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    AAA or alternative roadside assistance

    They give you 3 miles of free towing or to the nearest service center. The plus service is good for 100 miles of free towing and their premier package offers you up to 200 miles of free towing once a year. Those two packages are probably better than the regular membership. I did get towed once...
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    Oil change interval

    Yeah, Mercedes does 10k on Mobil 1, I usually go up to 8-9k before changing it. It was originally 13k before they later lowered it to 10k. You could probably go a minimum of 5k and it'd probably be fine even up to 7-8k. You could save the cost of the oil and do an analysis after 5-6k and they'll...
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    AAA or alternative roadside assistance

    Probably worth it if you get plus which gets you 100 miles of free towing. The insurance stuff is usually more limited like 3 miles or the nearest repair shop. I've had them pick up my car and drop it off at my mechanic.
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    JT20's running Infiniti J30 condition assessment and maintenance thread

    This guy can barely afford to pay more than 1k for a car. You could buy 5-6 Dayco pulleys for the price of an OEM. Pulleys aren't that hard to screw up. I'd just get the Dayco one. How's Dayco as a brand? It's on closeout too, it's normally a $30 pulley.
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    JT20's running Infiniti J30 condition assessment and maintenance thread

    Doesn't sound like you need it now on top of all the other problems you have. Also that part on Rockauto looks like the A/C idler pulley, it's on closeout which explains the cheap price. The Dayco one cross references to the Infinti part number. OEM list price is $207 and even discounted...
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    06 Civic, Bad Catalytic Converter?

    What engine is the car? Rockauto carries converters, depending on the engine, they're $250-$400. You could replace the upstream oxygen sensor also, but those are about $100. You could try clearing the code and seeing if it comes back. But a 420 code usually means that both sensors have the same...
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    JT20's running Infiniti J30 condition assessment and maintenance thread

    Considering that the idler pulley is $13 on rockauto, I'd just get the idler pulley. Assuming that's the correct one that is.
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    Things That Make You Go "Hmmmm....."

    You mean gods being treated like dogs or dogs being treated like gods? I agree with one, but not the other.
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    A Hypothetical For Discussion

    I think after Sandy, many states required backup generators for gas stations of a certain size. I see several large gas stations with backup generators these days.
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    Ever run into the old, I only need it to last 6 more months, crowd?

    It's easier to tell the guy you don't have the money than to tell them that you're going to take it to another mechanic who can do it for 1/3 to 1/2 less than what you're charging.
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    Chraftsman, USA vs. China

    It's sad how far it's fallen. I remember the catalog days and flipping through their Christmas book. Used to have decent deals on black friday too. Now Sears is down to 54 stores. Yes, Sears is dead, it just doesn't know it yet, they just keep declining.
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    cheaper car insurance?

    Did you shop Geico? I had Amica before I switched, Geico was about $400-$500 a year cheaper.
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    Uneven headlight haze.. methods?

    Not bad, but what about that busted fog light?
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    Finding a break in an electrical cord?

    Normally you'd use something like a time domain reflectometer. But the cost of the device is probably too high for this application.
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    Roll 401(k) into IRA? What about required minimum distributions?

    I believe the standard joke is to spend it on hookers and blow. And you waste the rest of it.
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    People born in the wrong decade

    I'm not sure why the Blaupunkt set him off although maybe that was because it was a German audio system instead of American and he wanted the American car. Or maybe it was too high end at the time for the car he wanted. It reminded me more of the Pontiac 6000 which was a model at the time...
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    Uneven headlight haze.. methods?

    On the Taurus, the headlamps were down to $25 at one point, now I think they're more like $30 and I still didn't buy new ones. Cheaper to just clean them off. Also one thing about MA that I didn't realize and totally lucked out on was that they don't check or care about emissions if the car is...
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    Ever run into the old, I only need it to last 6 more months, crowd?

    That's usually because it's in a separate booklet that tells you what's needed at each service interval. I take my car to Goodyear for the alignments, when I had a regular car, they'd try to upsell me on stuff, but they don't seem to do that on the Mercedes, maybe they feel I'd rather do it at...