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Volvo C70 Audio System Problems



  • ilinevilinev Posts: 4
    Volvomax is exactly right--the dealership had to update the Dynaudio software in order for it to connect to the iPod. I was going to suggest philippians413 buy just the parts from the dealer and either install them him/herself but updating the software would have been a problem. Even with the software update, I still think the $600 is excessive. Of that, $300 was parts and the rest labor. Have you noticed that most dealerships bill at over $100/hr. now...

    I have to say that I would have happily swallowed the cost if the iPod interface worked properly. It bugs me beyond belief that I can't browse my iPod's playlists and play an album from start to finish. For some reason, the car stereo indexes all music files on the iPod and creates its own filesystem. It then proceeds to play the songs in no particular order--it's utterly frustrating. The only navigation possible is by turning the Tuning dial, which skips from song to song. Remember, however, that the songs are arranged completely haphazardly by the stereo. I have over 5,000 songs on my iPod, so you can imagine the utter mess and frustration in trying to play related songs. The songs are not organized in any logical fashion. I assume the system indexes the songs in alphabetical oder by song name. Why didn't Volvo design the system so it loads the iPod's file structure? I guess they thought they could out-design Apple.

    If someone can shed light on this issue, I'd really appreciate it.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The install isn't easy.
    You are ripping open the center console and the dash.
    If you don't now what you are doing, you can make a hash of things.

    It just amazes me that someone would spend $40-50,000 on a car and then try to save a couple hundred dollars on a complicated accessory.

    Personally, I don't have the USB connector. I'm perfectly happy using the reg Aux input and using the controls on my iphone.
    I just start my playlist before I drive away. :)
  • hummushummus Posts: 11

    I am having a different experience than you with my setup. When I am in the Ipod mode, I hit the enter button and from there I can choose my album, playlist, artist, whatever (just like the regular ipod). I hit enter and then go into the next folder where I can either choose a sub folder ( a particlar album) or a song and then hit enter again and it will play all the songs in that folder in order. Once I am done with folde I am in, I have to hit enter to begin the process all over and can't just go up a level which is a little disappointing but has much more functionality than you described. Try the enter button and if that does not work talk to you dealer becasue you are missing a bunch of critical functionality. I am using an iPhone with 2.0 software on it.
  • ilinevilinev Posts: 4

    Wow, this is amazing. What you describe above worked like a charm. Once the stereo connected to the iPhone, I pressed Enter, which allowed me to browse the iPod file structure on the stereo LCD--Albums, Artists, Songs, Genres, Composers--they were all there. Do you have any other secrets up your sleeve you'd like to share with us? Better still, call Volvo and offer to revise the iPod interface manual because currently it leaves this "minor" detail out.

    As you can tell, I'm still giddy with excitement but I had pretty much given up on the idea of being able to listen to an album from start to finish.

    Thanks for you help

  • hummushummus Posts: 11
    I am glad it worked for you. As you have already experienced, this takes the interface to a whole new level that makes the money spent well worth it.
  • I recently had the genuine Bluetooth kit installed at my dealer and have two comments/questions:
    #1 - A few moments after I start the car, the audio is interrupted with the message that my phone is connected. This is normal. However, about two thirds of the time that I drive, a minute or two later, the Bluetooth link is "lost" and has to be restored. Seems weird that it is always a block or two after I start the car, wherever I am. Is anyone else having this same problem?
    #2 - One reason I bought the Volvo system was that the audio plays through the stereo. However, the volume adjustment is not the stereo's volume knob, but instead the pushbutton on the Bluetooth accessory. As someone else mentioned on this board, with the top down it is simply not loud enough. Does anyone know if this can be re-wired to allow the volume knob to control the volume so that it can be louder than what the accessory pushbutton allows?
  • Hey,

    I pulled out the whole audio system of my volvo C70 and pluged in another one. It asked me to input a code, I input the one on the card, but after I input the code 3 times, it said:" system off" and does not work at all. I pluged in the previous one, input the code, but it does not work either. What should I do now?
  • I just purchased a C70 and I would like to add Bluetooth. The dealership wants to charge $750 for this feature. Volvo's bluetooth is integrated into the stereo and speakers which is a very nice feature. My concern is this....The actual bluetooth module is $380. The additional $270. is labor. I understand the idea of making a profit but was hoping that because I purchased the car from them they would be more reasonable on the installation costs. I was told that is a very quick installation and the downloading of some software. (I was told this by one of the Volvo dealerships)
    Here is my question...Has anyone had any kind of bluetooth installed in their Volvo with Dynoaudio? I am hoping that there is a good quality bluetooth that can be integrated into the stereo so that I can hear the caller clearly and so that they can hear me clearly. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated since the dealership that I purchased my car through has been less than helpful. They do not have any valuable advice. As a matter of fact, the Sales Manager suggested that I purchase one that attaches to my visor. I already own one. It is a Parrot that I purchased for $99 and it allows too much wind noise when the top is down.
    Thanks everybody,
  • Hi Wendy,
    I have the Bluetooth from the dealer. It works well with the top up, but is useless with the top down. You either have to pull over to answer the phone, or use the handset (not a big deal to change, one button). I thought the price on the Bluetooth was crazy, but there is alot more to it than a plug-in. It is mounted on the dash, and wired somehow into the car. It took them a day to install mine. We also have one in our Infiniti SUV, and theirs works better in some ways, but the voice recognition in the Volvo seems better. If your only reason for having the Bluetooth installed at the dealer is to use it with the top down, stick with the Parrot. The Volvo Bluetooth is pretty, but big bucks!
  • bmyers1bmyers1 Posts: 8
    I recently bought a 2000 c70. it has the factory 3 disc cd stereo. Where do i find the cd changer for the stereo? :confuse:
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,389
    Not sure what you mean. The CD changer is built into the SC901. Do you mean the cassette/magazine that holds the actual CD's? :confuse:
  • bmyers1bmyers1 Posts: 8
    Yes I mean the cassette magazine that holds the CD's..

  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,389
    Ok, you've got several options:

    Your friendly Volvo dealer would be the first choice. Pricey, but should be quick and easy.

    Good ole Ebay

    The unit is made by Alpine so their magazines work too. You're in luck. There's one on Ebay now as a buy it now for $20 plus $7 s&h. - itemZ220398214256QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCar_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers?hash=item2203982- - 14256&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240- - %3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50#ebayphotohosting

    $27 isn't too bad, considering the last time I priced them at my dealer, years ago, they were around $45.

    Might try Craigslist or Best Buy, etc. Good Hunting.
  • bmyers1bmyers1 Posts: 8
    Great Thanks alot... Gonna grab it now... What a great service this is! :)
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,389
    You're welcome. Since the picture shows 3, maybe you could get all 3 at the same price and save on shipping.
  • bmyers1bmyers1 Posts: 8
    yeah I saw the pic so not sure if all three are included but I did order it... This issue has been bugging me for a month:)
  • mimswmimsw Posts: 2
    I have the 2005 C70 with the SC-901 Audio System. I had to change the battery and when I did, the AM radio tuner came back showing "MW" with AM frequencies hitting odd numbers (like 846 instead of 850). Stations are all slightly off. Anybody know how to set this back to US standard?
  • bmyers1bmyers1 Posts: 8
    I have the same issue
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,389
    Try this:

    A - Settings for individual markets
    Settings for individual markets are usually adjusted in the factory or at the retailer. If you need to change this setting: switch off the radio; hold down preset button 5 (B); switch on the radio (A) and press preset button 5 again until the relevant market (US, AUS or EU) appears.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,389
    How are the magazines working out? Did you receive one or three?
  • bmyers1bmyers1 Posts: 8
    The magazines are working great... I actually received 3 of them..

    Thanks for the advice!

  • bmyers1bmyers1 Posts: 8
    The settings you recommended worked perfectly!

    Thank You Very Much!
  • Three years later, I finally have an integrated iPod solution for my 2006 C70.

    It was challenging, but the team at Al & Ed's on La Cienega in Los Angeles patiently researched options, examined the factory audio system, spoke with vehicle and audio specialists and selected the right combination of cables and software. I believe they are the only ones to date who have been able to successfully complete this type of iPod connection with the '06 C70.

    I'm grateful not to have an FM modulator, but an integrated solution that offers superior sound clarity with my Dynaudio system.

    For fellow '06 C70 owners - I highly recommend working with the great team at Al & Ed's.
  • Great news !! please could you give us more information? how does it work? does it need only cables and software? is it integrated with the wheel? does it charge the ipod? could it work with iphone?
    Thanks in advance.
  • I have just purchased 2004 c70 but cd player wont take up discs Ive been told by volvo it cant be repaired as the mechinisism is broken can any one help me with advise the radion and cassette work fine
  • tomc70tomc70 Posts: 1
    My cd magazine is jammed (cd-3). Is there a way for me to pull the magazine out?
  • k1orcak1orca Posts: 2
    there is a raised area in the center of my 2007 volvo c70's upper dash. it somehow was raised and appears to be a dvd screen. i cannot close it and don't know where the switch is. it happened after the car washers finished w/the car. appreciate help. also, the right side door handle appears to have a spring or something broken - it won't open the door - and when pulled just pulls out without any resistance. help? thanks so much. new car to me...looked in the manual and couldn't find anything.
  • I have the same problem--CD magazine jammed. Have you found a solution?
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