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by keaton
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake Pads and Rotors for 2011 Benz C300 4Matic?
Replies: 43
Views: 3879

Re: Brake Pads and Rotors for 2011 Benz C300 4Matic?

You Should let MERCEDES do the job! I own a 2017 GLS 450 W4 and wife is trading up for a 2018 GLE 350W4. Would not take those fine turned machines anywhere but the Mercedes dealer for service either,...Do you burn cheap gas in that Mercedes of yours? Think not! Same for service.... SeeMoe.. :annoye...
by keaton
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive Car Repair, New Engine
Replies: 51
Views: 5021

Re: Expensive Car Repair, New Engine

Glad you got a second opinion... still, cut it out with the extreme oil change intervals. I believe it even states in the manual that its 7.5K OCI
by keaton
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 133
Views: 14665

Re: What do you splurge on?

My wife & family...
by keaton
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake Pads and Rotors for 2011 Benz C300 4Matic?
Replies: 43
Views: 3879

Re: Brake Pads and Rotors for 2011 Benz C300 4Matic?

Thank you. To be clear, 10x 60 mph to 10 mph. Smell brakes then cool down. Is there a cool down process? Dont take it as gospel with the exact procedure, it can be in the range. The key is hard braking and heat, don't get to crazy with it, only within your comfort level, if you know what I mean. Ev...
by keaton
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake Pads and Rotors for 2011 Benz C300 4Matic?
Replies: 43
Views: 3879

Re: Brake Pads and Rotors for 2011 Benz C300 4Matic?

I am in New England as well, and only use ceramic. Low dust, long lasting and zero noise! My two rules with brakes are only ceramic pads and two pad sets per rotor set. Of course if the rotor is below spec, replace it. For my bed-in I do around 10X 60mph down to 10mph as hard as I can stop. If you c...
by keaton
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive Car Repair, New Engine
Replies: 51
Views: 5021

Re: Expensive Car Repair, New Engine

I would keep running it, check the oil and record the usage. Also, cut it out with the extreme oil changes! Wow that's a bit excessive. Personally I would be more along the lines of 5K-7K miles if not more if you feel like getting a used oil analysis. Get onto a Ford forum and chat with the guys on ...
by keaton
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads: you should be buying 10-year old cars
Replies: 173
Views: 19775

Re: Bogleheads: you should be buying 10-year old cars

Gosh I guess I am the exception to the rule around here! ALL of my cars have been over 10yrs with 150K up to 300K miles on them. My favorites: 87 Mercedes 300TDT 83 Mercedes 300CDT 260K miles? idono odometer broke before I owned it 02 VW Gold TDI 280K Dozens of other cars, mostly Volvos with 200K+ m...
by keaton
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 63
Views: 6788

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

Very soon I will need to be replacing/buying three new iPhones, total cost nearly $2k. Options are to buy outright or spread the payments over 24 months (with no finance charge.) . companies 'used to' have a 2-year contract where one could get a free or heavily discounted model for next to nothing ...
by keaton
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 63
Views: 6788

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

Get the kids these: https://store.totalwireless.com/bpdirect/totalwireless/PhoneDetails.do?action=view&_ga=null&productVariantExtensionId=53286371 great deal and after a set time period they can be ported out to any other carrier, although I dont know the time that you have to be with Total Wireless...
by keaton
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 63
Views: 6788

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

Yet another side note.... It's funny that boglehead members are all about low fee investing due to long term financial gains. Most everyone is so opposed to paying an adviser because they take a cut. YET, when it comes to things like a cell phone, the philosophy of the boglehead goes right out the w...
by keaton
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 63
Views: 6788

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

I buy my phones unlocked. On iPhone7 the Apple Store had carrier phones or unlocked, same price. The AT&T version did not have CDMA capabilities. The Verizon version did not have GSM capabilities. The unlocked version could work with both. I have been with AT&T for a very long time. They have super...
by keaton
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 63
Views: 6788

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

I buy outright upfront because I want them unlocked to make life easier for international travel. I don't buy them all at once though. Usually one of us is on the latest and the other is on the latest - 1 Any Verizon iPhone is unlocked, thus no need to put for an "unlocked" iPhone. I am not sure th...
by keaton
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 63
Views: 6788

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

I buy outright upfront because I want them unlocked to make life easier for international travel. I don't buy them all at once though. Usually one of us is on the latest and the other is on the latest - 1 Any Verizon iPhone is unlocked, thus no need to put for an "unlocked" iPhone. What I do: I got...
by keaton
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 63
Views: 6788

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

I always buy mine refurb or used one or two generations behind the newest. At the moment we have two iPhone 6S and once the iPhone 8/7S comes out, I will be on the hunt for a 7. The 6S is still perfect for a daily phone and the price is right on swappa. I only use MNVO services since the main stream...
by keaton
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Fi? pros/cons? anyone using it?
Replies: 53
Views: 7509

Re: Google Fi? pros/cons? anyone using it?

Same with my service, great international, wifi calling and so forth. Yes if I used less then 1GB and I wanted to be stuck with an android, I wouldn't have an issue with Fi.

I pay ONLY for this service, so no need for home wifi.
by keaton
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Fi? pros/cons? anyone using it?
Replies: 53
Views: 7509

Re: Google Fi? pros/cons? anyone using it?

Google fi is way to expensive and limited for my taste. I pay $40 flat for unlimited t-mobile with ANY phone. Theres no reason to pay for Googles very limited tax burdened service...

Add to that, international text and data is amazing... with tethering! It's my only source of interwebs.
by keaton
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Throttle Body Servicing & Injector Flush: 2017 Equivalent to Strut Scam????
Replies: 10
Views: 1505

Re: Auto Throttle Body Servicing & Injector Flush: 2017 Equivalent to Strut Scam????

Scam... People LOVE injector cleaning, which is a joke since gasoline IS an excellent solvent. Add to the fact that 10% ethanol is even better of a cleaning solvent. Cleaning throttle body on that low of mileage is very rare, and The ones I've done are over 200k miles. Most don't even need it depend...
by keaton
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New cars w/ no CD player -- what can I do with my CDs?
Replies: 47
Views: 23424

Re: New cars w/ no CD player -- what can I do with my CDs?

I had the reverse problem with a car so old it had no CD player. The solution was to buy an aftermaket car CD player and have it installed. I would expect this would work just as well for a car so new that there is no factory CD player. Most newer vehicles have such an integrated head unit that it'...
by keaton
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New cars w/ no CD player -- what can I do with my CDs?
Replies: 47
Views: 23424

Re: New cars w/ no CD player -- what can I do with my CDs?

I'm glad that manufactures have finally stopped it with the CD players! It's about time! Now if all laptops would do the same. Personally I have never owned a CD or DVD in my adult life, as there is just no point for 15-20 tracks and a major PITA. In college we used to swap MP3s all the time and spe...
by keaton
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbochargers
Replies: 60
Views: 6371

Re: Turbochargers

What about the cost of maintaining the turbo? Surely that is a continuing expense if you own a vehicle with a turbo charger? Knowing dealerships and garages, I am sure they want to check them out once per year at around $100 a pop to examine functioning, potential deposits, etc. Nope! There is noth...
by keaton
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Check engine light. Toyota Avalon 2006, 155K miles [safety issue?]
Replies: 66
Views: 8493

Re: Check engine light. Toyota Avalon 2006, 155K miles [safety issue?]

As mentioned, you need to know the codes. I have a Subaru with a P0420 code (catalytic converter efficiency below minimum) which means one of a number of things. None of these things are safety related. I'm working on the solutions one at a time and resetting the code (I have a code reader) to chec...
by keaton
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Check engine light. Toyota Avalon 2006, 155K miles [safety issue?]
Replies: 66
Views: 8493

Re: Check engine light. Toyota Avalon 2006, 155K miles [safety issue?]

WOW, yup, glad you have a good paying job since you got taken for a ride on those prices. I hope you were the one that cheaped out on only replaced half the coil packs, and not the mechanic because that is extremely lazy. You can get a whole set of coil packs for 100-150 bucks plus plugs are very ch...
by keaton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbochargers
Replies: 60
Views: 6371

Re: Turbochargers

For me this is a simple equation. How much gas will I save in 100,000 miles and what will the be the cost to replace the T Charger in 100,000 miles. Yah, I know some of you will say they last over 100,000 miles but I am not going to be bet on it unless it is a Honda or Toyota T Charger. I wonder wh...
by keaton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbochargers
Replies: 60
Views: 6371

Re: Turbochargers

MOBY DICK wrote:Oh yeah... just one more thing... PREMIUM FUEL ONLY.
All depends on the vehicle and tempature, as I could run regular in the winter on the Volvos without issue. Yet on my tuned Audi 2.0T requires 93 octane or I get pinging under load. It's case by case really...
by keaton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbochargers
Replies: 60
Views: 6371

Re: Turbochargers

I have two older turbocharged Volvo's - both nearing 20 years in age - one with ~130k on the original turbo, the other with ~210k, and that one has been run at 50% more than factory boost for the last 100k miles. No problems in either car. If the turbo were to have a problem, they can be rebuilt fo...
by keaton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbochargers
Replies: 60
Views: 6371

Re: Turbochargers

Almost all of my vehicles have been turbo, from old Mercedes turbo diesels, to 5cyl Volvos, TDIs and plenty of Audi 1.8t & 2.0t. I find them easily tuneable, more engine room, good performance to fuel economy and so forth. I have had turbos last north of 300k miles, and only ever replaced one turbo ...
by keaton
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Do You Pay for an Oil Change?
Replies: 129
Views: 12937

Re: What Do You Pay for an Oil Change?

07 Audi A4 2.0t S-line Avant: Rotella T6 5w-40 and a filter for about $27 bucks My OCI is 5K miles at the moment due to the 2.0T having high wear on the High pressure fuel pump lifter. If it wasn't for that design flaw, I would be at 10K OCI like ever other vehicle... To the guy that stated Audi nee...
by keaton
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to archive DVD's (movies, etc) onto standalone unit
Replies: 10
Views: 1432

Re: Want to archive DVD's (movies, etc) onto standalone unit

Handbrake is a great tool to rip DVDs, and then Plex as a media server is amazing! Amazon fire stick will run Plex and organize all your media. Instead of ripping, download the torrent for the select DVD. Illegal, probably but if you own the DVD you should be able to own a digital copy! Use a VPN se...
by keaton
Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switching to t-mobile from at&t...maybe
Replies: 16
Views: 2469

Re: Switching to t-mobile from at&t...maybe

If your going for t-mobile, remember MNVO services! I am currently on Nettalk Connect, which is $40 a month unlimited. They even have a deal going on right now for an Android phone if yours doesnt work 100%. Personally, I stick with Verizon iPhone 6S so that I can switch between networks if any bett...
by keaton
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Naming boat
Replies: 62
Views: 4428

Re: Naming boat

High ER
by keaton
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anti virus protection
Replies: 35
Views: 4771

Re: Anti virus protection

Running Mac, no antivirus software, nor do I use any on windows when im forced to. Be smart about what your doing online...
by keaton
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile phone SIM advice for multiple countries in Europe
Replies: 30
Views: 2794

Re: Mobile phone SIM advice for multiple countries in Europe

How about just using t-mobile? Free international data and text...

That's what my wife and I use, since we hardly ever call out. Using the iPhone for messaging back home and GPS on the road, or searching for resturants, hotels, and so forth...
by keaton
Sun May 21, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice: grandparents estate planning issues
Replies: 9
Views: 1741

Re: Advice: grandparents estate planning issues

That's what I am working on, just thought that someone on here had some insight into this kind of situation.
by keaton
Sun May 21, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice: grandparents estate planning issues
Replies: 9
Views: 1741

Advice: grandparents estate planning issues

I hope someone on here has some experience with this. My parents are dealing with putting my grandparents into assisted living while dealing with the financial side. Quick run down: Net savings: $60k SS: $2K Assets:$220k (house) The assisted living is $140k a year and need 1yr of funds to get except...
by keaton
Fri May 19, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone GPS apps
Replies: 15
Views: 1829

Re: iPhone GPS apps

I use Waze on land and Navionics on the water. Apple maps if I get stuck on it somehow and Google maps to find locations that don't come up on Waze as easy. 99% of the time it's Waze due to traffic rerouting and police alerts!
by keaton
Tue May 16, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Small SUV for 15 Year Reliability?
Replies: 92
Views: 14123

Re: Which Small SUV for 15 Year Reliability?

A projection like that is almost impossible for a new vehicle as many changes can happen from one generation to the next. This is why I always buy 8yr or older vehicles with a few years into the generation with a fallowing on forums. Parts are cheaper, you can get used items, and most of the common ...
by keaton
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed comforter for spring / summer / fall in Maine
Replies: 14
Views: 1430

Re: Bed comforter for spring / summer / fall in Maine

Maine islands, umm it's an amazing place in the summer... not so much in the winter.
by keaton
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 7 car noises you should never ignore
Replies: 23
Views: 4730

Re: 7 car noises you should never ignore

Personally it's use the cheapest pads and rotors and can find. The only rule if ceramic! I have personally been a mechanic for years in an indempendant shop. As long as you stick with ceramic and don't get your greedy fingers on the rotors, your good. I have had years of excellent service out of che...
by keaton
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a tree - expensive!!!
Replies: 85
Views: 11463

Re: Removing a tree - expensive!!!

Ask around locally, as there could be a guy that does it on the side just via word of mouth. My father does tree removal as a hobby and it's all via word of mouth. Fully insured and licensed but you would never find this kind of person in the yellow pages (is that even a thing anymore?) or online. T...
by keaton
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling laptop with "bad" Win10 upgrade
Replies: 25
Views: 2912

Re: Selling laptop with "bad" Win10 upgrade

Install Windows 7 and be good to go!
by keaton
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Online Savings account questions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1439

Re: Online Savings account questions?

Ally, best online banking I've had, great app for checks and quick transfers. Easy peasy!
by keaton
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to buy a used Mini Cooper-> Talk me into it?
Replies: 45
Views: 7581

Re: Want to buy a used Mini Cooper-> Talk me into it?

Bogleheaders actually bring their vehicles to dealership? That's very surprising, the most inexperienced, expensive automotive repairs that exist. Buying a Mini all depends on year, transmission and engine choice. Anyone that says they are unreliable are probabaly going off the bad years and power t...
by keaton
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a snazzy car
Replies: 79
Views: 6505

Re: Looking for a snazzy car

Sooo many great vehicles out there! My quick off the top of my head list... VW R32 Audi S4 Audi S5 or even A5 BMW M3 or M5 Toyota Supra Toyota MR2 Volvo T5 or R Mazda RX7 Personally, I can never bring myself to own a cheap Honda, Toyota or any of the little echo boxes. There is just to much fun in d...
by keaton
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Get $250 from Wells Fargo
Replies: 83
Views: 14973

Re: Get $250 from Wells Fargo

Positive results on my end!

Both my wife and I applied:

- received debit cards
- funded account
- bought 20 Amazon gift cards
- bonus posted & cleared
- transferred back to my bank
- closed account...

This will get a 1099 at the end of the year, but ohh was it nice to get money off of Wells Fargo.
by keaton
Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I guess we better peek when it comes to Vanguard
Replies: 37
Views: 6626

Re: I guess we better peek when it comes to Vanguard

I just log onto Mint and check everything all at once, easy peasy! No messing around with every single account, that would just be annoying.
by keaton
Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 263
Views: 31984

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

In some situations, MVNO's can certainly save people money. In other situations, they can end up being more expensive than the alternatives, so your analogy doesn't work here. As I mentioned above, a lot of people out there are on grandfathered postpaid plans that provide device subsidies and still...
by keaton
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 263
Views: 31984

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

Embarrassed to say: Verizon, 2 lines (unlimited data, grandfathered in--we'll see how long THAT lasts), around $200. My rationale: paying up for excellent coverage and tech support. If you ever change plans, make sure to sell the unlimited plan!! They are worth a lot, I wish I had kept my original ...
by keaton
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 263
Views: 31984

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

Embarrassed to say: Verizon, 2 lines (unlimited data, grandfathered in--we'll see how long THAT lasts), around $200. My rationale: paying up for excellent coverage and tech support. If you ever change plans, make sure to sell the unlimited plan!! They are worth a lot, I wish I had kept my original ...
by keaton
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 263
Views: 31984

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

Depressing. 74 grand ?? For 1%-3% of an average salary, you get to communicate with anyone in the world at any time and have the majority of human knowledge at your fingertips. Basically unlimited entertainment and knowledge. That's inspirational. I should clarify. The depressing part is the fact t...
by keaton
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 263
Views: 31984

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

Carrier: Ringplus Phone: iPhone 5S Talk/text/data: 3,500 Price: $0 Wife Carrier: Puppywireless (Verizon) Phone: iPhone 6 Talk/text/data: unl/unl/3GB Price: $40 Hotspot: t-mobile Device: jailbroken iPhone 5 for tethering and Pandora downloader 10gb with rollover and bingeon Price: $40 We use this for...