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  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    To answer your questions
    1 The new car is light years ahead of the old one. The new car handles better, has better visibility and ha more features at a price similar to the old car.
    2 headroom is almost the same. I think the old car had better rear headroom.
    3 17" wheels will be more comfortable
    4 New C70 is a quiet, rattle free car. Much more so than the old car.
    5 w/ the roof down, the trunk space is similar to the old car.
    6 08 C70's should be available in the fall. No word yet on any changes.
  • That is such good news, it must have come as some relief to know that a physical fault was found rather than a 'maybe'.

    I agree with johnh7 - you are a very resilient lady who has shown patience tempered with determination, now enjoy your 'new' car.

    With regards to your last paragraph - ooer, :blush:
  • cuccicucci Posts: 49
    Well, it's 'up-beat' or sink I suppose!!! Not much choice really! Our driving is mainly London/stop/start/traffic etc. ...... so I have not even wanted to think about the fuel consumption ... but given that our last car was a Grand Jeep Cherokee (JEEP meaning Just Empty Every Pocket!!) .... anything seems better on fuel than that!!! I agree about the back ... but again, as our last car was so big ... you tended to get everyone leap in to hitch a ride .... with the new car I suspect we won't get bothered so much to run people around and home!!!! So it has it's advantages!!!

    Glad to hear yours is running so smoothly and I am sure that will continue .. so happy motoring!
  • Thanks to everyone's postings over the past six months. I am finally behind the wheel of my 2007 C70 which was ordered in July. I absolutely love the car and especially enjoy when people are surprised that it is a Volvo. I couldnt ask for a better holiday/30th birthday present. The Flint Grey w/ Black Leather Interior is very sharp. The contrast looks great and the 18" Mirzam wheels just pop out.
    Its going to be nice the next few days in DC, so I am certainly going to drive with the top down.'s C70/">link title
  • Having already posted a light hearted ‘report’ on my first day as a C70 owner, I thought I would now write a rather more factual report and leave the ‘writer’s licence’ well alone.

    Readers who have been following these forums over the last few weeks may recall a flurry of queries as to why my C70 was being left at the dealership until the turn of the year – I won’t go into that again now, but I will say that I spent the intervening weeks, including the Xmas holiday, reading the handbook thoroughly – over and over again.

    So, as you can imagine, by the time I went to collect the car, I knew everything, but EVERYTHING, about that motor.

    Everything? I knew nothing!!

    Firstly, I had my son and his broken leg to contend with – so it was up with the trunk to store the crutches. Ah! How do we release the trunk divider to open enough space for the crutches to fit in? The sales guy was on hand, so no problem.

    As I sank into the driver’s seat in readiness to place the key in the ignition, I leaned forward to seek the ignition barrel – umm – where is it? My mind was now a blank, that handbook could have been written in Russian, or Swedish, as far as my memory was concerned. Yes, of course, the ignition is not on the steering column, it’s in the dash – but – we in the UK have right hand drive, so the barrel is located to the left of the steering wheel – and I’m very much a right handed sort of guy. A fumbled, two-handed effort to get the key in, and the engine was eventually started.

    We left the forecourt confidently, the mirrors and seats had been adjusted, so all appeared well. Then I felt a rosy glow spread through my cheeks – no, not the cheeks on my face, my other cheeks, the ones I was sitting on. You’ve guessed it, my heated seat was on – so where’s the off switch? No panic, I found it and stabbed at it wildly. One light went off, but one stayed on – keep cool (no pun intended) obviously there are two elements, one for the seat, one for the lower back, so a second stab was called for, and the light went out.

    At this point I noticed my fuel gauge was on ‘red’ – thank you Mr Dealer, I’ve just spent an arm and a leg with you and less than a mile down the road I need fuel! And of course, within that first mile, lo and behold, the ‘low-fuel’ warning light comes on.

    I knew I had a reserve of fuel – but no matter how much I’d read that handbook, there was no way I could remember what margin I had in reserve – so let’s get to a gas station pronto!

    We pulled into the filling bay of the nearest Tesco Supermarket – probably 30 pumps in total offering a selection of 3 grades per pump, with a queue of at least three cars at each pump. As I approached the first queue my mind was racing – where was the filler cap, ah yes, on the right, so keep left of the pump and I’d be okay.

    Well I was okay, even thinking to take the key out of the ignition as I couldn’t quite remember whether the filler flap was key operated. Then I could see it wasn’t – just press the flap and it would open, like my previous Merc, like my wife’s Audi. But it wasn’t like anything else – as you owners well know!

    So now I’m hunting for the release button – it’s in the car somewhere, I’ve read about it loads of times, and seen it in the pics – but where is it?????

    Where’s the handbook? Two of us pouring over the overview until we spot the magic word FUEL, follow the arrow to the switch and then give it a quick dab – the fuel flap opens!

    I fill with fuel but daren’t look at the queue which had built up behind me, and fortunately I was paying at the pump with a debit card so I didn’t have to show my face at the cash desk.

    We left the gas station and drove a mile or two more – but hey, I’ve taken up far too much space here and I’m not even home yet, so maybe I’d better close.

    Anyway, the moral of this tale is – read as much as you like, but there is nothing quite like getting ‘hands on’ experience.
  • So true. I think that a year from now I will still find out functions on this car that I didn't know existed... or will just get the hang of the ones that I am learning now. Glad to hear you are having so much fun with your C70 and am enjoying your posts. Please keep them coming... Can't wait to see my baby again. He must be quite lonely in that service garage without me.
  • How much longer before he's out on the open road again? I know you are waiting for new window rubbers - but has the stone chip been fixed yet?

    By the way - whereabouts was the chip? I assume it was towards the front of the hood?

    And keep your posts coming too - there is still mileage in your first post and it still brings a smile when we pass it on!
  • One part was overnighted (I think from the Irvine, Calif. factory) and is at the dealership. The other part, I think, is coming from the Sweden factory. Hopefully it won't take as long as the car did to be delivered (5 months)! Actually, I'm not sure when they expect the part to arrive. The chip was actually on the rear passenger panel just to the upper left section above the door (unusual location for a rock chip). I thought the hood would make sense. Not sure how that happened. That should be fixed by Wednesday. Or may have to bring the car back to be fixed after the window is fixed... depends on the dent & ding guy's schedule.
  • cuccicucci Posts: 49
    cricket4 ... all I can say is ... when you finally get your car back's just soooooooooooo exciting!!! I feel like a new owner all over again ..... 'new' but older and wiser thanks to all of you out there!! I think I mentioned in a previous post ... as we drove ours away from the garage on Thursday after two weeks ... the technican was turning his attention to the next C70 bought in with exactly your problem!!!!

    erisaman .... I had a similar experience driving the hire car home the 1st day ... the servicing rep said to me 'we've only given you 30 miles petrol' .... 'that's ok' says I .... 'I only live about 8 miles away'. There was a read out on the dash as I drove off saying '30 miles to empty' which immediately flashed to '20 miles' while I could still feel the reps breath on my neck .... not to worry thought I ... I only live 8 miles away .... within 30 seconds it had jumped another 5 miles off and was reading '15 miles to empty' ..... not to worry thought I .. I only live 7.6 miles away!!!!! By the time I reached central London pre Christmas traffic (and trying to skirt Red Ken's infamous congestion zone) it was down to '10 miles' ..... no matter thought I ...... only 5.3 miles to go ..... and that was when I hit a 20 minute queue to cross Chelsea Bridge and the guage flashed .... no!! .... not 5 miles to go .... it flashed to ...... '--.-- to empty' !!!!!!!!!! I must tell you that I hadn't passed a single garage and the nearest one was about 1 mile away as the crow flies via a 20 minute traffic jam!!! So what did I do??? Phoned other half on the mobile and screamed blue murder .. but he was too busy to sympathize and just told me to 'phone him WHEN I got to the gas station!!! When???? How about IF????? I thought I'd never get there!!!! And then, like you, when I finally got there ........ 3 or 4 cars deep with pre Christmas holiday folk filling up .... and me not knowing which side my fuel cap was ... and then imagining me running out and blocking the whole forecourt!!! Anyway .. the happy end to the tale is that you can drive (albeit slowly) for at least 20 minutes on '--.-- to empty'!!!!!

    Aren't we all having such fun???????? I never thought owning a C70 was going to be THIS much fun!!!!!!
  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89

    What a writer you are!

    Once again, anf for the second time we are not reading just typical simple and basic forum's postings.

    I and maybe others will stop to post message on this board, being shy and afraid to look ridiculous compared to you when you describe your experience with your baby.

    It is like a roman and maybe there is enough meat with all our postings to write a real book.

    What about: " The birth of the perfect car" as a title's proposal. Don't worry that will be my only and unique contribution to the book...

    With regard to lack of gas. I am surprised you left the dealership with an almost empty tank. Our dealership gave us the car with an half full tank + 1 bottle of Champagne. But this one I did not put it into the gas tank! It reads " Diesel only " on mine.

    I even learned with your post that the heated seats had a back and butt positions. I thought it was butt level 1 and 2 positions. I need to check that.

    Enjoy the week end driving with hairs in the wind (if you still have any...)
  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    Hello cucci,

    It was fun to read your first experience with an almost empty gas tank. For a start it must be very stressfull.

    Anyway if I remember well when the light empty tank switch on you have still 8 liters of gas into the tank ( 7 for diesel engine). This is almost 100kms capabilities and even with the T5 engine running downtown London you must be able to do 50kms ( at least 30 miles).

    The information coming from the ordinator could not be accurate because you just started to drive for the first time the car out of the dealership and running downtown London, your average consumsion was almost identical to your instaneous consumsion, which can be very high instataneously particularly with the T5 engine.

    Average consumsion can only be accurate after some time.

    Anyway like many others, I am amazed to see how in good mood you are with all your rather big inconveniences.

    I leave you to go to clean up my baby. First time I am acting with a car like with a "real baby"
  • You are so right Cucci - we are all forming quite a bond and I was laughing out loud when reading your account.

    And as for you Lemenn - you have nothing to fear from posting on this or any other forum. We as readers, acknowledge your expertise in what is, to you, a foreign language, and your help, support and guidance has been an inspiration to us all - so thank you.

    Now maybe I too will venture forth to wash my baby - from what I remember, do we use an elbow in the bucket first? To check the temperature?
  • cuccicucci Posts: 49
    Thank you Lemenn ... all comments duly noted and I'll never panic again!!!! LOVED your posting ..... and I must add here that I speak virtually NO French (having some French family as well so no excuse!!) .... but your delightful use of the English language bought a smile to my face!!! We have an English comedian here called John Culshaw who does a fabulous impression of George Bush trying to speak the English language and making some monumental mistakes that are hilarously funny!!! Now Mr. Bush has NO excuse because presumably his education (????) was in English ......... but you just reminded me a little of some of the comedy sketches!!!! And please ...... all comments I make are absolutely complementary here ..... I could not begin to have a written conversation in French with you so I am totally in awe of your expertise!!!! I am sure Erisamen had a chuckle at your reference to my 'rather big inconveniences' ..... as did my husband!

    And as for the 'good mood' .... well, I suppose it's just a Brit thing .... living over here sometimes we find it best to laugh at life and ourselves ... otherwise we would just cry!!!!!

    Thank you for your kind support!

    And PS .... to all the American members of this forum ..... I hope no one has taken offence to any comments regarding Mr. Bush ... after all .... who are we to talk when we have Mr. Blair!!!!!
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Congrats on the car.
    As for the language, we Americans are convinced that you Brits can't speak english anyway. :D
    Well, maybe the guy on the World Service can.
  • cuccicucci Posts: 49
    thank you .... it feels like we're finally getting somewhere and the car is going well now.

    And I've booked in for English lessons as well, on your advice .. so hopefully things will improve all round!!! ;)
  • johnh7johnh7 Posts: 67
    One advantage of having the Idiot King as our President these past 6 years is the unusually warm weather here in the Northeast. It's 70 degrees today. Of course, the entire human race may become extinct in another 200 years, but I'm really enjoying these greenhouse gases in the short term. I guess the polar bears may have a different point of view, but ... I've got a C70 and they don't drive anyway.

    So - it's top down weather. My wife is amazed at my willingness to run errands.

    This is definitely the best looking convertible on the road (they are all out today). Importantly - I finally got to test the back seat compartments (they do not lock like the front ones). Is this a programming thing, a car setting thing or just a quirk of the 07's? (Not that there's anything wrong with that)
  • I'm Welsh - can I be excused? Not that I can speak Welsh either, except "Diolch yn fawr".
  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    Oops sorry if I used words that have double meanings.

    I realized that I have also used ordinator instead of computer somewhere which is only my english version of the french word ordinateur.

    I also tried a joke on erisaman but he knows me and hopefully he will not take it badly.

    I see we are starting to talk politic now. This could bring some heat on the forum, particularly with the french presidential election coming soon and our position with regard to the war on Irak against USA AND UK.

    And suddently I feel lonely...

    I need to stop here., back to our common views on our C70.
  • cuccicucci Posts: 49
    Don't feel lonely!!!! We'll keep it to C70 information/news only ..... you are absolutely right!!!
  • Yep - I got the joke about the hairs in the wind and you are right - I'm losing mine rapidly but not because of the C70, that is keeping me sane at present!

    I'm intrigued by that chip on cricket4's roof panel - anyone else suffered a 'stone chip/indentation' in such an unusual position? Sorry cricket4 - highjacking your thread in this way, but I think you'll understand my reasoning.
  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    I have a difficult time to visualize where the chip/indentation is located, but if it is really on one of the roof panel I would carefully check if this is not a problem due to the 3 panels stacked together when placed into the trunk. Maybe this is due to a deffective protection panel, where 2 panels touch each other and damage one of them like this.

    We need a picture cricket4.
  • lemennlemenn Posts: 89
    I remember somebody mention he had more dust on his rear wheels than on his front wheels.

    Here are some pictures. I don't think it is the case for me.
    They both are dirty in the same amount.

    Rear Wheel

    This one is a rear wheel

    Front Wheel

    This one is a Front Wheel

    It does not show very well but the black is real black dust all over
  • tom007tom007 Posts: 40
    Thanks for the pictures.I can see both front and rear are about equally dusted. I am the one complaining about the difference and was told by dealer and a reply by Volvomax that all foreign cars have the problem. I just cleaned all wheels this morning before your post. I will let them go until Wednesday and then take a picture and show you the difference between back and front wheels.

    I started using a micro-fiber yellow or white cloth on them. The back wheels will almost completely cover the 12" x 12" cloth on one side with black dust. I then will turn the cloth or get a new one and do the front wheels. You can barely see any dust on it. The other side is jet black over better than 75% of the cloth. I have found a way to clean the cloths now, so don't have to dispose of then as I was doing at first. I can drape the cloth over top of wheel to show dust on each set.Hope to get picture posted by Thursday if possible. It takes about three days to get them dirty in city driving or road driving.Have a great week in your ride.Mine is Celestial Blue also.

  • I wish I could take a picture but my car is STILL at the dealership to fix the rubber molding on the windows, arghhh. (I have a bad feeling that the molding is not the problem, let's hope I'm wrong.) Back to the chip, strangely enough, I had just raised the top up when I noticed it. I'm not sure if it could be related to the lift mechanism. I will have to keep an eye on it. I'll work on getting a photo of the loaner and mark the approximate location of the chip... Since this is off topic - please go to the thread "Windows/Dents & Dings" [can't remember the exact wording on the title] - I'll have a link to my photos there.
  • henkbwhenkbw Posts: 22
    Hi Cucci,

    I have the same experience with the fuel gauge. The first times I drove my car I really was shocked to see how quick the gauge decreased :cry: .
    But when I filled up again the amount of petrol was "normal". So, I did the only thing to do: Filled up a 5 liter can with petrol, placed it in the trunk and drove the tank complete empty. My experience: a: The fuel gauge decreases much to fast. b: The readout "km-->0 ("miles-->0") is Ok untill the yellow 'empty tank" light goes on: then it drops much to fast. c: The only accurate indication for amount of petrol left, is the "average liter/100km" readout. By resetting the tripmeter every time you fill up, knowing that the tank has a 62 liter capacity, you can calculate the estimated distance to 'empty tank'.

    (I already raised this 'problem' to my dealer and they would inform Volvo. Not had an answer yet :( )

  • Many thanks Volomax - I will bear your advice in mind as I visit a dealer for a test drive. Headroom my be an issue for me - we'll see.
  • tsk1tsk1 Posts: 31
    Don't the European C70s come with a trip computer? If so you probably want to use it! If not when it comes to filling a 5 liter can of petrol and running the tank empty. you may want to consider that you may have way too much time on your hands?
  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    Coming from an S80, I find the seats quite stiff, actually starting to suffer some lower back pain, anyone else noticed this?
  • I recall your mention of the seats when you picked up your car - so they are still not quite to your taste? I find them acceptable but haven't been on a long drive to really test them. I would have thought that the adjustment range would have catered for most bodyforms - evidently not.

    I would suggest a Celine Dion CD to help relax you - but maybe that's not such a good idea. :D
  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    Very funny - unfortunately Celine Dion makes me stiffen up.... I prefer classical or jazz.... Guess I will have to fool around with the seat adjustments and lumber support... but the seats in the S80 are much better.
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