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Volvo C70 Convertible - 2006 and Newer



  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,961
    according to bmw, leatherette is NOT vinyl.

    i know the vehicles exist because people ask for trade-in prices on the real-world trade-in values board. ;)

    hey, you don't have to stock a C70 2.4i, but I still think Volvo should offer it, and I'm sticking to that opinion. Its along the same lines as Ford offering a Shelby Mustang or Subaru offering a SpecB, or whatever other special cars you want to insert here. Its a matter of how it looks on paper. A cheap base price would get more folks in the showroom. Why else would all manufacturers advertise their "starting" price?

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 62,982
    If it isn't vinyl, then what is it?

    It might not technically be vinyl, but it is some sort of synthetic plastic...

    Reminds me of the couch we had when I was a kid. It was naughahyde..

    As far as I know.. you only have three choices for interiors... Cloth, vinyl or leather... You have to put it in one of those categories...

    But, volvomax is correct... The only non-leather 325Ci convertibles I've seen are custom orders. The last one I ran into was a euro-delivery model... It had just been unloaded at the local dealer... Had the german plate still on the front (not sure how that slipped by).. And, the sticker was only about $41,500...

    With the ED discount, it was probably the cheapest 325Ci convertible on the planet..

    330Ci convertibles have leather standard..



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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,961
    oh, i'm not arguing. Ask BMW why its not vinyl. I'm just the messenger.

    The fact still remains that the car is available in a lesser version. Maybe once Volvo has to start discounting the C70 they will realize they should have offered a cheaper version to begin with.

    And, yes, i know that comment will get some folks in an uproar, but, let's face it, I (along with alot of other people) thought discounts would never happen on the R ... how wrong we all were.

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

  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    Do you know what the '06 production numbers are now?

    I was thinking about doing an overseas delivery in the fall for an early '07, but now I'm thinking might as well wait until next spring. Don't get my hopes up too far and all.

    Have you been told when the dealers can expect getting their demo cars in? My local dealer has me on the list to come for a test drive, but doesn't know when that will be.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    I haven't heard a final number, but it will only be a few thousand cars.
    I believe the number for the world for calender year 06 is 16,000 units. Half to the US.

    The demo cars should be released from the ports the last week in March.
  • cambrocambro Posts: 18
    Hello again to all the future C70 owners!

    I saw that New Car Test Drive recently published a review of the C70. It's a great review but they almost say nothing negative which makes me wonder if they're truly independent. I know the C70 is an awesome car and all.

    Anyway, here's the link for all of you to read.

    Happy reading!
  • cambrocambro Posts: 18
    OK gang,

    I'm getting closer to my end date to make any changes in my C70 order. So I'm enlisting you all for help on this.

    I've chosen the Magic Blue Pearl color with beige seats and umbra interior. I know it's hard to picture without a brochure (why hasn't volvo made these yet :mad: ). My other color scheme is a silver or flint grey color with the offblack interior.

    I'm worried the the blue pearl will be too "sparkley" for a guy (image gurus step up), but the off-black interior seems too much darkness.

    Any wisdom from the community? :confuse:
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    I think the Magic Blue, beige, umbra combination sounds great. I agree with you completely that an off-black interior would be too dark. Even though it's a convertible, unless you live in a 365-day a year beautiful climate, you'll be spending plenty of time with the top up. Black interiors feel like caves to me - no like 'em.

    And silver cars, any silver cars, look boring to me. Just personal taste from having grown up in Michigan where silver and gray cars were praised for their ability to hide the salt and slush stains in winter. So I have a negative reaction to them.

    I'm considering two combinations: blue with white, or red with white. Loved the picture in the review of the red with white, that's the first time I've seen such a good photo of that combination. Might be the winner.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The Magic Blue has an almost purple cast to it.
    It is not one of my favorites.
    It is available on other Volvo's, maybe your dealer has an S60 or S80 in Magic that you can see.
  • hsmolinhsmolin Posts: 20
    Magic Blue and beige should be a hot color while its new and shinny. It looks so close to black on some of the other Volvo models that I think it will show a lot of nicks and scratches.

    I ordered the magic blue with leather cream interior on March 4th. Scheduled but not guaranteed to arrive 2nd week in June.

    Good luck to you.

    Has anyone other than a professional reviewer driven one of these yet? They are supposed to have limited demos at the dealers this month.
  • hsmolinhsmolin Posts: 20
    I saw from your original message that you were going to trade in a 2003 SAAB convertible. You said that the dealer was giving you a $1,000 discount on the new Volvo C70. Congrats, because I couldn't budge the Volvo dealer a bit. I am also sort of trading in a 2003 SAAB convertible with under 15K mileage. How was the trade in value on your SAAB? Did he beat you up on that?
  • cambrocambro Posts: 18

    Is the color always purple or only when the light hits it? Not to big a deal but like I said I want a color combo that's sporty more than anything. I think silver/gray with black interior is the sportiest but it'll be quite dark with the top up, no?

    tonight I saw a black metallic C70 at the dealer here in england. it reflected the light so brilliantly & with color that i almost thought it was the magic blue. unfortunately only plain black is offered in the US :mad:

    morevoer, i got a letter from Volvo HQ stating they won't allow me to use interior code #5671 (haverdal beige seats with black interior molding). they said volvo of NA only allows certain combos - this isn't one of them. :mad:

    I'm going to test drive the C70 next week once the local dealer get's it operational (demo show tonight). BTW, they did a stereo demo tonight with the Dynaudio system - it totally rocks despite no aux/ipod connector.

    also, i got to play with the sat/nav system. i know it's an expensive option, but i really liked how it hides away when not in use (i know - effective gimmick).

    anyhow, only 5 months till i get mine!
  • blamb3blamb3 Posts: 41
    I have several problems with the trade in value of my Saab. I don't think there is much of a market here(Wisconsin), the car was in an accident and though the frame wasn't bent and the body shop work was superb, I'm looking at a used car valued as fair condition. My mileage is 41,000 according to Kelly and NADA I would be looking at low 20's in trade. I originally went to purchase another Saab at the dealership where I bought my current car and they offered me $15,500 needless to say the last car I bought from them will be the last car I buy from them. I was only offered $17,000 at another dealership, and $18,000 at a Volvo dealership where they would not give me a discount. The dealership that will give me a $1,000 discount will give me $17,500 for my car - both they and I would be happy if I were to sell the car outright- because of the tax consequences I'ld need at least $19,000 to come out a little ahead. So that's the long story. I'm getting killed on the trade-in, but they'll give me the discount with or without the trade. I'm dealing with a small dealership and everyone I talked to who has done business with them has nothing but good things to say about them.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,094
    Re: Trade in value: The straight shooting Internet Sales Manager at the Acura dealer where I ended up buying my TL said, "I'll start paying Kelly/NADA trade-in value for your trade when you start paying MSRP for our new cars."

    I got a good deal on the TL (invoice), killed on trade on my beloved Chrysler 300M. But, I'm happy enough... :)

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Well, this could be a long explanation.

    Saabs don't trade well anywhere.
    Heck, I can't even get a bid from our local Saab dealers.

    Kelly and NADA are not sources that dealers use for appraisals.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Some lights, the magic blue is almost black. But in direct sunlight it does have a purple-ish cast to it.
    In the US Magic Blue is available w/ Quartz cloth #5681.
    We don't even have a #5671 interior code here.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    How can you find out color codes? If I get the Calcite Cream interior, is the roof also a whitish color or is it gray or something else?

    I'm thinking of Passion Red with Calcite Cream - so what would the interior roof be, is there a choice?

    Or the light blue with Calcite Cream - again, is the rest of the interior grey?
  • blamb3blamb3 Posts: 41
    It was obvious to me nobody was using NADA or Kelly, but what do you use for trade in values? How inflated would you say that Kelly and NADA are? Given all this how does a person find out a fair price for their used car? I'll be reordering as soon as orders are accepted on the 2007 C70. As long as I'm picking your brain - there are as few Volvo's around Wisconsin as Saabs - can I hope for a better resale value with the Volvo?
  • millenrmillenr Posts: 28
    I've ordered the light blue with the calcite cream interior - delivery scehduled for July 3 (which is their first custom delivery). I did not see nor did the dealer offer a choice on the roof interior color. Doesn't the roof interior usually match the rest of the interior?
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    I would have thought so, but a few posts back Cambro said "I've chosen the Magic Blue Pearl color with beige seats and umbra interior."

    That was the first time it even occurred to me that possibly the rest of the interior might be a different color than the seats.

    Maybe one of the dealer guys can comment on this?

    When did you put your order in? I'm still torn between ordering here vs. doing an overseas delivery.
  • cambrocambro Posts: 18
    The interior fabric on the roof is the same color as the interior color. Note that the color combos are 2 parts: upholstry (seats & door panels) and dashboard/molding. So if you order the umbra interior with beige upholstry, only the seats, armrest, and door panels will be beige.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    Do you know what all the choices are? For Calcite Cream interior (seats and door panels) what choice is there, if any, ofr dashboard and molding?
  • hsmolinhsmolin Posts: 20

    excuse my ignorance but can you explain an overseas delivery?

  • cdk2cdk2 Posts: 19
    millenr- when did you place your order?
  • millenrmillenr Posts: 28
    I put order in with dealer in Dec so that I could be in line to order a custom auto. He told me at that time that the car would be in in March. He actually placed the order end-Feb and now the delivery is July 3. He only has about 3 custom orders that he can place.

    Coincidently, I went by another dealer tonight to see if he had a demonstrator in and he said it would be in next week. He also said that he would have about 12 custom autos in and that the first would arrive in May.

    Interestingly, he said the reason for the delay is that with the top going up and down, that there is a firing pin, like a spark plug (didn't quite understand this), but they had to get permission from US government to allow it to be imported and almost didn't get it approved. Never heard this one before. He was not surprised that the smaller dealer that I am dealing with won't receive his custom cars until June/July - only the larger dealers were getting cars early.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    hsmolin asked about overseas delivery.

    Basically you order your car through your local dealer, who places it with Volvo in Sweden. The deal is Volvo gives you two airline tickets to Sweden, one night in a hotel, AND about 7 - 8% off the U.S. cost of your car. (Depending on options: typically you get the discount off the base price of the car, but options are full price, so depending on how loaded up you get your car, the overall discount might seem like less.)

    Then when you pick your car up at the factor in Sweden, you get a factory tour (usually, although sometimes it's closed), lunch, a few other little goodies, and then you're on your way to take a European vacation. Could be two days, two weeks, two months, up to you. Insurance is included for two weeks; more than that you have to pay for European insurance. Volvo has some nice travel packages for 3 - 7 days around Sweden and the surrounding countries, which you can take advantage of it you want.

    Then you drop the car off, either at Gothenburg or at any of about 13 or so other ports (Amsterdam, Bremerhaven, Brussels, for example), and they ship it to your local dealer.

    Advantage is price, the "free" vacation (can cost you a lot, of course, depending on your own tastes and how long you stay), and getting your car custom made for you.

    Disadvantage is it takes a long time: you have to put your order in two to three months before pick-up, then you go, then it takes maybe 6 - 8 weeks for shipping it back to you. If you're trading in a car there might be some uncertainty there; you agree to a tentative trade-in value to be confirmed if the car, come trade-in time, is in the same condition as when the agreement was made.

    For the C70, the big disadvantage is that OSD won't be available until around September. If you want a convertible this summer, you're out of luck there. Which is my standpoint, and why I haven't yet jumped either way. Plus I want to drive the car before ordering, anyway.

    The Volvo website has more information, and there are some on-line forums discussing it.
  • hsmolinhsmolin Posts: 20

    Thanks so much for your thorough explanation. I'll keep this in mind for when I have more time, hopefully in retirement, to consider placing an overseas order.
    In the meantime I ordered the C70 in magic blue with cream leather interior on 3/4 with an expected delivery on 6/14.

    My order is subject to an acceptable test drive that I expect latter this month.

    I currently drive a 2003 SAAB 93 convertible that has 200hp with a turbo charged engine. The SAAB turbo has plenty of throw back in your seat kick with the turbo. I hope that the Volvo C70 will be at least as enjoyable to drive from a performance standpoint. I'm not getting that feeling from the reviews.

    That same T5 engine as Volvo has in its wagon (v50 I think) has not gotten very exciting reviews. Most reviews think Volvo's T5 has a rubberband feel. The dealer points out that the C70's engine has about 236lbs of torque at 1500 rpm that gives even power throughout.

    Only a test drive will tell.......

    Anyone test drive one yet? :D
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,961
    I currently drive a 2003 SAAB 93 convertible that has 200hp with a turbo charged engine. The SAAB turbo has plenty of throw back in your seat kick with the turbo. I hope that the Volvo C70 will be at least as enjoyable to drive from a performance standpoint. I'm not getting that feeling from the reviews.

    I've never heard a favorable professional review of the Saab convertible.

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

  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    The SAAB turbo has plenty of throw back in your seat kick with the turbo. I hope that the Volvo C70 will be at least as enjoyable to drive from a performance standpoint

    I don't think the Volvo is going to give you the same throw back in your seat kick. It's designed to be more of a highway cruiser. Somewhere I saw that the 0 - 60 acceleration was right at the dividing line between "sports car" and "not a sports car."

    I see a lot of SAABs around here (northern Virginia), so they must be popular. While the Volvo certainly will compete with it, I suspect they are going for slightly different markets, both affluent. SAAB maybe is more performance oriented, less luxury, while Volvo is the reverse. The whole look and feel between the two is quite different.
  • flheatflheat Posts: 46
    I also have the crystal Blue on order; but am getting the off black interior. I currently have an dark blue A4 Cabriolet with the light tan interior that is very dirty appearing and nearly impossible to clean but then I keep my top down 95% of the time here in Florida.

    I am kind of discouraged with a 7/06 delivery. Will this be a 2006? If so, when will the 2007's be out?

    Has anyone seen what the inside roof looks like? Can all the steel bars be seen inside?
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