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Volvo C70 New Owner Reports

ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 979
So you have your new ride - congrats! Now... tell us your first impressions.

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  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    I have already posted my owner reports on the original thread.

    Here are few new pictures:

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    I remember someone mentioned the spacing between the pedals were problematic. Not for me.

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    Sorry if you don't like my shoe...

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    Front of the car with my new front proximity sensors.

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    I realized I did not post picture of my car with the roof up.

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    Another one

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    And again
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    Now, my new Windblocker.

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    Another one

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    From the back

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    With the zippers to place objects on the back seats.

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    With the zipper openned.

    Enjoy the pictures.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,010
    I really like the zippers in the windblocker. My '99 first gen doesn't have them, and they seem to be very practical.
  • grsubgrsub Posts: 13
    Interesting... the material on the windblocker appears to be see-through. It seems like you can look thru it to see the seat and its contents underneath. If that's the case, I think it may have been better with a darker, non see-through material.
  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    Hi grsub,

    the material on the vertical and horizontal parts are the same. For the vertical part you need to have it as a see-through in order to be able to see behind the car with your interior mirror.
    For the horizontal part, I can understand your remark.

    The material is some kind of black meshed tissu.

    The windblocker is can be folded twice, first to put the parts flat, then to decrease the size by two in order to have everything stacked in around 2 feet by 2 feet transportation bag provided by Volvo.

    Manipulating the windblocker is like a "mecano" at first but rather simple. Installing it on the back seats cannot be more simple.

    Overall, it is a must have it.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,010
    Appears to be made of the same mesh as mine, and the vertical part appears, from your pictures, very similar. Folding is different, the vertical part folds flat, then the small "wings" at the mounting holes flip in and that's it. The travel bag is about 4 and a half feet by 2 feet. Takes up the full width of the trunk.
  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    Todays 's pictures,

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    A C70 with real people.

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    Another one.

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    and from the side top up.

    Today we had a funny "adventure".
    We were top down and suddently we heared a big noise from the right back side, like if someone launched a stone on the car when we drove. Later we discovered on the back plastic cover a big piece of seabird [non-permissible content removed] mark (2 inches diameter)... This must be a really sick bird!
    Driving top down can be dangerous...
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,010
    Only one way to describe your pictures.....BEAUTIFUL!!
    I guess I've been very lucky, no bird bombs on the interior, but several on the exterior. Fortunately, with Zaino on Goldie, they were easily removed with a spray bottle of water.
  • tom007tom007 Posts: 40
    If I can get them to come through, here are pictures of my celestial blue.
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  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    Hi Tom007,

    Glad to see I am not the only one posting pictures anymore.

    Seeing yours I realized the license plate dimension and format in France fits better than the one in USA for the front and back locations on the car.

    I never try to stop the closing or opening process, but obviously you can do it, your picture of the roof folding process is really nice.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,010
    Great pictures. Love your license plates! :shades:
  • tom007tom007 Posts: 40
    I believe I should have used the URL address instead of the one I did on Car Space, but never too old to learn. Next time I will try that.

    I believe the license plate space was probably for overseas owners because in the states, not all states have a front plate and they are all smaller than yours which fits the space provided very well.

    I have only done the stopping of roof operation one time to take the picture and that was after asking dealer about it, and they said it was alright. I noticed that when the technician replaced the cover on mine that was stained, he had it stopped several times in order to replace cover and check on clearances with no ill effects.

    Thanks for comments and Happy Motoring C70 style to all.
  • I just got my VIN # for my '07 and tried tracking it at the link below. There is no record of the VIN#. It is scheduled for a 12/30/06 delivery. Does anyone know approx. how long it takes to be able to track after getting the VIN #? If it is scheduled for a 12/30 delivery, when would it probably ship - this month or next? Guess, I'm just impatient. thx.

    http://schedule.2wglobal.com/AppTracking/searchCargo.do?trackType=Auto
  • johnh7johnh7 Posts: 67
    Same thing here and mine is scheduled to arrive a couple weeks before yours.
  • Not much help I'm afraid - am based in UK so these issues don't arise in the same way - however, volvomax (sadly missing from our pages these days!!) was frequently asked these questions in the previous forum 'Volvo C70 Convertible 2006+'. You may pick up the thread from messages #754 758 761 on page 39. Good luck.
  • tsk1tsk1 Posts: 31
    It really does not hit the ship tracking until it gets scheduled and authorization from Volvo. It should appear a few days prior to hitting the dock at origin. From that point on you can track it to and from each port through to the final destination. In beteeen you just know that it is in transit. Most of the non U.S. ports show you when the ship is scheduled (and actual)to arrive and depart. In the case of our C70 the ship actual arrived one day early than scheduled at Port Hueneme, CA (Oct 24 vs Oct 25).

    I could track it like 5 days (Sep 22), arrival at the dock (Sep 26) and loading on the ship and departing (Sep 27) Gothenburg.
  • blamb3blamb3 Posts: 41
    I tracked my vehicle from Gothenburg to Baltimore Maryland. It landed in Baltimoe on 10/19, I was able to track it from the time it was booked, 9/29. Once it's loaded get the ships name and you can track the ship across. You can probably start tracking about 4/5 weeks before delivery at the dealer.
  • Thanks for all the responses! Will post pix as soon as I get it (seems like it's been forever... 4 months and still counting). In the meantime, I'll go back and read the referenced threads... thx.
  • johnh7johnh7 Posts: 67
    The tracking in deed works. Mine was loaded on the Atlantic Cartier yesterday - bound for NY
  • blamb3blamb3 Posts: 41
    You probably already did this, but just in case - Once you get the ships name you go on top of the page with the pointer to customer centre, click on schedule, go to right side of page to schedule options, click on search by vessel, identify your vessel and you can track its progress across the ocean. Have fun. Sometimes I wonder if I have enough to do.
  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    I will today describe what is not perfect with our loved C70.

    Still my major complain will go to the bad positionning of the left door handle cavity which makes positionning your left arm difficult even with all the capabilities of the seat adjustments.

    Yesterday it took me at least 5 minutes to put the roof down. Here is why:
    I placed myself on a supermarket parking lot not to disturb anyone around. Then I pushed the roof down button and 25 second later the roof was into the trunk. That was the easy part.
    Then I decided to place the windblocker. The car is still running in "iddle", I go toward the trunk (in order to take the windblocker) and try to open it, nothing, it is locked. I tryied 2 or 3 times, but it is really locked. I go back toward the driver seat and pushed the "open the trunk" button on the "start key remote", go back to the trunk and it is still locked. I did the process another time but nothing changed.
    OK, now I had to stop the engine, remove the key and pushed the open the trunk button on the key remote. Now the trunk is open.

    I pushed the yellow button to raise the roof inside the trunk, raise the plastic protection cover, took the bag with the windblocker inside.

    I openned the bag, extract the windblocker from the inside, had the windblocker in one hand , the bag in the other hand. To assemble the windblocker, you need both hands. You cannot really place the bag in the back seats they will be covered soon, so you keep it between your legs... or like me left it on the ground...

    Assembling the windblocker takes no more than 10 seconds with 2 hands! Even me can do it. Done.

    I tried to place the windblocker but "no way Jack", remember I just put the roof down and by default all the windows are up. This means you cannot place the windblocker. No problem, I pushed the all the windows down button on the left door button panel. Nothing, of course, because the key is into my pocket (I had to take it out of the dashboard to open the trunk). OK the key is back into the dashboard, the "all the windows down" button is now working, the windows went down, the windblocker is in place.

    I took the windblocker bag and put it back inside the trunk, pushed the yellow button to lower the roof inside the trunk, nothing happenned. OK, I forgot the lower the plastic cover first. I did it, pushed the yellow button, the roof went down, closed the trunk.

    And now I am ready for my cruise trip along the beach.

    I need to read again the user manual to see why the trunk was not opening. I now, I chose to have all the doors (including the trunk probably) locking automatically after few seconds inside the car. It remains me than rather trying to push the "open the trunk button" on the key, I should have try to pushed the button "open the doors" on the upper part of the doors. But when something goes wrong... My first reaction was the key.

    Again nothing dramatic, it is just a question of learning how to use your new baby.

    In fact what I like, when you know that you will not need the back seats is to just leave the windblocker in place even when the roof is put back up. From the front seats , you still have access to the back seats to place objects or clothes below the windblocker horizontal plane. In order not to change anything for the view via the back mirror , I place the vertical plane of the windblocker, flat. It is very easy, convenient, and the windblocker is in place ready to be used immediatly.

    That is it for now.
  • What a lovely story Lemenn - I can imagine your frustration as everything on your baby rebelled, but you won in the end and we, as readers, will gain from your experience. Thank you.
  • tombontombon Posts: 11
    I picked up my Flint Grey/Quartz/Auto/Nav/ Dynaudio/Prem/Weather C70 on Saturday. It was an awesome sunny day in the DC area with temps in the upper 70s. Needless to say I rolled off the lot with the top down with my 8 year old daughter in the back. (It has been very cold since). The car is awesome and was worth the wait (modest 4 months). I am still trying to get a handle on all of the features. I need to go back to the dealer at somepoint to get Bluetooth installed.

    I will post more once I get a little more time behind the wheel.
  • Congrats on the new ride! I'm interested in hearing your feedback on the navigation system. From what I've heard, the Volvo navs are pretty primitive by today's standards. I'm intersted in the C70 for my dad, who's fairly interested in it as well once he's in the market for a new car, though he has yet to test drive the car. This seems right down his alley though.

    Just a side question though...does anyone think the Celestial Blue is more of a phemonen color? I like it a lot, but I'm afraid it wouldn't really suit my dad.
  • tom007tom007 Posts: 40
    I have seen that in early posts about being a feminine color, but I have the Celestial Blue with Calcite Cream interior and really like that combination. I have had it since June and was really surprised that whenever someone sees it, they have commented on how they liked the color more times than the retractable top feature. People sitting at traffic lights (male and female, young and old ) would wave and say what a beautiful car especially the color, so I would say it is an acceptable color by either sex.

    You say you don't know if the color would suit your Dad,I don't know his age, but as stated before, I am a 74 year old male owner and it suits me fine as to color. I picked it above the Silver one on floor at same time. No regrets.

    The blue is a little darker than a 1958 Corvette I had and I was glad to almost match that color in this car. I had the extra hard top on the vette, but had to leave it at home when I went topless. This car solved that problem.

    You wrote about Nav system also. I use the Magellan Roadmate in mine and it does great and doesn't distract from looks. Hope this helps ease your mind on color.
  • I don't think the color is feminine. It's neutral. I was concerned that the Celestial Blue would become outdated too soon but realized that would not be the case when I looked around and saw the unusual variety of colors among older Mercedes Benzes which still look good today... With a classic car, just about any color keeps it appeal. I think Volvo is definitely a classic that will keep its appeal and that soft blue is beautiful.
  • jtregojtrego Posts: 68
    The blue is a good safe choice because it is not as aggressive as the black or as risky as the red or Gold. This car looks good in any color I would bet. My wife liked the gold, but I thought it would not hold up well over time, I like the black because it just looks very cool, we both thought that silver looks great but there would be too many silver cars out there (although not many silver ones that look as good as the C70) We didn't like the purple tinge to the Flint Gray and white is definitely a dull color in my opinion so we settled on the Celestial Blue, realizing that although many others would come to the same conclusion, there aren't that many C70's out there so it wouldn't make that much difference. I think the light blue that Acura has is a fantastic color and wish the Volvo blue had its zest, but we are content. We did get the black interior to muscle up the look at bit. I really didn't care for the cream color. We don't get really hot weather here in Virginia so didn't feel the black would get overly hot.
    Needless to say, it would be nice for Volvo to work on their color choices now that the styles have improved considerably over the past few years.
  • tombontombon Posts: 11
    This is the first vehicle I have owned with a Navigation system so I have nothing to compare it to. I can tell you that it sure beats print outs from Mapquest.com. The maps are a little dated. A few days ago I was traveling in a 3-year old development and to the system I was traveling off-road.
  • I haven't looked into the reprogramming of the windows yet but I will. As for volvomax’s recommendation I guess it’s ok to do that but I wonder if there is any issues stopping the process before the car reports the top is down.

    I think the answer to the trunk issue is if you only push the door unlock button once it stays locked with the passenger door. I'll bet that if you hit the door lock button up the trunk would then be unlocked.

    I initially thought there was a problem with my key because I assumed that when you pressed the trunk button the trunk would open. It's actualy unlocking the trunk so that it can be opened.
  • I'm 53 and have always driven an SUV or pickup truck. Always wanted a convertible but did not like the "ragtop" look after a few years. This one fits perfectly.

    I went with the Celestial blue with calcite cream interior. I figured if this was the color they were going to advertise, it probably hold up well when clean or dirty, day or night, etc. I also wondered if it was not masculine enough, but I really like it now. It basically looks good all the time. I think black cars look classy, and have owned quite a few, but they really look rough with a little dust on them. So, I'm guessing that color will be good.

    As for the navigation system, we also have a Lexus with nav and they are different. The Lexus has voice activated for setting a destination and/or changing the audio. But, you have to be at a complete stop to make a change to destination manually. The Volvo works basically the same for manual setting, but can be programmed while moving and the controls are on the steering wheel. The screen is a pop up/down on the dash and is easier to see than the Lexus and most others I have seen. Only suggestion for Volvo would have been the voice activation for pre-set destinations.
  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    Picked the car up last night ... my prior car was a s80 t6 so some of my comments relate to the trasition from the S80.

    pluses -

    smooth ride
    looks great, flint gray and off black leather
    smoking dyno audio sound system

    minuses

    seats comfortable but a step down from my s80
    reasonable acceleration - not great (again my s80 kicked [non-permissible content removed])
    pain in the butt to get to the back seat - guess I will figure this out.
    small outside mirrors
    uncomfortable left arm position - mentioned previously by others.

    That's all for now. How many of you bought the extended warranty or tire insurance package... that's my next decision.
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