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by dsmclone
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6409

Re: Large SUV

Kids are 10 and 11. 2008 Odyssey is on its last legs. I'm looking at the Pilot and the CX-9. Haven't driven either yet but the CX-9 is favored right now. I've read the storage in the Pilot is larger, but I'll typically have the third row down anyways leaving plenty of storage. We have friends with ...
by dsmclone
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought a new iPad on sale...should I have?
Replies: 38
Views: 2538

Re: I bought a new iPad on sale...should I have?

I wonder how many people struggle with paying $240 for an ipad that you will easily get 4,000+ hours of use/entertainment in 4 years but completely ignore other expenses like $100 cell phone plans, $80 meals at a restaurant, $250/night hotels, etc. I can understand why someone wouldn't want to pay $...
by dsmclone
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House hunting in San Antonio (relocating from IL) - What to watch out for?
Replies: 31
Views: 1601

Re: House hunting in San Antonio (relocating from IL) - What to watch out for?

Not a Texas resident but the last time I was there nearly every home had some kind of Texas decoration on the wall. You may want to pick up some Texas art work if you want to fit in. :?
by dsmclone
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend men's undershirts
Replies: 49
Views: 3526

Re: Recommend men's undershirts

I've worn an undershirt to work every day for the last 15 years and have tried about every brand out there. Fruit of the Loom, Haynes,Jockey, etc are pure junk. You have to order shirts that are 3x larger than you need because they shrink up so bad. Costco are about the best that I've bought but the...
by dsmclone
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise cancelling headphones for plane trips, advice?
Replies: 62
Views: 3010

Re: Noise cancelling headphones for plane trips, advice?

Bose is the gold standard for noise-canceling. The QC35 if you need wireless, or QC25 if you don't (the latter is well under $200). Sony's WH-1000X (there are a few models available, the older ones are cheaper) is supposed to be almost as good. The Bose were the best until last year. The sony 1000x...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Corvette vs Cayman/Boxster......anyone owned both?
Replies: 57
Views: 4558

Re: Corvette vs Cayman/Boxster......anyone owned both?

I love the Boxster (pre 4cyl turbo) but this is the type of feeling you'll get in a corvette and never in a Boxster.

WARNING Language

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIGNgfY2Ra0&t=37s
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on the new Maxima?
Replies: 42
Views: 2884

Re: Thoughts on the new Maxima?

Do I think a loaded 2019 Maxima is worth $40k...nope Do I think a loaded 2019 maxima is worth $34k---possibly People keep talking about sticker price but you're going to get a lot bigger discount on the Maxima than you will with an Accord or Camry. Just a quick look on some Maxima forums show disco...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on the new Maxima?
Replies: 42
Views: 2884

Re: Thoughts on the new Maxima?

Do I think a loaded 2019 Maxima is worth $40k...nope Do I think a loaded 2019 maxima is worth $34k---possibly People keep talking about sticker price but you're going to get a lot bigger discount on the Maxima than you will with an Accord or Camry. Just a quick look on some Maxima forums show discou...
by dsmclone
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Economy car vs Luxury - confirmation of a good decision
Replies: 29
Views: 1674

Re: Economy car vs Luxury - confirmation of a good decision

I just had the oil changed on my BMW m235 and it was around $90. That may sound like a lot but there are 10k miles between oil changes.
by dsmclone
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a Tesla?
Replies: 123
Views: 6056

Re: Should I buy a Tesla?

I find it funny that if this was any other model of car and it had the same reliability issues as Tesla, you'd be laughed off the forum if you asked whether it was smart to spend $50k on it. A FIAT would be twice as reliable....a FIAT. What's double sad is that an electric car should be a lot more r...
by dsmclone
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: objective data on quietest cars?
Replies: 26
Views: 4134

Re: objective data on quietest cars?

I'd probably be just as concerned with the quality of the bluetooth as the quietness of the car. My wifes old 2013 Acura RDX was pretty quiet but her bluetooth sound was horrible for both parties. My 2015 BMW is a lot louder than her RDX but the bluetooth sound was actually better than her RDX. It's...
by dsmclone
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 5363

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

Not all VW's are created equal. I had new 2006 GTI and it was nice and reliable. My wife has a 2018 Tiguan SEL and there is no way I'd buy it again. Tons of recalls and underpowered.
by dsmclone
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a Tesla?
Replies: 123
Views: 6056

Re: Should I buy a Tesla?

I think it's less about the Tesla and more about spending $40k on a new car. Is there anything forcing you to buy a new car? Are you going to take a loan? Sounds like you are just starting this new job, can you wait like a year and see how everything pans out?
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes
Replies: 101
Views: 11245

Re: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes

JD Power says the Koreans are most reliable. MB is above average. Lexus and Toyota are average. Audi is appalling. http://d1arsn5g9mfrlq.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/2017085a.jpg The initial quality ratings don't measure reliability as we are discussing it here. You need to look at the long t...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes
Replies: 101
Views: 11245

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 gene...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To each his own ( I guess ) [Opinions of traveling in retirement]
Replies: 109
Views: 7939

Re: To each his own ( I guess )

A friend of mine always gives me a hard time about going to Europe because of $$$. A few months ago I went for 2 weeks to France and the Netherlands. That trip cost us about $3,500 all in. Last week he ordered a 4 day bowl package to the Alamo Bowl for him and his wife, which costs close to $4,500. ...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To each his own ( I guess ) [Opinions of traveling in retirement]
Replies: 109
Views: 7939

Re: To each his own ( I guess )

Happy you want to vacation with grandkids, also happy that you're not taking them to Europe. Everyone has different goals when it comes to travel. I love spending time in Europe but I also like taking short trips to Las Vegas, Mexico, NYC, etc. Each place offers something totally different. It's als...
by dsmclone
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yamaha Stereo + 2 x Elac B6.2 Speakers: What Next?
Replies: 11
Views: 845

Re: Yamaha Stereo + 2 x Elac B6.2 Speakers: What Next?

Personally I would go from 2 to 2.1 to 3.1 and probably stop at 5.1. As far as spending, I tend to cheap out ($500) on AVR's because they can be outdated in a few years. With the speakers I tend to spend more. Right now I have 20 year old speakers and a 10 year old sub that all sound amazing. when I...
by dsmclone
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?
Replies: 42
Views: 3386

Re: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?

I had 4 google phones in a row. I was on a Pixel XL and the battery was starting to go fast and I needed to find a replacement. Went with the OnePlus 6t and have been very happy with the purchase. I feel like the Pixel 3 has become a little to much like iphones, they expect you to pay a premium for...
by dsmclone
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Negotiation on MSRP?
Replies: 26
Views: 2302

Re: Car Negotiation on MSRP?

It really comes down to what you're buying. A 15% reduction off MSRP would be a steal on a lot of cars but a nothing burger on others.
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door openers - please compare Chamberlain B970, B980, B1381?
Replies: 24
Views: 2092

Re: Garage door openers - please compare Chamberlain B970, B980, B1381?

dsmclone, only Chamberlain direct, otherwise, I cannot find anywhere else selling this B750? For $229 + shipping, you can get 1.25HP for $20 more. If I was you, I'd go with the B970. 3/4 horsepower would probably be fine but you also get the battery backup. What's another $30 when it will last 15+ ...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?
Replies: 42
Views: 3386

Re: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?

I had 4 google phones in a row. I was on a Pixel XL and the battery was starting to go fast and I needed to find a replacement. Went with the OnePlus 6t and have been very happy with the purchase. I feel like the Pixel 3 has become a little to much like iphones, they expect you to pay a premium for ...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door openers - please compare Chamberlain B970, B980, B1381?
Replies: 24
Views: 2092

Re: Garage door openers - please compare Chamberlain B970, B980, B1381?

I bought a chamberlin B750 about 6 months ago and I couldn't be happier. Our garage is below our bedroom and the old opener was SO LOUD. With this one my wife can open the garage door and I don't even hear it. It also allow you to open it remotely and also alert you if it's been open for a certain l...
by dsmclone
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?
Replies: 74
Views: 5220

Re: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?

If you remember the original post, they said "don't want American or German due to road noise and harsher rides." As far as saying "American SUV's in general have the lowest road noise of any other SUV's made in the world". You're right, that was probably overkill but the truth is that none of the ...
by dsmclone
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?
Replies: 74
Views: 5220

Re: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?

OK, lets use car and driver https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2019-jeep-cherokee-in-depth-review-interior-and-passenger-space Quietest Jeep Cherokee-American https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-jeep-renegade-in-depth-model-review-2017-jeep-renegade-interior-review-car-and-driver-page-5 Qui...
by dsmclone
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?
Replies: 74
Views: 5220

Re: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?

This is a huge generalization that is wrong with many models. As an example, American SUV's in general have the lowest road noise of any other SUV's made in the world . I like how you combat a huge generalization with your own "huge generalization that is wrong with many models." You must be drivin...
by dsmclone
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?
Replies: 74
Views: 5220

Re: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?

don't want American or German due to road noise and harsher rides. This is a huge generalization that is wrong with many models. As an example, American SUV's in general have the lowest road noise of any other SUV's made in the world. I've driven the German and American options, and they *are* loud...
by dsmclone
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is the Honda Fit so hard to find?
Replies: 63
Views: 6050

Re: Why is the Honda Fit so hard to find?

Speak with an upholstery shop (yes, they still do exist) about doing heated leather in the front seats. I'd expect you're talking well under $1k. Cheaper than going to the EX-L and getting the electric dog polisher, radial ply floor mats and gasoline powered rear view camera. The difference between...
by dsmclone
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is the Honda Fit so hard to find?
Replies: 63
Views: 6050

Re: Why is the Honda Fit so hard to find?

Sounds like it won't be hard to sell my mothers Fit EX-L next year when she stops driving. 2 year old car and has about 10k miles. Heck maybe I'll keep it as a work car. They are very handy and extremely roomy for the size. Why don't you sell it to OP? She feels like she can drive one more year.
by dsmclone
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is the Honda Fit so hard to find?
Replies: 63
Views: 6050

Re: Why is the Honda Fit so hard to find?

Sounds like it won't be hard to sell my mothers Fit EX-L next year when she stops driving. 2 year old car and has about 10k miles. Heck maybe I'll keep it as a work car. They are very handy and extremely roomy for the size.
by dsmclone
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to buy/lease an electric or hybrid?
Replies: 22
Views: 2910

Re: Time to buy/lease an electric or hybrid?

All this HOV talk really makes me appreciate my my 25 minute/20 mile drive into the downtown of the largest city in Iowa. Although stepping out of the car at 12 degrees makes me appreciate it less.
by dsmclone
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?
Replies: 74
Views: 5220

Re: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?

Sandi_k wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:14 pm
don't want American or German due to road noise and harsher rides.
This is a huge generalization that is wrong with many models. As an example, American SUV's in general have the lowest road noise of any other SUV's made in the world.
by dsmclone
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?
Replies: 74
Views: 5220

Re: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?

I like small cars. I've owned a lot of smalls cars. With that said, if I was driving a lot and was looking at a used car, I would go midsize or even larger. Here are the reasons: #1 It's almost universal that a midsize will ride better and be quieter. My mother has a Honda Fit that is reliable and f...
by dsmclone
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mesh versus Range extender
Replies: 27
Views: 2004

Re: Mesh versus Range extender

Another big plus for the Google Wi-Fi is the ability to get a signal to outdoor wireless cameras.
by dsmclone
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mesh versus Range extender
Replies: 27
Views: 2004

Re: Mesh versus Range extender

I'll 4th Google Wi-Fi. Everyone I know with them, including myself, love them. Over the years I tried everything including internet through electrical, extenders, etc.
by dsmclone
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types
Replies: 49
Views: 2648

Re: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types

I literally never downloaded a single app ever. I had no idea how to get into itunes or istore or idontcareatall. I have since been forced to a newer phone because my work changed email types and the old ios did not support it and the phone would not take a new enough ios. I'm now looking at apps a...
by dsmclone
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types
Replies: 49
Views: 2648

Re: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types

iOS sounds perfect for you. I have an ipad and iOS fits my needs for a tablet. Ipads are cheap for what they do and they can easily last 5+ years. I use Android for my smartphones because I like to have choices and prefer other google products. When it was time for me to recommend a smartphone for m...
by dsmclone
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new car [pay cash?]
Replies: 15
Views: 1288

Re: new car [pay cash?]

Without knowing your situation, there is no right or wrong answer. Depending on your situation, the bigger question is whether buying a new $70k car every 5 years makes financial sense. The 1.9% interest rate doesn't really compare to the $35k in value that you'll lose over the next 5 years.
by dsmclone
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 99
Views: 7570

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.
by dsmclone
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need New Phone?
Replies: 17
Views: 2240

Re: Need New Phone?

Verizon CDMA is going away in 2019.
by dsmclone
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6119

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 dsmclone
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 6119

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

I looked into BMW ED a few years back and it sounds like it's really more of a pain that doesn't really save you any money in the long run. Instead of doing ED I just went to Munich, visited BMW Welt, and rented a car for trips outside of Munich. I was fine driving a rental on the Autobahn :D Then w...
by dsmclone
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need New Phone?
Replies: 17
Views: 2240

Re: Need New Phone?

I ordered a OP6t yesterday to replace my Pixel XL. Seems like a great deal to me and I'd rather stay away from antiquated iOS.
by dsmclone
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning first international trip - London/Paris
Replies: 74
Views: 4307

Re: Planning first international trip - London/Paris

I never go for fewer than 10 days in Europe and try to spend 1/2 time in city/rural.

I'd recommend 5 days in Paris and 5 days in the Normandy Region(Bayeux). I've been to Europe quite a bit over the last 20 years and this is a great combo.
by dsmclone
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?
Replies: 38
Views: 2744

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

Last year I purchased a 2012 Infiniti M37x. Just under 24,000 miles for $23,000. Roomy, all wheel drive, good power and handling, decent reliability and good crash rating. So I'd look for used M37/Q70 models. They can be found everywhere. The G37/Q50s are not mid to large luxury cars. The M37/Q70 d...
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has gotten the most value out of a car?
Replies: 48
Views: 3315

Re: Who has gotten the most value out of a car?

In 2000 I bought a brand new Honda Civic Si for $16,500. Drove it for 18 months, spent $200 on a cold air intake, and sold it for $16,500. They only made this model/style for 2 years and was extremely popular.
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 114
Views: 11858

Re: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??

I really wish people would quit calling the Model 3 an M3.
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?
Replies: 114
Views: 7278

Re: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?

I'm pretty much opposite of everyone on this board. I enjoy cars and have no urge in driving a toyota corolla for 500k miles just to save money. Just an example of why my wife and I have bought over the last 5 years. Bought New 2013 Acura RDX $36k (cash)-Drove it for about 50k miles and traded it in...
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beer - Strong German Style Lagers
Replies: 56
Views: 4921

Re: Beer - Strong German Style Lagers

Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock is worth trying. It is strong. Makes U.S. beers seem like water. I'm going to take a wild guess that you don't drink much craft beer. I'm also going to assume that when you say "U.S. beer" you're talking about adjuncts. Go try a Prairie Artisian Bomb, Bourbon County St...
by dsmclone
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to change tires; and what brand
Replies: 131
Views: 8719

Re: When to change tires; and what brand

Just my personal opinion but I don't think tires are something to be brand loyal to. All the big boys make both good and bad models and what one person may find great another may find terrible. The car you put them on also matters. This is why you go to tirerack or a forum for your car and get opini...