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by boffalora
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a used car
Replies: 49
Views: 2104

Re: Selling a used car

Agree with Ithenderson. Look closely at the ad for the white Camry. There are several things you can do make a good first impression with your car no matter what may be wrong with it. Your potential buyers are going to consider the quality of you, the owner, as representative of the quality of the c...
by boffalora
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites
Replies: 84
Views: 6744

Re: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites

Plain white china items, particularly specialty pieces not normally found in place settings.

Example: Large, shallow bowls for salads, soups and pasta.
by boffalora
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi A4 -- Does Anyone Have an Opinion About It?
Replies: 31
Views: 3029

Re: Audi A4 -- Does Anyone Have an Opinion About It?

I've owned three Audis (a 1981 4000, a 2004 A4 and presently a 2017 Q3) and a couple of VW Golfs (a sibling vehicle) through the years. Here are my thoughts: 1. The Audi brand has traditionally been among the first to implement new technologies. Some of them work fine, others are ditched within a co...
by boffalora
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replace old central AC unit?
Replies: 32
Views: 2517

Re: replace old central AC unit?

My first question would be, has the system been properly maintained? By this I mean fully checked out each spring (for the cooling season) and fall (for the heating season). A competent HVAC dealer will clean everything within the system (blower, condensation coil and condenser unit) and check its r...
by boffalora
Mon May 14, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cape Cod Vacation
Replies: 11
Views: 1452

Re: Cape Cod Vacation

You raised a very good question about Martha's Vineyard. A companion and I tried a spur-of-the-moment visit there nearly 40 years ago and quickly realized that getting around the island without a car would be a problem. Making matters worse, reservations for car ferry service had to be made well in ...
by boffalora
Mon May 14, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sumitomo Tires
Replies: 8
Views: 1335

Re: Sumitomo Tires

bob60014, you are correct. This agreement was in effect between 1999 and 2015. http://www.moderntiredealer.com/blogpost/b-o-b/340560/5-more-interesting-facts-about-the-goodyear-sumitomo-dissolution The take-home message from this is that when a tire brand appears in the US, it is very likely the res...
by boffalora
Sun May 13, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sumitomo Tires
Replies: 8
Views: 1335

Re: Sumitomo Tires

1. I know several owners of imported vehicles, German, Japanese and Korean makes, who are fans of Sumitomo tires. Those who have tried them seem to like them, and are especially pleased with their low prices. 2. Nearly all major tiremakers now have modern plants in China producing top quality tires ...
by boffalora
Wed May 02, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 824
Views: 89454

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Have enjoyed several Netflix series, all mentioned here, but my current guilty pleasure is Doctor Foster.
by boffalora
Wed May 02, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New AC - Brand/SEER
Replies: 16
Views: 1145

Re: New AC - Brand/SEER

+1 with Spirit Rider. Don't be overly concerned with the brand of the equipment. Priority One is finding a skilled, reliable HVAC contractor who will install the system properly. If you are satisfied with your existing contractor, stick with him and follow his recommendation. If he sells more than o...
by boffalora
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Existing Satellite Systems
Replies: 23
Views: 3235

Re: Removing Existing Satellite Systems

I'd strongly consider calling a roofing contractor to remove the dishes for you. Once they're gone the roofer can repair any damage that was caused by fastening the dishes to the roof.
by boffalora
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA? What to do in car emergencies?
Replies: 112
Views: 8310

Re: AAA? What to do in car emergencies?

Prayers for peace and comfort as you continue on your life journey. My wife and I are retired and have had AAA for over 20 years. We married later in life (yes, this can happen if and when the time and the partner are right). I've always been a DIY kind of guy, so my wife was the first to join AAA. ...
by boffalora
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is best strategy for taking RMD from VG IRA
Replies: 26
Views: 2421

Re: What is best strategy for taking RMD from VG IRA

I keep enough for two years' RMDs in Prime Money Market (within my traditional IRA) independent of my asset allocation. Were interest rates still in a downward trajectory I'd probably hold that sum in either Short Term Investment Grade or Intermediate Term Investment Grade, but for now PMM suits my ...
by boffalora
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Stereo Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 2108

Re: Car Stereo Questions

Replying to gasdoc: I believe an aftermarket car stereo would not detract from the resale value unless the car is a collector favorite in which having the vehicle's every detail historically correct is important. Otherwise, choose a replacement audio unit that is equal to or better than the factory ...
by boffalora
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying fish (salmon) in Northeast?
Replies: 37
Views: 2685

Re: Buying fish (salmon) in Northeast?

A couple of comments: If you have a Kroger store (or one of their affiliate brands), consider their bags of frozen Wild Caught Pink Salmon filets, individually cryovac'd. As best I've been able to discern, these are Alaskan salmon flown to a processing plant in China, which cleans, filets and packs ...
by boffalora
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Coffee Maker?
Replies: 54
Views: 7170

Re: Quality Coffee Maker?

Toastmaster 12cup drip maker. $12.50 at Dollar General.

My favorite. Really.
by boffalora
Sat May 28, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a 72 yo renew term life insurance?
Replies: 31
Views: 3180

Re: Should a 72 yo renew term life insurance?

Some years ago I heard term life insurance described as "renting an estate". This made an impression on me, as those who must rent an estate are young families in greatest need of one, long before they've had a chance to assemble one. Approach your dad with the idea that his time for life insurance ...
by boffalora
Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CVT car transmissions
Replies: 25
Views: 3412

Re: CVT car transmissions

My 2004 Audi A4 had one of the earlier CVTs. It performed well for about 50Kmi (the warranty length at that time) and then began to give us problems. At 60Kmi the program module needed replacing. No warranty, about $2K. At 75Kmi it began shifting erratically. I consulted several Audi user groups and...
by boffalora
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole house electric surge protector
Replies: 11
Views: 1586

Re: Whole house electric surge protector

I've installed them in every home I've owned since 1990 (that would be three homes) plus the homes of all my extended family. They've protected all of us several times in the rip-roaring thunderstorms we get here in Louisiana. 1. Check the make and model of your home's electrical panelboard. If it's...
by boffalora
Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher recommendation.
Replies: 44
Views: 5065

Re: Dishwasher recommendation.

daveatca, re the Bosch Ascenta: All three that have been installed recently are as quiet or quieter than the previous, more expensive Bosch we had that had served us faithfully for over 10 years. I had recommended Bosch dishwashers to our other family members who found the $369 deal too compelling t...
by boffalora
Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher recommendation.
Replies: 44
Views: 5065

Re: Dishwasher recommendation.

Bosch Ascenta from AJ Madison. If you can wait 10-14 days for it to be shipped it's worth the wait. Every household in my extended family bought one in December when they had a bonus $75 Visa gift card on top of the savings, bringing the price down to $369 with free shipping and no sales tax. Gotta ...
by boffalora
Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New or Lightly Used Honda CRV?
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

Re: New or Lightly Used Honda CRV?

We've all heard about the reliability of Honda products and CR-Vs in particular. The one item that would make me choose a used one is the automatic transmission. Beginning in 2015 the CR-V was equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) rather than a traditional automatic transmission t...
by boffalora
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Car - Acceptable Initial Mileage ?
Replies: 27
Views: 33099

Re: New Car - Acceptable Initial Mileage ?

Getting back to titling and registration by the state, a "new" car generally means one that is still owned by its manufacturer and has never been titled anywhere. In December 1996 I bought a 1996 BMW model that had been used as a service vehicle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, for which BMW was the Of...
by boffalora
Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: electric outlet and conduit placement in custom home
Replies: 19
Views: 2160

Re: electric outlet and conduit placement in custom home

larklea, that 4" PVC duct from the basement to the attic is something a great number of my fellow ham radio operators have attempted to do (Lord knows we run lots of cables) but it's been disallowed by local fire codes. It amounts to a chimney through which heat may rise and fire may spread quickly....
by boffalora
Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: electric outlet and conduit placement in custom home
Replies: 19
Views: 2160

Re: electric outlet and conduit placement in custom home

Your conduits should provide enough space for CAT-5E/6 and coax cable between a central hub closet (make sure it's air conditioned!) and the various electronic devices that will require connectivity. The closet should be where the "drops" from the telephone and cable companies terminate. As technolo...
by boffalora
Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Counter Depth Refrigerator to buy
Replies: 27
Views: 4384

Re: Best Counter Depth Refrigerator to buy

WaffleCone, JennAir is a Whirlpool sibling also. Our KitchenAid ran with no problems for a little over 10 years, then suddenly it died. We felt that it should have lasted longer than that, but several appliance repairmen concurred that we had pretty much ridden the train to the end of its line. We r...
by boffalora
Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is DIY Car maintenance that hard these days?
Replies: 51
Views: 5904

Re: Is DIY Car maintenance that hard these days?

I tend to straddle this question by becoming technically knowledgeable of my cars (online user groups are the greatest!) and then deciding on a job-by-job basis whether to do it myself or bring it to a nearby independent garage with whom I have a very good working relationship. The garage gets my oi...
by boffalora
Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Counter Depth Refrigerator to buy
Replies: 27
Views: 4384

Re: Best Counter Depth Refrigerator to buy

We replaced our 10-year-old KitchenAid counter-depth fridge whose compressor failed (KA and Kenmore are both Whirlpool siblings) with a Samsung RS22HDHPNBC/AA. I won't get into all of its feature details because this particular model may not suit you. But the price was right from AJ Madison (ajmadis...
by boffalora
Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebooks- What is the lure?
Replies: 157
Views: 20125

Re: Chromebooks- What is the lure?

Everyone here is right on track with the advantages of a Chromebook. It is not a replacement for a PC except for certain individuals. - My wife and I are retired, but we are both active leaders in volunteer organizations. We both need and use high-end laptops normally reserved for gamers (32Gb RAM i...
by boffalora
Fri May 22, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice For Selling A Used Car
Replies: 12
Views: 3678

Re: Advice For Selling A Used Car

Watty has it right. I've done this several times. I recommend that when you meet someone for a test drive: - Bring a friend or family member with you. - Meet at a library or retail location where you can make copies of the prospective buyer's drivers license and insurance card. - Have your companion...
by boffalora
Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: chip credit cards
Replies: 25
Views: 2526

Re: chip credit cards

In our area Walmart has new card terminals that read the chips instead of the mag strips. My new Amex card has both, so if I swipe the strip in the conventional way at Walmart, the terminal will halt the transaction and direct me to insert the card into the chip reader. Once it's inserted, the reade...
by boffalora
Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Rheem gas water heaters good quality?
Replies: 16
Views: 59310

Re: Are Rheem gas water heaters good quality?

I had a new Rheem gas water heater installed in January 2001. I drained and flushed it once a year. It finally failed in October 2013. I would have replaced it with another Rheem except that my regular plumber changed brands along the way, so I now have his new preferred brand, which curiously is Br...
by boffalora
Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to buy a new/used car? When to call it quits on a car..
Replies: 22
Views: 2436

Re: Time to buy a new/used car? When to call it quits on a c

lyner, is your 2002 Audi A6 a quattro or is it front wheel drive (FWD)? If it's FWD, it may qualify for a new transmission under the CVT Settlement. https://cvtsettlement.com/ I traded my very nice relatively low mileage 2004 Audi A4 FWD, which had been performing less than optimally, last fall afte...
by boffalora
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a new Windows 8 disc to clear Dell's bloat
Replies: 33
Views: 4457

Re: Buy a new Windows 8 disc to clear Dell's bloat

When I'm asked to clean up a friend's computer bloated with crapware, regardless of whether it came with the machine or the user unwittingly downloaded it, I first install free CCleaner (www.ccleaner.com) from a flash drive. Opening the Tools tab on CCleaner will reveal every program installed on th...
by boffalora
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jetta Sportwagen Question
Replies: 42
Views: 7048

Re: Jetta Sportwagen Question

You're on the right track. Avoid the TDI just for the DSG transmission. VW/Audi loves to experiment with new transmission designs in the interest of performance and fuel economy. My present 2004 Audi A4 with the then-revolutionary CVT automatic transmission delivered on both counts but began develop...
by boffalora
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jetta Sportwagen Question
Replies: 42
Views: 7048

Re: Jetta Sportwagen Question

As a VW and Audi fan for 30+ years, I'll try to be as objective as possible. I would recommend the Jetta provided the one you choose is as simply equipped as possible. This means front wheel drive, 5cyl or 4cyl non-turbo engine and Tiptronic automatic or manual transmission. These are all proven com...
by boffalora
Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi A4 versus Volvo S60 Sedan
Replies: 25
Views: 13851

Re: Audi A4 versus Volvo S60 Sedan

Agree with Glock. I've been a VW and Audi fan for 30+ years. I love driving those cars for 75,000mi and can't bear to part with them, but experience has proven that letting them go at that mileage is the right thing to do. They require considerable preventive maintenance at that point, and if done b...
by boffalora
Tue May 28, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying a new laptop
Replies: 53
Views: 7125

Re: buying a new laptop

Donny, here's something you may want to consider. TigerDirect carries many "refurbished" computers that might be considered the computer equivalent of "program cars". I've been a happy customer with them for years. This particular machine sounds like it's very close to what you're considering, and i...
by boffalora
Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for advice on Wine.
Replies: 33
Views: 3071

Re: Looking for advice on Wine.

Check out the Reverse Wine Snob http://www.reversewinesnob.com/ and its associated Facebook page for exceptional wine suggestions for under $20 a bottle.
by boffalora
Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?
Replies: 62
Views: 6163

Re: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?

I'll hitchhike on the opinions about one's age being a cure for "upgrade-itis". I've found it curious that the more I can afford the finest toys of life that I once coveted (cars, audio, amateur radio equipment), the less they now appeal to me. Could it be that in our younger days we became captive ...
by boffalora
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gotta buy tires
Replies: 50
Views: 7296

Re: Gotta buy tires

I'm guessing your tire size is 205/70R15. There is a huge selection of tires in a wide price range in this size. Because you are looking for safe tires but are not planning to keep this car beyond another 30Kmi, consider a secondary brand of a major manufacturer. For example, Bridgestone makes Prime...
by boffalora
Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable soft riding car
Replies: 28
Views: 10172

Re: Comfortable soft riding car

I'll second the Lexus for a smooth rider. Candidly, this is why my wife and I did NOT buy a Lexus. It drove cushy like the GM luxury sedans of the 1970s. That said, seats in an Audi have the best back support in the industry, including solid lumbar support. The question is whether you'd like that ti...
by boffalora
Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing a car radio
Replies: 12
Views: 1246

Re: Replacing a car radio

Yet another vote for crutchfield.com . I've been a customer for 30 years. They have a wide selection of car stereos with various features, competitively priced. Using their site, begin with your specific vehicle model and submodel if applicable. Crutchfield will narrow the field to what will fit pro...
by boffalora
Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New windows for home- which brand?
Replies: 42
Views: 18605

Re: New windows for home- which brand?

Mrxyz, if you happen to be located in Indiana, I recommend you give Faerber's BEE Window a shot at a bid for your project. While in the St. Louis area in 1990 I faced replacement of my 1921 home's original wood windows, which were slowly rotting. I shopped around and wound up choosing BEE, which at ...
by boffalora
Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Prius owners?
Replies: 37
Views: 4812

Re: Any Prius owners?

Fwiw, I have a friend who just survived a head-on collision driving a Prius that was several years old. Her Prius was totaled; she walked away. Banged up a bit and sore, but alive and vertical. It crumpled in all the right places. Needless to say, her husband is ordering her a new Prius.
by boffalora
Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector That Didn't Protect
Replies: 36
Views: 5830

Re: Surge Protector That Didn't Protect

I've installed whole-house circuit protectors in several homes I've owned, plus those of family and friends. For me it's important since I have multiple computers, a home network plus a ham radio station. I'll comment on a few items mentioned on this thread just from experience: 1. Before buying any...
by boffalora
Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Fan Not Working
Replies: 70
Views: 15761

Re: Attic Fan Not Working

For what it's worth, today a roof replacement in the South always includes removal and disposal of this type of power vent and replacement with conventional wind turbine coolers. They run virtually constantly from April to October, requiring oiling at the beginning of the season and again at midseas...
by boffalora
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Muffling the sound of central air outside unit
Replies: 36
Views: 11151

Re: Muffling the sound of central air outside unit

I added a Brinmar sound blanket to my older Goodman A/C compressor that made a horribly loud noise...far worse than the one in the YouTube video. The improvement was far more dramatic than heard in the video. I believe the blanket was around $60 and my A/C contractor charged an additional $40 to ins...
by boffalora
Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Congress mulls IRA changes...
Replies: 2
Views: 674

Congress mulls IRA changes...

...and tried sneaking one into a transportation bill! I suspected Stretch IRAs would eventually head for the Congressional chopping block, but RMDs on Roths?? This was supposed to be one of Roths' prime attractions. The caution of many toward the 'opportunity' to convert Traditional IRAs to Roths by...
by boffalora
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wellington vs. Dividend Growth in this Interest Rate Climate
Replies: 6
Views: 1887

Re: Wellington vs. Dividend Growth in this Interest Rate Cli

Good thoughts all, and thanks. Btw, I failed to mention that I am already retired and that Wellington is roughly half my portfolio with the rest diversified among rotating asset classes and stock sectors. Paul, I'm thinking of the current climate of artificially low interest rates clamped down by th...
by boffalora
Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wellington vs. Dividend Growth in this Interest Rate Climate
Replies: 6
Views: 1887

Wellington vs. Dividend Growth in this Interest Rate Climate

Vanguard Dividend Growth is roughly interchangeable with the 65% equity portion of Vanguard Wellington. In this interest rate climate with bonds seemingly delivering no growth whatsoever, has anyone here considered replacing Wellington in your portfolio with Dividend Growth? I understand the classic...