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Volvo C70



  • tmarttmart Posts: 998
    I, too, am unable to answer all your questions, but for 1)the standard stereo, 816, is good, but the Dolby ProLogic Surround, 901 is FANTASTIC. 2) believe the Homelink is/was an option on the LT, standard on the HT. 3) My impressions are good. I have a 99 LT convertible and am very pleased with it. Tmart
  • jtenbuscjtenbusc Posts: 7
    Just turned 19k miles on my '01 HT convertible and is making ungodly noises when turning, esp. when parking. Dealer says the turning stops need to be lubed - is this common?

    Other than that, what a great ride. BTW, only the C70 coupe is being discontinued - the convertible is still being built.
  • jtenbuscjtenbusc Posts: 7
    $36k does sound high - a local dealer had three (new) 2001 _HT_ convertibles they were trying to move when I was there last month. They had auto trans, surround sound, one even had the fancy-schmancy $1200 wheels and they were only asking around $39k........

    Also, my understanding was Homelink was only available on the coupe - something about the lighted visors in the vert don't leave enough room for it? Don't remember the whole story.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,892
    Wow. Well, I just checked the real-world values board where darren posted this car. They are telling him $36K is right about the correct asking price for the car. But to offer $34K. So I guess Edmunds has that one right.

    Let us know if you buy it, Darren.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • darren64darren64 Posts: 4
    When I posted the price I probably should have been a little clearer about the price. The asking price (no-haggle mind you) is $34,950. The extra $1,000 was/is for the certification process for 6 years, 100K miles. 98% coverage. I asked the dealer yesterday about up-grading the stereo system to the surround sound and he said that it cannot be done at a dealership, they only do it in the factory, because of the hole in the dash the needs to be cut. It was out of detailing yesterday afternoon and going in for the inspection for the certification to be completed sometime today, I am going back for a final test drive today, since I have not signed anything. If all goes well I should have the new car this evening. I will keep you all posted. Before I go are there things I should "keep my eyes open" for, like a squeak/bump/rattle etc that may be a sign of problems? Thanks again and I will let you all know what happens.


    PS Thanks for all the help so far, I greatly appreciate people taking the time to assist me.
  • suemartinsuemartin Posts: 1
    I've been seriously looking at the Volvo C70. It's a beautiful car. The Volvo dealer
    where I have been looking has 4 or 5 of them, ranging from $46-$48,000. From reading
    other postings, this seems high. What do you all think???
  • tmarttmart Posts: 998
    Sue, based on the prices, I'm assuming you're looking at the convertible and not the coupe. Apprears to be around MSRP. Would think you should be able to get one for less than sticker. Where is your dealer? Mine in Houston rarely has more than 2 at one time. It's a super car, especially with the upgraded audio system, the SC901 with Dolby Pro-Logic Surround Sound. It's pricey, but worth it. Good luck on your "looking". Hope it turns into a buy. Tmart
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333

    I agree with Tmart. I am also assuming that it is not only a convertible but totally loaded. Listening to the guys here, if you want a lower price, you can go for the LowPressure Turbo and not sacrifice anything in performance.
    Good Luck
  • jtenbuscjtenbusc Posts: 7
    Okay - got the scoop on the steering stops. They need to be lubed occasionally otherwise they make a terrible sound when turning the wheels all the way left or right. Easy fix.
  • sfwestysfwesty Posts: 1
    I am extremely frustrated about the wind noise (serious whistling beyond 50mph) with my C70 HPT Convertible. I had both windows re-worked at least three times each...My dealer tells me that the C70's are just noisy cars. My doors also sqweek way too much, and my dealer also tells me that it is normal (seems like too much plastic)...

    I am shocked nobody else on the board here has mentioned the problem -- is this normal?
  • jtenbuscjtenbusc Posts: 7
    My '01 HPT Convertible is rather quiet - I have been very impressed with the lack of wind noise compared to other ragtops.

    I did have a high-pitched squeak in the door - the dealer took it apart and found a broken plastic rivet....
  • bigcpabigcpa Posts: 6
    Can someone explain why so few C70's were produced with manual transmission? I'm looking for a 98/99/00 coupe with manual transmission and I've come up empty.

    Also, can someone explain in a paragraph the major differences in the coupes from 98/99 to the newer ones?
  • tmarttmart Posts: 998
    I've got a '99 LPT and to me it is quiet, for a vert, and thsu far, no door squeak. Don't believe the different engines would have anything to do with wind noise since the body and tops are the same. Sorry, Tmart
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    ok. Only thing I can comment on is the door noise. It is my understanding that on the 98 and 99 coupes and convertibles, that Volvo used the door hinges that they used for the Sedans. Obviously, as the coupes have more mass to their doors, there arose problems with some of the hinges on those years.

    Only difference on the 98/99 models compared to the new ones that I know of are (aside from the hinges) the fact that I do not believe that the 98's had the side flashers on the front quarterpanels. Sure that there are other differences though as well.
  • avolvofanavolvofan Posts: 358
    Following is not an exhaustive comparison, but rather a view from 20,000 feet, so to speak:

    98/99/00 have a 4 speed auto transmission and no torque steer if you punch the go pedal; 5-speed auto in the newer C-70 is more "revvy", but does have torque steer under very hard acceleration. I have no experience with the manual transmission with either older or newer C-70s, but have heard complaints of torque steer under hard acceleration.

    98/99/00 models are heavier (approx. 3,600 lbs for the coupe); newer C-70 weighs in at approx. 3,300 lbs.

    98/99 models had some fit and finish issues; by 00, the fit and finish issues were pretty much resolved. I have a '00 C-70 coupe and have had no issues with fit and finish.

    Net, net the C-70 is a great car; I would highly recommend it.
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,704
    Has Volvo stopped production of the C70 yet?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,892
    Actually, according to the Edmunds data, the '98 also weighed in at just over 3300 lbs. The '99 and '00 models bulked up to 3600. Then back down to 3300 in '01. Go figure.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • dickmorindickmorin Posts: 4
    Had a similar problem on my 2000LT at 15,000. Lubed the steering stops and was quiet until 29500. Got a little noisy again and when I brought it in for 30,000 mile service they also changed the sway bar links under warranty. Said they were a little loose. Lube will stop the ratchet noise but suggest you have them check the above also.
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    Got my oil changed this weekend. Sales told me that next year will be the last year for the coupe and that they are going to build the new convertible on the S60 platform which is smaller than the coupe platform.
    I thought that was interesting.
  • jcarpijcarpi Posts: 17
    I hear your frustration. I had to order my C70 coupe from the factory in order to get the manual transmission. However, it is well worth the hassle of finding one. I love the feel of driving a stick, and wouldn't have a powerful sports car without one.
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