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by Freddy
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car financing denied after 2 weeks
Replies: 131
Views: 7138

Re: Car financing denied after 2 weeks

The dealer has to contribute to manufacture's 0% financing. They are kicking in up to a couple of thousand dollars to keep the rate low. They now want to make even more money off you by not paying into the loan and by trying to get you into a loan with interest. Don’t fall for it. They are doing wha...
by Freddy
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to replace original sliding patio door
Replies: 20
Views: 1343

Re: Looking to replace original sliding patio door

We had to replace a siding glass door to our deck. Had prices up to $2500. I did not trust the installers provided by big box stores, so we purchased the door aNd installed it ourselves. We went with an Anderson vinyl from Home Depot with E-glass. It was a lot of work because the previous slider was...
by Freddy
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto oil change
Replies: 54
Views: 4000

Re: Auto oil change

These threads are always entertaining! :D In 2009: "Follow the maintenance minder. Why second guess what the manufacturer wants? Trust the engineers!" (MM indicates 5k miles) In 2019: "Ignore the MM, oil and engines have improved so much! You can safely go 10k miles. Trust the engineers!" Little do...
by Freddy
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?
Replies: 57
Views: 3855

Re: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?

We’ve been subscribing to CR for about 25 years. We have the magazine and online subscriptions. CR is useful as a guide for making a product purchase when confused by all the available choices. The car issues and annual buying guide are what I value the most because it gives me insight not only into...
by Freddy
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nose Surgery- Half for functionality/half cosmetic
Replies: 7
Views: 1132

Re: Nose Surgery- Half for functionality/half cosmetic

Had sinus and deviated septum surgery ten years ago and am very well pleased with the result. Breathing better and less sinus issues.
by Freddy
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please suggest a car for a senior
Replies: 28
Views: 1455

Re: Please suggest a car for a senior

As others have mentioned here, a car with a higher seat height and taller door opening may be a good choice. I’m a senior and cannot easily get into, or out of, most Honda sedans. I know because I own an accord and a VW Tiguan. Many sedans are extremely low and the seating position is almost legs st...
by Freddy
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Found hidden safe, should we crack?
Replies: 303
Views: 86103

Re: Found hidden safe, should we crack?

Drill a hole in the door and insert a lighted borescope. You’ll then know if it’s worth opening.
by Freddy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats
Replies: 135
Views: 32560

Re: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats

We have a 2006 Accord EXL with only 51k miles on it. We inherited it from my wife's father and it is only used as a spare car. We’ve owned many Hondas and found they're alright if you are young, but extremely uncomfortable when you become a senior. All their cars are too low to get in and out of as ...
by Freddy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Expedition - possible lemon claim and what to do?
Replies: 62
Views: 4263

Re: Ford Expedition - possible lemon claim and what to do?

Day 43. Finally diagnosed as massive transmission failure (one part failed and then caused damage to lots of other parts around it). Dealer wants to put a new transmission in, Ford refuses, insists that the dealer rebuilds it. The problem is that one of the necessary parts for the rebuild is unavai...
by Freddy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Auctions ?
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Auto Auctions ?

When looking for a car for one of my teenagers I went to an auto auction with my trusted mechanic who is a licensed dealer. Auction was only open to dealers. I was unimpressed with the inventory and prices. Low knock down prices had the seller withdrawing the car to go back on the lot until the nex...
by Freddy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stinky Front Loader (Washer)
Replies: 66
Views: 5797

Re: Stinky Front Loader (Washer)

We use the Affresh tablets from Amazon once a month and always leave the door open. Also, never leave wet clothes in there for any period of time.
by Freddy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake Fluid Theatrics Upsetting, Honda Accord
Replies: 21
Views: 2726

Re: Brake Fluid Theatrics Upsetting, Honda Accord

OP. Do your brakes work? Are they mushy? Is there any concrete basis for extrapolating dark fluid into a problem that needs solving? I have a 2005 Honda Element and I have never had the brake fluid changed. Brake fluid change is a new thing over the past few years. Another possible source of revenu...
by Freddy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 630
Views: 86873

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2007 Honda Accord. 203,000 miles. 1 broken axel repair approx 250$. Multiple airbag recalls. Otherwise just routine maintainance. Still purrs like a kitten. I also have a 2007 Accord, 208,000 miles. One of the axles recently broke in two underneath the rubber vibration damper. I had both axles repl...
by Freddy
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romantic northeast winter weekend getaway?
Replies: 28
Views: 3305

Re: Romantic northeast winter weekend getaway?

ByThePond wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:08 pm
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Excellent choice.
by Freddy
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric shavers - foil vs rotary
Replies: 24
Views: 2143

Re: Electric shavers - foil vs rotary

I'm a former DE wet shaver who switched to a Braun 7 series a year ago and haven’t looked back. I have many different pre-shaves to get a closer shave, but good old cheap Williams Lectric Shave works the best for me. No more irritated skin like with the DE.
by Freddy
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Re: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?

We’ve had the water heater burst twice, and at night while we were sleeping. This was in the basement and one of the floods was about a half foot of water in the entire basement. We found out years later that our water pressure was 130lbs because a regulator was never put on the line when the water...
by Freddy
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Re: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?

We’ve had the water heater burst twice, and at night while we were sleeping. This was in the basement and one of the floods was about a half foot of water in the entire basement. We found out years later that our water pressure was 130lbs because a regulator was never put on the line when the water...
by Freddy
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Re: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?

We’ve had the water heater burst twice, and at night while we were sleeping. This was in the basement and one of the floods was about a half foot of water in the entire basement. We found out years later that our water pressure was 130lbs because a regulator was never put on the line when the water ...
by Freddy
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costa Rica
Replies: 14
Views: 1856

Re: Costa Rica

Be very careful in the water, there are often bad currents and waves on the Pacific coast and many people drown there every year. Very true. When we stayed in Manuel Antonio (many years ago) we were on the beach when they fished out a drowned tourist. Rip tides can be severe on the pacific. There i...
by Freddy
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Anode Replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 3299

Re: Water Heater Anode Replacement

Tycoon wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:13 pm
I would have changed the two in our tank if it were not for the fact that I couldn't get the old ones out. Not even with a five foot cheater bar :annoyed .
I had to use an impact wrench to get ours out. It never is easy.
by Freddy
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood burning stoves
Replies: 30
Views: 2377

Re: Wood burning stoves

Lopi Endeavor is what we have. No problems. Nothing better than sitting next to the woodburner with a beer and a nice book on a cold winters night We also have an Endeavor that’s been great for the five years we’ve owned it. At night the upstairs bedrooms still almost get too hot when it’s less tha...
by Freddy
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 126
Views: 26120

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

The CR auto and product reliability stats come from a once a year survey their subscribers (members) fill out. Is that more or less reliable than an Amazon review? Probably a bit more difficult to manipulate anyway. Each survey response effectively costs a CR subscription to make. Whereas an Amazon...
by Freddy
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 126
Views: 26120

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

The CR auto and product reliability stats come from a once a year survey their subscribers (members) fill out. Is that more or less reliable than an Amazon review? Probably a bit more difficult to manipulate anyway. Each survey response effectively costs a CR subscription to make. Whereas an Amazon...
by Freddy
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 126
Views: 26120

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

The CR auto and product reliability stats come from a once a year survey their subscribers (members) fill out. Is that more or less reliable than an Amazon review?
by Freddy
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have nice car but too OCD to enjoy it.
Replies: 45
Views: 3359

Re: Have nice car but too OCD to enjoy it.

I new someone many years ago that loved to buy a new car every couple of years, but was totally afraid someone would scratch it. He found his cure to this obsession by getting the new car home, opening the drivers door, and while lying on his back he would scratch the underside of the door with his ...
by Freddy
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?
Replies: 52
Views: 4806

Re: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?

At 30K on an automatic I'd do a transmission flush or a drain and fill (Honda's are no flush I think Toyota's can be) It can greatly extend the life of your transmission to get all that bad fluid and debris out of there. Never do a transmission flush. That can move material around and block fluid p...
by Freddy
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how much to finance a new car at .9%
Replies: 57
Views: 4659

Re: how much to finance a new car at .9%

Most likely the dealer is putting their own cash into the financing. It may be 1% or more. The manufacturers make the dealer pay the difference between the .9% and the current market rate for the loan. Obviously, they will give you less of a discount if you take the loan. Offer to pay cash and get a...
by Freddy
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?
Replies: 52
Views: 4806

Re: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?

At 30K on an automatic I'd do a transmission flush or a drain and fill (Honda's are no flush I think Toyota's can be) It can greatly extend the life of your transmission to get all that bad fluid and debris out of there. Never do a transmission flush. That can move material around and block fluid p...
by Freddy
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Longtime AT&T customer looking for MVNO cell provider
Replies: 30
Views: 3957

Re: Longtime AT&T customer looking for MVNO cell provider

Consumer Cellular may be worth a look.
by Freddy
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car battery?
Replies: 75
Views: 7941

Re: Car battery?

Volkswagen manual recommends changing the battery every three year(IIRC) on our Tiguan. It crapped out at four years. Slow starting in the cold weather. Had dealer replace it for $150. It is a low CCA battery and I’m not sure if I did the right thing. It’s not fun to get stuck with a dead battery, s...
by Freddy
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Mow your own Lawn?
Replies: 90
Views: 5450

Re: Do you Mow your own Lawn?

We still mow our own. Our son does it, so it’s not too hard on us. 1/4 acre postage stamp lot is pretty easy.
by Freddy
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Mow your own Lawn?
Replies: 90
Views: 5450

Re: Do you Mow your own Lawn?

open_circuit wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:30 am
TonyDAntonio wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:29 am
Cut my own hair (flowbee)
That's amazing. I've never heard of anyone actually using this before!
I used one of these for about ten years. It worked out well. Still have it even though I have not used it in five or more years.
by Freddy
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hearing aids over the counter????
Replies: 4
Views: 968

Re: Hearing aids over the counter????

I’d be interested as well. Hearing aids are quite expensive.
by Freddy
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Breaking point to get a new to newish car
Replies: 59
Views: 4769

Re: Breaking point to get a new to newish car

Get an electric car. Far simpler machines and less can go wrong with them. Not to mention no oil changes or gas to buy. I have the i3 and absolutely love it. It's first "service" isn't scheduled until Dec 2018 and it's just for a brake check. Speaking of brakes, you hardly even have to use them wit...
by Freddy
Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood burning stoves - do you leave home with it burning?
Replies: 15
Views: 5522

Re: Wood burning stoves - do you leave home with it burning?

We leave ours burning when we leave the home. Make sure yoo maintain and annually clean the flue/chimney. Use only seasoned wood. By that I mean one to three years of drying and a moisture content of <20% on a fresh split piece. Oak actually takes three years to be fully seasoned. Dry wood lessens t...
by Freddy
Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 346
Views: 80953

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

- Gas - as said, they are at least $.25 cheaper per gallon n average. Do not have midgrade though, so I sometimes fill other places with mid then at half tank top off at a Costco. Midgrade is just a blend (at the pump) between high grade and regular. Notice that the mid grade rating number is an av...
by Freddy
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get HID (Xenon) kit?
Replies: 20
Views: 1998

Re: Where to get HID (Xenon) kit?

I have factory installed adaptive Xenons and they are great. They do not blind oncoming traffic. All newer factory installed Xenons are set up not to cause glare to oncoming cars. Do NOT install the aftermarket Xenon kit because of what everyone else agrees on. They are not made to retrofit halogen ...
by Freddy
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 346
Views: 80953

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

Interesting thread. I used to avoid Costco as I wasn't keen on bulk purchasing or paying to shop, but two things have changed my mind recently. 1. I have been on a budget analysis kick lately and one of the tasks was to make a list of the grocery and household good staples that my family purchases....
by Freddy
Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy coffee beans?
Replies: 96
Views: 9395

Re: Where do you buy coffee beans?

Used to buy from coffee bean direct.com many years ago because they had a nice selection of light roast beans. Now, I'm lazy and use a Keurig because one cup at a time is sufficient for us. I don't like the cups you fill with your own ground coffee for the Keurig because they are annoying to clean. ...
by Freddy
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 346
Views: 80953

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

Costco has unadvertised specials throughout the store. They can be recognized by the prices ending in 97 cents, such as $2.97 Did not know this until now. Thanks for the tip. The Costco near me never seems to have any "specials". It is an *extremely* busy store, and I suspect they all get bought up...
by Freddy
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?
Replies: 171
Views: 15898

Re: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?

Just spent $63 for lunch with tip for wife and me. 2 drinks. HCOL area
by Freddy
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: synthetic oil changes
Replies: 134
Views: 18365

Re: synthetic oil changes

The minder on our VW lets us know based on how the car is driven. The suggested oil change in the manual is 10k miles or one year. At 5k the light came on and said change before 7,500 miles. My wife does a lot of short distance traveling. It will also come on at 1 year even if you only have driven 1...
by Freddy
Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 630
Views: 86873

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

https://s31.postimg.org/aeegtxe6j/300_CE.jpg My car is not a Boglehead car. She is 28 years old and German with a real passion for premium gasoline. But I love her all the same -- ~160,000 miles or so. The W124 series were seriously overbuilt. Perhaps not as much as the previous W123s, but these th...
by Freddy
Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Rolex Watch
Replies: 171
Views: 26696

Re: Buying a Rolex Watch

I don't think it is as much a question of afford as is is to priority. Many are able to buy a $5k watch, a few a $50k watch, but then cannot pay the mortgage or rent.
by Freddy
Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your shopping strategy for new tires?
Replies: 154
Views: 18141

Re: Your shopping strategy for new tires?

I buy tires at Costco when they have a promotional offer. They have one now. The offer is $70 off a set of 4 Michilin tires. If you are a Costco Executive member, you can also get an additional $60 off of installation through an emailed coupon code. Total value $130 off Michelin tires. This one com...
by Freddy
Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your shopping strategy for new tires?
Replies: 154
Views: 18141

Re: Your shopping strategy for new tires?

I buy tires at Costco when they have a promotional offer. They have one now. The offer is $70 off a set of 4 Michilin tires. If you are a Costco Executive member, you can also get an additional $60 off of installation through an emailed coupon code. Total value $130 off Michelin tires. This one com...
by Freddy
Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Rolex Watch
Replies: 171
Views: 26696

Re: Buying a Rolex Watch

I have a dated 1300 sq ft house in a marginal neighborhood. I buy 90% of my clothes at Kohls and I haven't owned a car in 23 years (drive a company car). I save almost 50% of my gross salary and I have a Rolex I've worn every day for the last 10 years. I can say maybe 5 people have noticed the watc...
by Freddy
Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone used Costco car buying service?
Replies: 50
Views: 155546

Re: Has anyone used Costco car buying service?

Car dealers can sell cars all day at invoice price and make tons of money. Holdback money from the manufacturer and incentives give them plenty to work with. I used to use the dealer cost printout that Consumer Reports would sell you for $14 per car. They would fax it to you. It would show invoice, ...
by Freddy
Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: alternatives to AOL
Replies: 34
Views: 3991

Re: alternatives to AOL

I still have an AOL email too. It's almost sentimental to me. Yes, their service isn't great, but I also have a gmail that I only use for things that might be beneficial for the entire web to know about. Gmail, Google, not one of my favorite companies. Big Brother anyone? Use a private email service...
by Freddy
Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electrical Bone-Growth Stimulator: Saving Money
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Re: Electrical Bone-Growth Stimulator: Saving Money

I'm not sure what is too expensive, but you can get them on eBay for $30-$129. Both new and used. It's worth a try if they are ridiculously expensive through a medical supply house. Once someone is done with theirs, I can see them almost giving them away considering they most likely won't need it ag...