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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 E Showell » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:35 pm

Steve -- you are pure evil.👿
'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
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:04 pm

E Showell wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:35 pm
Steve -- you are pure evil.👿
The missle found it’s target.

:/)
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by brunocerous » Thu May 02, 2019 12:29 pm

Too modest! Pulling a VR6 engine out of one of the most inconvenient body designs (EuroVan), plucking the engine, separating the transmission, replacing timing chains and a torque converter, and putting it all back together (well, almost) qualifies as a 4 for sure.

Or at least it will once it's all back under the hood, so maybe a 3.75 for now. :)

I'm probably a 2.8 or so, with at least 0.8 of that from watching you!
theWIFES_S70 wrote:
Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:48 pm
3.4! (Which, rounded down, places me in the 3 category.) I can do brakes with my eyes closed. Fuel pumps are fun!

But I'm deathly afraid of pulling a head! Putting that in the 4 category really changes things.

Poll seems accurate thus far (e.g., the 4s). Though, I think they're quite a few more I'd consider 5s.
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Thu May 02, 2019 12:34 pm

Picking a T4 is great if you take off the front clip - please tell me you did that...
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by volvolugnut » Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:00 pm

Just found this poll. I rate myself a 3 on Volvo products - classic and modern. If I include other vehicles of all ages, I can advance to a 4. I have rebuilt heads and bottom end of a Farmall tractor and a Ford V8.
Matt's comments on the statistical accuracy of this poll are likely correct. Most people on this forum will likely give themselves about .5 derating. Also, MVS does not likely attract registered users that have no skills at all, so there are no reported 1's. However, readers with no skills may read up on problems without registering.

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:15 pm

I have assessed myself a 1/2 river penalty for the wheel bearing incident

:shock:


But have redeemed myself with a 3 hour engine pull.

:D
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by matthew1 » Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:11 pm

Whoa! You're efficient. If we worked together I'd need to speed up, or slow you down :lol: :shock: . BTW I love the design of generic steel wheels.
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by 850 LPT » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:35 am

matthew1 wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:11 pm
Whoa! You're efficient. If we worked together I'd need to speed up, or slow you down :lol: :shock: . BTW I love the design of generic steel wheels.
Ahhh yes, and they have quite a history. Who would have thought they would end up on the car of one of the most knowledgeable Volvo guys on this planet - after sitting in my shed for ions.
96' 850 sedan, base, auto, pewter/charcoal, 117k miles
99' S70, base, 5-speed manual, nautic blue/ tan, 216k miles
04' V70, auto, ash gold/ tan, 233k miles, daughters car
05' V70, 5-speed manual, loaded, mistral green/ tan, 150k miles
79' Ford Capri S, Euro Spec 2.8 V6, T9 5-speed manual
58' Porsche Diesel Junior
13' Honda Odyssey :oops:

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:58 am

one of the most knowledgeable Volvo guys on this planet
You gave jimmy some wheels??

:D :D :D
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by 850 LPT » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:15 am

abscate wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:58 am
one of the most knowledgeable Volvo guys on this planet
You gave jimmy some wheels??

:D :D :D
:lol:
96' 850 sedan, base, auto, pewter/charcoal, 117k miles
99' S70, base, 5-speed manual, nautic blue/ tan, 216k miles
04' V70, auto, ash gold/ tan, 233k miles, daughters car
05' V70, 5-speed manual, loaded, mistral green/ tan, 150k miles
79' Ford Capri S, Euro Spec 2.8 V6, T9 5-speed manual
58' Porsche Diesel Junior
13' Honda Odyssey :oops:

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