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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,182
    Just completed my survey from Toyota. If it's one that counts towards the dealership's bonus, they are not going to be pleased with it. They had over a week to address my concerns and chose to do so with an inept, hastily-written email.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    love seeing a nice red car. Stands out these days.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    oh, that 5 series is really nice. stick, great colors. And RWD. perfect!

    SAAB did go pretty cheap. Are parts easy enough to get for them?

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,022
    Congrats on the new Explorer, @explorerx4! Should you change your screen name to explorerx5 (or 6, or whatever number you're on)?

    Is the 2.3T?

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,524
    stickguy said:

    oh, that 5 series is really nice. stick, great colors. And RWD. perfect!

    SAAB did go pretty cheap. Are parts easy enough to get for them?

    That 5 is similar to my Dad’s wagon that is coming out -07 530xi wagon 6MT. More options on my Dad’s car.

    Saab parts are not terribly hard to get and a great used part market, too. The V6 in that car isn’t the most reliable engine they made, however.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2007 BMW 530xi Touring 6MT (on loan), 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,404
    @Michaell,
    This is our sixth Explorer, at one point my wife and I each drove one.
    She bought one of the first 4 door versions, Strawberry Red, 4x4, V6, 5 speed stick.
    I think I have to change my email in order to change my 'Handle'.
    Yes it has the 2.3T(wife has same in her MKC) with the 10 speed trans.
    Here's link to the dealer listing if anyone is interested.
    https://www.lombardford.com/new-Barkhamsted-2020-Ford-Explorer-XLT+++4WD-1FMSK8DH3LGC85169
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,882
    qbrozen said:

    Damn! That Saab wagon went SO CHEAP! Again, very glad it was on the opposite coast.

    Anyway, they posted a perfect color combo manual I6 5-series. Too bad it is the base seats and has previous paintwork. Good with the bad, I suppose. https://carsandbids.com/auctions/KdOw6MMB/2006-bmw-530i-sedan

    Dang, too bad about the paint and no sport package. That’s a looker Bangle butt and all.

    2008 Toyota Land Cruiser White over Tan
    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,524
    Local Subaru dealer changed the oil in the Outback last weekend. Today? Puddle of oil on the floor of the garage under it.

    I’m not clear when it started because I was in the hospital for a couple days (I’m fine now). On the upshot, it is nice and clean oil...
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2007 BMW 530xi Touring 6MT (on loan), 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    so when you ran the numbers, it ended up making more sense to go new instead of pre owned? I guess you are getting the new design too, so that is a plus.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,256

    Local Subaru dealer changed the oil in the Outback last weekend. Today? Puddle of oil on the floor of the garage under it.

    I’m not clear when it started because I was in the hospital for a couple days (I’m fine now). On the upshot, it is nice and clean oil...

    Could only be the drain plug or the oil filter, right? Good thing you caught it early and not when the bearings started spinning.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,404
    edited January 23
    @stickguy,
    After driving some of the pre-owned prior generation, they just seemed too 'heavy'.
    This one seems much more nimble, plus has RWD feel.
    This was the most expensive XLT around, but it had all the features I was looking for on that model.
    Next model up, Limited has some other feature I would have liked, but is way more expensive.
    Since we pay property tax, a loaded XLT is a lot cheaper tax wise that a Limited or higher.
    A base XLT is about 39k, Limited is just over 50k.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,524

    Local Subaru dealer changed the oil in the Outback last weekend. Today? Puddle of oil on the floor of the garage under it.

    I’m not clear when it started because I was in the hospital for a couple days (I’m fine now). On the upshot, it is nice and clean oil...

    Could only be the drain plug or the oil filter, right? Good thing you caught it early and not when the bearings started spinning.
    That’s what I’m thinking. Oil filter is underneath so it could be either.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2007 BMW 530xi Touring 6MT (on loan), 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,671

    @stickguy,
    After driving some of the pre-owned prior generation, they just seemed too 'heavy'.
    This one seems much more nimble, plus has RWD feel.
    This was the most expensive XLT around, but it had all the features I was looking for on that model.
    Next model up, Limited has some other feature I would have liked, but is way more expensive.
    Since we pay property tax, a loaded XLT is a lot cheaper tax wise that a Limited or higher.
    A base XLT is about 39k, Limited is just over 50k.

    Very nicely equipped. I love that the wheels aren’t black!!

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,022

    @Michaell,
    This is our sixth Explorer, at one point my wife and I each drove one.
    She bought one of the first 4 door versions, Strawberry Red, 4x4, V6, 5 speed stick.
    I think I have to change my email in order to change my 'Handle'.
    Yes it has the 2.3T(wife has same in her MKC) with the 10 speed trans.
    Here's link to the dealer listing if anyone is interested.
    https://www.lombardford.com/new-Barkhamsted-2020-Ford-Explorer-XLT+++4WD-1FMSK8DH3LGC85169

    The EPA rating for mileage is the same as our 2015 Outback with the H6. I’m guessing the 10-speed auto contributes to that.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,182
    @28firefighter glad you're okay now!
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,404
    @Michaell,
    10 speed is great, it isn't sequential, goes into whatever gear it thinks it needs.
    My previous F-150 had it, too.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,980

    Oil filter is underneath so it could be either.

    Must be a "feature" of the bigger engine. I'm very pleased to have the Forester oil filter right on top, and as an additional bonus, it's the same filter my TSX uses.

    '08 Acura TSX, '17 Subaru Forester
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,512
    No punches for me, but some interesting news and notes. A friend of mine has a kid who started his own landscaping business last year. Just got his license. He saved up money from cutting grass, officiating hockey, & they contributed as well. They started out looking at used pickups, then asked me about leasing, they ended up finding a 2011 F150 Lariat with the 6.2L V8 locally with under 90,000 miles.

    My sister finally got her Mercedes back last week. The total repair bill was north of $22,000. The car was completely drivable away from the scene of the accident.

    My best friend who just a few short months ago bought a used Raptor to daily drive also has a 2015 Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock 6MT & a 2020 Grand Cherokee Summit just bought (with his friend/business partner) a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) with 60K miles and a 6 Speed for $12K.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,980
    "A friend of mine has a kid who started his own landscaping business last year. Just got his license. He saved up money from cutting grass, officiating hockey, & they contributed as well. They started out looking at used pickups, then asked me about leasing, they ended up finding a 2011 F150 Lariat with the 6.2L V8 locally with under 90,000 miles."

    Good for the boy. . .and his parents. Maybe there's hope after all.
    '08 Acura TSX, '17 Subaru Forester
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,606
    Now that both oil leaks are history, used dawn and a squeegy broom to clean the garage floor on Thursday. Did an amazing job of getting rid of old stains to after I let it sit awhile. Was able to really scrub the floor with the broom end which really helped get the deep down dirt out. Hopefully both vehicles stay leak free for at least a couple of years as we're both just not ready to new car shop yet.
    Also finally got on the horn with Genie company to get directions to sync the newer garage door opener I got. Was super simple and once I gave the operator the model number, she walked me through it in under four minutes. Want to give my old opener to our kid who lives in Miami so she can come & go when she visits. Also easier than taking one of ours when we use her vehicle to do anything. Our belt driven unit is still working great and is almost whisper quiet. Now, need to get the outside keypad fixed as it quit working at all. Always something when owning a house it seems!

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    check the battery. Most of them use a 9 volt.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 5,606
    No, it's not the battery as we've all tried that...both of us and two of the kids. And it takes a AA battery. Luckily all the hand held units all work so the middle child will get the extra one since she lives the closest. One thing I forgot to ask the agent when I called is why, every time the power goes out, I have to get up and play with the plug? With both vehicles parked inside, I can just get the ladder in between and climb up it to take the plug out and re-insert it. The unit isn't exactly in the middle of the garage either, off a degree or two, but since I'm not overweight, I can just fit in and get it done. The worst is when it happens overnight and I'm leaving for work and I hit the button and ...nothing! I'm not a happy camper, let's just put it that way!!!

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,815
    nyccarguy said:

    No punches for me, but some interesting news and notes. A friend of mine has a kid who started his own landscaping business last year. Just got his license. He saved up money from cutting grass, officiating hockey, & they contributed as well. They started out looking at used pickups, then asked me about leasing, they ended up finding a 2011 F150 Lariat with the 6.2L V8 locally with under 90,000 miles.

    My sister finally got her Mercedes back last week. The total repair bill was north of $22,000. The car was completely drivable away from the scene of the accident.

    My best friend who just a few short months ago bought a used Raptor to daily drive also has a 2015 Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock 6MT & a 2020 Grand Cherokee Summit just bought (with his friend/business partner) a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) with 60K miles and a 6 Speed for $12K.

    That is an impressive find.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,256
    nyccarguy said:

    No punches for me, but some interesting news and notes. A friend of mine has a kid who started his own landscaping business last year. Just got his license. He saved up money from cutting grass, officiating hockey, & they contributed as well. They started out looking at used pickups, then asked me about leasing, they ended up finding a 2011 F150 Lariat with the 6.2L V8 locally with under 90,000 miles.

    My sister finally got her Mercedes back last week. The total repair bill was north of $22,000. The car was completely drivable away from the scene of the accident.

    My best friend who just a few short months ago bought a used Raptor to daily drive also has a 2015 Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock 6MT & a 2020 Grand Cherokee Summit just bought (with his friend/business partner) a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) with 60K miles and a 6 Speed for $12K.

    I didn’t even know Ford made a 6.2L. Should move out pretty good as some versions put out 500hp. Good to have when towing an equipment trailer.

    I’m glad your sister is ok. What were the circumstances of the accident?

    So your friend likes Jeeps or goes off-roading a lot?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,404
    The 6.2 puts out about 411 HP, but going to use a lot of gas. It's pretty rare in an F-150.

    @Sandman5472,
    Can you just try flipping the breaker instead of unplugging the opener?
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,346
    qbrozen said:

    nyccarguy said:

    No punches for me, but some interesting news and notes. A friend of mine has a kid who started his own landscaping business last year. Just got his license. He saved up money from cutting grass, officiating hockey, & they contributed as well. They started out looking at used pickups, then asked me about leasing, they ended up finding a 2011 F150 Lariat with the 6.2L V8 locally with under 90,000 miles.

    My sister finally got her Mercedes back last week. The total repair bill was north of $22,000. The car was completely drivable away from the scene of the accident.

    My best friend who just a few short months ago bought a used Raptor to daily drive also has a 2015 Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock 6MT & a 2020 Grand Cherokee Summit just bought (with his friend/business partner) a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) with 60K miles and a 6 Speed for $12K.

    That is an impressive find.
    I’d nab that in a nanosecond. The only thing I’d take over a Wrangler is a Defender 90.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    I would take that Jeep too.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,882
    They could flip that Jeep for a profit TODAY.

    2008 Toyota Land Cruiser White over Tan
    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,512

    "A friend of mine has a kid who started his own landscaping business last year. Just got his license. He saved up money from cutting grass, officiating hockey, & they contributed as well. They started out looking at used pickups, then asked me about leasing, they ended up finding a 2011 F150 Lariat with the 6.2L V8 locally with under 90,000 miles."

    Good for the boy. . .and his parents. Maybe there's hope after all.

    I agree. It’s quite impressive. The kid is also on his way to becoming the 3rd generation Eagle Scout. His Dad is an Eagle Scout and was recently named troop leader. His grandfather who died 5 years ago was also an Eagle Scout.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,512
    qbrozen said:

    nyccarguy said:

    No punches for me, but some interesting news and notes. A friend of mine has a kid who started his own landscaping business last year. Just got his license. He saved up money from cutting grass, officiating hockey, & they contributed as well. They started out looking at used pickups, then asked me about leasing, they ended up finding a 2011 F150 Lariat with the 6.2L V8 locally with under 90,000 miles.

    My sister finally got her Mercedes back last week. The total repair bill was north of $22,000. The car was completely drivable away from the scene of the accident.

    My best friend who just a few short months ago bought a used Raptor to daily drive also has a 2015 Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock 6MT & a 2020 Grand Cherokee Summit just bought (with his friend/business partner) a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) with 60K miles and a 6 Speed for $12K.

    That is an impressive find.



    Indeed. The guy they bought it from was a landscaper. He worked for these people who owned farmland in Upstate New York. The owners bought it to use at their vacation home, and rarely ever drove it off their property. They put it in the back of a barn and it sat for years. He asked them if he could buy it for his son as a 1st car. He bought it. The son drove it, but never liked driving stick. The kid went to college in a place where you don’t need a car, then graduated and lived/worked in the city. The Jeep sat for a long time, being driven occasionally. The kid is in his mid 20s now and has moved out of the city. He needs a car and really doesn’t like driving stick. So his Dad put the Jeep up for sale and said he give the kid the money.

    My friend’s business partner literally saw this out of the corner of his eye on the front lawn. Starts right up. Runs & Drives.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,512
    au1994 said:

    They could flip that Jeep for a profit TODAY.

    They know. Both of them are into Wranglers.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 12,798
    Explorer....big congrats on the new Explorer. It’s red. My favorite color. That makes it great in my book.
    2019 Kia Stinger GT2
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,256

    Now that both oil leaks are history, used dawn and a squeegy broom to clean the garage floor on Thursday. Did an amazing job of getting rid of old stains to after I let it sit awhile. Was able to really scrub the floor with the broom end which really helped get the deep down dirt out. Hopefully both vehicles stay leak free for at least a couple of years as we're both just not ready to new car shop yet.
    Also finally got on the horn with Genie company to get directions to sync the newer garage door opener I got. Was super simple and once I gave the operator the model number, she walked me through it in under four minutes. Want to give my old opener to our kid who lives in Miami so she can come & go when she visits. Also easier than taking one of ours when we use her vehicle to do anything. Our belt driven unit is still working great and is almost whisper quiet. Now, need to get the outside keypad fixed as it quit working at all. Always something when owning a house it seems!

    I don’t usually put any leaky cars in my garage but when I want to keep track of oil leaks I just put an old piece of cardboard under the engine, transmission or radiator (whichever is suspect). Makes it easier to track what is leaking and keeps the floor clean.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,182
    I really like the color combo on this XC60.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    I love that color combo too. My wife would have the paint color though. Nice car. I like that model. Seems like a good deal too for the year and miles.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    not a car, but after some looking and research, got the wife (well, ordered) a new laptop to replace the 11 YO macbook she inherited from our daughter 6 years ago. Never did like it, or know how to use it, and at this point doesn't even update.

    ended up with her deciding she wanted a bigger screen, so got a 15.6. And she thought the touchscreen was cool, so on the list.

    and just like with cars, scope creep crept in. Turned into a Lenovo with extra capacity (12 gig RAM and 256 SSD) and a bit of an upgraded processor. Total overkill for her, but she liked the way it looked, and if she doesn't want it, I'll be happy to take it since it's a lot nicer than the old one I use!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    slight chance that my next car might becoming from within the family. My daughter is cooking up a scheme to move to beantown to move in with her college roomie (downtown someplace). If it happens, she won't have parking so was figuring on getting rid of her car. Depending on all the factors, might make more sense for me to just take it off her hands instead. But, a lot has to happen to get from here to there.

    would not be a bad idea. It is a nice car.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,256
    corvette said:

    I really like the color combo on this XC60.

    They call the color simply brown, unlike most places that would call it something like ‘root beer float premium’. I like the white interior leather.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,404
    @stickguy,
    You don't want to own a car in Boston unless you are making a LOT of money..
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,524
    IMO you don’t want to drive in Boston unless you need to. Cost aside.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2007 BMW 530xi Touring 6MT (on loan), 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 3,949
    @stickguy, Your daughter has a Jetta R-type if I recall? How does she like it? My BIL has a 2020 Jetta SE as his company car that replaced his 2018 Jetta SEL. He really likes his current Jetta though he misses the adaptive cruise control from the 18. He visited us this weekend and it was parked next to the TL. They are both the same size!

    2018 VW Passat SE w/tech, 2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,671
    edited January 24
    stickguy said:

    slight chance that my next car might becoming from within the family. My daughter is cooking up a scheme to move to beantown to move in with her college roomie (downtown someplace). If it happens, she won't have parking so was figuring on getting rid of her car. Depending on all the factors, might make more sense for me to just take it off her hands instead. But, a lot has to happen to get from here to there.

    would not be a bad idea. It is a nice car.

    Well you’ve cleaned and maintained it, so may as well own it.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,404
    @28firefighter,
    You will have a tough time finding a place to keep your car, never mind driving it.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    sda said:

    @stickguy, Your daughter has a Jetta R-type if I recall? How does she like it? My BIL has a 2020 Jetta SE as his company car that replaced his 2018 Jetta SEL. He really likes his current Jetta though he misses the adaptive cruise control from the 18. He visited us this weekend and it was parked next to the TL. They are both the same size!

    yes, a 2019 R line in white Silver ( a darker grayish white. very nice looking). She likes it. Been a good car, but it did just crack 40K miles (in 2.5 years), thanks to time spent doing a 90 mile/day commute. Not accumulating nearly as fast now. So 3.5 years/32K miles left on the warranty. Going to hurt sale price (maybe the high used values hold up?) but works out for me given how little I drive. I am curious what Carvana, etc. would hit it at. Good thing for her is she has it almost fully paid off so will get a nice chunk of change out of it.

    I believe the apartment (and intended one to move to) is more downtown, not out in a fringe neighborhood, so having a car is going to be a non starter. and really makes little sense to keep owning it and keeping it here, or finding someplace outside the city (we have some friends out in the burbs) to park it for extended periods. Will just be an urbanite, and mostly public transit or Uber, and on the occasion she needs to get someplace that requires driving, zipcar is available.

    all speculation at this point. She was talking to her friend up there today cooking all this up, but will have to deal with the pesky job situation somehow. But at least she is excited about it!

    and if she does go, that takes our last tie to the area out of play, so the likelihood of us moving somewhere between Saratoga and New Hampshire goes way up. Mom can't be that far from her baby!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    tjc78 said:

    stickguy said:

    slight chance that my next car might becoming from within the family. My daughter is cooking up a scheme to move to beantown to move in with her college roomie (downtown someplace). If it happens, she won't have parking so was figuring on getting rid of her car. Depending on all the factors, might make more sense for me to just take it off her hands instead. But, a lot has to happen to get from here to there.

    would not be a bad idea. It is a nice car.

    Well you’ve cleaned and maintained it, so may as well own it.
    so true. for what she could sell it for, would likely be a no question good deal. Could always dump it down the line no harm, no foul if I bought it wholesale!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,022
    stickguy said:

    not a car, but after some looking and research, got the wife (well, ordered) a new laptop to replace the 11 YO macbook she inherited from our daughter 6 years ago. Never did like it, or know how to use it, and at this point doesn't even update.

    ended up with her deciding she wanted a bigger screen, so got a 15.6. And she thought the touchscreen was cool, so on the list.

    and just like with cars, scope creep crept in. Turned into a Lenovo with extra capacity (12 gig RAM and 256 SSD) and a bit of an upgraded processor. Total overkill for her, but she liked the way it looked, and if she doesn't want it, I'll be happy to take it since it's a lot nicer than the old one I use!

    I got a new computer recently, as well, to replace the 7 year old laptop I bought when I became a moderator here.

    Well, not new to me, exactly.

    When we started up the cooking studio, we bought a new Dell laptop to run all the software. My daughter picked it out, and she went pretty much top of the line. 17” screen, lots of RAM, etc.

    When we had to shut down in November, it got left at the studio and wasn’t booted up for over a month. When we did, windows asked for the encryption passcode, which nobody had. So, for $300, I had a 256GB SSD installed, and I took it. The girls bought a new MacBook, since they are more familiar with that OS.

    Everybody is happy.

    And, since most of the work is done in the cloud, there wasn’t much data that was lost.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,838
    my daughter was cleaning up her old macbook yesterday and after almost 7 years, had hardly anything on it to worry about, since she had pretty much got everything saved in a cloud already. Google docs, pictures (maybe google too?) so really not much left.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,182
    sda said:

    My BIL has a 2020 Jetta SE as his company car that replaced his 2018 Jetta SEL.

    SEL to SE? Did he get demoted or something? :)
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,182
    Michaell said:

    So, for $300, I had a 256GB SSD installed, and I took it. The girls bought a new MacBook, since they are more familiar with that OS.

    Very big fan of SSDs. I don't think most OSes have been properly optimized for spinning platter hard drives for many years now. The initial release of Windows 8 worked really well with them, but I think that the inevitable bug fixes and security patches don't receive the same optimization as a new OS release.

    The laptop I use to remote in to the office and to sync my phone, store photos and documents, etc., is an i3 which is over four years old. It was mediocre to below-average when I bought it (but was the cheapest thing available with a backlit keyboard, which was a requirement). I replaced the HD with an SSD, and it instantly became a very good machine (and still is!).
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,815
    edited January 24
    I'm having trouble with an SSD all-in-one desktop. I thought it was an OS problem, but after countless attempts at getting it to behave, I finally DOWNGRADED from Win 10 to Win 8 Pro. Worked OK for maybe 2 weeks and then started carrying on again. It will claim that it can't find a bootable drive.

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