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by dsmclone
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook
Replies: 16
Views: 673

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: 85
Views: 4773

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: 6222

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: 6222

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: 961

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: 1622

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: 1622

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: 13572

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: 54
Views: 2613

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: 2690

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: 4324

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: 3415

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: 6244

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: 3347

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: 2703

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...
by dsmclone
Mon May 20, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: de-googling my life: Keep Notes alternatives
Replies: 46
Views: 6574

Re: de-googling my life: Keep Notes alternatives

I guess I'm different than most in this post. When looking for a product like this, my number one concern is that the company is a leader in security. I consider Microsoft, Apple, and Google all similar. Just don't let my data get in the wrong hands. I don't care that Google can target me with ads b...
by dsmclone
Mon May 20, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace possible failing tv or not (solved)
Replies: 33
Views: 2529

Re: Replace possible failing tv or not

What's sad is that unless you're sitting closer than 6 feet from the TV, you won't be able to tell the difference between 4k and 1080p. With that said, you can get the greatest 4k/HDR 42" TV in the world for less than $400. I don't know why someone would look to cheap out and try to save $100 on an ...
by dsmclone
Thu May 16, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which car has the best or most comfortable cabin under 35K
Replies: 74
Views: 6111

Re: Which car has the best or most comfortable cabin under 35K

Think outside the box on this one. Choose a used luxury car that is not popular but reliable. Spend 6 hours on the highway and you'll realize why

For example:

2 year old Infiniti Q70L.
2 year old Cadillac CT6
by dsmclone
Fri May 10, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1118
Views: 158774

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

So, if one really wants a new CRV with the 1.5l engine (I’m not currently looking for any vehicle), isn’t a possible answer to lease rather than buy? Yes, it will be more expensive to lease 3 vehicles over 9 years than buying one, but Honda will bear all the risk of the faulty engine assuming all s...
by dsmclone
Wed May 08, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smartphone recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 1844

Re: New smartphone recommendations

If I was buying today, Pixel 3a XL
by dsmclone
Tue May 07, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which US city would you move to?
Replies: 74
Views: 7283

Re: Which US city would you move to?

Supply/Demand tells me that it's next to impossible to find the perfect city in the U.S. The weather itself disqualifies a large percentage. The ones that have good weather have become so popular that they are unaffordable. It's really all about what you are willing to give up, what stage of your li...
by dsmclone
Tue May 07, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car loan dilemma
Replies: 34
Views: 2883

Re: Car loan dilemma

I'd be more worried about paying $58k for a used truck than the loan itself. I just looked at my local chevy dealers web site and they have over 300 NEW trucks and the most expensive has a sticker of $68k but I'm guessing it could be bought for less than $60k. My local Ram dealer has one with a $84k...
by dsmclone
Thu May 02, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car shopping advice (sanity check)
Replies: 56
Views: 5105

Re: Car shopping advice (sanity check)

Unbelievable. People are questioning whether a 20 something should buy a used sub $20k sports car but have no problem recommending a $50k+ Tesla. :annoyed Do the math and under no scenario would a Tesla make financial sense over a sub $20k sports car. Tesla makes some great vehicles and if you're in...
by dsmclone
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing 2019 Honda Pilot Advice Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 1588

Re: Purchasing 2019 Honda Pilot Advice Wanted

Here's what we actually bought yesterday. Just posting pricing as others may find it useful... We bought an EX-L AWD with Navi & RES in Durham, NC for the following: Selling Price > $42,655 Discount > $6,105 Adjusted Price > $36,550 Mudguards > $189 Wheel Locks > $140 Back-Up Sensors > $750 All Sea...
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fencing
Replies: 8
Views: 1125

Re: Fencing

We've had a 6 foot wood fence for the last 10 years or so. Love the look of it but every 4 years or so when I have to stain it, I want to kill someone.
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing 2019 Honda Pilot Advice Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 1588

Re: Purchasing 2019 Honda Pilot Advice Wanted

Looks like a lot of people are getting $5k off. At that rate, I don't see why anyone would be buying a Passport.
by dsmclone
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?
Replies: 45
Views: 3496

Re: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?

I've been to all the places you have on your list. I would do a 8 or so days staying in Amsterdam and also visiting surrounding areas of the Netherlands via rail. On the way to Paris I'd spend a couple of days in Brueges. As far as Normandy, we stayed in Bayuex at the Churchill Hotel and loved it. I...
by dsmclone
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router with VPN
Replies: 20
Views: 1941

Re: Router with VPN

michaeljc70 wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:29 am

I have a VPN on each of my devices for use when needed rather than on my router.
Same here. 99% of the time I don't need it so there is no use in hurting my speed 100% of the time.
by dsmclone
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus to Pixel 2, did I do a mistake?
Replies: 4
Views: 726

Re: Moto G5 Plus to Pixel 2, did I do a mistake?

Pixel 3 and 3XL are both on sale because another model is replacing it. IMO $599/$699 is the price they should have been from the start and are not worth it at this point. The Pixel 2 at the price you got it is a fine buy. I was happy with my Pixel XL until the battery started going after a couple o...
by dsmclone
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is buying 1-3 year old used Toyotas and Hondas?
Replies: 114
Views: 12059

Re: Who is buying 1-3 year old used Toyotas and Hondas?

cutterinnj wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:15 pm
I bought my Lexus ES350 (essentially a fancy Camry) at 3 years old; basically almost 50% off, with 2.3 year bumper to bumper warranty.

Lexus seems to depreciate quicker than Toyotas the first few years.
I think its luxury cars in general. Sounds like you made a good choice.
by dsmclone
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car/Truck/SUV??
Replies: 25
Views: 1851

Re: Car/Truck/SUV??

One of my largest financial screw ups was buying a full size truck. I have had probably 20 cars/SUV's in my lifetime and thought it was time to try out a truck.9 months later, I didn't have a truck. It was nice inside, had lots of room, decent gas mileage for it's size. etc. I just couldn't get arou...
by dsmclone
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age did you buy your first first class airplane ticket?
Replies: 112
Views: 4709

Re: At what age did you buy your first first class airplane ticket?

Never in 40+ years. I can't imagine a point in my life financially where I would pay 3x the price for a 1st class ticket.
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Crown Molding Out-of-Style?
Replies: 46
Views: 5433

Re: Is Crown Molding Out-of-Style?

Here is the responses you can expect in this type of thread: If they have crown molding in their house=Crown molding never goes out of style. The only reason you no longer see it is because people can't afford it. If they don't have crown molding=Crown molding is out of style. The truth=Probably dep...
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: River cruise, Avignon to Lyon, France
Replies: 36
Views: 2348

Re: River cruise, Avignon to Lyon, France

I also had issues with car rental return in Avignon train station. I went through Hertz and it was a complete cluster. What should have taken 5 minutes took everyone in line almost an hour. Just leave yourself a lot of time between when they open and when your train leaves.
by dsmclone
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: River cruise, Avignon to Lyon, France
Replies: 36
Views: 2348

Re: River cruise, Avignon to Lyon, France

I just went this fall to Avignon. My rail was like this: Rail - AEROPORT CDG2 TGV to NIMES 10am-1:39pm Rail - NIMES to AVIGNON CENTRE 1:51pm-2:22pm REGINA HOTEL Avignon No complaints The way back Rail - Avignon TGV to Paris Gare de Lyon 10:43am-1:23pm Book early and you can get first class seats che...
by dsmclone
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Migrating to better weather in retirement -- rent a timeshare or buy a vacation home?
Replies: 21
Views: 2024

Re: Migrating to better weather in retirement -- rent a timeshare or buy a vacation home?

20 years ago, and 10 years before retirement, we decided to buy a winter home in Palm Desert, CA, in a golf course community. I thought it would be better to rent for five months each year, but DH wanted to own. Paid cash, under $250K. It costs about $10K per year in yard and house maintenance, tax...
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car recommendations?
Replies: 107
Views: 9786

Re: Luxury car recommendations?

The sweet spot for me has always been a 3-4 year old mid or large size luxury model. They lose a ton of value over the first 3 years compared to the smaller luxury models, which usually are just step above a Toyota Camry in luxury. For example, In 2015 I bought a 2012 Infinti M56. It has Infinti Cer...
by dsmclone
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Newbie international traveler
Replies: 65
Views: 3946

Re: Newbie international traveler

A couple of things. 1. Unless your credit card issues different numbers for each credit card, I always give my wife one credit card and I keep the other. For awhile I thought I was being ridiculous, then my wife lost her wallet in Belgium. I also make copies of our passport and put them in a cloud a...
by dsmclone
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?
Replies: 63
Views: 4869

Re: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?

I'm trying out YTTV right now and there are some things I really like but still has limitations that I don't know if they are worth it. Right now I have cable with 3 Tivo DVR's and pay about $80/month There are still 3-4 channels that I'm interested in that are on cable but not YTTV Love that the re...
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of selling my financed iPhone XS Max and going back to Android...
Replies: 40
Views: 2595

Re: Thinking of selling my financed iPhone XS Max and going back to Android...

The main reason I can't choose an iPhone is iOS. So terrible.
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphones with Least Bloatware
Replies: 29
Views: 3529

Re: Smartphones with Least Bloatware

Had 4 Google phones in a row and a few months ago bought a OnePlus. I was worried about the bloat ware but don't notice it at all. The one thing I do notice is 1/2 the price, great performance, and my first true all day battery.
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drill & driver combo kit comparison
Replies: 46
Views: 2747

Re: Drill & driver combo kit comparison

I bought Rigid from HD for the lifetime warranty on batteries. I've had it for about a year now and they work great. The only downside with any of these kits is that if you buy the massive batteries the drills become massively heavy. This is the case with all the brands.
by dsmclone
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fun car advice
Replies: 140
Views: 9211

Re: fun car advice

If I could fit in one, I'd have an S2000. Nothing like those high reving Honda 4cyl N/A motors. Interior is bare bones, which I love in this type of car. I actually looked into what it would take to modify the seat so that I could get a couple of extra inches of leg room but in the end decided that ...
by dsmclone
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 days in Munich, Germany
Replies: 28
Views: 1746

Re: 4 days in Munich, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle=No Olympic stadium tower=Yes BMW museum=Yes Zugspitze=Yes Seehaus Beer Garden=Yes Augustiner Bräustuben=Yes I'm anti Neushwanstein. So you park your car and get out and it feels like you're at Disneyland. Then you walk a little bit with 1,000 other tourists to wait in line to g...
by dsmclone
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"
Replies: 278
Views: 27664

Re: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"

The midwest has tornadoes [/size] I always laugh when I see quotes like this. Would you not move to somewhere it rains because you're about 30x likely to be killed by lightning as by a tornado? On average, 70 people a year die in tornadoes. Imagine about any form of dying and you're more likely to ...
by dsmclone
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!
Replies: 29
Views: 2183

Re: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!

A lot depends on what you and the family enjoy while travelling but, within the parameters you outlined, I'd consider a flight from Helinski to Munich (c$100 pp), rent a car and do an Alpine "loop" - east to Salzburg then down to Berchtesgaten, on to Innsbruk,(Austria), Vaduz (Lichtenstein), Lucern...
by dsmclone
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!
Replies: 29
Views: 2183

Re: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!

I traveled quite a bit in Europe because we used to live there. The one piece of advice I have is to avoid packing in too many places. In addition to eating up a lot of time getting from place to place, you miss the opportunity to really get familiar with what the place has to offer. For a 9-10 day...
by dsmclone
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?
Replies: 31
Views: 2071

Re: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?

I can only speak for Ireland but I had 11 days there and was very happy with my itinerary.

Day 1 get to Dublin-Rent a car and drive to Galway
Day 2-4-Visit Galway and the Aran Islands (highly recommended)
Day 5-7 Dingle and surrounding area
Days 7-8 Ring of Kerry
Days 9-11 Dublin
by dsmclone
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why are used cars now so expensive?
Replies: 63
Views: 5371

Re: Why are used cars now so expensive?

It depends what cars you are looking at, average commuter cars you aren't going to save money buying low mile used but you WILL on luxury vehicles. My 535 MSport was 67K new, I got it 3 years old with 14K miles on it for 32K. You can basically buy a luxury vehicle 2-3 years old for the same price a...