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    Rental Review - 2019 Nissan Sentra SV

    So recently spent a few days out at the beach in Florida - had a bunch of airline and Expedia credits due to two cancelled trips so decided to get myself and my other half out of the same 4 walls we have been living, working, eating and sleeping in for the past 3+ months. Flew into Tampa...
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    ~3.5 Months and ~875 miles with short range EV review.

    So figure I would pop in quickly to post a short term review (~3.5 months and ~875 mile) review of my short range CPO 2016 VW E-Golf toaster on wheels. <span style="font-weight: bold">Why I bought it: </span> After 2.5 years of driving an average of 6-7k/miles annually and dealing with...
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    Bridgestone Ecopia + - surprisingly good.

    So I have not had good experience with prior Bridgestone tires and have always been a fan of Michelin. My certified pre-owned '16 eGolf SE came with brand new Bridgestone Ecopia + tires and I didn't feel the need to negotiate having brand new tires removed and something else put on. I have...
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    "New" used - 2016 VW e-Golf SE.

    So long story short - after realizing my commute is not a TDI friendly (2.5-3.1 miles each way and ~7-8k/annual) and having a multitude of issues with the panoramic roof of my 2012 TDI I ditched it. Did a few days of research on the e-Golf and liked everything I found, have a Level 2...
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    VW dealer hilarity - window tinted the wrong car.

    Not even sure what category this falls into so figure I would drop it here. '12 in my sig has was at the dealer for a full 3 weeks to solve a leaky sunroof - thankfully it is a dieselgate CPO because it has been probably upward of $5k in repairs, rental cars and loaner cars at this point...
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    Giti tires - newish large brand.

    So my 2020 VW Tiguan loaner has Giti tires on it, always look at what kind of tires are on my loaners or rentals cause it is good to have real world experience with various tires. When I first saw them I thought someone had hooned out this loaner and they threw some cheap Chinese knockoffs...
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    VW Budack Cycle 2.0T - hugely unimpressed.

    So the ongoing saga with the leaky sunroof on my 2012 VW Sportwagen continues, had it back for 1 day and we had a rainstorm that soaked the drivers side headliner and drivers A-pillar and had water leaking down onto my feet from the dash. This time no Enterprise rental but a dealer loaner -...
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    Dealer damaged panel & paint during service - how far do I take it?

    So long story short the '12 in my sig went in for some CPO work due to sunroof leaks (new sunroof drains, new headliner and some various interior carpet replaced) this past Tuesday and should have only been a 1-1.5 day long job. Well Tuesday afternoon they call me and want to set me up with a...
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    Rental Review - 2020 Nissan Altima 2.5S

    So while my 2012 Sportwagen is stuck in purgatory at the dealership for a new headliner, new sunroof drains and some carpet due to a water leak (CPO is covering it - $50 deductible) and they did not have any loaners (would have loved to try a 2019/2020 Jetta) they booked me with Enterprise...
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    New tire review - Barum Bravuris 3HM on Jetta Sportwagen

    So I finally replaced the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ that came on my 2012 Jetta due to a chunk of tread the size of a finger departing the tire (guessing road damage) and causing as slow leak. The tires were installed not too long after car was turned in to VW dieselgate buyback and the car sat...
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    Delivery meal kit review - Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

    So I recently took the meal kit delivery service jump after seeing multiple of my neighbors with boxes at their doorsteps. I had browsed them before but never really went beyond that until recently when I found out Dinnerly could send me dinner for ~$5/plate which is their regular price...
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    Painting concrete patio - tips and tricks.

    So I am about to tackle painting my concrete patio - it measures ~5' x 14' and is very rough texture and I have never painted a concrete floor before. I have had very good luck with Behr interior paints and Home Depot is my go to home improvement store since they are only ½ mile away so I...
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    Drill brush attachments for cleaning - wish I found these sooner.

    So we all know the pain of bathtub cleaning, especially if you have grout to deal with. Well I stumbled upon the below when I was stuck in an Amazon hole one day and figured at $10 if they suck its not a huge loss. Well let's just say these are my new favorite cleaning tool for at least...
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    Dynamat (well budget brand) a dishwasher success.

    So I have a ~20 year old GE Nautilus builders grade edition dishwasher in my condo that was installed when the place was built in 2000. The dishwasher is a beast and (knock on wood) I have not had any issues with it in the 2 years I have lived here. It along with the multiple Nautilus...
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    RC hobby plane/helicopter flying clubs.

    So some 20 years back I built a RC hobby plane with my stepfather, unfortunately at that time I was stupid kid and some family events put a full stop on the project and we ended with it ~95% built. I will be getting this plane back in the very near future and would like to continue the hobby...
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    Google Home vs Amazon Alexa - real world review.

    So I have had Amazon Alexa (2nd Gen Echo and 3rd Gen Dot) for about a year and just ditched all of it for Google Home (Hub and mini). We are a two person home and Alexa is just not designed right to accommodate that and the level of frustration trying to get everything linked, the Alexa...
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    Mequires - Scratch X for headlights

    Headlights on my '12 Jetta were getting a little cloudy (nothing crazy - just a slight haze) so today decided to try some Meguires Scratch X 2.0 on them after a car wash because I had it out to remove some very fine scratches on the body. Color me impressed - except for a bunch of very...
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    Chinese made Purolater BETTER quality than VW OEM.

    So ended up bored rattling around the house last weekend so decided to change the cabin filter on my 2012 Jetta Sportwagen. Selling dealer told me many maintenance items were performed to CPO the car after it was pulled out of TDI storage purgatory after sitting for ~1.5 years, but many...
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    Electrolux - Dryer reliability warning.

    So just a quick warning and venting session. Have always had good luck with Frigidaire appliances (parent company of Electrolux) so January 2018 bought a then top of the line Electrolux front load washer and dryer set. 10 months in dryer started roaring, under warranty Electrolux sent a...
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    Getting rid of ants in a car without pesticides.

    Left my car parked from 7/4-7/8 and stupidly parked under a tree and next to a dirt island (no grass will grow there due to said tree). While I was out of town some significant storms came through which caused quite a few leaves to drop into the cowl and the dirt island to plaster the drivers...
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