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View Poll Results: Regarding your vehicle, are you a DIY repair person?

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  • I do all repairs myself

    58 25.78%
  • I do most of the repairs myself

    89 39.56%
  • I do the basics (brakes, belts hoses)

    50 22.22%
  • I have the hubby do it

    2 0.89%
  • I have the wife do it

    1 0.44%
  • I don't do any (vehicle in warranty period)

    19 8.44%
  • I won't, I don't trust myself

    2 0.89%
  • I have too much dispoable income to be bothered

    2 0.89%
  • I don't drive a vehicle, I just come here to read the posts

    0 0%
  • Other (?)

    2 0.89%
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  1. #1
    TrailLeadr's Avatar
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    Jun 2005
    Coventry, Rhode Island

    Default Are you a DIY repairman/woman?

    How many of our members do the work themselves, when their vehicle is in need of repair?
    Rhode Island

  2. #2


    I try to do most of the work myself. Diagnostics in particular I like to do myself. Some of the big things (engine/transmission/etc. overhaul) I prefer to farm out.
    '98 K1500 Suburban LS 5.7 L 4L60E NV246 ARB
    '92 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4 4.0 L A4LD BW13-54 Trac-loc rear
    "My toys were the greasy cogs and springs and pistons that lay around all over the place, and these, I can promise you, were far more fun to play with than most of the plastic rubbish children are given nowadays." Danny in Roald Dahl's Danny The Champion of the World

  3. #3


    I do basic because of time (or lack there of) and down time. With just a touch of laziness.


    2007 Ford E250(Work van) (Ya, Ya, shut up!)
    1996 GMC Sierra SLE 1500 5.7L/4L60E

  4. #4


    i do most of it on my own. but since i am only 18 and dont have alot of knowledge i get help on things i cant figure out right away like why certain things wont work on the truck and when i need welding done
    1987 GMC Sierra Classic 5.7TBI

  5. #5


    I am a cheap of course, I do everything I can!!
    Here's my truck!

  6. #6
    Master Mechanic
    GM_Guy's Avatar
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    Jan 2007


    I do all my own repairs, except for transmission overhauls

    1968 Chrysler Imperial Crown 4 door ht ~ resto project
    1984 Buick Le Sabre 4 door sedan~daily driver


  7. #7


    Same here, I do most everything myself.
    No matter where you go...there you are!!

    2004 Chevy Silverado LS Crew Cab
    1988 Ford Bronco (Project 4 Sale)
    2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200C

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    Sr. Mechanic Skarch's Avatar
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    Jul 2007
    Arlington, TX


    Currently, b/c of the magically computerized VW's, I just do the basics on my cars, but with the addition of the 'burb and the availability of a spare car, I will start doing more myself b/c I can aford to have one of the cars down for a week or so. Plus American Steel is so easy compared to the German gadgetmobile.

    2001 VW GTI 1.8T
    2005 VW Passat 1.8T - soon to be gone but not forgotten
    1997 Chevy Suburban 1500 5.7L - What have I gotten myself into?!?

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    Obviously the dealer does the warranty work. Once upon a time I did everything else. These days I have the dealer do it all pretty much. I have a great relationship with this dealer and their labor rates are no worse than any other mechanic's rates in the area( I do NOT use OEM parts from them however = WAY too expensive ). With my bad back I just am not up to wrenching like I used to be. Pretty much I only putz around with a few accessories installs and the like these days.

  10. #10


    I do about 85% of my own work. As I get busier and busier at work this percentage is changing.
    I almost wish for the days when I had no money and lots of time to tinker with my cars. Two cars have been sitting in the yard for two weeks now needing oil changes that I dont have the time to do and refuse to pay a mechanic to do a job that simple.

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