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by dsmclone
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise cancelling headphones as a way to survive in a house full of kids
Replies: 40
Views: 2517

Re: Noise cancelling headphones as a way to survive in a house full of kids

All I know is that while flying with the sony's I wasnt able to hear any children. I guess if they were screaming I would have heard them. Also keep in mind that there are different nc modes. Check it the reviews.
by dsmclone
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise cancelling headphones as a way to survive in a house full of kids
Replies: 40
Views: 2517

Re: Noise cancelling headphones as a way to survive in a house full of kids

I'd go with these

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3

and yes they block out the noise.
by dsmclone
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on Buying a Certified Pre-Owned BMW
Replies: 53
Views: 4335

Re: Advice on Buying a Certified Pre-Owned BMW

I've had good luck with BMW CPO, actually I've had good luck with all CPO purchases. I bought a 2015 BMW m235xi that was 3 years old and had around 20k miles. Saved about $20k off the original purchase price. I've had zero issues with the car, the oil changes are not crazy expensive when you factor ...
by dsmclone
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speakers for basement
Replies: 43
Views: 2582

Re: Speakers for basement

Heads up, ELAC Debut 2.0 speakers are on sale on Amazon. Great speakers
by dsmclone
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speakers for basement
Replies: 43
Views: 2582

Re: Speakers for basement

I've had a home theater for the last 20 years and here are a few things I've learned. #1 Don't cheap out on good speakers (not Bose). I'm still using the same speakers I bought from 20 years ago. Unlike everything else, speakers rarely change and speakers from 20 years ago still sound good. In those...
by dsmclone
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bradford White vs Rheem Gas Water Heater
Replies: 41
Views: 2468

Re: Bradford White vs Rheem Gas Water Heater

Probably not going to be a popular opinion but I have no urge to change the anode rod ever. I have a 16 year old water heater in my basement that has had zero issues. I realize that the water heater is probably near the end of its life and have no problem spending the money to get a new one that wil...
by dsmclone
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thought about buying a small motor home, but the market is crazy
Replies: 90
Views: 7143

Re: Thought about buying a small motor home, but the market is crazy

I probably shouldn't even comment on this post because I just don't get why anyone would buy an RV unless they are retired and going on multi-month vacations. Lets say I have 3 weeks a year where I can vacation: In most places where I would want to park the RV, I can spend $150/night for an AirBNB t...
by dsmclone
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 113
Views: 5934

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

Do yourself a favor and Just buy a Vizio M series or TCL 6 series. Unless you’re willing to shell out thousands of dollars, these TVs go head to head with others at higher price points. Just make you don't go into Costco and it's sitting right next to an LG Oled. I went in with the intention of buy...
by dsmclone
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 64
Views: 5925

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

Yes. Multiple Honda dealers discounting to 35,580 and 36k from $46k. Extra incentives through 07/06. Our friends bought the Touring model last year. Their previous Pilot had 200k+ miles and was pretty much problem free. This new one (2019) is nice. Captains chairs are nice, it's quiet, infotainment...
by dsmclone
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 64
Views: 5925

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

Were they really offering a $9k discount on the Pilot?
by dsmclone
Sun May 31, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model Y
Replies: 234
Views: 22763

Re: Tesla Model Y

Of course the electric power is a big selling point for me but the self driving and continuous software enhancements are really what sell me on this car. When is the last time you bought a car and it actually got better over time? Right now it seems to be Tesla leading the way and everyone else way ...
by dsmclone
Tue May 26, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?
Replies: 174
Views: 13823

Re: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?

That's pretty funny until you go and see what 5,10, and 15 year old resale looks on those two products. I'll save you some time, the Toyota is the better value.
by dsmclone
Mon May 25, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?
Replies: 174
Views: 13823

Re: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?

I think it's wrong to lump all Jeep's in the same bucket. I've driven Grand Cherokee's that were very nice. I drove a brand new wrangler one time and that was plenty. Probably great for off road and fine for putting around town but I can't think of a worse vehicle for everything else. Loud(not in a ...
by dsmclone
Wed May 20, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?
Replies: 210
Views: 17163

Re: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?

If I was in the market for a $40K new SUV, my first test drive would be an Acura RDX. We owned an older model and it was a great vehicle. Sad to see the V6 go away but there is someone local that has a new blue one that has the red leather and looks sweet. If I wanted something a little bigger, the ...
by dsmclone
Wed May 20, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?
Replies: 210
Views: 17163

Re: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?

I love it when people think a $80k car will depreciate to $40k in 2 years. Some embellishments are OK, but holy cow! Just a quick look at some local BMW's https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/808174803/overview/ Original MSRP $64,700 20k miles $37,000 $27,700 savings https://www.cars.com/vehic...
by dsmclone
Wed May 20, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Care for outdoor patio set?
Replies: 10
Views: 649

Re: Care for outdoor patio set?

The one thing that I've learned is to tie the chairs to the table. Most of my damage has been from the chairs blowing over.
by dsmclone
Tue May 19, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?
Replies: 210
Views: 17163

Re: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?

One thing about the car market that people fail to realize is that not all models of a particular brand are equal. I've owned 20 some cars and for the most part they have been very reliable. My least reliable was a brand new Mazda. Does that mean all Mazda's are junk, no. I currently drive a BMW and...
by dsmclone
Mon May 11, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New convertible under 50k?
Replies: 39
Views: 2469

Re: New convertible under 50k?

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This is actually due to car balance reasons, and lack of space in the engine bay (mostly this). This is quite common in smallish cars.
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I know but it seems a little ridiculous that the dealer has to be the one to do it.
by dsmclone
Mon May 11, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New convertible under 50k?
Replies: 39
Views: 2469

Re: New convertible under 50k?

I own a 2015 BMW m235xi. Bought it 3 years old with about 20k miles on it for around $32k(BMW Certified). The original sticker was over $50k. It's really a hell of a car. Out of the 20+ cars I've owned, I tend to lean towards Asian brands. I can usually tell within a few thousand miles whether a car...
by dsmclone
Tue May 05, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6599

Re: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?

I've had about everything when it comes to grills smokers. A few months ago I bought one of these. It's a game changer and there is nothing like it. https://www.masterbuilt.com/products/gravity-series%E2%84%A2-560-digital-charcoal-grill-smoker A few observations Works great for smoking. Keeps a very...
by dsmclone
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is living near power lines ok or bad?
Replies: 60
Views: 3260

Re: Is living near power lines ok or bad?

I only worry when I cross power lines that make my radio go out.
by dsmclone
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Live streaming home camera system/iphone?
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Live streaming home camera system/iphone?

Not Facetime but you could use Google Duo instead. Buy a google nest hub for each location and then you should be able to accomplish this pretty easy.
by dsmclone
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee Makers
Replies: 55
Views: 3257

Re: Coffee Makers

Maybe I'm expecting too much, I don't have a good palet, or maybe I haven't tried enough but I find the difference in taste between most coffee in the same styles to be very minimal. On the other hand, with craft beer I find there to be huge differences even staying in the same styles.
by dsmclone
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive men's razors?
Replies: 37
Views: 2727

Re: Inexpensive men's razors?

Don't give up on the double edge, it's really about technique. I use

Merkur 34c combined with Feather blades.
by dsmclone
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model Y
Replies: 234
Views: 22763

Re: Tesla Model Y

squirm wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:56 pm
Battery degradation is a big factor. Also look at the warranty, Tesla now states software upgrades that cap your battery is not considered degradation.
Is it though? I've seen reports where it averages around 2% per year.
by dsmclone
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model Y
Replies: 234
Views: 22763

Re: Tesla Model Y

Given that a Tesla is a high tech car and the technology/battery life is always changing model to model, what is the depreciation rate of a brand new Tesla vs a comparable new lux/performance gas-powered Lexus/MB/BMW? I think that's a real wildcard. So far it's done very good but if there huge enha...
by dsmclone
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model Y
Replies: 234
Views: 22763

Re: Tesla Model Y

[/quote] I'm similar to you, both a car enthusiast and tech guy. I bought a Model 3 last year and have been really happy with it. The car is very fast and fun to drive. It's more comparable to a BMW or Audi than a Kia. Sorry Kia fans, but we our other car is a Kia Sorento and there's no comparison. ...
by dsmclone
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model Y
Replies: 234
Views: 22763

Re: Tesla Model Y

As a tech as well as a car guy, the Tesla really appeals to me. There are a few things that I'm thinking abut when it comes to Tesla vs. another vehicle. #1 The price. I hate spending $50k on any car. #2 If I do spend a lot on a car, I tend to buy a $30k used model that was once a $70k new car. #3 I...
by dsmclone
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you need new car tires?
Replies: 50
Views: 4106

Re: How often do you need new car tires?

One thing I would recommend is not to be brand loyal. You can be loyal to a certain model but tires vary widely among a brand. There are so many factors when it comes to tires that I just look at reviews of tires that are on my specific car. Actually, I usually go to a message board dedicated to the...
by dsmclone
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car purchase - now dreading it
Replies: 117
Views: 8411

Re: Used car purchase - now dreading it

Just about every car I have bought recently has had a bad smell, smoke, dog, you name it. 1. Air the car out when possible. Roll windows down in sun and leave open. 2. Clean all the plastic with cleaner, Really work on this. 3. Vacuum all carpet well especially in between seats and in cracks. Remov...
by dsmclone
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying used car - how to choose?
Replies: 13
Views: 1066

Re: Buying used car - how to choose?

When it comes to cars, I'm about 180 degrees different from the way people think on this board(I'm in the wrong). I swear everyone must drive a 2006 Toyota Corolla. Does everyone else also watch TV on a 27" 480i TV while sitting in their $10 lazy boy they got from goodwill :happy Besides just lookin...
by dsmclone
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?
Replies: 41
Views: 5073

Re: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?

Varied results. When I was searching for a 27" 4k monitor, their review/recommendations were pretty worthless compared to other sites.
by dsmclone
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought Consumer Reports lowest rated car...
Replies: 76
Views: 9377

Re: I bought Consumer Reports lowest rated car...

This is like a 70 year old saying "I smoked for 50 years and never got cancer". You took a risk and it paid off for you. Also, it's not like CR was the only one saying that the 500 was junk. Mini Coopers, Fiat's, Land/Range Rover, etc. are pretty unanimously picked as being poor. Each have their own...
by dsmclone
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for wife's new luxury (or non luxury) SUV???? UPDATE: Thanks everyone for your help.
Replies: 138
Views: 9500

Re: Suggestions for wife's new luxury (or non luxury) SUV????

Winston19 wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:29 am
Kia Telluride / Hyundai Palaside
I've also heard a lot of great things about these two.
by dsmclone
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?
Replies: 116
Views: 7097

Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

I'm not a fan of most Apple products, their pricing,and iOS in general but I'm on my 3rd ipad and have very few complaints. I use mine probably 3 hours a day and it does everything I need a tablet to do for a low price. I don't really store anything on it, so i don't need a lot of storage (Only use ...
by dsmclone
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: ESPP tax spreadsheet?
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: ESPP tax spreadsheet?

I use TurboTax but the cost basis is not correct on the 1099.
by dsmclone
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: ESPP tax spreadsheet?
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: ESPP tax spreadsheet?

I get the 1099 from the broker. I get some other tax form from my employer(forget number). I believe the employer one just lists shares bought during the year and cost.
by dsmclone
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: ESPP tax spreadsheet?
Replies: 6
Views: 423

ESPP tax spreadsheet?

I've been doing an ESPP for 10+ years but every year I feel like I'm screwing something up when it comes tax time. Can anyone recommend a spreadsheet they use to simplify the process?
by dsmclone
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry [wait time for interview]
Replies: 70
Views: 4906

Re: Global Entry [wait time for interview]

Just had my first experience with Global Entry when we went from Mexico to Denver. We passed a line of at least 400 people without global entry and and went straight to 10 machines that were only being used by 5 people. It took us about 2 minutes in total. This one experience itself was worth the $2...
by dsmclone
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Power-Tool Brands
Replies: 93
Views: 6151

Re: Quality Power-Tool Brands

Probably 80+% of cordless tools problems probably have to do with the battery. Rigid is the only one I know of that has lifetime replacement on the battery. Therefore, I went with Rigid. After a year, I've already had one battery replaced.
by dsmclone
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 75
Views: 10962

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

I ran the numbers and even with the $100 increase, I'm way ahead even without including the additional benefits. The points alone at 1.5x rate are worth nearly $1,000 alone. What is your typical spend in the bonus categories annually and what did you compare it to? Lots of cards offer fixed $0.015 ...
by dsmclone
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: travel from the U.S. to Europe given geo-political tensions?
Replies: 117
Views: 7821

Re: travel from the U.S. to Europe given geo-political tensions?

So it sounds like the Europeans are not kidding when they say can pick out the Americans because they are always the loudest in the room.
by dsmclone
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 75
Views: 10962

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

I ran the numbers and even with the $100 increase, I'm way ahead even without including the additional benefits. The points alone at 1.5x rate are worth nearly $1,000 alone.
by dsmclone
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Mercedes GLE or new lease Acura
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: Used Mercedes GLE or new lease Acura

My wife had a 2013 RDX (first year redesign). We loved the car and it was bulletproof. With that said, I would not buy a 2013-2018 RDX if you care at all about technology in your car, which now seems very dated compared to the 2019+ RDX.
by dsmclone
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Mercedes GLE or new lease Acura
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: Used Mercedes GLE or new lease Acura

I'm not a fan of leases but if I wanted to spend around $30k my preferences would look like this. #1 CPO Infiniti QX60, Lexus RX350, Mazda CX-9, etc. You could get just a year or two old CX-9 loaded for that price. #2 Lease RDX (In that gorgeous blue). #2360 Buy the GLE I own a BMW and it's know as ...
by dsmclone
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW
Replies: 40
Views: 3052

Re: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW

Everything I've recently read about BMW ED is that it has become less about saving money and now more about the experience.
by dsmclone
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW
Replies: 40
Views: 3052

Re: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW

One of my friends just recently bought a new 2019 M340i x. Yowsa, I love that car. So nice and so fun. He was coming from a Lexus GS and he knew he would probably take a hit in reliability but the two cars (similarity priced) are so different. I have an M235i and it puts a smile on my face nearly ev...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do? Car dilemma...
Replies: 61
Views: 3647

Re: What to do? Car dilemma...

Everyone seems to be obsessed with German brands being unreliable. The truth is that all models are not created equal among brands. For example, I have a BMW with an engine/transmission combo that has proven to be reliable. Resale value is another thing that is not equal among different models. Not ...
by dsmclone
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do? Car dilemma...
Replies: 61
Views: 3647

Re: What to do? Car dilemma...

You got 160k miles out of it. Probably time to let it go instead of spending 100-200% of the value of the car.