising considering that 50% of the time I'm using it, I'm drunk.
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy the highest trim car ?
Replies: 120
Views: 8089

Re: Do you buy the highest trim car ?

Depends on the car. If I was buying a Honda Accord, I'd probably be fine with the EX-L because there isn't a lot in the Touring that I'd want. If i was buying a Pilot, I'd only consider an Elite because it's the only one with captains chairs in the back. And Honda is about the easiest to figure when...
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber Without Smartphone
Replies: 103
Views: 7961

Re: Uber Without Smartphone

If you're not ready for a smartphone, you're not ready for Uber. Get with the times or call a cab.
by dsmclone
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepaid eSIM for Europe travel
Replies: 19
Views: 1732

Re: Prepaid eSIM for Europe travel

I always buy an Orange Holiday card when I arrive. Last time I just picked one up at a convenience store inside the train station. They even had the tool to remove my SIM. I think 20gb is around $40 and the coverage is always good.
by dsmclone
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?
Replies: 90
Views: 5692

Re: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?

I'm never going to try it because I'd probably like it. I tried a Fat Tire for the first time about 10 years ago. Since then I've had over 3,700 craft beers (1,500+ unique), which probably has added 15 lbs to my weight, and a few thousand out of my bank account.
by dsmclone
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2012 Infinity G37 Sedan maintenance costs
Replies: 24
Views: 2495

Re: 2012 Infinity G37 Sedan maintenance costs

The nice thing about the G37 is that the same engine was used in a ton of Infiniti's and Nissans over the years and has been very reliable.
by dsmclone
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What companies provide the best customer service
Replies: 58
Views: 4258

Re: What companies provide the best customer service

The best customer service is the company that doesn't require me to talk to a person. I've banked with Ally for over 10 years and you know how many times I've talked to them ZERO. Same with the company where I invest my money. On the other hand, my cable company answers their phone really fast and e...
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: C8 Corvette - who is buying?
Replies: 125
Views: 9707

Re: C8 Corvette - who is buying?

Once you go electric, it's very hard to go back to internal combustion engine cars. No matter the leap that Corvette is taking, it's still a gasoline car. For any every day driver, this may be true. For a fun weekend car, give me the sound and feel of a cross plane V8 Mustang, a turbo charged Audi ...
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alfa Romeo Giulia thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 1824

Re: Alfa Romeo Giulia thoughts

"But it wasn't the pricey spark plugs or the short-lived tires that bothered us the most. It was the absurd frequency and duration of the Giulia's stays at the dealership. During its 14 months with us, the Giulia spent 80 days out of commission. That's unforgivable. We went from recommending that pe...
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alfa Romeo Giulia thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 1824

Re: Alfa Romeo Giulia thoughts

Forget if it's Car & Driver or Motor Trend that had a long term review but it was embarrassingly unreliable.
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Leasing Question
Replies: 22
Views: 1684

Re: Car Leasing Question

My best buys have always been 1-3 year old CPO luxury cars. Even if you get rid of them 3 years later, they don't lose a lot of value.
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: C8 Corvette - who is buying?
Replies: 125
Views: 9707

Re: C8 Corvette - who is buying?

My god, why does every car conversation have to involve Tesla?
by dsmclone
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5
Replies: 93
Views: 9193

Re: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5

The CX-5 that is $30k is not even in the same ballpark as the Q5 or the RDX. To get something even close to these two vehicles you will need to at least buy the Signature at $37k and even then they are not completely comparable. If you compare a base RDX AWD and a Signature CX5 AWD, they are about ...
by dsmclone
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5
Replies: 93
Views: 9193

Re: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5

The CX-5 that is $30k is not even in the same ballpark as the Q5 or the RDX. To get something even close to these two vehicles you will need to at least buy the Signature at $37k and even then they are not completely comparable. If you compare a base RDX AWD and a Signature CX5 AWD, they are about $...
by dsmclone
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook
Replies: 18
Views: 1455

Re: Chromebook

I have about a 5 year old Chromebook(HP I think) and it runs like a champ. I rarely use it around the house but I do take it on trips and haven't had any issues. I believe my screen is 14" and I'm happy I chose that size.

With that said, without internet it's not good.
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy the Nissan Rogue over the Honda CRV???
Replies: 86
Views: 6157

Re: Anyone buy the Nissan Rogue over the Honda CRV???

My wife just recently sold her 2013 Acura RDX and during those 5 years, it was a rock. Didn't really appreciate the V6 until she bought a VW with a turbo 4. Yuck. They sound horrible and for the loss of about 100hp you get about 3 mpg better fuel mileage and non premium fuel. The only negative I wou...
by dsmclone
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 8044

Re: Buying a Smoker

Smokers are kind of like cars, if you own a certain brand, you're likely to recommend it. Also like cars, people compare products that are nothing like each other (Honda Civic to Lexus LS460). In the end, ask yourself how much use you're going to get out of it, what your goals are, decide on a budge...
by dsmclone
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 8044

Re: Buying a Smoker

I've had an electric smoker(MES30) for a few years combined with a A-MAZE-N Smoker pellet. It's worked great. About once a year, I have the urge to go out and buy something bigger/better but it would be a waste of money for me since I only use it a few times a year. If I smoked all the time I'd eith...
by dsmclone
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Performance car test rides (not just Tesla)
Replies: 15
Views: 1108

Re: Performance car test rides (not just Tesla)

It's really pretty simple, just go over a rough road and see if it bothers you. For example, I have a BMW with 19" low profile/sporty tires and it rides very stiff. I don't love that it ride rough but for that benefit I get great handling. My wife on the other hand refuses to ride in the car.
by dsmclone
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to Ireland in July
Replies: 24
Views: 1813

Re: Going to Ireland in July

One thing I failed to mention. The driving on their highways is easy and great. Driving in the rural areas can be very dicey. Get the smallest car you can fit in. Roads are very narrow and there are times where you have cliffs on one side and stone on the other.
by dsmclone
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to Ireland in July
Replies: 24
Views: 1813

Re: Going to Ireland in July

We went in a little different order but I was happy with this route. Keep in mind that we didn't have a kid. Flew into Dublin and rented a car at the airport Easy drive to Galway, where we stayed a couple of days. Took a boat to Aran Islands, which was the best part of the trip. Amazing cliffs that ...
by dsmclone
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?
Replies: 241
Views: 15363

Re: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?

In today's world, all supercars and nearly all sports cars are blindingly fast. If I was in the market, I would focus less on power, since they are all powerful, and more on things like how does it look, how does it sound (very important), can I comfortably fit, how easy to service, how many miles a...
by dsmclone
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Camry Questions
Replies: 101
Views: 6557

Re: New Camry Questions

I can't imagine buying a new car in 2019 that didn't have blind spot detector or a smart key at a minimum.
by dsmclone
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any TV guys out there?
Replies: 35
Views: 2924

Re: Any TV guys out there?

That Samsung 8 series is a nice TV. How much of a discount are you getting it for? https://www.costco.com/LG-55%22-Class-(54.6%22-Diag.)-4K-Ultra-HD-LED-LCD-TV.product.100488669.html This is $429 this week at Costco. Pretty good specs for the price. My in-laws bought this LG. I told them to get a 6...
by dsmclone
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of leasing bmw 3 series
Replies: 56
Views: 4695

Re: Thinking of leasing bmw 3 series

It annoys me when people say "BMW is unreliable". Not all models are created equal. I drive a 2015 BMW 235i. It's motor (N55) is known to be super reliable as well as the ZF8 transmission. It's fit/finish is top notch. About 80% of the cars I've owned have been Asian with reputation for being reliab...
by dsmclone
Thu May 30, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Its a Jeep thing?
Replies: 40
Views: 3634

Re: Its a Jeep thing?

I totally get the Jeep CJ as an off road vehicle. I don't get at all ones that are used as daily drivers. About 10 years ago my nephew and I went and drove a brand new Jeep and it was pretty much the worst vehicle I had ever driven. Loud, slow, poor handling, terrible interior, etc.
by dsmclone
Wed May 22, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'
Replies: 87
Views: 6909

Re: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'

As far as winter driving, there is no right or wrong answer. Everyone has different driving conditions they have to deal with. Everyone has different driving ability. As someone that as lived in the upper midwest their whole life and have owned every type of vehicle, here is my take. Most of the RWD...
by dsmclone
Tue May 21, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?
Replies: 53
Views: 3779

Re: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?

I'd be interested in one that holds and controls the detergent automatically. Anyone have experience with one of those?
by dsmclone
Tue May 21, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?
Replies: 38
Views: 2995

Re: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?

Tmobile worked well for me when I used them as a carrier. Google Fi has worked well for me. Orange Holiday card worked well with my wife's iphone, we just bought it at a convenience store inside the train station and made sure it worked before we left. We had taken out her SIM card before we left so...