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    Any cars you regret buying? - My '14 CR-V experience

    I bought my oldest son a 2006 Ford Focus when he was in high school. I wanted him to learn to drive a stick and it was literally the only car I could find locally with a manual. The car had damage when I bought it. The owner had hit something on the highway and the radiator, condenser, and...
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    Did I buy a Genuine USA Crescent?

    I think those are the made in Taiwan version.
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    2013-2020 Ford Fusions

    My neighbor has a 2013 Fusion with the 2.0 Ecoboost. It's a good-looking car and pretty zippy to drive around. He's had no major issues at 140k miles and irregular maintenance. But... that might just be a complete fluke. I have no idea how reliable that particular motor really is.
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    Harley Scores a Home Run with the Pan America

    So far, the reviews of Harley's Pan America have been mostly favorable. The motor is very strong, chassis and suspension are good, handling on and off-road is good. It seems the motor company did their homework and engineered a competitive ADV bike. I'm not sure if H-D has released sales figures...
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    Harley Scores a Home Run with the Pan America

    It's an ADV bike. Spoke wheels don't fracture over rough terrain.
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    2022 Toyota Tundra

    But the real question is... did they bring back the transmission cooler?
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    2018 3.5 Ecoboost

    2018 would be the Gen II 3.5 EcoBoost. Seems to be a good engine. While I've never owned one, I have several buddies with relatively high-mileage Gen II's with no issues. My B-I-L has an F150 with the 2.7 and complains about the 10-speed transmission doing wonky things, but the engine has been...
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    What investment will keep up with inflation that is not the stock market? Gold?

    This is why having good property managers is so important - and I do. I also personally inspect my properties at least annually and insist my managers do quarterly inspections. All repairs over $250 have to be approved by me unless it's an emergency. I budget for paint every 1-2 years and new...
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    What investment will keep up with inflation that is not the stock market? Gold?

    Respectfully, real estate investors are only part of the very complex causes of the housing shortage, if at all.
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    What investment will keep up with inflation that is not the stock market? Gold?

    Maybe I should clarify. I don't want to deal with maintenance stuff, collecting rents, vetting applicants, etc. Otherwise, yeh, I'm a people person. What the hell is wrong with you people!
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    Doing own oil changes under warranty?

    I this iPhone app to track services, set reminders, and attach photos of receipts: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/auto-care-1/id567941027
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    What investment will keep up with inflation that is not the stock market? Gold?

    Maybe I've just been very fortunate or had good tenants in a good market, but we only had one renter that was delinquent in late 2020. I've had zero problems this year. I've certainly had units sit empty for a month or so, or had to lower the rent a bit, but that is a rarity in the current market.
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    What investment will keep up with inflation that is not the stock market? Gold?

    All of my properties are in Utah, I live in Nevada. I have 4 different property managers that handle the units for me. They all charge 7% and, to me, it's well worth the cost not to deal directly with the tenants.
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    I remember when cars had...

    Manual transmissions. Somedays I really miss rowing my own gears.
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    What investment will keep up with inflation that is not the stock market? Gold?

    Real estate, specifically rental properties. Hands down the best investment I’ve made. I’ve got 15 properties - townhomes and single family. All of them but 1 are less than 5 years old (l’ve been doing 1031’s to newer properties). I have about half paid off, the rest are leveraged. On paper -...
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