Yeah, I don't know what's going on lately, but it seems to be following me around. We finally got through hopefully the last traumatic experience for a while and got the daughter's dental stuff done and Max didn't act up on the trip(other than some semi-minor vibrations with the tire gunk/plug from last weekend at high speeds) and it still got 40mpg! Woot!
But then we got home and had some sort of ant migration happen while we were gone as we killed like well over a hundred of them on the kitchen counter and the neighboring area. Never had anything like that before.
Anyway, yeah, otherwise I'm just trying to work out the issues.
Sure, if I had the $$, I'd love to change everything to solid state. But that's a LOT more $ to get a 4tb SSD compared to a spinner. I'm not really planning on relying on it, but thought I'd try a full format to see if it managed to move over the (current) lot of bad sectors. But if it's taking like 2 weeks for it to try to get it done, I kinda think its pretty toasted.
The laptop just seemed odd that the keyboard died like that, but hopefully that's all it is. I found a replacement cover with the keyboard/touchpad for cheap on ebay should be here today.
The phone is one of the more complicated issues. It's a Moto Z that I use on Republic. And I like the Moto Mods, and that it's Daydream compatible. However, Moto just released Oreo for it recently and said that's the last update it's getting, and I'd prefer something a bit smaller and more water resistant.
I'd be more than happy to "just change the battery". It looks like a much more manageable job on an iphone 5. For my Z, the job is listed at the difficult end of the spectrum and glancing at the video of the process looks pretty sketchy at best to someone who hasn't done it before. Looks like a close to 20 minute job for someone who knew what they were doing while you heat the adhesive, try to carefully get it pried apart all around, not hit any cables, and then a bunch of zif sockets and components that need to come out before you even get to the battery. And then I question how good a quality these $30 batteries are on ebay...
But it looks like I can get a used replacement Z for maybe $120, so I might try that and then think about attempting the battery replacement after having a backup in place...
Otherwise I'd consider a Pixel 2 or 3, but then I lose the microsd slot and they're still 2-3X as expensive...
S8 looks like probably the best possible replacement option, but again looks like I'd have to spend at least $250 to get something that doesn't come with serious defects. And I'll probably just have to write off my battery, speaker and projector moto mods as lost causes.
As for the exhaust on the Sienna, yeah it's getting to be about a decade old now, so it's no real surprise the pounds of salt we drive through every winter are eating everything up. We've already dealt with a shield that fell off last year. At least this was nice enough to break off at the back of the muffler so it's not very loud, and it only had one hanger so I was able to just give it a good yank and throw it in the back of the van for the rest of the trip home. Probably have to stop down to the mechanic Monday and see if he can figure out a way to band-aid the thing together again for a while more.
At least Max has been good for a couple days now. heck, I even made it the return trip home in EV mode for the first time ever! Didn't really think it was possible, especially with my battery down to around 4.6KWH now. But sure enough, I managed to get a time where I didn't have much of anyone behind me, took the short(but hilly) route just over 12 miles with the cruise set at 25mph, and it got down to 0%, but never quite hit hybrid mode!
Next big Max expense is going to be tires. Summer ones are getting to the point where it's hard to see any tread. Wondering if 205's would be fine on the stock wheels and perhaps help the mileage a bit. I actually rather like the handling with the 205/60-16 winter tires a bit more than the 225/50-17's. Not saying they would take a turn at as high a max possible speed, but I don't normally need that and the 205's don't seem to yank the wheel around the road as much over all the bumps, etc.
Has anyone found any recent info on LRR tires? Everything seems to be outdated at this point. If I stick to the stock size, I'm looking at the Continental TrueContact's. They seem to have some sort of LRR and have the best $ to tire life ratio.