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    New car, same as the old (Prius Prime)

    Swapped out the wife's 2020 Prius Prime LE, for a ... 2021 Prius Prime LE. Same color. Why? Well, the 2021 finally has Android Auto (LE model only, larger screens do not - yay base model!) and updated safety with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which includes lane centering. Also has a surprisingly...
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    Rock climbing pics

    Well, I couldn't find any car photos to post in my recent <a href="https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/5237711/my-real-world-vehicle-tco-total-cost-of-ownership#Post5237711" target="_blank">TCO thread</a>, so I thought I'd post other interesting ones from the last year...
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    [my] real world vehicle TCO (total cost of ownership)

    <a href="https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4565308/1" target="_blank">The thread that started it for me.</a> <span style="font-style: italic"> (I posted this on Bogleheads - the BITOG of index investing, and thought it would be good to share on here too. If too long...
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    EPA to roll back Obama-era ethical standards

    EPA head on his way out along with his unethical standards. Time to get rid of government bloviation. Finally some common sense.
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    "Science in America" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

    <div class="video-container"><iframe frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8MqTOEospfo" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> Kinda hard to argue against. Pretty sure it isn't a big risk to say "I'll take the same side as the astrophysicist."
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    Best deal on a new battery, now?

    Costco used to have great prices, especially for the CCA ratings and warranty given on their Kirkland batteries. They now stock Interstates that have gotten much worse reviews, from what I've found. Just looking for a good price on a decent battery, again. For wife's 2012 Mazda 2. I think...
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    Holy Carp - do I have a 15/150k warranty?

    "Partial zero-emission vehicles, including most hybrids and a few non-hybrid vehicles, warrant those parts for 15 years or 150,000 miles. States where this PZEV warranty is honored currently include California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and...
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    A thread for the sane

    Well, with climate change deniers and gold bugs preaching of the "elite's" market - are there any sane people left on this message board? I feel like I'm yelling into a hurricane of crazy. Happy Monday ya'll. Hope you didn't sell all your stocks and put that into tin foil.
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    5/19/15 CA oil spill, Refugio Beach

    This is where I grew up surfing <img src="/forums/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="frown" title="frown" height="15" width="15" /> <img src="https://tribktla.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/unnamed.jpg" class="post-image" alt="" /> <a...
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    Backpacking trip in the Sierra

    Went out for a 3day 2night, out and back trip to Hamilton Lakes in Sequoia National Park at the end of June. Finally have some free time to post pics. The trail started with nice forest hiking, but uneventful for the first 11 miles. After that it opens up to great views of the high country and...
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    Thumbs up BITOG

    Well, I was wrong and it lasted more than one page. I also thought it was a civilized discussion, with no name calling or derogatory comments on peoples views. Well done BITOG. <img src="/forums/graemlins/cheers3.gif" alt="cheers" title="cheers" height="16" width="57" />
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    Xw20 in the USA, should I use it here?

    All the 20wt vs 30wt threads seems to think the grass is always greener over there - outside the US. I wonder how many enthusiasts around the world are wondering: "hmm, the new trend in the USA is lighter weight oils - I wonder when my country will catch on?" We have been known as the...
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    Trillon frames/second - truly seeing light

    Don't think this has been posted yet: <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/ramesh_raskar_a_camera_that_takes_one_trillion_frames_per_second.html" target="_blank">A trillon frames per second TED video</a> All I can say is wow. Pretty awesome to actually see light waves.
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    Any big issues with any of these 3 used hatches..?

    Car shopping for my Mom - looking for reliable, hatch/wagon, and $4-6k ish. I've narrowed it down to the following: '02-03 Mazda Protege5 pros: best handling / fun to drive, looks good, I'm familiar with the FS engine cons: lower MPG vs others, timing belt (I'm familiar with the FS engine and...
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    Next Mazda3 - built in Mexico?

    From the link in the Mazda6 thread: "<span style="font-style: italic">Did we mention that Mazda’s future profitability in the U.S. also depends on the success of the next 3? The entire Mazda lineup is now imported from Japan, a country with a currency strong enough to kill profit margins on...
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    Semi OT - tire threads?

    I've noticed while looking for a stock set of rims for my Civic HX, that many of the 'kids' selling the rims/tires on craigslist will say "decent threads", or "80% thread left" and it bugged me. Tires have TREAD, correct? Then I just noticed that wally world has all their tires listed as...
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    Haven't bought a new car

    A tongue-in-cheek about how long I've held off on buying a new(er) Mazda. I bought my 1993 Mazda MX6 (2.0L 5spd) in 5/2001 with ~80k miles for $5200. A few years later the Mazda3 came out with a cool looking hatchback that got great reviews on the fun factor. I always figured that would be my...
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    scangauge / ultragauge warm up to closed loop ?

    I have an ultragauge on my 2005 Saturn Vue and have noticed that it stays in open loop for quite a while during the warm up period. Like 9+ miles of 35-55mph driving yesterday. How quickly does your vehicle go into closed loop? I'm thinking I may have an o2 sensor not heating quickly enough...
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    Used compact SUV search - input wanted

    I’m looking to buy a compact SUV mainly for camping/hiking/climbing trips. Want to spend less than $5k, less than $4k even better. It doesn’t need to be 4wd/AWD (just need a little bit of ground clearance for some roads) and I’d prefer a manual for mpg and reliability. It needs to get 25+ mpg...
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    A few from last weekend...

    A couple panoramic pics from last weekend's trip: <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3599/3790518564_9b9af8144e_b.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3504/3789711507_88df2ba4b9_o.jpg" alt="" /> Where I was "seated" for the above shot: <img...
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