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by researcher
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week or so in West Virginia
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: A week or so in West Virginia

Just broke free from some summer commitments, and as of this morning, I'm interested in an adventurous week (rafting especially, hiking...some sightseeing okay too) or so in West Virginia in July or August. I'd be grateful for recommendations. Thanks in advance. Rafting - I can't recommend a specif...
by researcher
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low Prius Inventory-change strategy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1225

Re: Low Prius Inventory-change strategy?

Wow! That seems surprising to me. I wonder If the addition of the Hybrid option to other Toyota models is a reason? I think other Toyota models and models from other manufacturers that are not as ugly and drive better is probably a big factor, along with low gas prices, and people's love of crossov...
by researcher
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low Prius Inventory-change strategy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1225

Re: Low Prius Inventory-change strategy?

onourway wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:52 am
The Prius has long since become invisible to the greater populace at large. Nobody notices one unless you do something to attract that notice.
The only time I notice Prius drivers are when they blow past me at 80+ MPH on the highway.
So much for efficiency.
by researcher
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low Prius Inventory-change strategy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1225

Re: Low Prius Inventory-change strategy?

For the Prius LE with front wheel drive there's only 11 within 100 miles and 3 are red which is no. (I'm right next to Cleveland). I usually try to ask several dealerships for their best price on a specific car, features, etc. via e-mail and then go with the lowest. I don't see that working in this...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?
Replies: 64
Views: 4949

Re: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?

I love that people think their phone number and address is private. That's so cute. :) I love that you think a legitimate expectation of privacy is worth mocking. Did you feel the same way in the olden days when copies of the phone book/white pages were distributed to every household in the area? H...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty

I would privately sell it and probably get at least $3000 more than I would if I traded it in. But the same is true with or without the extended warranty. You will virtually always get substantially more selling private party vs. trade-in, regardless of whether or not you purchased an extended warr...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty

RootSki wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:19 pm
$3600 is not an expensive gamble. I'm always 100% invested.
You're not "always 100% invested" if you give that $3000 to the warranty company instead of investing it.
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty

No you are paying 3k for 5 years of coverage. The last 3 years of coverage will be used by the 3rd owner and will result in making a private sale of this car much easier. Being able to drive 10 years/150-200k miles for 3k seems like a decent deal if most things are covered. Y Depending on your driv...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda extended warranty
Replies: 18
Views: 940

Re: Mazda extended warranty

There is also a convenience factor since while it is under the extended warranty you can just drop it the car at a dealership to let them fix a problem. This can be very useful when you are out of town. How is this a convenience? The dealership will fix any problem you might have, regardless of whe...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty

7... most likely 8 years. I kept my last XC60 8 years so that's a fair bet. Those same dealership techs will repair my car without the warranty at full cost to me in future dollars. I have a great Volvo independent mechanic near me, but he's not a technician. So of the exclusion parts listed, all o...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda extended warranty
Replies: 18
Views: 940

Re: Mazda extended warranty

There is also a convenience factor since while it is under the extended warranty you can just drop it the car at a dealership to let them fix a problem. This can be very useful when you are out of town. How is this a convenience? The dealership will fix any problem you might have, regardless of whe...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Volvo CPO Extended Warranty

I have a 5 year, unlimited milage warranty. it would be OEM Volvo extended warranty out to 10 years/unlimited miles for about $3000 with a $100 deductible. It's exclusionary coverage. I'd have some piece of mind that any repair work would be done by dealership techs and I would not have to interfac...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda extended warranty
Replies: 18
Views: 940

Re: Mazda extended warranty

investor4life wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:49 am
Good points! I think you have talked me out of getting the extended warranty :D
Thank you all for your input.
You made a good decision.
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda extended warranty
Replies: 18
Views: 940

Re: Mazda extended warranty

How is buying an extended warranty "blowing thousands of dollars"? In return for an upfront ~$2000 payment, you could potentially receive limited coverage of some parts during a narrow time period beyond the free manufacturer's warranty. In other words, you are betting that things will go perfectly...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 152
Views: 22621

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

I have a calendar reminder set as well. But it does get annoying having to go through the song and dance 2x a year. No calendar reminder or song/dance needed. Once you sign up for your next 6 months, simply tell them "I want to cancel the service after this 6 month term is up," which wipes out the ...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda extended warranty
Replies: 18
Views: 940

Re: Mazda extended warranty

I am considering getting an extended warranty for a 2019 Mazda CX-5 that I plan to purchase soon. I know that modern cars are more reliable in general, but there are also more bells and whistles that can go wrong. My previous warranties have paid for themselves. Visit the Mazda CX-5 forum and you w...
by researcher
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2013 Cadillac SRX - Corroded / Pitted Wheels
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: 2013 Cadillac SRX - Corroded / Pitted Wheels

Here is a link to a photo of what I’m talking about: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3v5g3MF1PsqEmzGY8 I don't see much, if any "pitting/corrosion" in that picture. It looks like the wheel finish (paint, clearcoat) has failed and is flaking off. Is there major pitting not visible? I personally would have...
by researcher
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is this cabin so inexpensive?
Replies: 15
Views: 1512

Re: Why is this cabin so inexpensive?

peterwantstosave wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:29 pm
I'll start the bidding at $13
This makes sense, thank you all
First off, this is not a cabin.
It is essentially a camper/travel trailer made to resemble a cabin.

It also must be moved from it's current location, and the furnace must be purchased separately.
by researcher
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1098
Views: 153201

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

Morse Code wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:52 am
Every review I've read puts the CRV #1 over it's competitors and it doesn't surprise me a bit.
You apparently missed this important one...
https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a ... suvs-2019/
by researcher
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which car to buy?
Replies: 29
Views: 2524

Re: Which car to buy?

wilked wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:01 am
Keep the car, ask again in 3-5 years
+1

You love your current car, you've never had any issues with it, and it has less than 100K miles.

At the rate of change in the auto industry, there is no sense speculating about some future purchase that is several years away.
by researcher
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fishing rod/reel combo recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: Fishing rod recommendation

Does anybody have any recommendations for a good fishing rod for light fishing from shore. May be a spinner rod but looking for recommendation on a good brand/model that is cheaper and good value. I do understand they can get very pricey with brands like Penn. My budget is 50$. Given the type of fi...
by researcher
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?
Replies: 241
Views: 12984

Re: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?

sjt wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:39 am
Red - 10 times out of 9.
Disagree.
Between these two, I would definitely go with the white.

Not only is it less flashy and more classy, the white better complements all of the black on the car (wheels, vents, scoops, trim, ect).

In fact, I don't like the red at all on this particular car.
by researcher
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 72
Views: 3850

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

I was shocked that I only got 12k miles out of the tires. I'm not happy, but just needed something to reassure it wasn't a total fluke event. The problem is, you don't know whether your tires actually needed to be replaced at 12K miles, because you didn't check the tread depth to find out. For all ...
by researcher
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 72
Views: 3850

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

But my whole point in the thread was that I only got 12k miles. 30k and I'd be fine, but I got less than half that. That is the price you pay for buying an AWD van that requires run-flat tires. What did you expect from an OEM tires that comes with ZERO tread life warranty? https://www.autotrader.co...
by researcher
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 72
Views: 3850

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

50 for an oil change, 75 for an alignment ballpark is 125 for the maintenance items. On Tire Rack the OEM tires for the AWD Sienna are 1036 for a set of 4. So you're pretty much at 1200 there without any stealership activities The OP stated in a follow-up post that the replacement tires were not th...
by researcher
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 72
Views: 3850

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

We paid the $1200 for the oil change, tires, and alignment. I asked about the warranty and was informed that the tire manufacturer for the originals didn't offer any type of pro rate coverage. I did look at other places, but there seem to be very little options for run-flat tires at 3rd party sites...
by researcher
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2015 subaru forester 96k, replace or run into the ground?
Replies: 24
Views: 1993

Re: 2015 subaru forester 96k, replace or run into the ground?

I have a 2015 subaru forester... we didn't have a lot of luck with our last subaru... consumer reports gives [2015 Subaru] it a 3 out of 5 for reliability. I'm curious... If you had bad luck with your previous Subaru, why did you turn around and buy another Subaru for your next car? This seems to b...
by researcher
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?
Replies: 241
Views: 12984

Re: I'm thinking about buying an exotic supercar anyone here done this and feedback?

It's the same chassis, motor, transmission, and dampers- it's more of an option package than a different car. My point is that you can't conflate a stock OEM GT350 and GT350R when discussing lap times. They are not "nearly identical cars" in that respect. The R would be notably quicker around Nurbu...
by researcher
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone familiar with driving from Disneyland area to Tucson, Az?
Replies: 39
Views: 2013

Re: Anyone familiar with driving from Disneyland area to Tucson, Az?

Why would you even drag a 3y old in these places? Maybe I'm crazy and don't know it yet? :D Are you saying it's not worth it? It's torture for all of you... At least if the kid is 8 it's torture only for the parents. This hasn't been my experience at all. I'm no Disney/theme park fanatic. However, ...
by researcher
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?
Replies: 241
Views: 12984

Re: I'm thinking about buying an exotic supercar anyone here done this and feedback?

They are nearly identical cars. Not quite... - The R costs $8K+ more - GT350 shot from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds; the R version 3.9 (Car & Driver). - the R comes standard with coolers for the engine oil, differential, and transmission fluid. - the Shelby 350R floats on carbon fiber wheels inste...
by researcher
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?
Replies: 241
Views: 12984

Re: I'm thinking about buying an exotic supercar anyone here done this and feedback?

alfaspider wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:42 am
A new GT350 would be quicker than an old GT for less than 1/4 the price.

Lap times.
GT350R did a 7:32 around the Nurburgring. Ford GT 7:52.
That makes a bit more sense if you're talking about the GT350R instead of the GT350 mentioned in your initial post.
by researcher
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?
Replies: 241
Views: 12984

Re: I'm thinking about buying an exotic supercar anyone here done this and feedback?

alfaspider wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:57 am
A new GT350 would be quicker than an old GT for less than 1/4 the price.
In what way is a new Ford Mustang GT 350 "quicker" than a first gen Ford GT?

It is certainly not quicker in any way based on the performance metrics I've seen.
by researcher
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working for the Airlines - Value of Free Travel
Replies: 62
Views: 4895

Re: Working for the Airlines - Value of Free Travel

Do you get play by play for every time it does work too? It’s like an Yelp review, you really only hear about the bad times, not the majority of times when it does work. This thread is quite entertaining, people with no airline standby experience chiming in on How it is... It works more than it doe...
by researcher
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working for the Airlines - Value of Free Travel
Replies: 62
Views: 4895

Re: Working for the Airlines - Value of Free Travel

With all due respect, you shouldn't base opinions on third-party stories. I've never once had a "horror story" non-reving. How is it a "third party" story? My acquaintance has texted me in real time as their disasters have unfolded. Did it ever occur to you that you may never have experienced these...
by researcher
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families
Replies: 58
Views: 3656

Re: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families

To be fair, according to most experts I read, snow tires > AWD + all-season tires. Could be an option. Per the OP... deciding on a commuter vehicle to drive to work 450 roundtrip miles a week. I got hooked on AWD these past winters with the Equinox. The man has decided between two specific AWD vehi...
by researcher
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families
Replies: 58
Views: 3656

Re: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families

Test drive a Chevy Bolt on 10-20 miles of your commute. You will buy that car. The experience in traffic or at speed is a revelation. The OP requires AWD on his vehicle, so why recommend the Bolt??? Besides, if he were to go that route, the Bolt should not be his first choice... https://www.carandd...
by researcher
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families
Replies: 58
Views: 3656

Re: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families

For my commuter vehicle, I'm stuck between a 2019 Mazda3 AWD or a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD (snow belt). Wife says: "What if the van goes in the shop?" I just haven't had a kid in my Equinox in the 2 years I've leased it, so it has seemed like wasted space. You've answered your own question...get t...
by researcher
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco or Sam's Club?
Replies: 134
Views: 8215

Re: Costco or Sam's Club?

You'll find almost a Costco like cult. Never question the cult. Prepare for the onslaught of Sams Club hate . . . . :beer +1 I never realized how cult-like Costco supporters were until I read a thread here several months ago. You should search for it and read the many bizarre responses. Essentially...
by researcher
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon free shipping, bait-and-switch?
Replies: 46
Views: 4267

Re: Amazon free shipping, bait-and-switch?

Are you on Prime? The item currently exhibiting the problem is this one (https://www.amazon.com/Braun-Cutter-Replacement-Compatible-Waterflex/dp/B00JRV9CWK), price $27.89. The product page says "free shipping". After adding it to my cart, the checkout page shows only one delivery option (next day, ...
by researcher
Fri May 31, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SiriusXM Free Trial [on my new car] Ends Today
Replies: 27
Views: 1909

Re: SiriusXM Free Trial Ends Today

criticalmass wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 6:55 pm
Frankly, it's just easier to use a one time payment method so there is no auto-renew. Done.

just use a Sirius XM gift card with the amount of your choice.
How is this easier than simply calling an hour or a day after you initially set up service and say "cancel the auto renewal". Done.
by researcher
Fri May 31, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SiriusXM Free Trial [on my new car] Ends Today
Replies: 27
Views: 1909

Re: SiriusXM Free Trial Ends Today

Or just remember to call as soon as your price period expires. Call too early, and they will start a new subscription or end the existing one. Call too late and they will have already charged--which is still okay because you can get that fixed, but more hassle. I haven't found this to be true. With...
by researcher
Fri May 31, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blinds for Windows - Where is the best value ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2277

Re: Blinds for Windows - Where is the best value ?

2. Lowes is offering 40% off on blinds this week - Is it a good deal ? I took advantage of this same offer a few years ago. I replaced the blinds on every window in my house. Everything arrived as ordered, undamaged and labeled. Easy to install. No problems with any of them over the last 2 years.
by researcher
Fri May 31, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working for the Airlines - Value of Free Travel
Replies: 62
Views: 4895

Re: Working for the Airlines - Value of Free Travel

It's a non-trivial benefit in my opinion since we travel a lot. Any ideas on how to put a dollar value on it? I would but ZERO value on this "benefit." I've heard multiple horror stories from an acquaintance whose husband works for an airline. They and their two children have experienced several di...
by researcher
Wed May 29, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good small SUV or AWD sedan recs
Replies: 39
Views: 1942

Re: Good small SUV or AWD sedan recs

I agree with the Mazda 3 Hatchback AWD suggestions. Given what you are looking for, I think it is the most compelling and best car for the money. The redesigned Nissan Altima AWD might also be worth a look. It has gotten very positive reviews. Personally not a fan of Subaru and I wouldn't move up to...
by researcher
Wed May 29, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I encourage my kids to work in high school/college?
Replies: 204
Views: 11311

Re: Should I encourage my kids to work in high school/college?

I am pretty sure you’re gonna say that reading is a waste of time compared with a job at Macd :D If a minimum wage job teaches you anything, then I would question the education received, whether from school or parents. Weak attempt at supporting your stance that “there is absolutely nothing positiv...
by researcher
Wed May 29, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended auto warranty - who to buy from, if you want to
Replies: 40
Views: 2085

Re: Extended auto warranty - who to buy from, if you want to

It's always worthwhile to read the fine print before deciding something is worthwhile or a waste of money. Lots of stuff NOT covered... engine tune-up, suspension alignment, wheel balancing, filters, lubricants, engine coolant, fluids, wiper blades, belts, hoses, spark plugs, brake pads, linings an...
by researcher
Wed May 29, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended auto warranty - who to buy from, if you want to
Replies: 40
Views: 2085

Re: Extended auto warranty - who to buy from, if you want to

but we're lucky enough to be in a position that a couple of grand won't make a big difference in our life journey... Then why not just forgo the warranty and pay out of pocket if you happen to need a repair? Insurance is generally thought of as coverage for losses you can't afford on your own. So w...
by researcher
Tue May 28, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I encourage my kids to work in high school/college?
Replies: 204
Views: 11311

Re: Should I encourage my kids to work in high school/college?

So the grandparents, who were beaming with pride, are a bit sheepish now. You seem to hold some resentment or bitterness towards the grandparents (your/your spouse's parents). Your OP said they were "quite proud of home to be gainfully employed" and that you "winced when you heard that." And your u...
by researcher
Tue May 28, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House not selling
Replies: 134
Views: 10327

Re: House not selling

Do you have kids? They are deadly with a crayon, marker, slime, or anything of that matter in there hands. The cabinets were repainted. The trim was repainted as well. The walls, trims, cabinets did have some scuff marks which the painter fixed. We tried to get the counter top fixed for a few month...
by researcher
Tue May 28, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House not selling
Replies: 134
Views: 10327

Re: House not selling

I dont care if its memorial day, labor day, Christmas or new years. I work all types of holidays as well. It sounds like you should definitely do both you and your realtor a favor by parting ways. But don't expect the outcome to be dramatically different. My guess is that buyers are seeing signs of...