August 1st, 2014

Macbeth the Usurper

More on Ford

There's a few more notes about the Ford Five Hundred.

First, the resale value for this car is $3-4 lower than a comparable Subaru of the same age. That tells me a great deal, mostly that it's a less reliable car past a certain age.

Second, the thing apparently costs more to fix than my Subaru.

Third, the car is actually built on a truck frame, so it's a "truck." Weird but true.

At this point, I  may hold onto my wagon as it may prove more reliable in the long run.

I must remember to have Father-in-Law take the car for any warranty work before we get it. I don't know what the change of owners will do to the warranty.
Macbeth the Usurper

Electronic Excess

My life of electronic excess continues. I've bought a new inkjet printer, on $60 from Amazon (using their free shipping.) I almost bought another model with a fantastic discount, going so far as to cancel my first purchase, but the SH&H for that Amazon-associated vendor was inexcusably high, so I reinstated the original order.

Years ago, I swore that I would never buy an inkjet again, yet here I am buying an inkjet. Here's what changed my mind: the cost, my daughter, and aftermarket ink. My daughter makes frequent use of the color printer that we have, and as as she advances through school, will surely make more use of it. Not waiting ten minutes for a sheet of paper to print out on our currently very-slow USB 1.1 color printer would certainly make for an improvement. Combine that with some cheap aftermarket ink and a 60$ price tag, the cost part is rather self-explanatory. I can do aftermarket ink because ink quality isn't a concern, and at $60 for a unit, I won't feel bad if the aftermarket ink kills the printer in 2-3 years. I'll be irked if the printer dies quickly, of course, but then I'll turn around and use the same cheapo strategy for the next printer.