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by researcher
Fri May 29, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Issues - No Oil
Replies: 27
Views: 1372

Re: Car Issues - No Oil

If #1, the motor is likely on borrowed time. If #2, it probably wouldn't have gone so long. Neither worth fixing on a 2004 Volvo. If #3, that's likely a repairable problem that should be addressed. A lot of burning oil will show up in the exhaust as bluish smoke. It will foul a catalytic converter ...
by researcher
Fri May 29, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carolina/Virginia Summer Vacation
Replies: 13
Views: 632

Re: Carolina/Virginia Summer Vacation

Finally, given we'll have a 3-year-old with us we're also looking for options to stop and have some fun on the drive, both on the way toward the Atlantic coast and on the way back home to Ohio. The idea is to find something fun that we'd all enjoy to get us (and our 3-year-old) out of the car, whet...
by researcher
Thu May 28, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car won't start
Replies: 31
Views: 1277

Re: Car won't start

Well, you are entitled to your opinion. I worked as an auto battery engineer and hold 3 patents related to auto batteries. I will just let our readers decide whose opinion they think has more validity, yours or mine. Judging by the number of posters agreeing with my commentary, it appears the reade...
by researcher
Thu May 28, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car won't start
Replies: 31
Views: 1277

Re: Car won't start

Would you care to identify the "ridiculous responses"? Sure... - core4portfolio - Watty - sport (your last 2 posts) This is the most basic of automotive problems, experienced everyday by millions of people. Any response to the OP's question over about 2 lines is an excessive over-thinking of the is...
by researcher
Thu May 28, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring a handyman
Replies: 23
Views: 1282

Re: Hiring a handyman

Sounds like somewhere close to $1,000 is probably more realistic. My Dad did side jobs like this 30 YEARS AGO (I tagged along on many)...he wouldn't take any project for less than $1000. As others have said, there has been extreme lack of skilled labor in this country for many years. The stay-at-ho...
by researcher
Thu May 28, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car won't start
Replies: 31
Views: 1277

Re: Car won't start

Many of these responses are ridiculous. This is a common/simple problem. This isn't rocket science. You don't need to overthink it. No need to ask for over-the-top advice on the internet. Spend 2 minutes watching a youtube video, another 2 minutes to jump start the car, then drive to the nearest aut...
by researcher
Thu May 28, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update current laptop or buy new one?
Replies: 36
Views: 2008

Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

rockstar wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:34 pm
Typical time to refresh a laptop is every 3-5 years.
This rule of thumb must have been created by the same people who buy new $1000 cell phones every year or two.
by researcher
Thu May 28, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring a handyman
Replies: 23
Views: 1282

Re: Hiring a handyman

Maybe it'll be a few hundred more, who knows. Isn't "driving all over town to pick up the needed materials" part of what they do? Yes, it is part of what they do. But you are looking for someone who will complete all of those jobs, including running around picking up materials, in a day for $400. I...
by researcher
Thu May 28, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring a handyman
Replies: 23
Views: 1282

Re: Hiring a handyman

-New front screen door -Replace weatherstripping on two other doors -Replace a few kitchen tiles on backsplash -Remove grout around bathtub and add caulk -Add shelf to pantry -Repair botched drywall job on a small ceiling area, about 2x2 feet. In my head, I am thinking all of this should be able to...
by researcher
Thu May 28, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $5k - $7k to replace engine, or get something else? (loan on car)
Replies: 109
Views: 6614

Re: $5k - $7k to replace engine, or get something else? (loan on car)

bogler52 wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 8:29 am
I've been without my car for 2 months already and this is just exhausting.
You've let this saga drag on for 2 months???

You should have paid an independent mechanic $4K to fix it 8 weeks ago!
That is a small price to pay to move on with your life.
by researcher
Tue May 26, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross country road trip from MA to Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP
Replies: 45
Views: 2170

Re: Cross country road trip from MA to Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP

As to those who are saying to rent an RV, I can't even imagine driving at some of those altitudes in Yellowstone in an RV. I'd assume you'd be going up over passes at 5 mph.?? :D Don't know. As smart as the people are on this forum, the naivete about very basic things amazes me. Do you realize ther...
by researcher
Tue May 26, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross country road trip from MA to Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP
Replies: 45
Views: 2170

Re: Cross country road trip from MA to Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP

TravelGeek wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 3:11 pm
I would personally not want to spend two weeks in such an RV with four people.
But you would be OK spending 6000 miles with four people in a small vehicle and in the same hotel room?
by researcher
Tue May 26, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross country road trip from MA to Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP
Replies: 45
Views: 2170

Re: Cross country road trip from MA to Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP

I looked into renting an RV I was surprised by the limited number of miles per day before surcharges kicked in. I didn’t pursue this any further for other reasons, but I wondered what it would cost to drive a rental RV from Boston to YNP/GNP and back. So I checked CruiseAmerica and they seem to wan...
by researcher
Tue May 26, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for Extended Winter Getaway
Replies: 4
Views: 352

Re: Suggestions for Extended Winter Getaway

Our first thought was to stay at an extended stay, Marriott property in Orlando, FL. What attracts us is the beauty of the property and having a nice pool. Our budget for housing/rental is somewhat flexible. I’d like to keep it to under $10,000 a month. I’m reaching out to the board as others may h...
by researcher
Tue May 26, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross country road trip from MA to Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP
Replies: 45
Views: 2170

Re: Cross country road trip from MA to Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP

We're planning a road trip with two kids (10-13) driving from MA to Glacier NP & Yellowstone NP. For 2 weeks. Are we crazy to do this? With stopping on the way, it'd easily be 3 days to reach and 3 days back. Any tips/suggestions to pull this off? I would take this trip. However, I would do so in a...
by researcher
Tue May 26, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?
Replies: 155
Views: 11325

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

I would look at the Toyota 4Runner. I second that. I will admit I favor Toyota products. It's something I learned from working on vehicles for over 20 years. Out of 22 Midsize SUV's, the Toyota 4Runner is ranked 21... https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g8525152/best-midsize-suv/?slide=3 This bod...
by researcher
Wed May 20, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Care for outdoor patio set?
Replies: 10
Views: 607

Re: Care for outdoor patio set?

It is a nice one with a stone/tile table and wicker chairs. I am wondering how to care for it. Should I cover it when not in use with the enclosed cover? Should I keep the chairs in the garage so they don't sunfade? Covering before winter (I'm in Florida so winters are mild) makes sense... Would pr...
by researcher
Tue May 19, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.
Replies: 262
Views: 19243

Re: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.

rm wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 12:26 pm
What can you spend money on during covid lockdowns?
Any sports activities are out because they require close contact.
Huh?

Road/mountain biking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, power boating, ect, ect.
by researcher
Tue May 19, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?
Replies: 188
Views: 13936

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

Ok, here's the skinny on Infiniti and invariably somebody is going to get hurt by this, but it's the general truth and not fanboyism.... 1. Generally nobody is buying an Infiniti because they actually want an Infiniti 2. People are buying Infiniti because it's the cheapest out there... and they hav...
by researcher
Mon May 18, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeep Cherokee drive-train service
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: Jeep Cherokee drive-train service

My 2016 Cherokee Limited 4x4 (six-cylinder) has nearly 40,000 miles on it. The dealer has recommended front differential service ($150), rear differential service ($150) and transfer case fluid service ($150), all based on time and mileage rather than as a result of inspection. I'm trying to figure...
by researcher
Mon May 11, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $5k - $7k to replace engine, or get something else? (loan on car)
Replies: 109
Views: 6614

Re: $5k - $7k to replace engine, or get something else? (loan on car)

I purchased a 2013 Acura TL with 70k miles (now 80k miles) in September '19. The purchase price of the car was $13k and I did some proactive work (for ~$2k) early because I planned to keep the car for a long time. I took out a $10k loan on the car so I could keep cash to invest vs. paying for the c...
by researcher
Mon May 11, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on tree removal
Replies: 43
Views: 2492

Re: Thoughts on tree removal

We lived for years with the garage space taken up by things less valuable than our cars. It wasn’t until we moved (to a house with space for all of our vehicles) that we realized how bass ackwards we had it. How dumb were we??? 6 digit car in the driveway because we were too lazy to organize. Exact...
by researcher
Mon May 11, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on tree removal
Replies: 43
Views: 2492

Re: Thoughts on tree removal

We have older cars, so I haven't cared that much about it... My wife is due for a new car in a year or two, but I am not going to purchase a new car if it's going to be parked underneath that tree. I was thinking about removing the tree but it's a beautiful, healthy, tree. 1) I have 2 cars and a 1 ...
by researcher
Fri May 08, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?
Replies: 132
Views: 8270

Re: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?

Independent George wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 4:52 pm
It's not a matter of preparing for disruptions, but of stocking up when things are on sale.
I was rather surprised to learn that most people don't already do do this.
What a clever toilet paper hoarding reference.
by researcher
Fri May 08, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?
Replies: 132
Views: 8270

Re: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?

I'm thinking it might be prudent to put some single digit percentage of my income into shelf-stable food stock, water storage, vegetable seeds, wine, and other essential goods. I agree with the previous poster. If you're thinking about this as a % of your annual savings/income, you are spending WAY...
by researcher
Fri May 08, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi A8 or keep looking?
Replies: 30
Views: 2356

Re: Audi A8 or keep looking?

The requirements for me would be a large car for our family of 4 with a good size trunk for short weekend trips. I am wanting something that I would actually enjoy driving so something a bit sporty. Also, my wife and I are both fairly frugal (not extreme) so I would like to keep the cost right arou...
by researcher
Wed May 06, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RV vacations for Post Coronavirus Traveling?
Replies: 16
Views: 1319

Re: RV vacations for Post Coronavirus Traveling?

With the coronavirus situation now, he is actively look to get a used RV. With recession looming, there will be big discounts on the RV market. Safer to travel on than planes and better than a hotel room. Where is he going to stay? All of the campground in my state (and many others) are closed.
by researcher
Fri May 01, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quitting a job after two weeks: relocation expenses
Replies: 196
Views: 17350

Re: Quitting a job after two weeks: relocation expenses

The new offer is for 1.2M a year…3x my current compensation if we include the bonus! They put me in a very luxurious apartment in downtown, where rent is probably around $10k a month During the very first hour of work I was given tasks way above my level of expertise For the past two weeks I have b...
by researcher
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or RAV4
Replies: 57
Views: 3250

Re: Highlander or RAV4

my situation is that I am definitely not looking at the 40k range --- frankly, if the Highlander the direction was looking at the Hertz sales as a way to be able to go that direction my curiosity for those with experience what am I giving up with a FWD version if driving in snow is not an issue. Se...
by researcher
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity
Replies: 82
Views: 5665

Re: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity

Unfortunately, the reviews from the printed publications matter to boomer C-suite staff in Detroit and elsewhere. Print journalism is dead. Most new car buyers have a smart phone. Most new car buyers have the Youtube app. Most new car buyers are not reading printed publications for car reviews. Wit...
by researcher
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity
Replies: 82
Views: 5665

Re: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity

In 2020, automotive printed journalism is more irrelevant than local newspapers. If I got a free sub to each, I'd probably end up throwing away most issues.... and I like cars. Based on your past posts, you are clearly a passionate advocate for Toyota/Lexus, so it's not surprising you would dislike...
by researcher
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity
Replies: 82
Views: 5665

Re: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity

steadyeddy wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:04 pm
I am now in the market for a 3 row crossover and like the Telluride more than the Highlander,
Car & Driver's ranking of 22 Midsize SUVs...
#1 = Kia Telluride
#2 = Mazda CX-9
#19 = Toyota Highlander
#21 = Toyota 4Runner

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g ... dsize-suv/
by researcher
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Auto Detailing Products
Replies: 29
Views: 1445

Re: DIY Auto Detailing Products

I recently bought a new used car and would like to be better at caring for the aesthetic. It's a Toyota so I hope it will last forever, and I intend to drive it forever with regular maintenance and mechanical preventative maintenance. Ideally, I would like a Wash+Wax, a Clay bar kit, and a spray on...
by researcher
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity
Replies: 82
Views: 5665

Re: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity

You'll be asked things like what monthly payment you are shopping for and other hallmarks of the financially illiterate and be more subject to upsells from the finance people for stuff like aftermarket warranties, paint protection, alarms that come pre-installed, and other padding that low level de...
by researcher
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire Mileage Warranty - what's it worth?
Replies: 24
Views: 1474

Re: Tire Mileage Warranty - what's it worth?

The problem with tire rotations is that the Maintenance Minder on my CRV has only shown the code for a tire rotation once at about 6000 miles. I wonder how the Maintenance Minder is programmed and why it never codes for a tire rotation. This can't be right. The code for tire rotation, "1", shows up...
by researcher
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement for 4Runner
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: Replacement for 4Runner

I am not sure why these silver (off-road) and black (pro) valances bother you so much when things like this are everywhere. They don't bother me at all. Different strokes for different folks. I just posted my thoughts on a general design that has been popularized recently, to which andypanda disagr...
by researcher
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement for 4Runner
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: Replacement for 4Runner

Okay, you win, a little bit of silver on a bumper makes it look like a skid plate. :oops: I'm not saying I agree. I think the silver painted bumpers look ridiculous and they certainly don't look like real skid plates to me. I'm just telling you why manufacturers do this and why naive consumers appa...
by researcher
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement for 4Runner
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: Replacement for 4Runner

The trim pieces on the bumpers don't simulate skid plates. ALL 4Runners come with skid plates. Who in the world ever confused a bumper on the end of a vehicle for a skid plate underneath? Yes they do. For the 4Runner "Off-Road" and Rav4 "Adventure", the lower part of the front/rear facias are absol...
by researcher
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement for 4Runner
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: Replacement for 4Runner

Nonsense, those are just trim. The real skid plates are underneath. I agree they are nonsense, and I agree they are just trim. But the reason manufactures do this is to simulate the look of real skid plates, in order to make them look tough and outdoorsy, for all of the suburban buyers who want tha...
by researcher
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement for 4Runner
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: Replacement for 4Runner

Thanks for the replies all. As I stated in my initial post, I do not need to be convinced of the 4Runner's reliability/reputation/resale value (I've owned Toyotas for 20 years). I thought we would walk in, take a test drive, and take it home but as I stated we are having second thoughts. Due to the...
by researcher
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budget for Home Upgrades and Maintenance Reserve Fund?
Replies: 23
Views: 1261

Re: Budget for Home Upgrades and Maintenance Reserve Fund?

It appears that my $25K and $50K set-aside amounts might be too high, so perhaps I either need to reduce those numbers to something more realistic or just keep them as-is and deal with the consequence of having less money available to buy a house with. Again, the set-aside amounts are entirely depe...
by researcher
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement for 4Runner
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: Replacement for 4Runner

The 4Runner skid plates aren’t “fake.” They are very capable of doing their job if you take it off-road. I'm talking about the silver painted front & rear lower fascias, meant to simulate metal skid plates. You will find them on the "Off-Road" version of the 4Runner. None of the other models have t...
by researcher
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement for 4Runner
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: Replacement for 4Runner

The 4runner has a cult following because of its claimed durability. Another thing driving interest in this old beast is the fact that 'butch' styling is all the rage now. For some reason, consumers love the SUV faux toughness look... Aggressive front ends, plastic body cladding, fake skid plates, j...
by researcher
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three to
Replies: 131
Views: 6154

Re: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three

For whatever reason though, as somebody that does read car forums and does listen to car talk at work... Sub owners (purely anecdotal and stereotyping them here) are always reminding others that they bought a Subaru and how great the car is. +1 Subaru and Tesla owners unbridled enthusiasm is intere...
by researcher
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RV/Camper in Corona Virus Times
Replies: 23
Views: 1700

Re: RV/Camper in Corona Virus Times

We would probably do mostly BLM camping. Besides gasing up and getting groceries once a week, we would have little or no contact with people/locals. You need to do some research. I watch a few 'nomads' on Youtube who are out West on BLM land right now. They been harassed/told to leave by various of...
by researcher
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budget for Home Upgrades and Maintenance Reserve Fund?
Replies: 23
Views: 1261

Re: Budget for Home Upgrades and Maintenance Reserve Fund?

In any event, I have never owned a home before and am trying to determine our housing budget and what we can spend from our available cash amounts. $25,000 for immediate upgrades or changes to a house $50,000 for a maintenance reserve fund to cover things like a new HVAC, roof, foundation repair, a...
by researcher
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement for 4Runner
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: Replacement for 4Runner

So wife and I are starting the process of replacing her 2009 Toyota Highlander. We test drove a 2020 4Runner, which was our frontrunner based on owning a 2000 4Runner in the past. The 4Runner is an ancient body-on-frame dinosaur that dates back more than a decade. You should look elsewhere, since n...
by researcher
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?
Replies: 119
Views: 7689

Re: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?

Sunroof got hung up and something on track broke, passenger heated seat element, passenger heated mirror, engine rebuild and tow (vcm lawsuit luck or warranty). Lawsuit didn't cover rental so I made them cover on warranty. One petty repair can be $750 with labor,... IMO if you negotiate it as low a...
by researcher
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?
Replies: 119
Views: 7689

Re: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?

To answer your question, I did purchase it. To answer what would likely be your next question, I haven't had to use it yet. I did read the fine print. The warranty didn't cover an oil pan gasket issue that the dealer found when I went in for an oil change, which cost me $400 to fix. Ouch. This is o...
by researcher
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?
Replies: 119
Views: 7689

Re: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?

$750 for bumper to bumper 100k/7 with $0 deductible. Yes, it's well worth it. That's such a small amount of money I easily got my value out of that over 7 years. You didn't get anywhere close to 7 years of coverage from your extended warranty... - Your Honda came with a 5yr/60K mile powertrain and ...