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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,110
    The bulk of my work experience was with the provincial govt here. Once you get past your 6 to 12-month probationary period and become a full-fledged civil servant, you essentially cannot be let go. For non-union management types it is possible, but since they have a policy that they do not pay severance at what the courts deem to be acceptable levels, they almost never do it. The only way such people get let go is if they commit a criminal act, steal (and even that is no cinch if they are in the union), or commit some kind of unacceptable but not criminal behavior. Even those who have been found via independent investigation to be guilty of racial or other kinds of harassment do not get fired, but instead get moved elsewhere. Talk about deadwood... I worked in a place with a fellow whose job title was "internal auditor", and he did have all the professional certifications for that. But for some reason I never found out he never did anything along those lines, and in fact seldom did anything work-related during the work day. He read books, worked on his antiques business that he ran on the side, and then would stay late to tutor private students in his office. He was a nice if somewhat strange fellow, but totally unmanageable, so they gave up trying to make him productive before I got there. He was still there after I left and I understand finally retired with a full pension.

    When I moved to the liquor business it was a very different story. The private-sector management team did not hesitate to let people go, but they were treated well if that happened with generous severance and benefits. For most of them, it was the best thing that ever happened to them because they found far more fulfilling and suitable jobs elsewhere. I saw it just like pruning a tree in that it made the organism much healthier. I wonder how much the government payroll here would decrease if they adopted that philosophy, having seen so many people during my time in government just putting in time and doing the bare minimum until they waited for their pension eligibility.

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,448
    edited May 7
    I think that's how it still works in most of the public sector. At my prior tech-adjacent employer, during restructuring, people with 20+ years tenure were let go, or given a somewhat insulting relocation offer probably concocted by a coddled from birth suit who doesn't actually live in the real world. And some wonder why there are some bad feelings in our version of late stage capitalism.


    The 2 companies where I spent the vast majority of me career, XEROX and AMD, you made it to 10 years, you’re there until retirement. When we were going through hard times, lots of people thought they were safe because they had “tenure”. Ended up, if you couldn’t produce revenue far and above your wage, produce design that was innovative, if you couldn’t provide products that were in demand, you were shown the door, regardless of your tenure. I welcomed that as those who rode on our coat tails, of those of us who were busting their hump, were given no quarters. That was back in the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Talking to former colleagues, they’re falling back into the same old “well, we made it this far, we can now coast”, mentality given they’re now “flush” again. I know where that leads.

    Although, in XEROX’s situation, not sure where they are these days. I know they’ve split off bits and pieces of the company. But, they were fat and happy back in the ‘90s and lost their way. I’ve been away from that company for a while. So, aside from them trying to reinvent themselves as a document management company (not even sure what that means), they certainly haven’t been the copier powerhouse they were when I was there.

  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 2,919
    At Gulf, in the 70s, there was a commonly heard refrain, “The only way to get fired around here is to beat up your supervisor ON THE PREMISES”. And those last 3 words were emphasized.

    By the 1990s, working at Chevron after they bought up Gulf, the situation was completely different. Major layoffs every other year. We joked about “management by layoffs”. Eventually it became a matter of who you knew, not what you knew. Skills, hard work, dedication, that wasn’t enough. You had to have someone in management pulling for you, or you were history.
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  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 2,919
    As for “needing a pickup”, I remember someone here in these forums, a few years back, remarking, “90% of everything you will ever do with a car you could do with a Honda Fit”. Truer words.
    2019 Chrysler Pacifica
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,900
    edited May 7
    qbrozen said:


    I’d like to amend that to “you will ever NEED to do.” Because I don’t NEED to leave rubber stripes on the road, but I do it everytime out! ;b

    Well, if your goal is to leave rubber stripes on the road, then you have the right tool for the job. Frankly, a Subaru Forester just wouldn't cut it. ;)
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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,708

    @stickguy said:
    they do, and this is one of the best. This car is just about perfect.

    I’ve had three BMW shades of blue: Atlantic, Riviera, and LeMans. I also like Avus, Phytonic, Portimao, and Tanzanite.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,110
    Here in NS I would guess that well over 90% of BMWs on the roads are either white or black. Almost all with black interior too.

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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,137
    henryn said:

    As for “needing a pickup”, I remember someone here in these forums, a few years back, remarking, “90% of everything you will ever do with a car you could do with a Honda Fit”. Truer words.

    Need/want…potato potahto to this group!

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,448
    I've rented a few BMWs over the years. Thinking back: black/black, black/black, dark red/tan, white/brown, white/black.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,740

    BMW made a color back in the mid - late ‘90s called Montreal Blue that was stunning.

    I never new how much I needed a pickup until I leased one. Did I get it because I like the way it looks (fake hood scoop & all)? Yes. Did I get it because it was an insanely good deal? Yes. Do I love having a pickup? Absolutely. It’s also been a life saver at work.

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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,137
    edited May 7
    Monaco, Orient and Estoril are some of my favorites. And I get you on the truck. Taco, Gladiator, Ridgeline, Santa Cruz and Maverick will all get a hard look from me.

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

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAMember Posts: 12,487

    tjc78 said:

    I loved my 2000 Solara (XLE V6 auto)

    I always thought those were a thinly disguised Lexus. Loved that body style!
    It's just a Camry Coupe I think......
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 190,788
    nyccarguy said:

    BMW made a color back in the mid - late ‘90s called Montreal Blue that was stunning.

    I never new how much I needed a pickup until I leased one. Did I get it because I like the way it looks (fake hood scoop & all)? Yes. Did I get it because it was an insanely good deal? Yes. Do I love having a pickup? Absolutely. It’s also been a life saver at work.

    My son's E36 M3 was repainted in Montreal Blue. Very nice

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,448
    Speaking of old BMW colors

    I guess in a world where a 200K house is now 500K, a $500 hooptie is now $2000, and a 55K salary is now 60K (see what I did there), this makes sense.
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,344
    fintail said:

    Speaking of old BMW colors

    I guess in a world where a 200K house is now 500K, a $500 hooptie is now $2000, and a 55K salary is now 60K (see what I did there), this makes sense.

    I was thinking salary $55k, but yes, the sad reality.

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  • rayainswrayainsw Member Posts: 3,116
    My current BMW's blue is my [current] favorite
    of the colors I have had...
    "Portimao blau metallic (C31)"
    - Ray
    Happy with everything else about it as well...
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  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,137
    fintail said:

    Speaking of old BMW colors

    I guess in a world where a 200K house is now 500K, a $500 hooptie is now $2000, and a 55K salary is now 60K (see what I did there), this makes sense.

    Wah??

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

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,110
    Just saw a (Canadian) commercial for the Jeep Grand Cherokee offering 10% off MRSP plus $2500 in incentives. Must be one of the few vehicles with ample inventory.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZMember Posts: 5,062
    edited May 8
    Well done! You're now among the elite. I got into trouble the last time I said much more. I think I offended people who went to "the guy" to get a fuse replaced.
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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,743

    My BIL suggested we should get a lift. I suspect that’s the threshold at which we do more harm than good…

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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusMember Posts: 13,085

    Project for today. My BIL has a near-mint 2005 G35 coupe with 137k miles. Looks and drives like it has 1/4 the mileage. Earlier in the week threw CEL and VDC lights and was cranking terribly. Plugged in my OBD reader and it turns out camshaft position sensor for bank 2 (driver’s side) was kaput. YouTube said it was fairly straightforward to replace and it was!

    Removed the air box, intake tubing, MAF, and throttle body. Swapped out the sensor, put it all back together, and cleared the codes. Done in under an hour for $65 in parts. As lead “mechanic” I of course took it out for a proper rom-I mean- test drive. These VQ engines are wonderful.

    My wife and SIL were quite impressed with us.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,740

    @28firefighter said:
    Project for today. My BIL has a near-mint 2005 G35 coupe with 137k miles. Looks and drives like it has 1/4 the mileage. Earlier in the week threw CEL and VDC lights and was cranking terribly. Plugged in my OBD reader and it turns out camshaft position sensor for bank 2 (driver’s side) was kaput. YouTube said it was fairly straightforward to replace and it was!

    Removed the air box, intake tubing, MAF, and throttle body. Swapped out the sensor, put it all back together, and cleared the codes. Done in under an hour for $65 in parts. As lead “mechanic” I of course took it out for a proper rom-I mean- test drive. These VQ engines are wonderful.

    My wife and SIL were quite impressed with us.

    Excellent job!

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,708

    Project for today. My BIL has a near-mint 2005 G35 coupe with 137k miles. Looks and drives like it has 1/4 the mileage. Earlier in the week threw CEL and VDC lights and was cranking terribly. Plugged in my OBD reader and it turns out camshaft position sensor for bank 2 (driver’s side) was kaput. YouTube said it was fairly straightforward to replace and it was!

    Removed the air box, intake tubing, MAF, and throttle body. Swapped out the sensor, put it all back together, and cleared the codes. Done in under an hour for $65 in parts. As lead “mechanic” I of course took it out for a proper rom-I mean- test drive. These VQ engines are wonderful.

    My wife and SIL were quite impressed with us.

    VERY brave! That car could have caught fire and blown up the entire house and garage!!!

    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

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,708
    edited May 9
    Okay, so I'm really going back and forth on this one: 2018 440i xDrive
    Yes, there's a ding on the Carfax, but my SA friend can inspect the car for me. There can't be many F32 M Sport cars with three pedals and the THP- xDrive or otherwise. I absolutely love the interior, and I'm hoping one of those magic Ceramic paint coatings could help keep the Black Sapphire Metallic paint looking decent. The only other thing I see is that the rear bumper needs a bit of TLC and one wheel needs a touch up. It has a Bavarian ponycar vibe to it-reminding me of my father's 1965 Mustang that boasted a black over red color scheme.

    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

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,743

    @roadburner said:
    Okay, so I'm really going back and forth on this one: 2018 440i xDrive
    Yes, there's a ding on the Carfax, but my SA friend can inspect the car for me. There can't be many F32 M Sport cars with three pedals and the THP- xDrive or otherwise. I absolutely love the interior, and I'm hoping one of those magic Ceramic paint coatings could help keep the Black Sapphire Metallic paint looking decent. The only other thing I see is that the rear bumper needs a bit of TLC and one wheel needs a touch up. It has a Bavarian ponycar vibe to it-reminding me of my father's 1965 Mustang that boasted a black over red color scheme.

    Me likey

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,240

    @roadburner said:
    Okay, so I'm really going back and forth on this one: 2018 440i xDrive
    Yes, there's a ding on the Carfax, but my SA friend can inspect the car for me. There can't be many F32 M Sport cars with three pedals and the THP- xDrive or otherwise. I absolutely love the interior, and I'm hoping one of those magic Ceramic paint coatings could help keep the Black Sapphire Metallic paint looking decent. The only other thing I see is that the rear bumper needs a bit of TLC and one wheel needs a touch up. It has a Bavarian ponycar vibe to it-reminding me of my father's 1965 Mustang that boasted a black over red color scheme.

    Poor condition rating and they overpaid. Just fyi.

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  • dad23dad23 ColoradoMember Posts: 628
    The car looks great @breld, very sharp and I agree on the color, enjoy it!!!
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,095

    Nice interior on that one!

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  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWMember Posts: 3,105
    edited May 9
    @breld, nice - hope you enjoy and it’s exclusivity! Keep us updated on it.
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,095

    Congrats @breld

    Really nice! Thunder Grey really works on that car.

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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,425
    Congrats @breld! Looks great.++
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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,110
    That's a nice interior, @breld. Oddly enough, I went to their Canadian website (they only have 3 dealers in the entire country right now) and that color/material doesn't seem to be available with that paint here.

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  • rayainswrayainsw Member Posts: 3,116
    "2021 Polestar 2"
    I particularly like the seat trim.
    - Ray
    Many happy smiles to ya!
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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,708
    breld said:

    Took delivery of the Polestar yesterday. All the paperwork was completed ahead of time, so it all went smoothly. They don’t have their credit card system set up yet, so they didn’t even collect the first lease payment - the sales manager said she’d call me when they are set up.

    Since it was the first order - plus I let them know this was my 10th purchase form their dealership network - their general manager was there to say hi and congratulate me. They had a bottle of champagne and a couple of gift cards to a local massage spa for us. Fun experience.

    I let the salesperson go through all the features and tech, which took about an hour. It was helpful, plus he wanted to go through it with me since it was his first delivery too.

    Few obligatory pics - love this Thunder Gray color. Sort of a pale gray in some lights, but has a strong blue hue in others. I love the look of the frameless side view mirrors - the entire mirror body is what adjusts, as opposed to just the mirror insert. The interior is pretty plain looking - very Scandinavian - but the materials are actually quite interesting. I like the feel of the vegan seat material. The Android Automotive system is slick and very quick to operate. But I still look forward to Apple CarPlay which is still to come in a software update.









    Great color!

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,743

    Replaced the cabin air filter in my dad’s wagon this afternoon. Whoever decided that 30k miles is the correct interval for that should be beaten. I had to vacuum out driver and passenger sides just to see where everything went back together there was so much debris.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,462

    Replaced the cabin air filter in my dad’s wagon this afternoon. Whoever decided that 30k miles is the correct interval for that should be beaten. I had to vacuum out driver and passenger sides just to see where everything went back together there was so much debris.

    I've rarely seen them severely dirty. If he paid someone to do it 30k ago, I'd question whether it got done, or whether they just reset the light.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,462
    edited May 9
    This color is gorgeous on the GTO, but it and everything in their inventory seems extremely overpriced. Peep the 1991 Cavalier wagon for sale with an asking price of nearly 20k--and it appears to have few if any factory options!
  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 2,919
    edited May 9
    corvette said:

    Replaced the cabin air filter in my dad’s wagon this afternoon. Whoever decided that 30k miles is the correct interval for that should be beaten. I had to vacuum out driver and passenger sides just to see where everything went back together there was so much debris.

    I've rarely seen them severely dirty. If he paid someone to do it 30k ago, I'd question whether it got done, or whether they just reset the light.
    For cabin air filters (and air filters) the results will depend to a great degree where you drive. Dry, dusty roads, especially dirt or gravel, are going to pick up a lot more than cruising down the interstate. It also seems to depend on where the air intake is, relative to the ground. I found actual twigs in the cabin air filter on this ex-rental Pacifica, which seemed to be original at 61k miles. And the air filter appeared to be original Mopar, rather dirty, but no twigs. Lot of sand in the air box too. I would assume that Hertz changed the oil whenever the service light came on (+/- 10k miles), but nothing else.

    One of the youtube videos that I watched, looking for information on removing the smell of cigarettes, the videographer showed a cabin air filter that was about as filthy as any filter I have ever seen. I would have been reluctant to get inside the car after seeing that cabin air filter.
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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,743

    He hasn’t had the car for more than 10k. I’m guessing someone just reset the light.

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  • jpp75jpp75 DenverMember Posts: 1,453
    corvette said:

    This color is gorgeous on the GTO, but it and everything in their inventory seems extremely overpriced. Peep the 1991 Cavalier wagon for sale with an asking price of nearly 20k--and it appears to have few if any factory options!

    I do like that color on the GTO.

    But there is absolutely no world where a 1990's Cavalier is worth their asking price. Maybe move the decimal one place to the left and it would be worth considering. Maybe.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,048

    Okay, so I'm really going back and forth on this one: 2018 440i xDrive
    Yes, there's a ding on the Carfax, but my SA friend can inspect the car for me. There can't be many F32 M Sport cars with three pedals and the THP- xDrive or otherwise. I absolutely love the interior, and I'm hoping one of those magic Ceramic paint coatings could help keep the Black Sapphire Metallic paint looking decent. The only other thing I see is that the rear bumper needs a bit of TLC and one wheel needs a touch up. It has a Bavarian ponycar vibe to it-reminding me of my father's 1965 Mustang that boasted a black over red color scheme.

    Find out what market value is for a clean one and then offer 20% less because of the accident. Definitely make correcting the dings a condition of sale. Is $47k a good price for that?

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,048
    edited May 9
    corvette said:

    This color is gorgeous on the GTO, but it and everything in their inventory seems extremely overpriced. Peep the 1991 Cavalier wagon for sale with an asking price of nearly 20k--and it appears to have few if any factory options!

    Is that what a 15 yo GTO goes for? Seems expensive. Gorgeous car, beautiful color. Those dark reds really get me interested.

    If you like old Cavaliers there are some around that are cheaper but still not cheap.
    https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/cto/d/oneco-1999-z24-cavalier-conv-original/7317439266.html

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,448
    That Cavalier wagon is hilarious, is the hipster flipper old car thing that out of control now?

    Speaking of low mileage oldies, a lot more money, but a lot more car - this actually isn't seriously insane, in that it isn't 3x real value anyway.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,048
    henryn said:

    corvette said:

    Replaced the cabin air filter in my dad’s wagon this afternoon. Whoever decided that 30k miles is the correct interval for that should be beaten. I had to vacuum out driver and passenger sides just to see where everything went back together there was so much debris.

    I've rarely seen them severely dirty. If he paid someone to do it 30k ago, I'd question whether it got done, or whether they just reset the light.
    For cabin air filters (and air filters) the results will depend to a great degree where you drive. Dry, dusty roads, especially dirt or gravel, are going to pick up a lot more than cruising down the interstate. It also seems to depend on where the air intake is, relative to the ground. I found actual twigs in the cabin air filter on this ex-rental Pacifica, which seemed to be original at 61k miles. And the air filter appeared to be original Mopar, rather dirty, but no twigs. Lot of sand in the air box too. I would assume that Hertz changed the oil whenever the service light came on (+/- 10k miles), but nothing else.

    One of the youtube videos that I watched, looking for information on removing the smell of cigarettes, the videographer showed a cabin air filter that was about as filthy as any filter I have ever seen. I would have been reluctant to get inside the car after seeing that cabin air filter.
    Anything in those videos about getting mouse odor out of a car. I took the convertible out of the barn today and there had been “visitors”. No wires chewed than goodness.

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

  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,448
    edited May 9
    I have yet to see a Polestar on the road - I suspect I will eventually, as it seems to also match PNW tastes. Interesting mirrors, which appear to have a very minor bezel, I wonder if that will impact how they get dirty. Might be an illusion, but from inside the pillars look really thick, black plastic accent in the rear door bugs me a little. I've read the "chip shortage" impacts digital displays, so maybe that one got out before stuff hit the fan. Congrats on it, nice style that looks to have some AWD ability but isn't exaggerated faux-butch outdoorsy cosplay.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,462
    edited May 9


    If you like old Cavaliers there are some around that are cheaper but still not cheap.
    https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/cto/d/oneco-1999-z24-cavalier-conv-original/7317439266.html

    I'm not into old Cavaliers, but for someone who just wants a well maintained car for open air motoring and doesn't care about driving dynamics, $6,250 is at least an asking price I think could be negotiated down to something reasonable-ish.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,462

    henryn said:

    corvette said:

    Replaced the cabin air filter in my dad’s wagon this afternoon. Whoever decided that 30k miles is the correct interval for that should be beaten. I had to vacuum out driver and passenger sides just to see where everything went back together there was so much debris.

    I've rarely seen them severely dirty. If he paid someone to do it 30k ago, I'd question whether it got done, or whether they just reset the light.
    For cabin air filters (and air filters) the results will depend to a great degree where you drive. Dry, dusty roads, especially dirt or gravel, are going to pick up a lot more than cruising down the interstate. It also seems to depend on where the air intake is, relative to the ground. I found actual twigs in the cabin air filter on this ex-rental Pacifica, which seemed to be original at 61k miles. And the air filter appeared to be original Mopar, rather dirty, but no twigs. Lot of sand in the air box too. I would assume that Hertz changed the oil whenever the service light came on (+/- 10k miles), but nothing else.

    One of the youtube videos that I watched, looking for information on removing the smell of cigarettes, the videographer showed a cabin air filter that was about as filthy as any filter I have ever seen. I would have been reluctant to get inside the car after seeing that cabin air filter.
    Anything in those videos about getting mouse odor out of a car. I took the convertible out of the barn today and there had been “visitors”. No wires chewed than goodness.
    From my experience in the Tundra, you have to find the "source" and clean it. There was a nest in the cabin air filter. Maybe check the HVAC system?
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