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    Meijer going Top Tier

    I just got an e-mail from Meijer announcing this, but I see y'all have beaten me to the punch. Once I use up my stash of Speedway gift cards, looks like Meijer may become my go-to -- especially since they seem to march in step with Speedway's pricing. And that's before the discount my Meijer...
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    93 Octane for Turbo’s

    The manual for the Cobalt "recommends" 93 octane and that's all the car has gotten since I bought it. Even at close to $5/gallon I looked at it as the price of admission for joyriding in a turbo vehicle.
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    Spied 2 Ford Broncos in Dillon, CO Today

    In 2011 I was coming down US6 into Dillon and saw what I assumed were two Buick Regals in cammo headed into the mountains. Same situation, I couldn't turn around and I was by myself so I couldn't even get a picture while moving. I saw some Opels in a parking lot in Dillon, so that's what led...
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    First oil filter you ever bought

    Since my family was GM until 1980, AC Delco. It was either a PF24 or PF25.
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    I miss you _______ on my new car.

    Not to mention that you either have to fish out all your coins at your destination or risk a crackhead busting the windows to get at your change...
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    Nissan Cube No Oil on Dipstick

    Usually. There was this one time in Buffalo where I happened to check the oil level on a rental and it barely registered on the stick. I put in enough to get it above the "add" mark and to their credit, the rental agency refunded the cost of the oil I'd added. But even that isn't a guarantee...
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    cars with high mileage

    Highest I currently have in the fleet is my Dakota with 120,500. Had an '89 S-15 Jimmy that I got to 160,000 before I called it quits - in fact I replaced it with the Dakota. Everything but the water pump was original and I used conventional 5w30 for oil changes every 3-4,000 miles.
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    Builders grade appliances - not as bad as you would think (well at least in 1999/2000).

    Search YouTube for the 'Silicon Valley' episode where Jian Yang buys a refrigerator with internet access...worth the trip, I promise - especially when Anton gets involved (you may have to search for another clip to see how that ends). I'd link it here, but towards the end it violates some of...
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    Builders grade appliances - not as bad as you would think (well at least in 1999/2000).

    YMMV. I bought a townhouse in 1996, GE Builder-Grade kitchen appliances. Gas valve on the oven went out about 2 months after my warranty ended...fortunately I bought the extended warranty plan because the cost of the valve itself would have been close to a new stove. Current house was built...
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    New KY License Plates

    One of the neighbors had work done on their house and one of the carpenters had this as his front plate - novelty plate since Indiana doesn't require front plates:
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    I think I am done with sams club.

    I was lured in a couple of years ago when they were building a new club near my house - first year membership was $25 after a gift card promotion for signing up while construction was under way. Renewed for a year after that but then decided it wasn't worth it. My big savings there came from...
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    License Plates

    One trip through the car wash; this is why I loathe Illinois' requirement for a front plate:
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    License Plates

    It beats this - and these aren't that bad. I've seen plates where half of the face was peeled off and there was nothing left but the embossed aluminum.
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    Driving addiction, hard to cure

    Well, if you don't test the system, how do you know it will work when you need it? :D
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    Driving addiction, hard to cure

    Open roads, definitely. Rush-hour traffic not so much. I have a 25-30 mile loop that I take from my house and back when I need to get away. I call it octane-infused velocity therapy.
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    Sirius XM experiences..

    LOL, you reminded me of something that happened to a local radio station many years ago. The station was sold and the on-air staff walked because they didn't want to work for the new company. Until the sale went through, they couldn't have dead air so one of the engineers created a 6 hour loop...
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    Do yall consider your ride(s) as an extension of your

    I look at it more like the proper tool for the task at hand.
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    What IS different about starters used in auto start/stop equipped engines?

    Meh, yes, and yes. :p The Cobalt is still a key start but it works like a push button - you bump the key into the start position but don't need to hold it there, and the car will crank. I can take it or leave it.
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    Vehicle Gross Weight on Registration

    Not to mention the abuse of RV plates on a pickup that doesn't have any of the required items to qualify for the plate, and normal passenger car plates on a standard-cab pickup...
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    I guess you should check your lug nut torque

    This is one of the many reasons I like Discount Tire. Not only do they use torque sticks, but they follow up with a torque wrench to be sure.
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