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by roflwaffle
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 191
Views: 11074

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

The I-Pace is slower around a track. https://www.motortrend.com/cars/alfa-romeo/giulia/2019/tesla-model-3-vs-jaguar-i-pace-vs-alfa-romeo-giulia/ It's also somehow uses more energy than a Model X even though it's the same size as a Model 3. https://insideevs.com/efficiency-jaguar-i-pace-falters/ My ...
by roflwaffle
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 191
Views: 11074

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

Fellow Bogleheads, I made the mistake of test driving a Tesla Model 3 Performance this weekend. The car blew me away and now I want one. I know that to most on this forum, anything above and beyond a Corolla or a Prius is a waste of money so I'll make an appeal to those like me who like fast cars a...
by roflwaffle
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 191
Views: 11074

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

OP, Even keeping the budget concerns aside, you were looking at $40k cars earlier and now are looking at $70k Tesla after test driving it. Before jumping into it, have you test driven other cars in the Tesla price range? Yes, you liked it compared to other $40k cars, but to decide if it is actually...
by roflwaffle
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kirkland (Costco) Razor
Replies: 31
Views: 3097

Re: Kirkland (Costco) Razor

car733 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:01 am
Have you tried using a double edge safety razor? Razors are cheap :)
This! 100 Trac2/Atra razor blades are $16+ on Amazing0n. They shave well enough and when they get too dull/old/clogged up, switching to another one costs a whopping $.15.
by roflwaffle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Developer Laptop
Replies: 26
Views: 1784

Re: Developer Laptop

If you only need a few days to a week of cloud resources, I'd go in that direction. If you need more than this, things can get pricey. If I'm reading Google's pricing right, at about $.20/GB per month for SSD provisioned space, your 5TB/5000BG is going to run you about $1000/month. I've seen used 1....
by roflwaffle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Enchroma Glasses
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Enchroma Glasses

I'm red-green colorblind, especially green. Green lights look white to me because they happen to be the same wavelength of green my eyes can't pick up. DW bought me a pair of refurb sunglasses from Enchroma's website and I'm impressed, although I still don't see green lights as very green unless I'm...
by roflwaffle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4398

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

Agreed. But I use mine for tons of stuff aside from pruning high branches. A pole saw doesn't work great for removing a brake caliper where a horribly-designed slide has an o-ring that's swelled and formed a permanent bond (WTF Toyota? Seriously!). Or for shortening lacrosse sticks. Or cutting pipe...
by roflwaffle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any reasons to not put money down for a Tesla Model 3?
Replies: 62
Views: 5168

Re: Any reasons to not put money down for a Tesla Model 3?

I think everything's kind of hectic on the delivery side now that Tesla really wants to show a profit and we're nearing the end of the quarter. With that said, problems with vehicle quality and delivery appear to be the exception to the rule. I took delivery in May, which was really painless compare...
by roflwaffle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4398

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

I recommend against a reciprocating saw unless you're also on the ground because the blade can bind a lot easier than a chainsaw or pole saw blade would and may throw you off balance. This is not an issue for the smaller pistol-grip models where the blade faces upwards: https://www.milwaukeetool.co...
by roflwaffle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4398

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

I'd get a battery powered pole saw. I recently picked up a 10" chainsaw 8" pole saw, weed wacker, and hedge trimmer with 2 2AH batteries/chargers for $200 and I'm really like them. They don't last very long on the 2AH batteries, but I have two, and I end up working for shorter intervals which I sho...
by roflwaffle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4398

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

I'd get a battery powered pole saw. I recently picked up a 10" chainsaw 8" pole saw, weed wacker, and hedge trimmer with 2 2AH batteries/chargers for $200 and I'm really like them. They don't last very long on the 2AH batteries, but I have two, and I end up working for shorter intervals which I shou...
by roflwaffle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far
Replies: 55
Views: 7673

Re: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far

1. So far so good, but I'll let you know in a decade. 2. 4 months. 3. I'm a 4.5, and that's only because of the cost. 4. No issues so far, knock on bamboo laminate. 5. We haven't need to service it yet. 6. The car drives extremely well, a select few Superchargers are free, and the it's extremely eff...
by roflwaffle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Light bulbs
Replies: 19
Views: 1833

Re: New Light bulbs

I mostly run 9.5W/2700k Feit's I bought from Costco a while back. To me they have a nice CRI (90+) and respond very well to dimming (X10). I replaced most of my fluorescent tubes with I think 22W Luceco 4000k direct wire LED tubes, and in the kitchen used some I think 2300k (very yellow) 14W(Not sur...
by roflwaffle
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To buy or hold for housing crash in Bay Area CA
Replies: 27
Views: 3059

Re: To buy or hold for housing crash in Bay Area CA

I'd wait if you can. My best guess is that the next correction will look like the 1990s. Real home values may decline by 30-40+% peak to trough, but it'll happen gradually over a decade thanks to weakening home prices and strengthening inflation.
by roflwaffle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 215
Views: 12446

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

New: Honda Accord Honda Civic Only in Si/R form Subaru Forester, Outerback Boring Toyota Camry Boring VW GTI, Jetta Boring And Mazda MX5 Miata Used: Audi Quattro A4,5 BMW 3,5 Lexus RX Boring A few of these don't really satisfy the non-boring requirement. I was going to say all of the above, but tha...
by roflwaffle
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car alarm '98 Camry ?
Replies: 31
Views: 1561

Re: Car alarm '98 Camry ?

If it's one of Toyota's Karr alarms, removal should be fairly straightforward (find it, unplug it, profit). You just need to look up how to access it.

https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/remova ... em.497699/
by roflwaffle
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

I agree that car companies are greedy, but that doesn't mean EVs aren't viable. Most car companies have to decades of time and billions of dollars invested in ICEs, and being greedy, they would rather drag their feet on EVs and minimize the risks to those investments than aggressively push a produc...
by roflwaffle
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

The other manufacturers will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into electric vehicles, no matter how many models they promise, concept artwork they release, etc. Mitsubishi, Nissan, Ford, and Volvo all had regular production EV's on the market before Tesla (not counting the original roadster...
by roflwaffle
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

I don't see a BMW M3 listed there and Elon Musk didn't mention those cars did he but he specifically mentioned and compared to a BMW M3? Nor was our conversation about those cars. Goal post moving. I mean unless you are seriously arguing that a something breaking at some time on a 30 year old BMW i...
by roflwaffle
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

The other manufacturers will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into electric vehicles, no matter how many models they promise, concept artwork they release, etc. Mitsubishi, Nissan, Ford, and Volvo all had regular production EV's on the market before Tesla (not counting the original roadster...
by roflwaffle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

I knew you were going to post this! :D In a set up test with the Tesla PR guy under ideal conditions where they don't include lap times it cut power by 3 seconds a lap after just a few laps. That is NOT an M3 my friend. Heat buildup is inevitable. After three or four laps at absolute tire-torturing...
by roflwaffle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

"Tesla reports the biggest loss in its history," looks like Q2 had a $720 million loss and total $1.4 billion this year. So with $2.2 billion cash, Tesla will be bankrupt by this time next year? Is that what you're looking at for recommending people to short the stock? They won’t go bankrupt but th...
by roflwaffle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

The Performance 3 starts at $64,000. It can get near $80k, but only because of EAP and FSD, which BMW doesn't offer. :sharebeer https://3.tesla.com/model3/design#battery HAHAHA! Good point. Tesla offers that stuff but doesn't seem to deliver does it? At least not safely with the former and I don't ...
by roflwaffle
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

Some quick research..... Of the 1 Billion cars sold worldwide last year, Tesla produced 100k. Now, my silly graduate engineering and math classes must have failed me here because somehow, I can't figure out where that's 10% or has any hope of every being 10%. Market cap, I'm finding: 10: FCA $36B 9...
by roflwaffle
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

BradJ wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:14 am
Is it a good time to buy Tesla?
Only if you want to bet on the future of the company. To be fair, the same applies to putting money into any specific company.

If you want to invest, put your money into an index fund, or set of index funds. :beer
by roflwaffle
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25570

Re: Invest in Tesla?

WSJ (Dan Neil) has glowing review of the 450 hp performance version of the Model 3. The article is unlocked, at least I didn't need a password. "First Test Drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance: A Thrilling, Modern Marvel" https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-ever-review-of-the-tesla-model-3-perform...
by roflwaffle
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Paint Shop issues: (the factory has two paint shops FWIW). Sure and it looks like only one Regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) which can only handle around 5K a week. I'm generally loathe to link to anything from ZeroHedge but they have a great roll up of a detailed tweetstorm on this. Is Elon Musk...
by roflwaffle
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Ditto on not feeding the trolls (the factory has two paint shops FWIW). Tesla's opening up orders to everyone for the Long Range + PUP versions because that's where margins are highest and odds are Tesla only has until the end of the year to deliver cars that can get the full federal tax credit. The...
by roflwaffle
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Not gonna disagree with current CCS being slower than Super. My Bolt runs 43 kW (actual) below 50%SOC at the best current CCS chargers....its ~75 HW miles added per 30 minute stop. Newer CCS will take my Bolt to 65 kW (actual), about 105 miles added in 30 minutes, I expect to have plenty of those a...
by roflwaffle
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

:confused https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=39786&id=39836 As I'm sure you are aware, "long-range" is an option for the model 3. But even the long-range M3 only has 30% more range than the Bolt. I'm not sure how significant a difference that really is, to be honest. I'm having d...
by roflwaffle
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

:confused https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=39786&id=39836 As I'm sure you are aware, "long-range" is an option for the model 3. But even the long-range M3 only has 30% more range than the Bolt. I'm not sure how significant a difference that really is, to be honest. I'm having d...
by roflwaffle
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

OK, possible I suppose. Certainly can't rule it out. Doesn't explain an empty track and the general logisitics issue. That tiny track would have to be filled with cars 24/7. It ain't. I'm gonna give roflwaffle the 1 as a courtesy but only as a courtesy for actually watching the video. I hope it is ...
by roflwaffle
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

There is even a drone flyover of the factory on 6/29 for like 7 minutes and not a single car was on that track. They were in full crank out the jams mode. So how is that possible? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ2oXD9DW2Q&feature=youtu.be Time will tell. There's a car exiting the test track 1+ mi...
by roflwaffle
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keto Diet
Replies: 16
Views: 1647

Re: Keto Diet

IIRC, there isn't any difference between keto/non-keto in terms of reducing body mass, but going on keto tends to result in larger initial weight loss because people retain less water when on it.

https://www.colorado.edu/intphys/Class/ ... eedman.pdf
by roflwaffle
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Bypassing tests, including this brake test, is standard when those tests are redundant. Tesla was doing the standard brake test and track testing the cars, which was redundant. Now that they're more confident about their product quality, they're just doing track testing, and plan to eventually just...
by roflwaffle
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Hey matjen, I don’t remember where, and perhaps I am misremembering it, but I thought that you had posted that some post ago would be your last about Tesla. Whatever, if you made that promise, I think I will honor it in your stead. This whole thread is so resolutely OT and divisive that I’ve lost t...
by roflwaffle
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I think it is best to read the posts of those that have bought a Model 3, and to a lesser extent those that have bought a Tesla vehicle such as an S or X. Those that say they are shorting the stock, and don't own an EV, are not reliable sources of information IMO. DW and I test drove a Model S twic...
by roflwaffle
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

It’s unlikely that I’ll have an opportunity to do that in the near future, and while I’m sure it is interesting and if I happen to be traveling in an area that has such a plant I’d look into taking a tour, it’s not one of the top things on my list of things to do. Because you have background in thi...
by roflwaffle
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I buy a Tesla?
Replies: 121
Views: 9664

Re: Can I buy a Tesla?

TimeRunner wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:58 pm
Your billable time is too valuable to be hanging around a charging station. Gas and get to work! :D
I was going to say their billable time to too valuable pumping gas (and maybe picking up whatever random virus is on the gas pump). Charge at home and never bother with a gas station! :D
by roflwaffle
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I think the Bolt's luxuryish. The Premier seems to be going for around $39k OTD if you're OK haggling, so about $10k less than the least expensive 3 currently offered, and it has leather/etc... At the same time, while both cars have options the other doesn't, the 3 is faster, has better range, supe...
by roflwaffle
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Wow, $61k. That's too much for this vehicle. But that's just me. I was interested at $35k (with $7,500 credit). Perhaps I would consider a few options at $45k max. If you look at Teslas history, nobody should have expected a 35k car. I want to say the Model S was a 55k car when announced:) The ques...
by roflwaffle
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

It's great that BYD wants to catch up, but that takes time. Just like it took Tesla and Panasonic time to get the Gigafactory up and running. I think you and I evaluate the production of the competing players differently. :-) Whatever Tesla says will take 2-3 times as long IMO. So even if a year be...
by roflwaffle
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Are you referring to the net production capacity of other manufacturers, or specific expansions? If other automakers partner with battery manufacturers to build production capacity for their EVs, it'll take them at least a year or so to build their own Gigafactory to catch up to Tesla/Panasonic. I ...
by roflwaffle
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I used to be excited about upcoming EVs from other traditional car manufactures... It's important to read their press releases critically. For example, Volvo has said that by 20xx, all of his cars will be electrified. When that press release came out, many gave them high props. But note that Volvo ...
by roflwaffle
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?
Replies: 27
Views: 2459

Re: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?

Sprint's had a promotion where you only pay $10+taxes/month for up to 5 lines, but you have to have specific phones to sign up for it, and it's online/call-in only, not in-store.
by roflwaffle
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

That sounds really low to me. Having said that, if you pick up a base 3 and want to sell it for $15,000+ after driving it for 3 years, I would buy it sight unseen as long as it wasn't wrecked. IMO, the 3 is years ahead of the competition. https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/8nhodw/model_3...
by roflwaffle
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Going back on topic, I think someone should take delivery if they want a new, sporty, efficient EV. The 3 to me has 90+% of the practicality and efficiency of a Prius with 90+% of the performance and appeal of a luxury sports sedan. No other manufacturer's offering anything close right now, and I t...
by roflwaffle
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

AFAIK, the only situation where you or any other driver using EAP wouldn't be able to save themselves is if they weren't paying attention and/or weren't conscious. EAP is extremely easy to override with a relatively small amount of force, which can drop the car down to TACC, or completely into manu...
by roflwaffle
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Going back on topic, I think someone should take delivery if they want a new, sporty, efficient EV. The 3 to me has 90+% of the practicality and efficiency of a Prius with 90+% of the performance and appeal of a luxury sports sedan. No other manufacturer's offering anything close right now, and I th...
by roflwaffle
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111558

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Your comments are interesting. That is what is known as accident reconstruction. This case may eventually be tried before judge and jury so we may be wasting our time here. Key point is when should driver have become aware that car was heading for barrier? Probably when it started to accelerate. An...