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Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

I am a (blank) Mechanic

Poll ended at Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:46 pm

O Rivers - I can't even pump my own gas (with apologies to NJ residents)
1
1%
1 River or Beginner - I can perform monthly checks of dipstick, coolant level, PS level
1
1%
2 Rivers - Basic - I can do an oil change, Change a tire, wiper blade, fuse, relay, lights
5
6%
3 Rivers - Mechanic I can do a full brake job, driveshaft, PCV, fuel pump
45
57%
4 Rivers - Advanced - Top end of motor, bottom end of motor, drivetrain - can often find better ways to do things than 'the book'
25
32%
5 Rivers - Expert - You know who you are. The few, the proud - mike, jimmy....and less than 10 others..and not me.
2
3%
 
Total votes: 79

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by j-dawg » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:45 pm

Three! I aim to do 4-level work soon, but I've been aiming at that particular job since 2013.

I have never messed a job up so badly that I broke something critical or had to do the job again, but the cost is that I work extremely slowly. It takes me days to do work that would take most people hours. I obsess and fret, checking everything repeatedly and completely unnecessarily. It makes working on cars a bit of a chore.


1999 V70 T5 5-SPD | ~270k mi | burns more oil than gasoline

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by E Showell » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:49 pm

DeathRex wrote:
E Showell wrote:ET -- Extreme Turd? ( I kid only because I thought abbreviations were frowned on in forum rules).
Electronics Technician
Thanks for your good natured response.


'98 V70 NA FWD 5 spd, silver sand metallic (sold)
'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (actively for sale)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
'07 S80 3.2 FWD Auto, Barents Blue Metallic
'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by Sommerfeldt » Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:11 pm

Botbasher wrote:Actually it will have an e-brake.
I can already tell you've built an excellent car. :D

- S


'96 855 T5, R bumper and spoiler, Koni Yellows & blue H&R springs all 'round.

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by obayha » Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:35 pm

Just a three and will always be one on my '99. It's a work cruiser, to and from 5 days a week. If it gets to needing a level 4 job, it will be replaced with a level 3 Volvo. I leveled 3 my '98 until it was running on 3 cylinders at 331,000 miles. Maybe having the time and place to work on it, I would/should of kept it.
If I find the right next one worthy of keeping it running, then I can do about anything this forum will help me with.
Great poll.
Shane


1998 V70 T5 331,000 :( Her last day was on 3 cylinders.
New to me 1999 V70 NA 163,000 Now at 217,000
2006 V70 2.5T in driveway (WIFE'S)
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by oragex » Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:43 pm

No NJ residents :?:



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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by polskamafia mjl » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:19 pm

oragex wrote:No NJ residents :?:
Jersey folk don't pump their own gas.


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by E Showell » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:43 am

In NJ, we are prohibited by law from pumping our own gas. Can make for longish lines at the gas station.


'98 V70 NA FWD 5 spd, silver sand metallic (sold)
'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (actively for sale)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
'07 S80 3.2 FWD Auto, Barents Blue Metallic
'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:09 am

E Showell wrote:In NJ, we are prohibited by law from pumping our own gas. Can make for longish lines at the gas station.
I've heard the gas stations on the bridges are even worse


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by E Showell » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:17 am

Nope. Those bridge lines are for all the folks clamoring to get out of NY. We just didn't have the heart to tell you. . .


'98 V70 NA FWD 5 spd, silver sand metallic (sold)
'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (actively for sale)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
'07 S80 3.2 FWD Auto, Barents Blue Metallic
'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:47 am

E Showell wrote:Nope. Those bridge lines are for all the folks clamoring to get out of NY. We just didn't have the heart to tell you. . .
No one wants to live in a state that invented 'jug handles'

ok - maybe 9M people isnt 'no one'

:shock:


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