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Comment Re:I can't buy one (Score 1) 377

I usually buy used myself and wasn't trying to make a case for always buying new. To me, it just wasn't clear what the point of the parent's post was. A new car typically will last 15 years but so will a used one if you're mechanically inclined like I am (your engine swap would have cost me about $800 instead of 5k!). Sorry about your loss! It looks to me that every car company produces a lemon every once in awhile. Looks like you found Nissan's. My new car buy was just as bad as yours though my Colorado only made it about 18 months. I hate GM like you now hate Nissan!

Comment Re:I can't buy one (Score 2) 377

Ah well, I guess I can see that point as well, since I typically only buy used. There is a use case for either method. His two sentence post didn't seem to make that clear. The one brand new vehicle I bought was because of what toddestan replied to you about. I had a specific type of truck with a specific set of options that I had to have, but most importantly I had too damned much money so I kind of bit off more than I could chew. I won't make that mistake again. If buying new works great for you and gives you the peace of mind you like to have, then keep on truckin! Unlike most folks, I do my own auto work and so I'm used to the quirky nature of well-beaten vehicles and I won't get those $1000 repair bills every time I take it in. If you aren't a grease monkey, I can totally understand why you'd always want new. But I will say that all these people talking depreciation levels, total cost of ownership and all the other economical buzz words just don't get people like me. I don't care one bit if the "value" of the vehicle depreciates. Depreciation ONLY matters if you want to sell that vehicle. I never sell mine nor trade them. The value of a vehicle to me is if the damned thing does what it is supposed to, ie runs and drives. I run them until they fall the hell apart. Once that happens, either it takes a ride to the scrap yard (where I get about $500 for it) or I give it to a needy teenager if I think it is safe enough.

Thanks for the link btw. I didn't realize someone actually put pen and calculator to the used car market, so much so they got a Nobel for it! For an anecdote though, I have bought one used lemon, but more importantly, that one new truck I bought was probably the sourest lemon I've tasted! Nothing but problems. GM can burn in hell!

Comment Re:I got this one guys (Score 1) 190

Oh and one more thing: In my opinion, "developing countries" is a bunch of weasel words. How long are they going to be developing? How long do they get that free pass? China, India, and Africa have been "developing" since the Dark Ages or before. There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough. Yelling at me to clean my already squeaky clean act up is about as effective as squeezing blood from a turnip.

Comment Re:I got this one guys (Score 1) 190

Yes I do mean that and I'll tell you why. I'm tired of suffering for everyone else. This is a classic example of the good ol school group project. America is the nerd who gets the whole project dumped on them while the rest just fuck around and still get the good grade for doing nothing. We do what we do but it is never enough. You cut X by 30%? Well that's great but I think you can do better. How about instead of bitching at me for whatever amounts to peanuts in the grand scheme of things, you go bitch at India, China, and Africa? We're trying to make the world cleaner while they are just dumping their waste straight on the ground, in the river, or in the air. America, by itself, cannot clean up the shit of the rest of the world. There comes a time where you have to stop brow beating yourself and put the blame where it belongs. That blame doesn't lie with us any longer.

Also, ad hominems do nothing to support your position, whatever it is, and when your only retort to an argument is to use one, then many would say that is "utterly pathetic."

Comment I got this one guys (Score 0) 190

Well AC, I understand the haughty "green" derision that is so fashionable these days, but you have to understand that you most likely wouldn't be here to bitch about all of this "wasted" water if it weren't for the fact we "waste" so much water. Proper water treatment facilities, wastewater management, and just good ol general sanitation are the reason we don't worry about dying of dysentery, cholera, and many other pathogens these days. Third world nations still using old fashioned cesspits do worry about these. Evidently there's even a trend for Crone's sufferers that involve infecting yourself with tapeworms and the pioneer of this method went to Africa to stand around barefoot all day in these public cesspits to get infected. Why? Because America is too clean! So be aware that if we go back to these "greener" methods, you'll need to be sure you're wearing some shit waders cause it'd be a damned shame if you got a tapeworm when you jumped down off your high horse.

Comment Re:Ignition switch not the main fault (Score 1) 307

This problem is already working itself out. With the inclusion of electric power steering and brakes on many new models, it'll be obsoleted over the next decade. Also, why stop pushing the "silly cameras"? We can push for both. That just sounds like axe grinding your favorite pet peeve. Bet you hate DRLs too dontcha?

Comment Re:How much would swapping cost? (Score 1) 363

if you bought an all-electric suburban, you might have a dozen 20kg slots

This made me laugh hysterically, thanks! I imagined an all electric Suburban would probably need to tow another Suburban full of batteries just to move it. Hell, might as well just buy a Canyonero! Which other SUV comfortably seats 8 people and their SUVs?

Comment Re:Repatriation, yeah right. (Score 1) 389

Why do you seem to keep running this guy down? Who's side are you on? Are you happy that we now know the extent of what was really going on and being done to us? I sure am, not that I didn't know it was already going on, but confirmation is nice. I don't care who the guy is or isn't as long as the info is legit, and so far that seems the case. The only people, imho, that would be against this guy are folks who work in that industry. Is that your angle? You a defense contractor working on this kind of project? If you aren't then why do you think it was better that we didn't find out?

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