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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

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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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Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:46 pm

Well, its official unless Matt decides he doesnt like it.

Occasionally we are giving advice to a new Volvo owner and we are trying to ascertain her/his skill level, so since its Sunday I thought I would invent a game called rate your skill level.


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by DeathRex » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:05 pm

I'ma #3, but I've been trained to be a ET. I'm surprised that no one in my family can do what I can.



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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by E Showell » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:10 pm

ET -- Extreme Turd? ( I kid only because I thought abbreviations were frowned on in forum rules).


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'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
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by matthew1 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:17 pm

Great poll!


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by E Showell » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:28 pm

I gave myself a 3, but I've done full suspensions (twice) and been into the top end of the motor (didn't work out so well); done a delta link replacement (both sides with the MVS Loaner tool -- thanks Kahl!); have recovered seats; redone a headliner; replaced passenger side axles,; done sway bar end links; replaced dashboard lights; done tailgate strut replacement; full PCV systems overhaul (twice); changed oxygen sensors; done body panel replacements and exterior trim replacements; added roof racks; upper torque mount and crank pulley motor mount; oil pan o-rings; heater cores (2); emergency brake replacement (Steve and Sommerfeldt take note) and a bunch of other stuff. About to do an A/C compressor replacement and haven't done a timing belt replacement (I don't seem to have the necessary hand strength). I have had my brother's help for most of that stuff so I'd have to rate him a three as well (and I couldn't have done a lot of that stuff without his help).

More importantly -- although I certainly couldn't have done much of that work without my brother's help, I never even would have thought to try it without MVS, so a big hats off/kudos/bravo zulu to Matt and the moderators.
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'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 tryingbe » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:35 pm

I've know a lot, and there are a lot more I don't know.

So, abstention for me.
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by RigsPGT » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:29 pm

Know it all? Naah, not me!
I spent a good 15 years with Ford Probes, Mazda 626, MX3/6, Millenias and I can rebuild their KL 2.5L V6 engines without a hick up(killed 7 with and without boost), even somewhat tune a Megasquirt system and modify their teeth but stepping into Volvos its like swimming from a lake into an ocean. You know how to swim but you need to learn the ins and outs of the ocean on the fly.
One unique thing I found about Volvos (P80s) is their simplicity. This made me fall in love with them thus claiming 2 so far :) a base and a T5


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by theWIFES_S70 » 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 » Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:26 am

tryingbe wrote:I've know a lot, and there are a lot more I don't know.

So, abstention for me.
Here's one of the 5s.... :D


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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:30 am

I think one of the beauties of MVS is I probably joined here as a solid 3 but, with the resources here, would feel unafraid to tackle the 4 jobs, and some of the 5s

I put my 1999 up for sale in 2010 as I thought there was no way I could climb up the learning curve under the hood, AC, suspension, timing belt. For 1000 bucks in refurbishing parts, I've had a great ride go from 120 to 180k. That's four car payments for 6 years. With a working ebrake.

That's the whole point, isn't it?

The DIY on other car make Fora are way below the MVS grade, imho


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