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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 abscate » Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:19 pm

I knew nothing about Volvo engine management until early 2013, when my 1999 really gave me its first trouble. As SWMBOs daily driver, I did all the maintenance, but when I got check engine lights (probably 3-4 over its lfe, my indie got the work.

IN 2013, I decided to do major refurb to extend its life to 2019 for two reasons

That über comfortable seat which I still drive from CLE to BOS and DC and back.
The T5 manual is just too much fun to drive.

MVS is unlike any other forum Ive found - with great DIY right ups and experts willing to share - any knowledge I appear to have is gleaned from people here

My work life is different now, with me being in charge of when half my work time has to get done. This means I hate spending money for stupid work like removing dashes and stuff like that when I can do that myself. The P2 I got from Jim means SWMBO always has her DD, as that drives like new.


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by knownasgriff » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:36 am

I think I rate myself a 4, just purchased a 2000 V40 T4 for $1600 NZD and doing belts and tensioners, cam seals, and FULL suspension because it is fubar.
Have had my '96 850 since 2003 it currently has a trans problem when reversing however I have a spare trans to rebuild when i next get a chance.
Like Botbashers I am building a scratch built car, mine is 535cc vtwin powered mid-engined and am in the process of building intake, exhaust and getting megasquirt engine management up and running. I already have a 2lt 850 engine and M56 under wraps for the next build.



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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by polskamafia mjl » Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:47 am

jblackburn wrote:I'd give myself a 3. I'm simply too lazy/easily frustrated to do 4, but probably could if I wanted.

If my DD were to blow up, I'd dump it and go buy another.

Someday I hope to have the time and $ to own a snazzy classic car, and it is my hope to go into those projects then.
I hope that snazzy classic is a Volvo. ;-)


'All my money is gone and I have an old Volvo.' - Bamse's Turbo Underpants

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by swaneez2 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:45 am

3 Rivers



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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:26 pm

What's cool,about MVS is you can tackle a job one river above your level with the help here. And that's for the win....


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by mydamnvolvo » Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:57 pm

I grew up a 2/3 with my father being a mechanic for 25+ years. But after getting my job at Chrysler, I would consider myself a 4, because I know a lot about car computers and diagnostics, and how one shorted out wire can read as engine failure, but that's another story.


Current:
00 V70 (Daily)
01 V70 (Trips)
94 300zx (High School Present)
01 V70 (Hub)
08 GranCher (Daught)
01 740iL
09 C40 (Son)
Former:
93 BMW 525i-Daugh's-Seized
02 Chrysler T & C-Kid Hauler-Fire
72 Buick GSX-Dad's-Corroded
76 Golf GTI-Mom's-Died
97 960-1st-Timing

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by cmblackburn » Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:41 pm

I'm going to put myself at a 4. I know body, engine, transmission, drivetrain, fault tracing, wiring, tuning, you name it, I probably know it...
I restored my mother's 1974 BMW 2002, and I brought my S70 T5 and V70 AWD back from the brink of death.
I've become "that Volvo guy" of the high country that people call when they have a problem with their Volvo. I've been called the "P80 Wizard".
I built up a solid reputation by being too poor to have my S70 fixed up and taking it on myself- and really it was a great venture into my mechanical wizardry. :mrgreen:


1998 S70 T5, 267k "The Blue Turd" Dead again, manual swapping
2004 S40 2.4i, 164k "Cosmo"
2001 Ford Escape XLT, 198k "The Magic School Bus"

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by Kazthebassman » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:19 am

I'd have to say a higher level 3. Some automotive and electronics schooling. Been doing ALL the work on my own cars for 36+ years. I like it (mostly) and I don't trust anyone..so it's all on me. I did a bit of repair and flip many years ago too.



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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by FireFox31 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:11 pm

abscate wrote:What's cool,about MVS is you can tackle a job one river above your level with the help here. And that's for the win....
This is very true. On my own, I'm about #2.5, but the pros on MVS let me perform at a #3 or more. Thanks to everyone here!


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by smoggyama » Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:52 pm

I rate my skill level 3.14159 I'm slow. So slow. Unless..I have done the procedure more than twice. I feel gratitude to those who contribute all the qualified knowledge and experience to this site. I live in the part of Los Angeles you see on New Years day TV. My experience with the local independent Volvo shops is that they are all quite respectable. I still yet prefer to do repairs on my own. I am thrifty. MVS is my enabler and embiggener. I would like to buy another 20 year old turbo if it were new. Newer model year Volvos don't seem as Volvo-like as Volvos used to seem.
I also have a Toyota Land Cruiser in my care. It is a '92, and, to find basic information proved to be so difficult that I resorted to the purchase of a Chilton's Manual from O'Rieley. There is a special parking area for Volvos in heaven. I Roll, -SMOGGY


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