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by researcher
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead's Car Talk
Replies: 35
Views: 3288

Re: Boglehead's Car Talk

Sounds about right for C&D. They love $$$ high-powered luxury cars, and will bash anything that doesn't perform to that level. I put about as much faith in them as movie reviewers. You are wrong. They rate cars relative to the class of vehicles they are associated with. Even then, vehicles they rat...
by researcher
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead's Car Talk
Replies: 35
Views: 3288

Re: Boglehead's Car Talk

Probably cross the Cross-trek off your list. I repeatedly read that they are slow and small. My sister-in-law owns one, and I've driven it. I was pleasantly surprised by the pep of that little 2.0L -- it actually puts out more horsepower than the 2.2L in my '96 Outback. If a family of four thinks i...
by researcher
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kids and Money
Replies: 38
Views: 1754

Re: Kids and Money

My kids, I raise as if they have no money. I don't think I have ever bought either of them a present their whole life that include holidays and their birthday. Now neither ever asks about material objects including toys. You've never purchased a single present for your kids for their entire lives? ...
by researcher
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kids and Money
Replies: 38
Views: 1754

Re: Kids and Money

My kids, I raise as if they have no money. I don't think I have ever bought either of them a present their whole life that include holidays and their birthday. Now neither ever asks about material objects including toys. You've never purchased a single present for your kids for their entire lives? ...
by researcher
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?
Replies: 49
Views: 3136

Re: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?

Main reason is I get to drive a different car than my own car. Removes some boredom... Even a 2018 Chevy would be more fun than a 2006 volvo This couldn't be further from the truth. The vast majority of rental cars are crappy, second rate, base model, stripped down fleet vehicles. Here is an exampl...
by researcher
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?
Replies: 49
Views: 3136

Re: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?

My thinking was that for such a long road trip (mostly through long stretches of barren land) there COULD be more of a chance of a car issue due to age than a new rental vehicle. On the other hand, whenever I have rented cars for shorter trips, I felt it always enhanced the enjoyment (due to my Avi...
by researcher
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Purchase - Sellers Request Help with Repairs
Replies: 69
Views: 3050

Re: Home Purchase - Sellers Request Help with Repairs

During the home inspection process it was discovered that the septic system was basically non-functioning. As part of our response to the inspection report, we requested that the sellers remedy the septic system to which they obliged (in writing). One mistake you made was requesting that the seller...
by researcher
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?
Replies: 49
Views: 3136

Re: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?

The drive will be about 12 - 15hrs each way depending on which route we take. We currently have a nice 2006 Volvo S60T with about 70k+ miles on it. My question is....should we just rent a nice full size sedan to do this drive and save the mileage on our car? Looks like prices are about $400+ for ou...
by researcher
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.
Replies: 62
Views: 7127

Re: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.

"Pre-collision throttle management" defined as follows: "Eyesight detects objects in front of the vehicle that you are likely to hit. It will reduce the power from the engine to help minimize the possible impact force and frontal impact damage." https://www.subaru.com/engineering/eyesight.html So, ...
by researcher
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dayton, Ohio -- Worth Visiting?
Replies: 39
Views: 2960

Re: Dayton, Ohio -- Worth Visiting?

The OP asked if anyone thought Dayton had some "sketchy areas". I replied yes. You seem to have a different opinion. That's absolutely fine, and how these types of forums work best with readers forming their own opinions based on various replies/perspectives/opinions. Suggest you watch the Frontlin...
by researcher
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.
Replies: 62
Views: 7127

Re: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.

Your Subaru Outback 3.6 Touring is a very poor performer when it comes to braking.. Braking is not the Subaru Outback’s forte. With a 70-mph-to-zero braking distance of 192 feet, our 3859-pound Outback 3.6R Touring d idn’t just perform poorly among its competitive set, it simply performed poorly . C...
by researcher
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.
Replies: 62
Views: 7127

Re: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.

Almost to the top while driving at speed limit I saw vehicles no more than 10 yards fully stopped. I braked hard to no avail. Approx 1 yard from ahead car my dash started blinking red -imminent collision detected or something- and then came to a screeching halt. Probably 6 inches from impact. I loo...
by researcher
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Filing a Lemon Law Claim on Vehicle
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Filing a Lemon Law Claim on Vehicle

I'm thinking about filing a Lemon Law claim against Honda for my 2017 CRV. I'm wondering if I can do this myself or should hire an attorney up front. Would appreciate input from anyone who has pursued a lemon law claim on their vehicle and advice as to how I should proceed. If it is advisable to us...
by researcher
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a pre-owned Lexus IS-250
Replies: 29
Views: 1756

Re: Buying a pre-owned Lexus IS-250

Brand new Accord Sport or used Acura TLX. I think your choice is good though. thanks for the suggestion after research i found TLX and Accord are bigger cars the TLX v-6 AWD starts at $39k. The suggestion was a USED Acura TLX, so the new pricing you quoted isn't relevant. (Though it is $4K lower th...
by researcher
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dayton, Ohio -- Worth Visiting?
Replies: 39
Views: 2960

Re: Dayton, Ohio -- Worth Visiting?

Large parts of Dayton look like a bombed out urban wasteland. I live just a short distance away, and wasn't aware much of Dayton was a Mad Max style dystopian society. Could you elaborate on specifically where these "large parts" of Dayton resemble a "bombed out urban wasteland"? https://www.pbs.or...
by researcher
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dayton, Ohio -- Worth Visiting?
Replies: 39
Views: 2960

Re: Dayton, Ohio -- Worth Visiting?

jabberwockOG wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:35 pm
Large parts of Dayton look like a bombed out urban wasteland.
I live just a short distance away, and wasn't aware much of Dayton was a Mad Max style dystopian society.

Could you elaborate on specifically where these "large parts" of Dayton resemble a "bombed out urban wasteland"?
by researcher
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda 3 w/ Snow tire or Subaru AWD with All Season Tire
Replies: 56
Views: 3416

Re: Mazda 3 w/ Snow tire or Subaru AWD with All Season Tire

Will buy a used car as my daughter's 1st car. Find a Mazda3 hatchback with low mileage. test drove it. very dynamic in handling. She will drive it on snow. Just wondering if a Mazda with snow tire or should I looking for a Subaru with All Season or snow tire. Get the Mazda. Depending on where you l...
by researcher
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dayton, Ohio -- Worth Visiting?
Replies: 39
Views: 2960

Re: Dayton, Ohio -- Worth Visiting?

I'm planning a road trip and considering making Dayton one of the stops. You should fill in some key information... - Where will you be coming from & where are you headed to - How many days is your road trip & what types of things will you be doing/seeing In my opinion, Dayton is definitely worth a...
by researcher
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with choices for new car
Replies: 20
Views: 1354

Re: Help with choices for new car

Hello, Need suggestions for a new car to purchase with cash. Considerations: 2018 subaru outback 2018 mazda CX-5 2018 toyota camry 2018 lexus NX or RX This is an easy choice. Of the vehicles on your list, the Mazda CX-5 is the best overall, by a wide margin. You should read this... https://www.cara...
by researcher
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Leak During New Home Construction
Replies: 40
Views: 2415

Re: Water Leak During New Home Construction

The OP said the assesment called for ripping out floors and ceilings, letting things dry, and the replacing all. Where do you get just patching things from? How do you know cabinets and countertops are damaged, need replacing, and will later be chipped or whatever? Feel free to keep making up your ...
by researcher
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Leak During New Home Construction
Replies: 40
Views: 2415

Re: Water Leak During New Home Construction

Unfortunately, feelings have little / nothing to do with it. How else is this issue supposed to be resolved? Should OP take his hurt feelings and his ball and go home? Did you miss the /RESPONDED part? I only referenced "feelings" because chevca suggested that the OP was "PO'd" and simply needed to...
by researcher
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Leak During New Home Construction
Replies: 40
Views: 2415

Re: Water Leak During New Home Construction

Things were wet, we were concerned, and talked to the builder. Granted, this was before any ceilings, drywall, or floors were in. But, they let everything dry out, made sure nothing else leaked, and all is fine. But, I suggest calm down, let them fix it, and be happy you're soon to be in your new h...
by researcher
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Leak During New Home Construction
Replies: 40
Views: 2415

Re: Water Leak During New Home Construction

I agree it seems like a minor issue in the grand scheme of things. Wood can't be much damaged by water in such a short time period. If they air things out for a day or two and replace the damaged dry wall it should be fine. I'm not sure why everyone is describing this as a minor issue. It was a ~15...
by researcher
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Leak During New Home Construction
Replies: 40
Views: 2415

Re: Water Leak During New Home Construction

You don't have to disclose past leaks that have been fixed. You do have to report unfixed leaks so your future market value loss is not a valid claim. This is 100% false (in my state, and likely the OP's). Disclosure forms typically ask about any PREVIOUS or CURRENT issues. Here is the exact wordin...
by researcher
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Leak During New Home Construction
Replies: 40
Views: 2415

Re: Water Leak During New Home Construction

The builder was nearing completion, but today called me and said there was a water leak overnight. It seems the water was turned on yesterday and the plumbers didn't stay at the home long enough to detect the leak. The leak came from a second floor toilet, down through the kitchen and basement bar....
by researcher
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Car on Lot for Year and a Half
Replies: 36
Views: 3612

Re: Used Car on Lot for Year and a Half

LOL. This implies each renter drove it for about 300 miles. If it had been rented that much, it would have spent more time parked between rentals than being driven. Why would it spend more time parked than driven? The car can be rented back out within hours of being turned in. Renter 1 has the car ...
by researcher
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rebates/incentives
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Car rebates/incentives

My buddy got 20% off msrp, from the dealer, not the manufacturer. It was a special they were running to move cars. They wouldn’t honor the price for me. No one could negotiate that, since I tried and they wont go under gm discount(friends and family). Also around me, they won’t go under invoice on ...
by researcher
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 89
Views: 5971

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

The marketplace demands cheap cars, trendy colors and ipone integration / bluetooth... "The marketplace demands cheap cars, trendy colors... Consumers typically buy new cars based on low upfront cost (or *shudder* low monthly payment)" The market is NOT focused on cheap cars. - The top-selling mode...
by researcher
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rebates/incentives
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Car rebates/incentives

45000-20%=9,000 off sticker=36,000 45,000-gm discount(lowest price they will negotiate to)=41,000 Without a rebate, I feel I’m getting ripped because I know for a fact that at this certain 2 week period, they were actually selling these vehicle for that amount. What makes you think the "GM discount...
by researcher
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Car on Lot for Year and a Half
Replies: 36
Views: 3612

Re: Used Car on Lot for Year and a Half

There is a 2010 Pontiac Vibe that seems like a good deal, but the dealer has had it for 1.5 years. Should I avoid this? Other than that, it seems like a good deal.. Been struggling to find a decent used car for 6-8k in the Sacramento area. First off, why do you assume that the vehicle has been sitt...
by researcher
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rebates/incentives
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Car rebates/incentives

The entire year there were hardly any rebates whatsoever, not even during Memorial Day and 4th of July. What makes matters worse, a local place offered a 20% msrp to a friend of mine, but only offered it during a two week period, which I didn’t know about, near mother’s day. He bought a traverse. S...
by researcher
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Framing concerns for new construction/custom build
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Framing concerns for new construction/custom build

Thank you, all. I feel reassured. We have never done this before, and so hearing the outside opinions of all of you intelligent people is really valuable. I truly appreciate your time. Not to dampen your spirits (pun intended), but I personally would be concerned. Everyone is focused on the structu...
by researcher
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Ford Edge
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

Re: 2018 Ford Edge

DPT31 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:14 pm
smitcat wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:50 am
Why not replace it with another Mazda?
It's a mazda 6. We want to move up to an SUV
Do yourself a favor and test drive the Mazda CX-9 before you make a final decision.
by researcher
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 89
Views: 5971

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

For mass market cars, these experts are undoubtedly focused on 1) best chance of getting to the end of the warrenty period (where manufacturer's liabilty ends I don't agree with this at all. The marketplace demands reliability in modern cars. Consumers expect mainstream vehicles to last 100,000+ mi...
by researcher
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 89
Views: 5971

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

None of what I'm saying means that using what your manual calls for will destroy your vehicle and I never said that. I simply stated in a roundabout way to not be a sheep. A perfect example is the manual I found for a 2009 Corolla. It's a world car and the ENTIRE rest of the world recommends: 20w-5...
by researcher
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 89
Views: 5971

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

No, you're interpreting what I said in the manner in which you want. I agree with following the manual while you're in your warranty period because that's the smart thing to do. I'm not saying the manual is bad advice or that you should jeopardize a warranty over it. The OP asked for opinions on th...
by researcher
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 89
Views: 5971

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

The defense that people use of just listening to the manufacturer is bogus. All their millions and blah blah blah spent on research. So you're suggesting people void their factory warranty by ignoring the manufacturer's suggested maintenance? And instead they should use anonymous internet posters s...
by researcher
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 89
Views: 5971

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

I don't dispute that Ford spends a lot on research. But if you changed your oil, then didn't drive for 6mo, would you change it? Ford says 6mo.... Here is the scenario we are discussing... - I put about 4000 miles a year on it. - Most of that is from short trips, running errands around town. - Manu...
by researcher
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 89
Views: 5971

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

It says to change the oil every 5000 files or six months. If the manual says to change the oil every six months, then you should change the oil every six months. Ford spends huge sums of money on research & development, testing, quality assurance, ect. They subject engines to all manner of testing ...
by researcher
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car predicament
Replies: 14
Views: 2422

Re: Car predicament

He has a Kia Forte 2012 with a blown engine. It seems like his options are limited. He's thinking about paying the $5,000 left on his loan or filing bankruptcy. Is there is anything else to do? Why doesn't he just repair the car and keep driving it? Then just continue along (and pay the car loan) a...
by researcher
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepaid car maintenance -- Mazda -- HCOL
Replies: 21
Views: 1365

Re: Prepaid car maintenance -- Mazda -- HCOL

Millions of people do. Never had a problem. Quick, easy and reasonable. The oil filter and ~5 quarts of synthetic oil I can't see running much under $30. Based on past experience, Jiffy Lube would be the last place I'd take my car for service, especially if you plan to keep it for the long term. I ...
by researcher
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation without saving adequately?
Replies: 70
Views: 5136

Re: Vacation without saving adequately?

Beach wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:09 pm
We will likely not be able to save up enough to cover the costs without dipping into savings.
What is the point of "savings" if not to pay for things like vacations?

I assume you are describing liquid "savings" (and not taking out a 401K loan or something).
by researcher
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepaid car maintenance -- Mazda -- HCOL
Replies: 21
Views: 1365

Re: Prepaid car maintenance -- Mazda -- HCOL

I'm not sure you are going to get a synthetic oil change for $50 with a tire rotation. I go to Jiffy Lube and use a coupon and it is more than $50 just for the oil change. Without a coupon it is around $80 for the oil change. I have a CX-5. Taking your car to Jiffy Lube is your first mistake. I per...
by researcher
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepaid car maintenance -- Mazda -- HCOL
Replies: 21
Views: 1365

Re: Prepaid car maintenance -- Mazda -- HCOL

Is paying $1100 for prepaid maintenance for the first 3-years on a new Mazda CX-5 in a HCOL a good deal? Lastly, the driver of this car will likely only be putting on about 6000-7000 miles a year. You should spend no more than ~$200 on maintenance in the first 3 years. You can easily look up the ma...
by researcher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help
Replies: 82
Views: 3563

Re: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help

You are comparing an Mazda Miata to a 3 series??????!!!!!! Based on the posts you've made, you seem more concerned with the status/badge a car has than actual driving experience. According to you, a car is more fun if it is "fast off the line" and has a "nice interior." And you've scoffed at the id...
by researcher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of selling my car
Replies: 36
Views: 1682

Re: Thinking of selling my car

It's a 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited, bought new in May 2015, with maybe ~25k miles. By my calculations, over a year right now it'll continue to cost $300 to $400 per month when factoring in monthly and annual expenses related to maintaining it. The car is due for a major routine $500-ish servi...
by researcher
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help
Replies: 82
Views: 3563

Re: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help

Suggestions for a Honda Civic for a person who enjoys driving a BMW are unhelpful at best. Once you get behind the wheel of a German car with balls, it's hard to go back to driving less exciting cars. Speaking from personal experience. Actually, such a suggestion is extremely helpful, considering t...
by researcher
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Lawnmower Warranty Issue
Replies: 17
Views: 854

Re: Honda Lawnmower Warranty Issue

the employees stated the repairs were covered under warranty and nothing was owed. The dealer replaced the carburetor and all was well. When I review the warranty, it mentions that carb cleaning is not a covered service, but I don't see any other applicable exclusions. This is an issue between the ...
by researcher
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a new iPhone?
Replies: 43
Views: 3683

Re: Should I get a new iPhone?

You answered your own question in your very first sentence... I'm currently on an iPhone 6 Plus which works fine for how much I use it (light use). But am considering upgrading. Then you go on to debunk half the supposed "plusses" for upgrading... - Better camera, especially the shallow depth of fie...
by researcher
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home
Replies: 45
Views: 3055

Re: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home

krappei wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:45 am
How likely is it that they make all of the apparent stuff high quality but average or lower quality on construction like insulation, materials, foundation, roofing, etc.?
The likelihood is 100%.