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Volvo C70



  • You know what you're talking bout'. Dis C70 hez plenti a Moxie unda der hood! I bet those cows never fought or argued either! Good stuff for organic milk!!!!!
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    OK. So my Michelin's have about had it. One of the guys at the dealership indicated that he has heard a ton of good things about, of all things, Bridgestone and their Potenza RE730 Generation 2. Evidently the compound on these is such that when they wear, the tread patter stays the same. He also indicates that they are a ton better in rain because of the pattern of the tread. At $145/pop ( I'm wondering if maybe I shouldn't take a looksee at these.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    No experience with the Bridgestones, but the price sure beats the $200+ for the P6000's.
  • I just bought a 2001 C70 with the 17 inch wheels and 45 series Michelin tires. It handles like it is on rails but the ride is the roughest of any car I have ever owned, including several sports cars. Is this normal and is it possible to make it ride better by putting on a larger set of tires, such as a 50 series.
  • Took me months but I just picked up a '98 coupe with manual transmission in San Diego. Even better it had only 25k miles... got it for $21k.

    My first reaction after driving it for a few days... what's the deal with the 3cd changer?? It takes 30 seconds to swap discs, and has trouble locating the tracks on my cd's. Has anyone upgraded this thing? My last Sony 10-CD changer swapped discs in 5 seconds flat. Is the 6-disc unit any better? I might buy that after-market.

  • Have your other sports cars had 45 series tires and 17 inch wheels? You could go with a higher aspect ratio tire (such as 55 or 60); however, you will also need to reduce the wheel diameter if you want the speedometer and odometer to be accurate. You may also experience tire rubbing against body panels as well if you do not go to a smaller wheel diameter with the higher aspect ratio tires. Volvo publishes a range of wheel diameter and tire aspect ratios that are supported by the speedometer/odometer - the service technician can change the setting fairly quickly.
  • If the 3 cd changer is the Pro-Logic unit (distinguished by a speaker nacelle in the center of the dash), the big deal is great sound. There have been many rave reviews of the Dolby Pro-Logic system - if memory serves, one was even published on Edmunds. I personally would leave the 3 cd unit alone and suffer through an extra load time. 15 seconds of longer load time versus 1 hour of superior sound is a small trade-off.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    Jimd8, Do you have the coupe or the convertible? I understand the coupe comes with a firmer suspension than the convertible. I haven't been in a coupe, so I'm unable to compare the two, but my convertible's ride is definitely rougher than my wife's ES300. The tires probably have an impact. Mine are 17 inch 45's versus her 16 inch all season ones. She definitely has more rubber between the road and rim to cushion the impacts. I don't know if your going to 50's would make that much difference.

    Bigcpa, Congrads on getting your manual tranny. There could be a problem with your changer. Mine changes CD's in way less than 30 seconds, more like five. I considered adding the 6 disc too, but bought another magazine instead.
  • tmart, you have a point about a possible problem with the CD - especially if the unit skips reliably (and not only while driving over serious bumps....) The real question for bigcpa is whether the original factory warranty is still in force if there is a problem with the HU-901 (presumming bigcpa has the Pro-Logic system). Replacement cost for the HU-901 is around $2,000 (ouch!) for just the parts.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    Not to nitpick, but I believe the 3CD changer comes with the SC901. With a 4 year warranty, Bigcpa definitely should check the in service date to see if it's still covered. I haven't priced a replacement, but considering what I paid as an option, it would have to be expensive.
  • Thanks for the feedback. I really don't think my unit is defective... it just seems poorly designed. The in/out/in motorized operation is just asinine.

    I see the 6CD units on ebay so I thought I might try that. Can anyone shed some light if the 6CD loads disks faster? Also has anyone tried a different brand of CD changer that can interface with the SC901 system?

    Thanks again!
  • Yes, I own the C70 coupe. I have had other cars with 50 series tires but never 45 series. When I look at information on tire it says going from a 45 series to a 50 series in the same brand tire raises the height about one inch. I don't know if this would be enough to make a difference. I was surprised at the ride because all the reviews I read on this car said it had a soft ride for a sports coupe.
  • I would tend to doubt that you will be able to get any aftermarket CD changer to work with the Volvo unit (other than a Volvo CD changer). This is based on attempting to find a changer that would work with the factory systems in 850, S-70 and S-60 cars. Most recently, I attempted to find a CD changer for an S-60 HU-613 through, but struck out. To Crutchfield's credit, they were honest and stated upfront that they were not aware of a solution other than Volvo.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    I believe that Alpine makes the Volvo changers, so possibly an Alpine unit would work.
  • Ride "softness" can be affected by a number of factors, only one of which is tire aspect ratio. If switching to a 50 aspect ratio will raise the height of the car one inch, be very careful if you move to 50 series tires with 17 inch wheels. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but you may be getting into trouble regarding tire fit to the vehicle.
  • Today I actually timed my CD changer... the exact time to change discs was 17 seconds. So I exaggerated but it still sucks!

    Today I dropped $170 on the Alpine CHM-S630 6 disc that interfaces with the SC-901 system. I'm told it's very fast and efficient. I may never use the 3CD now.

    I need to buy an adapter from Crutchfield for $49 and I'm home free. Anyone seen this adapter for less? The part is called VOLIL and I've seen it as high as $90 on the web.
  • I hope the Alpine unit works for you! Please post an update after everything is installed and operational. In particular, can you control (e.g. select discs and tracks) the Alpine CD changer from the SC-901? Did you get the Alpine unit on eBay?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    Let us know how it all works out.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    I own a 2002 C70 coupe, have no prob w/ the SC901 3 disc. I have found it to be comparable to the 6 disc in my old T5R.
    Good job on the alpine, $49 isn't bad for the adaptor.
    The C70 is really the last Volvo that you can get an aftermarket changer for. The new P2 cars, like the S60 have to use the factory system. You can't add aftermarket parts unless you scrap the whole system.
    My car has 18" wheels w/ 45 series rubber. Michelin Pilot Sports. Love these tires!!!!
    Very smooth w/ a minimum of harshness.
    Yes the sport suspension can be a little harsh, but I'm used to it having been around this car since its inception
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333

    Bought the Bridgestone Protenza RE730 Generation 2's @ Saturday. $610 which include shipping. My dealership in the burbs is going to put them on for $19/tire (which makes me wonder what the dealership in the city was thinking when the quoted me $1,050. Morons.) I'll let you know how they are over the Michelin Pilots (17") that lasted 40K (can't complain bout that).

    Tommy - My friend tells me you got a tempermental chick named Lili coming your way. Hope you got that gas powered generator ready to go.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    Yeah, she's a coming...and we're scheduled to fly to the Carolinas Thursday too!
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    or swim?

    Lis was nice enough to let us go to Myrtle Beach for the 'Honeymoon' knowing that we would be going to Italy in 2003. If you never have, make sure you stop in Charleston for the day.
    Magnolia Cafe for Lunch (185 E. Bay St.)
    Think the place we went out of business.

    Have fun. The Norman course at Barefoot is really nice
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    North Myrtle Beach is where we're headed. We're originally from SC. So far, the flight hasn't been canceled. Will be calling them later today.
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    I'm sure you'll get out ok.
    Have fun. I'll let you know about the Bridgestones when you get back. Unless, of course, Lili has wiped out your isp.
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    Long comment short.
    No issue with dry
    No issue with wet.
    Unless they don't last long, as of right now (500 miles) I don't know why I'd pay $90 more per tire for Michelin.
  • agcpaagcpa Posts: 4
    Have just recently purchased a 2002 C70. Enjoy it very much. Was advised to get a wind screen/deflector, which fits in the back and is supposed to cut down on the flow and noise. Two questions: 1) Do they really work? 2) How much should this accessory cost? (I was originally told about $200-250, but when I went to the dealer I was told $420 and that they would have to special order the item; does this sound right?)

  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    1) Yes, it really does work. So well, it really should be standard.

    2) I've got a '99 and it was $350 after tax. Of the four dealers in Houston, one had it in stock. The other three said they could have it in in two to four days. Interestingly, all four had it priced the same. I understand there was a change on the '02 and '03's from the prior years, but $420 still sounds high to me. Think it has to do with the mounting holes in back. Have seen them a couple of times on Ebay, so you might get lucky. As I recall they went for less than $250. Unfortunately, I had already bought mine when the first one came up. Use "Volvo C70" in the search window.

    It's pricey, but definitely worth the money. You won't regret it.
  • I'm considering buying a '99 C70 R. Anyone know what the "R" means? I've never seen it referenced in any of the messages here, nor in any ads.

    Any suggestions on what to look carefully at before I purchase? Seems to be in great shape, not a blemish on it, 33K miles, has the premium sound system, Pirelli tires.

    Thanks for any advice.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,204
    I could be wrong, but I think it means someone bought the "R" from IPD and stuck it on the back. I have a '99 convertible, and as you noted, I haven't seen the "R" mentioned anywhere in Volvo's publications. Only place I've seen it mentioned was in the IPD catalog. I believe Volvo is going make an "R" version for the S60 though. Are you considering the convertible or the coupe?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,091
    as far as I know, the last R offered to us was the '97 850 R sedan. Is this at a dealer or is it private sale? If its private sale, I would definitely question them on it. If its at a dealer, depends if its a Volvo dealer or not. A Volvo dealer should know better.

    There is a possibility that it has been modified and the owner felt the "R" was an appropriate way to advertise that. And if its modified, I might be cautious about buying it.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

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