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Volvo C70

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  • I have a 2007 c70 targeted for a 9/6/06 delivery. While in Sweden last week I was visting friends near the Volvo plant in Udevalla. I managed with to get a tour of the factory where the C70 is produced. This car is literally hand built, with only 90 being produced each day. The tour lasted two and a half hours and I was able to get to talk with some of the employees on the production line. These people are taking a lot of pride in their work.

    I had previously been supplied with the VIN number of the car I am buying and had it with me. I mentioned this to our tour director and the unit was actually in production on the day I was there. Once the vehicle was located we were taken to a separate area where the car was being fined tuned for the alignment of the top mechanism. Pictures were taken of us during the tour and I am waiting for them to be emailed to me.

    I cannot say enough about the friendliness of the employees their willingness to share information about the car.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    make sure the shifter is really in Park, and the shifter button has released all the way.
    If not, this will prevent the car from starting because the car thinks it is in gear.
  • nickscottnickscott Posts: 3
    I picked up my 2006 c70 2 weeks ago. This car is beautiful. I bought a magic blue with the calcite cream leather interior. I must say everything is perfect about this car. The stereo is great, the nav system is so user friendly, my IPOD adapter makes listening to my music easy, the Volvo hands-free with bluetooth phone adapter makes it easy to keep in touch while on the road...and impresses others while in traffic and the car has good pick-up. The 18 inch Mirzam wheels look great and I love the way the Bi-Xenon Headlamps look during the day and night. I got mine fully loaded and it really is worth all the money I paid for it.
    This week I had to go to Volvo because I heard a strange rattling in my front driver's side tire and it turned out to be a loose bolt which they fixed. The one thing I noticed is when the top is down, right behind the rear seats, on the boot cover, there are two little circles that seem to be burn marks. They are, I think from the rear defroster being on and then opening the top. The boot cover must press against the heater for the back window defogger. Another convertible owner had the same occurence but her's were less pronounced than mine but she definitely had the same problem. Volvo is working on a fix and will replace the boot cover when they figure it all out. This problem would not deter me in the least from buying a c70 but I would not run the rear defogger and then open the top. Anyone else have this problem?...just curious.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The circles are from the top mechanism pressing down on the boot cover.
    Volvo is working on new pads for that part of the top.
  • whecwhec Posts: 5
    Many Thanks for suggestions. Still "no-go" so local dealer ordered new "Ignition Lock Cylinder Assembly" ($128.87) from Germany and was just replaced ($180), and now all systems "GO". Claims they replace 5-6 of these locks a year. Car involved is a 1998 C70, 47,162 miles. Dealer not sure of cause of failure, but normally on higher mileage car. Certainly disables everything. Was lucky car in home garage at time. :(
  • smartkidsmartkid Posts: 5
    Its funny that the part is from Germany when Volvo cars are from Sweden. Maybe you should ask the dealer about the reliabiltity and safety of using this part with a Volvo.
  • I just bought an '01 C70 HPT (50K miles) and need advice on 3 things:

    First - does the High Pressure Turbo require premium fuel? I'm hearing that it does not. In fact a salesman at a Volvo dealership told me that they sell all new volvos with a tank of regular fuel.

    Second - is the windscreen worth the investment? And how would you describe the effects of the windscreen?

    Third - what other questions should I be asking about this car? (common problems with the '01, etc)

    Thanks for your help & comments!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,147
    I ran regular gas in my T5 (same engine as the HPT) for the last couple of years I owned it with no adverse effects whatsoever.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,006
    I've got the LPT and use Plus, the midgrade. When I picked the car up from the dealership, the saleman said it had a full tank of premium, but it would probably be the last tank full because the car will run fine with Plus or even Regular. Have never used Regular, but can't really tell the difference between Plus and Supreme.

    The windscreen, on the other hand, makes a BIG difference. It's pricey....but worth it. It really should be a standard feature and not an option. Sometimes they can be found on Ebay. Just be sure you buy the right one. Around 01/02 Volvo changed the mounting holes in the back seat above the rear lights/speakers from a slot to a hole. I don't remember which year. My 99 has slots. The metal slide on the screen MUST have the proper end. The two are not interchangeable.
  • tsk1tsk1 Posts: 31
    How were you able to arrange the Udevalla factory tour. We pick up our OSD C70 the day after yours (9/7) and would love to arrange any tour of the C70 plant.

    Also how did you get your VIN# so early. We are only two weeks away and still haven't received our VIN.
  • We were visiting friends in Vanesborg on 6/27/06 and as we drove into town I realized we were only a few miles from Udevalla. The husband works for Volvo Aerospace and I asked him if he had any connections with them to arrange a tour. He was successful in arranging a tour on 6/29/06 for us. As I understand it they don't normally give tours at this plant, but we had a 2-1/2 hour tour. The plant is 60 percent owned by Pinafarina and 40 percent by Volvo. It was a fabulous experience.

    My dealer had emailed me the VIN number before we left in early June for Europe, and I had my laptop with me and wrote down the number before we went into the factory. I asked them as we were given protective clothing and goggles if the VIN number was in their system, and they looked it up in the computer system and told me it was being produced that day.
  • Me again - topless bison. Thanks for the comments on the windscreen and gasoline. I haven't plunked down the $$ yet for the windscreen, but likely will thanks to your feedback. :) And I've decided to compromise and put midrange gas in the C70 and have enjoyed good performance so far. OK, here's my question. My 2001 C70 HPT has no Volvo nameplate on the trunk. Does anyone know if there were cars produced this way, or does it likely indicate an accident occurred and the namplate was not replaced? Can't figure it out and need your advice. :confuse: Thanks - TB.
  • What iPod adapter did you get? Is it the FM transmitter cradle that Volvo mounts to the left driver side dash? I'd love to hear what you have and all of the details of how you like it, it's placement and how it works. My only frustration with my '06 C70 is not having my iPod to use in it.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 974
    Hi, folks,

    I've started a new topic for discussing audio questions and solutions here: Volvo C70 Audio/MP3/iPod Questions

    You may notice that a few posts have been moved over there to get the topic started.

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  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,006
    TB, keep looking on Ebay for the windscreen. Can save some $$$, Just make sure the brackets are correct. Not sure when Volvo moved their name to the center of trunk lid from beneath the left tail light. Does your 01 have nothing or is it beneath the tail light?
  • Tmart - thanks for the response. My car has no "Volvo" nameplate on the rear of the car. It does have "C70" on the right side beneath the tail light. Ideas?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,006
    Hmmmm, I guess the previous owner could have removed it, could have come off by itself, although unlikely, or maybe it was in a fender bender which you mentioned. Intresting that the "Volvo" is missing but the "C70" is there, where it should be. Buy the center name, put it on the trunk, and you'll have a "newer" model. ;)
  • The adapter is exactly what you stated. It is mounted on the left side of the dash.
    The placement is a bit unusual. Reaching to change songs or turn on the backlight for my iPod can be a bit distracting. iPod's come with remotes and this moght be a good application for it. Unfortunately I have not gotten a chance to try but I will soon.
    What color c70 do u have?
    I've only met one woman that had a '06 c70 in light blue...and that's it. I would love to meet others with one.
  • Hi,

    I also have the navigation system and the premium sound with the blue-tooth. My blue-tooth was only working in the rear speakers and they have been trying to order the right part to fix this. Do you have the premium sound system and how is the sound through the blue-tooth?

    Thanks
  • Hello Barbie011,

    My blue-tooth is really clear and it plays through the front speakers also. I do have the premium sound system which sounds great with the top down or up. I like to turn on the subwoofer to give the bass a boost. I have never heard of your particular problem but my dealer has been very responsive to any problems I've encountered so I am sure they will figure it out. Let me know how it goes....
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