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Post by whodidntante » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:29 am

Trism wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:20 am
Toyota Prius my spouse bought after graduate school. It has the style of a suppository and the driving dynamics of a coffin filled with snot.
Wow. I didn't think it was possible for someone to like a Prius less than I do. LOL. But you're not wrong.

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Post by stoptothink » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:38 am

mptfan wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:23 am
stoptothink wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:00 pm
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No. I put the ex through school, often working 2 jobs while in school myself. She didn't earn a penny during our 5yrs of marriage.
Wow. Does she at least give you free dental care?
I honestly don't know (and don't care) if she is practicing. This is exactly why I suggest people pause when they want to take care of their SO's education debt. We married during her senior year of undergrad. She had a boatload of debt that I immediately paid off, then I spent the next 4yrs cash-flowing the rest of her schooling. She came into the marriage with a negative 5-figure networth, and then left it debt-free (with a DDS) and a positive 5-figure networth, having not worked a day.

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Post by Tycoon » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:00 am

Trane 16i dual stage compressor with variable speed air-handler. The most expensive, unreliable, and low quality item I've bought in memory. Just about everything on it has gone bad; some things have gone bad multiple times. It's not worth a quarter of what I paid for it.
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Post by Dude2 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:01 am

A friend of mine put his wife through medical school similarly, and she became an Ob Gyn. However, there was almost zero return on the investment as she decided it was all too much with the malpractice issues and working for other people, so she became a specialist in laser hair removal. I had never heard a story like that before.

Anyway, my answer would involve houses. I'm on my third one, and all of them have had some unexpected issues that I end up throwing money at to correct. Two were new builds. One was an older place from the 60's.

The older place I practically gutted to make it a modern, insulated home that didn't leak like a sieve. One new construction was just low quality, made with all corners cut that could have been. My current house is good construction, but then had issues with HOA and city. Plumbing problems.

The point to get across is that there is much to houses that is unseen. If you buy in the Spring, you might not even notice anything wrong until the dead of winter. You aren't going to be able to see inside walls or pipes.

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Post by ER2023 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:28 am

Spent $14,500 on engagement ring :oops:

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Post by NotWhoYouThink » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:37 am

lomarica01 wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:28 am
I normally do not like to dwell on the past but I am curious what are some of the worst major purchases you have made. Mine is our 2019 mazda 3 hatchback. it was delivered with a huge gap in the trim and after 600 miles there is a huge gap in the seat trim. I just can't believe the poor initial quality of this car, very disappointing. Working with dealer now but will most likely just have to get it fixed under the warranty.

I know the term worst is a bit vague but I think you all get the idea
thanks for any comments
My 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback has been a wonderful, problem free, and fun car. Couldn't be happier with it. The only non-scheduled maintenance has been to replace the batteries in the key fobs.

Sorry you've had some trim problems, but "most likely will have to get [a seat trim problem] fixed under the warranty" doesn't sound all that troublesome. If this is your worst major purchase you haven't had any problematic major purchases.

A 1998 Passat was an unreliable money pit. Same for a 2007 BMW 335. Both fun to drive, though.

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Post by criticalmass » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:39 am

craimund wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:01 pm
DaftInvestor wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:31 pm
CMGI stock
CMGI is in my top 10 along with a handful of other internet stocks I bought in 1999. It was, however, one of my best major purchases before it became one of my worst.
Brings back memories. I never did figure out what CMGI’s business model was besides hanging its sign on a ball field and investing in websites without a demonstrable profitable business plan.

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Post by bubbadog » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:40 am

A lighthouse!

No kidding :oops:

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Post by CurlyDave » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:54 am

The worst was a 2004 Ford F250. Diesel.

I bought it in 2012 as a kind of beater ranch truck and to tow my camping trailer for deer and elk hunting trips every year. Old enough to not really care if it got scratched up driving through brush, but hopefully new enough to be reliable.

The first 3 years ownership, it had to be towed home 5 times (over 100 miles) and towed to the shop in our hunting area once. A perfect record of 1 tow per hunting trip.

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Post by Glockenspiel » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:58 am

markcoop wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:34 am
Oddly enough, I think my 2018 Mazda 3 was one of the better car purchases I ever made.
My 2008 Mazda 3 that I owned for 8 years was a great purchase. Great mpg. Zippy car that served me well.

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Post by arsenalfan » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:11 am

g2morrow wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:21 pm
wife wanted a hot tub - what a waste - I don't think shes been in it for a year.
She told you she'd be in the hot tub for a year?
Very dehydrating.

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Post by Colorado13 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:12 am

The Chevy Cavalier that I had in college had an engine that imploded, leaving me stranded, alone, on a highway in the pre-cell phone days.

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Post by Colorado13 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:13 am

Trism wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:20 am
Toyota Prius my spouse bought after graduate school. It has the style of a suppository and the driving dynamics of a coffin filled with snot.

We just advertised it for sale. Last weekend we leased a new BMW 750i, so it's time to move on and try to forget this ever happened.
I've never owned one, but your description is fabulous! Thanks for the laugh.

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Post by k3vb0t » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:15 am

bubbadog wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:40 am
A lighthouse!

No kidding :oops:
Story, please!

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Post by blaugranamd » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:25 am

My 2009 Subaru Legacy. When I got it at 3 years old with 60k mi, it was the newest, lowest mileage car i'd ever owned in nearly 15 years. In 6 years and 60k more miles has had: starter fail, power steering leak, cracked exhaust pipe, heat shields fall off, CD changer fail, two door lock actuators fail, corroded rims that wont hold pressure in the winter for more than 5-6 days, broken sway bar links, and rusting on two doors and the trunk. Previous cars were an 89 Prelude with like 140k miles and a 94 Jetta that had fewer issues over similar ownership periods and I've taken much better care of this car maintenance wise than those...
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Post by HEDGEFUNDIE » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:46 am

TBD but I have a nagging suspicion it will be the house I am in now, a 1600 sqft’er bought last year for $1.8M, and appraised 12 months later at the same price. This is after years of double digit appreciation in this Bay Area neighborhood.

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Post by ClevrChico » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:15 am

I bought an older, but super low mileage Nissan 300ZX for blue book "excellent condition".

During the first carwash, the colored wax the owner used washed off, exposing a lot of imperfections in the paint. It was just the beginning of years of major car problems.

The only saving grace was getting most of money back with Cash For Clunkers. I'll never buy a used car again.

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Post by whodidntante » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:18 am

HEDGEFUNDIE wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:46 am
TBD but I have a nagging suspicion it will be the house I am in now, a 1600 sqft’er bought last year for $1.8M, and appraised 12 months later at the same price. This is after years of double digit appreciation in this Bay Area neighborhood.
Did you bite your fingernails completely off by now? :happy

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Post by HEDGEFUNDIE » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:21 am

whodidntante wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:18 am
HEDGEFUNDIE wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:46 am
TBD but I have a nagging suspicion it will be the house I am in now, a 1600 sqft’er bought last year for $1.8M, and appraised 12 months later at the same price. This is after years of double digit appreciation in this Bay Area neighborhood.
Did you bite your fingernails completely off by now? :happy
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Post by CoastalWinds » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:25 am

g2morrow wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:21 pm
wife wanted a hot tub - what a waste - I don't think shes been in it for a year.
I don’t think you would want her in it for a year. Physicians recommend a 15-minute limit. 😂

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Post by bubbadog » Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:02 pm

k3vb0t wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:15 am
bubbadog wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:40 am
A lighthouse!

No kidding :oops:
Story, please!
I was the winning bidder of the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse in Lake County, Ohio. It is located just east of Cleveland on Lake Erie. The government was auctioning off lighthouses that were no longer needed. This was about 8-9 years ago but I am trying to delete the entire episode from my memory. It was an online auction and I did not have the opportunity to inspect in person prior to the auction closing (I was working). The auction actually ended as I pulled into the parking lot to check it out for the first time. It is located at the end of a state park beach and there were dozens of people surrounding the lighthouse goofing around and jumping into the water from the base of the lighthouse. The government had erected a chainlink fence around the base but people had just kicked in the bottom of the fence to gain a toehold for jumping off. I went from excitement to a pit in my stomach in just a few minutes. I quickly realized there was no feasible way to have any privacy to enjoy the property and probably more importantly, it felt like a huge liability. I could just see someone breaking their neck while while trespassing and somehow I would be responsible.

This was an online auction and per the auction details you had to place a $15,000 "hold" on a credit card to be a qualified bidder. If you were the winning bidder and did not follow through, you would forfeit your $15,000 deposit. I spent a few weeks trying to figure out what to do and if I could make it work. In the end, I decided eating my $15,000 deposit was my best option. A lady from Virginia was the back up bidder and did end up purchasing the property. I am not sure how she is using it as I have never been back. The lighthouse is super cool (google it and you will see). To this day, I can't even look at a lighthouse without throwing up in my mouth a little bit.

I humbly submit this brief story to allow fellow Bogleheads to feel better about their "worst major purchase" at my expense. I was an idiot.

A 2019 Mazda 3?
You gotta be kidding me!
Get outa here, that's nothin pal! :sharebeer

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Post by sambb » Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:34 pm

Worst: 1980s BMW, US airplane carriers first class
Best: 2000s BMW, a few italian exotic cars, first class on emirates or singapore airlines

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Post by investingdad » Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:40 pm

HYAL stock back in 1999 when I was 25 and not fully in mutual funds yet. I was shortly after.

Our first house was a strong contender as well, but we broke close to even after 8 years there. That was a terrible purchase for non financial reasons. The day I walked out for the last time was probably top 15 happiest days.

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Post by Startled Cat » Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:50 pm

HEDGEFUNDIE wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:46 am
TBD but I have a nagging suspicion it will be the house I am in now, a 1600 sqft’er bought last year for $1.8M, and appraised 12 months later at the same price. This is after years of double digit appreciation in this Bay Area neighborhood.
FWIW I have the sense that appraisals are very rough and tend to be sticky to the last tranasction price. I bought 7 months ago and had the home appraised 3 times over that time frame. Each appraisal came out to exactly the purchase price, which seems unlikely to be pure coincidence. I think this is such an inexact science that if the appraiser judges that the value hasn't moved a lot since the purchase, they'll just write in the purchase price and work backwards to justify it.

I am not particularly optimistic about my home appreciating, but I hope it will keep up with inflation long-term. I didn't buy it as an investment, rather as a place to live. I would have been happy renting, but my partner felt strongly about having the continuity that comes with home ownership. The carrying costs are pretty low due to current interest rates, so as long as we live here long enough to ride out a few cycles, I think we'll do fine.

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Post by Dottie57 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:52 pm

stoptothink wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:38 am
mptfan wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:23 am
stoptothink wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:00 pm
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No. I put the ex through school, often working 2 jobs while in school myself. She didn't earn a penny during our 5yrs of marriage.
Wow. Does she at least give you free dental care?
I honestly don't know (and don't care) if she is practicing. This is exactly why I suggest people pause when they want to take care of their SO's education debt. We married during her senior year of undergrad. She had a boatload of debt that I immediately paid off, then I spent the next 4yrs cash-flowing the rest of her schooling. She came into the marriage with a negative 5-figure networth, and then left it debt-free (with a DDS) and a positive 5-figure networth, having not worked a day.
Never married. But in a divorce is in not possible to get at least partial payback?

If it makes you feel better, I have a female friend whose husband did similar. Worked part time. When they divorced, he wanted alimony. Fortunately did not get it - judge told him to get a job.

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Post by daveokc » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:08 pm

Even in an anonymous internet forum, my wounded pride prevents me from mentioning at least the top dozen worst purchases of my life. I will take those to the grave.

Let's stick with cars. WORST PURCHASE: 2002 Lincoln LS V8.
I usually rely on Consumer Reports Used Car Best Buy Recommendations. But in 2008 I purchased the Lincoln LS V8 on impulse. I soon suspected the "LS" stood for "Lemon Surprise". Electrical and Engine problems galore. About two years later I traded it in for a used, high mileage 2005 Ford F-150 (reliable, super useful, but lots of cabin noise and uncomfortable). I will never buy another Lincoln product. But if Ford improves the comfort of the F-150? Who knows?

BEST PURCHASE: 1995 Geo Prizm.
Stop laughing. Consumer Reports gave it a Best Buy Recommendation. Purchased it in 1998. It had about 50k miles. Reliable, quiet, (compared to the noisy, high-maintenance 1985 RX-7 I was trading in), and averaged about 32 mpg. Loved it! Alas, it was totaled by a hail storm in about 2003. (I deposited the insurance check. Sold the car to my sister for $1.00 who then donated the dented-but-perfectly operating Prizm to one of her young employees that needed a reliable car).

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Post by TheGreyingDuke » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:27 pm

Doom&Gloom wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:20 pm
Hard to choose:

My first reaction was an Audi 100 LS bought new in 1974. What a lemon! And no relief from Volkswagen of America.

Since we are very happy with the home now (and wouldn't consider moving) but I hope that Audi was crushed to the size of a baseball in some junkyard, I guess my final answer is indeed the Audi.
Back in the mid-1970's I had an acquaintance who worked at the local VW/Audi dealer. I stopped by one afternoon to pick him up for a racquetball game and encountered the sales staff gathered in one office having some sort of celebration. Turned out the last 100ls had just been sold and they were relieved to never have one of them darken their doorway. What a POS.
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Post by Hulu » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:28 pm

Foolishly paid off some grad school debt (library sciences...yeesh) and funded a Roth IRA for a now ex-girlfriend. Very glad we didn’t get married.

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Post by stoptothink » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:34 pm

Dottie57 wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:52 pm
stoptothink wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:38 am
mptfan wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:23 am
stoptothink wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:00 pm
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No. I put the ex through school, often working 2 jobs while in school myself. She didn't earn a penny during our 5yrs of marriage.
Wow. Does she at least give you free dental care?
I honestly don't know (and don't care) if she is practicing. This is exactly why I suggest people pause when they want to take care of their SO's education debt. We married during her senior year of undergrad. She had a boatload of debt that I immediately paid off, then I spent the next 4yrs cash-flowing the rest of her schooling. She came into the marriage with a negative 5-figure networth, and then left it debt-free (with a DDS) and a positive 5-figure networth, having not worked a day.
Never married. But in a divorce is in not possible to get at least partial payback?
No. In fact, I wanted a straight-forward lawyer-less divorce and she agreed. Within days of us separating, she cleaned out our savings account (I believe about $15k) and put several thousand dollars on joint credit cards getting a new phone, clothes, getting her hair done, and going on a destination bachelorette party (what actually started the final argument that broke the camel's back) and then paying for the upcoming destination wedding. Figuring I was going to give her half anyway, I paid off the card (then closed it) and didn't bother bringing up the savings account. In Texas, divorces are not final until 60 days after it is filed. I received a call from her lawyer on like day 58, they wanted all my financial records. I represented myself in court, and when they asked for a percentage of my retirement, the judge literally laughed out loud. She had taken more than half of our combined assets within a week of us separating.

Divorces are fun. When I married my current wife she had less than nothing. I said I was doing it unless she signed a pre-nup and she didn't even balk.
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Post by jlawrence01 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:35 pm

daveokc wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:08 pm
BEST PURCHASE: 1995 Geo Prizm.
Stop laughing. Consumer Reports gave it a Best Buy Recommendation. Purchased it in 1998. It had about 50k miles. Reliable, quiet, (compared to the noisy, high-maintenance 1985 RX-7 I was trading in), and averaged about 32 mpg. Loved it! Alas, it was totaled by a hail storm in about 2003. (I deposited the insurance check. Sold the car to my sister for $1.00 who then donated the dented-but-perfectly operating Prizm to one of her young employees that needed a reliable car).

That was a rebadged Toyota Corolla produced in Fremont, CA. You could generally get the vehicle at a 10-15% discount by purchasing it at a Chevrolet dealership. Good deal.

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Post by Godot » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:54 pm

mtmingus wrote:
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Stable Value fund in my prior 401k. It lost almost 5% at liquidation. Even though it claimed otherwise.
Huh?
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Post by Quercus Palustris » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:59 pm

jlawrence01 wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:35 pm
That was a rebadged Toyota Corolla produced in Fremont, CA. You could generally get the vehicle at a 10-15% discount by purchasing it at a Chevrolet dealership. Good deal.
Yup, NUMMI - I think that's now the Tesla plant! I had one of the last "Chevrolet" Prizms made (2002), great car. IIRC the only GM parts were the radio and Delphi AC.

Worst purchase was a house we sold after 1.5 years. DW wanted a house, didn't want to consider renting longer. Her office relocated and various other family considerations made us sell... We liked our realtors but basically paid for their kid's Montessori school (commissions in a HCOL). We're renting now.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:04 pm

TheGreyingDuke wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:27 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:20 pm
Hard to choose:

My first reaction was an Audi 100 LS bought new in 1974. What a lemon! And no relief from Volkswagen of America.

Since we are very happy with the home now (and wouldn't consider moving) but I hope that Audi was crushed to the size of a baseball in some junkyard, I guess my final answer is indeed the Audi.
Back in the mid-1970's I had an acquaintance who worked at the local VW/Audi dealer. I stopped by one afternoon to pick him up for a racquetball game and encountered the sales staff gathered in one office having some sort of celebration. Turned out the last 100ls had just been sold and they were relieved to never have one of them darken their doorway. What a POS.
LOL! I think I had a similar solo celebration ca. 1977 when I sold it.
They should have had the decency to invite all their purchasers to their party :sharebeer

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Post by quantAndHold » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:06 pm

daveokc wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:08 pm
BEST PURCHASE: 1995 Geo Prizm.
Stop laughing. Consumer Reports gave it a Best Buy Recommendation. Purchased it in 1998. It had about 50k miles. Reliable, quiet, (compared to the noisy, high-maintenance 1985 RX-7 I was trading in), and averaged about 32 mpg. Loved it! Alas, it was totaled by a hail storm in about 2003. (I deposited the insurance check. Sold the car to my sister for $1.00 who then donated the dented-but-perfectly operating Prizm to one of her young employees that needed a reliable car).
Those were great cars. I considered one, but got a Mazda MX6 instead. The Mazda wasn’t my worst purchase by any means, but I would have been better off with the Geo.

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bubbadog wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:02 pm
k3vb0t wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:15 am
bubbadog wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:40 am
A lighthouse!

No kidding :oops:
Story, please!
I was the winning bidder of the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse in Lake County, Ohio.
Holy $#@#$&, that definitely is the coolest story in this thread by far! To even think of trying to buy a lighthouse is cool, hats off to you, bubbadog. And this one looks so cool. I just googled and read up the history of this particular lighthouse. Interesting read!

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Post by sschullo » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:32 pm

buying my house with a swimming pool.
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Post by abner kravitz » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:40 pm

daveokc wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:08 pm


Let's stick with cars. WORST PURCHASE: 2002 Lincoln LS V8.
I usually rely on Consumer Reports Used Car Best Buy Recommendations. But in 2008 I purchased the Lincoln LS V8 on impulse. I soon suspected the "LS" stood for "Lemon Surprise". Electrical and Engine problems galore. About two years later I traded it in for a used, high mileage 2005 Ford F-150 (reliable, super useful, but lots of cabin noise and uncomfortable). I will never buy another Lincoln product. But if Ford improves the comfort of the F-150? Who knows?
Interesting. Best car I've ever owned is a 2006 Lincoln LS V8. Bought it new when they stopped making them and they were practically giving them away. Sitting in my driveway now with 170K on it, rides and looks like new. Its never given me one problem except I had to get a new AC condenser last year. Maybe I got lucky, but I've had two Lincolns in a row that have been bulletproof. HORRIBLE in the snow though.
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Post by bubbadog » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:42 pm

MrJones wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:29 pm
bubbadog wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:02 pm
k3vb0t wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:15 am
bubbadog wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:40 am
A lighthouse!

No kidding :oops:
Story, please!
I was the winning bidder of the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse in Lake County, Ohio.
Holy $#@#$&, that definitely is the coolest story in this thread by far! To even think of trying to buy a lighthouse is cool, hats off to you, bubbadog. And this one looks so cool. I just googled and read up the history of this particular lighthouse. Interesting read!
Glad you enjoyed it! :D

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Post by yukonjack » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:49 pm

This is quite an enlightening thread. Reading all of the posts makes me feel quite fortunate that I have avoided most of the big stuff. I probably owe a lot to dumb luck.

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Post by CJC000 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:55 pm

36' Diesel Pusher Motorhome. Wife hated it, I loved it, its for sale.
So far, I figure each camping trip cost us around $3,000 - yeah - pretty dumb :oops:

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Post by RRJeff » Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:22 pm

My worst was a 1999 VW Passat. Automatic climate control would blow hot air in 100+ degree Texas heat. The car thought it was below freezing outside and would shut off the compressor - no way to override it. Leaky sunroof. 2 engine replacements under warranty due to snapped timing belts. Traded it in for a new 2007 Accord in late 2006 just after the 100k powertrain warranty ended. I’m still driving the Accord with 150k miles, and nowhere near the problems experienced with the Passat.

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Post by SquawkIdent » Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:24 pm

DaftInvestor wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:31 pm
CMGI stock
+1 and then some. Very valuable lesson.

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Post by rocket354 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:29 pm

My house in 2006 in one of the peakiest markets. Dropped over 60% and still hasn't fully recovered.

It's been a long-term investment. :oops:

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Post by bob60014 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:32 pm

lomarica01 wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:28 am
" it was delivered with a huge gap in the trim and after.....
Why did you take delivery?

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Post by fru-gal » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:00 pm

mptfan wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:29 pm
stoptothink wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:35 am
Undergrad and dental school for ex-wife. $300k down the tubes for me.

Pretty sure cash-flowing current wife's undergrad (2 more semesters) is going to be a better long-term purchase/investment.
I don't mean to be flippant, but are you doing the same thing with the current wife that you did with the ex-wife?
Thanks for asking that, I was trying not to.

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Post by fru-gal » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:25 pm

lighthouse, wow you should have kept it.

From its facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/FairportHarbor ... =3&theater

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Post by jabberwockOG » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:31 pm

Purchased two nice convertible cars in the last 10 years. Owned each car for just over 2 years, usually spending a few extra $$ getting them 100% perfect, then got bored, sold them for approx $4k loss each. So $8k down the drain because I can't remember that driving a car around with the top down really isn't my thing. Hoping my memory is better going forward.

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Post by Xrayman69 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:48 pm

Nothing major in my life’s history portfolio to discuss. However, I like going to music concerts and hate crowds so constantly pay for the VIP packages. They are usually 200-300% more than the standard high end ticket but they end up still being in a crowded area with a shorter line for the bar while the bathroom situation still sucks. Not doing anymore.

I’m surprised no one has admitted to a time share or vacation home. Thus far I have avoided both.

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Post by tibbitts » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:53 pm

lomarica01 wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:28 am
I normally do not like to dwell on the past but I am curious what are some of the worst major purchases you have made. Mine is our 2019 mazda 3 hatchback. it was delivered with a huge gap in the trim and after 600 miles there is a huge gap in the seat trim. I just can't believe the poor initial quality of this car, very disappointing. Working with dealer now but will most likely just have to get it fixed under the warranty.

I know the term worst is a bit vague but I think you all get the idea
thanks for any comments
I'm not seeing how this is even a problem. It wasn't that long ago that you always had a list of a half dozen things that needed to be fixed on a brand new car. It wasn't unusual for them to break and leave you stranded sometime in the first few hundred miles. Is the dealer refusing to repair the car?

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Post by eddot98 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:08 pm

1990 VW Passat wagon with an automatic transmission. Bought it used with 70,000 miles. Transmission failed at 90,000 miles. Come to find out, the transmission failed at 50,000 miles and VW replaced it under warranty. They basically told us to pound salt, even though I told them that we had purchased 4 new VW’s in the past 10 years plus 4 other used ones. It took a dealer a month to fix it and we immediately traded it in. Also, the car had 2 fuel pumps, one in the gas tank and one by the engine. The in tank pump failed 150 miles from home and we had to rent a car to get home. It failed again in a couple hundred miles. The reason given was that both fuel pumps had to be replaced at the same time regardless if only one failed. What a piece of junk. We only bought it to have a wagon to carry all our stuff on vacation with our two nieces. We told VW that we would never purchase another VW and that we would tell everyone we knew not to buy one either. After the diesel fuel fiasco, VW has shown their true colors. Toyota products all the way for us ever since.

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