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Volvo C70



  • techgirltechgirl Posts: 2
    I have a wobbly alignment problem in my 2003 C70, and have tried everything short of new tires (balancing etc.). It handles quite "loose" compared to other similar cars. Ironically, I ended up with this convertible the same way you did, rear ended by a drunk driver, needed a car, bought quickly... If you have any suggestions, I'm getting tired of a car that looks great and handles badly...
  • Just got my new C70 2008 this week. I'm trying to get the homelink lights to blink, pressing 1 and 3, the 2 outside lights. Nothing. What could I be doing wrong? I'm thinking it's just not working in the first place. I do have the package that includes homelink. Thank you.
  • booker1booker1 Posts: 4
    Do you have 18 inch wheels and tires. I did not have problems with my 17 inch wheels in the past
  • Figured it out. I was too far from the garage door module. Works fine.
  • bobparisbobparis Posts: 28
    Postal this message back in March. In my case both the Volvo dealer AND tire shop recommended an alignment. Also had the bi-xenon headlight issue - took two trips to the dealer to have them adequately adjusted upward. Read on, please...

    When I bought my C70 in May of 2007 I noticed the sticker on the window stating that Volvo equipped the car with high-performance tires and to expect a tread life of around 20,000 miles. It struck me as strange that Volvo would put such tires on any of their vehicles. I bought a Volvo to be safe and because it looked sporty and fun - not because I wanted or needed to go around corners at 75 mph. A few months after purchase I noticed a slow leak in one of the tires and visited a shop to have it repaired. I commented that I did not like the ride - too noisy, bumpy and as described on this message board, like "riding on rails." On worn streets with grooves, the car has flung itself to the side as the steering wheel turned by itself around 40 degrees. Really had to hold onto the wheel while driving - tough for someone who usually steers with his knees! Anyway, the tire expert (having been in the business for a few decades) fixed the tire for free and asked me to come back when I needed to buy tires. He mentioned that I would not get 20,000 miles out of the factory tires - he was right, at 17,500 miles I had 0/32nd's on the front. He promised that he would figure out what tire would be less noisy, give me a nicer ride and last longer. Yesterday he installed a set of 4 Hankook tires that are speed rated at 130 mph, as opposed to the Pirelli OEM's that are rated at a ludicrously high 160. I immediately noticed that they are quieter, smoother and less prone to being thrown across the lane. He told me the tires are touted as having a lifecycle of 50,000, but in real-world driving to expect a usable life of about 30,000 miles. And they were less than half the price of the Pirellis. Hope this story connects with any others who share the same feelings. Bob
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    I had a set if P Zero Rosso's on my S60R, got 32,000 miles out of them.
    I rotated the tires every 7500 miles and checked the tire pressure weekly.
    I ran @ 35psi.
    I've had Corvette's, Mitsubishi Turbo's, Mercedes, all cars w/ similar tires and they all behaved as you described w/ the C70.
    The wide tires do catch all the grooves in the road, they are noisier than all season tires and they do wear quickly.
    A tradeoff for increased handling.

    The Rosso's are a performance tire,as such they are overkill for the C70.
    They have been taken off the S80 V8 and T6, replaced w/ an 18" all season Pirelli.
  • tmarttmart Posts: 998
    When it was time to replace the original tires (<20k) on my 99 with optional 17 inchers and Pirellis P-6000 tires, I asked my Volvo service rep about going to all-seasons for much better life. He didn't recommend the change, saying the car was set up at the factory for the high performance tires and that changing tires would mess up the handling. Wss he "blowing smoke" or was he correct?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Technically, he was correct.
    However, unless you drive the car hard you would be unlikely to notice much difference.
    Frankly, most people don't drive their cars energetically enough to benefit from high performance tires.

    It is also shocking how little people know about tires in general.
    They are literally the most important part of your car.
  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    I purchased an '07 C70 with the standard all weather 17" tires. Question for the future. When it is time to replace these tires, can I replace them with 18" all weather tires and if so do you have any recommendations as to specific tires. Will there be a difference of any note by going up an inch in tire diam. or is it just cosmetic. thanks. :D
  • bobparisbobparis Posts: 28
    The tire size and rim size must match. A 17" tire has a 17" "hole" to accommodate a 17" rim. You could not put 18" tires on a 17" rim since there will be a 1" gap. I have 18" wheels on my C70 and wish that I had 17" ones since they offer a smoother ride. Stick with what you have...
  • booker1booker1 Posts: 4
    My third set of tires are Fuzio all season 18 inch with an alignment. For the first time since I purchased the car, it feels safe and like my old Volvo C70. Volvo of North America is a joke and will do nothing to reimburse me. Obviously, the car needed an alignment from the beginninig and two Volvo dealers told me it was fine.
    I love my convertible, but if I had to do it over, I would buy a BMW or Chrysler.
    Spending an unnecessary $1400 for two new sets of tires is ridiculous. I had problems with the dealer in Kansas City where we had leased our other Volvos. They even left the packing grates intact under the carriage and when I took it back for the noise, the guy smiled and said, "I know what the problem is", For an upscale car, Volvo has terrible dealer service.

  • jschiltzjschiltz Posts: 4
    I just finalized on a 2009 C70 through the OSD Delivery program. I will be picking up my new volvo on August 29th and am very excited! I need to decide on how long to stay and what to do while I'm there. I would really like to take advantage of this fantastic trip and am torn on what to sign up for. I am considering the 11 day Three Kingdom tour because you go to Sweeden, Norway, and Denmark. It seems like a good way to pack a lot in a couple of weeks. Has anyone else done this tour or any of the others? Any input is much appreciated. Thanks!
  • When my original P-Zero Rosso's wear out (the summer high-perf. tires that came with the 18" wheels on my 2007), I am going to go to all-season tires, although still pretty performance-oriented. It's still a way off, but my initial thinking was Pirelli P-Zero Nero M+S tires. The tread-wear rating on these is almost double that of the P-Zero Rosso's.
  • gsimangsiman Posts: 4
    I am new to this. Just got a C70 convetable. Is the spare tire supposed to be in a "bag" in the trunk and no cover on top of it. How are you supposed to use the trunk,the stuf you put in falls along the sides of the spare.
    Is the backseat armrest supposed to come out of the car when you pull it down.
    Is my dealer giving me the runaround.
    Thanks for any help
  • Is it supposed be to able to beep from the left and the right side in the rear? For some reason, I only hear it from the left side speakers, never the right side. I'm sure that when I was backing up and someone was passing behind my vehicle, they'd be on the right side as well as the left side and it started to beep, left side only. Is something wrong or is this the way it works? I wish there were backup lights as well as the beeps, like I have in my Touareg. I guess that's from the backup camera...something the C70 needs.
  • I have this in the reverse. Only the right side beeps, never the left. Thank you for any info.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Yes to both questions.
  • The back-seat "armrest" (speaking for the current C70 model) isn't really an armrest. It's just a padded cover to the pass-through to the trunk (i.e, for skis). It's also where you go to find the tire flat-repair kit (air pump and "goop"), for cars that didn't come with a spare tire. I also seem to recall that there is a sort of tarp provided, for emergency use if the roof gets stuck in the down position.
  • scarvelesscarveles Posts: 1
    I am a new 2003 C70 owner and find that when I make any kind of a sharp turn -- lets say backing out of a parking space and cutting hard -- either left or right, there is this terrible noise like the entire front end is going to drop out. I have returned it to the dealer (used car dealer not Volvo) who says its just needed to be "greased". When they got done greasing, it still shoulds the same. Only happens on sharp cutting of the wheel -- everything is fine for normal turns. Has anyone else had this problem??
  • bobc70bobc70 Posts: 10
    I have a 99 C70 which had the same problem (guessing it is the same body type as the 2003) after going to the dealer for the 3rd time, they told me that in that model year the when you turn the wheels all the way the tire touches the inner side of the fender and makes the noise, so they use to grease the inner part of the fender (where the tires are) which is really a stupid idea, so I've leaned not to turn it all they way. it is a design flow that i was told it is fixed in the following years, but maybe not!
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