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Volvo C70

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  • I have a 99 LT Coupe with 67k miles on the car. This car has been a headache since I bought it with 5k on it. Over the past few months, I've been noticing a ticking noise in the engine. I had Volvo look at it, and they said it was due to worn seal gaskets in the oil pan. So I had the gaskets replaced, at a cost of $400. Unfortunately, the ticking noise still exists, and I'm being told it's probably due to bad lifters, which is going to cost more than the $400 it cost to fix the gaskets in the oil pan. I've changed the oil and taken care of the engine. Has anyone had or heard of this problem at this mileage or do I just have a lemon? Anyone have any idea how much it would cost to replace lifters? Thanks to all...
  • Hi. My light pressure turbo C70 is in need of new tires. Anyone have any suggestions as to which brand or which model would be best? In your experience, which tires have worked for the C70 and which have not? The wheels are 17 inches and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    taking a friend to look at C70 convertibles and Saab 9-3 convertibles this weekend. i have tried to get her to consider the A4, but she won't hear of it.

    anyway, is the C70 (01 - 03) a good buy? gonna be a good car? i am asking the same question in the Saab forum.

    Thanks!
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    Tires....
    Go to tirerack.com. I bought the 17" Bridgestone Potenza's for my HT and they were better than the Pilot's in wet and the tread has worn very evenly.

    01-03 is a good buy depending on the miles (yes. obviously I have an amazing grasp of the obvious) I would reccomend that she goes for one (no matter what model) that will throw in the extra 100k warranty. I did not get it for my 00 coupe and regret it only because of regular maintenance type issues (windows, throttle body, frozen brake caliper).
  • Well my C70 convert is back in the dealer's shop AGAIN for noise and rattles! Fifth time back to the dealer since I purchased it on 5/15/04. It is a great looking car. Seats comfy. But noisy and in my opinion an overpriced piece of junk! Anybody else have this many problems?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 999
    Sorry to hear you're having problems, especially on one so new. What kind of noise and rattles are you experiencing? My '99 still seems quiet to me. No wind noise with the top up at all, and no appreciable rattles, but after all, it is a convertible.
  • otisotis Posts: 12
    Justin,
    I did extensive research before leasing my '04 C70 including comparing it to the Saab and Audi. Some bad mechanical reviews on Edmunds made me cautious about the Volvo, but after 6 months I couldn't be happier with this car. None of the problems listed here have cropped up...but I only have 6,000 miles on it so far. I suspect that like every car line, you get some "friday cars"...ones that just have something go wrong all the time and the fixes seem dubious. If you are looking at a used C70 then the maintenance history and extended warranty are a must. One thing in your favor with considering the C70 might be it's moderate depreciation rate (much higher than say a BMW 3 series) so a '00-'01 might only be worth 1/2 it's original sale price. My 3 year residual value at lease time was right around 50%...so a used '01 with 35-40,000 miles should be stickered in the low $20K range (maybe). Also check on leasing new or leasing a program or early returned(from lease) car...Jaguar sometimes does this, and the savings can be significant. In the end my C70 costs me around 480/mo and that was a lot lower than the Audi and I love the look, feel, drive of this car. Good luck.
  • i was at demontrond volvo today looking to buy a certified pre-owned C70. how have your experiences been with them since your posting?

    i'm looking at a '02 HPT. any problems with your car more recently? anything you wish you were told before your purchase?
  • uv4meuv4me Posts: 22
    I'm in the market for a convertible sedan with decent rear legroom for my two small co-pilots. Thinking around 30k is the budget....so do I get a 02-03 C70 or look at the Toyota Solara? I've looked at the Bimmers but worry about expensive upkeep down the road. Audi and Saab seem tight in back and the Sebring is junk. Any thoughts?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 999
    The C70 is a true four passenger car with a real back seat. There's more rear headroom than in my wife's ES300. How old are your two small co-pilots? In and out of a car seat would be a pain and some think the seat travel time is too slow.
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the last 30 pages of postings over the past day. It seems like you are definitely proud car owners and you guys have given me enough info now to buy with confidence.

    problem is there aren't very many out there to choose from (i am buying used) and i am pretty picky about colors.

    Came across a listing for a '01 C70 LT conv. with 72K miles on it already. It is my second color choice. Asking price is $22K, but i can probably get them down to $19K.

    Do you guys think this car is basically ragged out? Is it possible to rag out a Volvo? This car has been driven approx. 24K mi/year over the past 3 years and there is no extended warranty. is the $7K in savings worth the risk?

    Any comments/problems from C70 owners out there that have hit 70-100K mi?

    Besides checking carfax, maintenance records, tires/rims, leaks from the turbo, and replacement of belts - is there anything else i need to know in order to make an educated decision?

    thanks in advance and hopefully i'll be visiting a lot more often!
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    A Volvo w/ 72k miles is far from ragged out.
    Make sure the current owner has done all the maintenance though.
  • thanks for your input, volvomax. just concerned that it is bad for the engine to put that many miles on a car that quickly.
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    As volvomax said however....
    -see if you can get the dealer to 'throw in' the extended warranty.
    -check to see if the throttle body has been replaced yet.
    -see if any maintenance has been done on the two front windows.
    -ask if they have checked the ABS sensors and find out what condition they are in.
    -take a close look at the sides of the steering wheel to see what condition it is in.
  • Test drove an '04 LT Convertible today. Had a different feel than my '02 Coupe. Are the suspensions the same between the 2? Any differences?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 999
    The convertibles have a Comfort suspension and the coupes have a Sport suspension. Or...the coupe is firmer than the convertible. Different shocks, springs, etc.
  • Hi Tmart. Is the different suspension why the Convertible comes standard with 16" wheels and the coupe with 17" wheels? Was thinking of getting 16" for the coupe for the winter and was wondering if compatible.
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    16 inch wheels for the coupe in winter would be smart (at least that's the recommendation coming from Chicago).

    I believe, and I may be off on this, that the 16" wheels come standard with the LT and the 17" with the HT. Regardless if it is a coupe or convertible. (At least that's what it was like in 2000)
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 999
    Craig, you're probably right on the sizes. The 17's were optional on my '99 LT convertible. You still planning a road trip south?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    there is also the issue of a 500 lb weight difference and the coupe's stiffer chassis.
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