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Volvo C70



  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,232
    Dealer replaced the sensor AND the coolant tank too. They confirmed the sensor float was sticking. Duh. They also did the three recalls on the turn signals, headlights, and headlight wiper stops. No surprises and professionally handled.
    Appears I'm still the only one that has had problems with the sun visors. Tmart
  • No Volvo loaners? My father has a 2001 C70 and he ALWAYS gets a Volvo as a loaner car. What is up with the dealership you are taking it to? Not good!

    Also, I am an auto broker and I just got a 99 Volvo C70 LPT Conv. here for sale. 30K miles, Dark Blue/Silver/Blue Top and we want $31,995 for the vehicle. We are in Southern California.

  • dbomzdbomz Posts: 4
    any comments about this engine in the c70? it is the same one that is in the s60, which i am thinking of getting. i know volvo use to have many problems with the manual engines, but that was a couple of years ago now.

  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    I've got 21,500 on my C70HT and it's still a dream. Looking at the specs of the top of the line S60, I am under the impression that it has the same engine that is in the C70 HT. However, I am married and thus have an automatic. Now I have to figure out a way to get the HP upgrade from IPD without her finding out. Supposedly it is due out in November.
  • xsaint33xsaint33 Posts: 2
  • soledocsoledoc Posts: 52
    I think I've finally got this engine light problem licked. I must say I was shaking when I filled up the other day and was replacing the gas cap. I must have spent 5 minutes making sure I got it right. I drove away from the pump (I put in Amoco ultimate...since gas prices are dropping and this engine deserves it) fearing that check engine light would come and and gues DIDN'T!!!!

    I've got a 5 speed manual in a 2001 C70 coupe and I absolutely love the drive and the look of the car. I was pulled up beside a MB 320CLK today and I liked my car better. Although someday I'm sure I'll get a MB coupe. But not until they come out with a manual.
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    I believe the engine light comes on at 15k because it needs its first service at that time. I think mine came on at 15,300.

    When I was looking at cars I compared the 320 the C70 and the S4.
    Didn't want 4 doors and no one can tell me that the CLK drives $5,000 than the Volvo. I didn't check the seats on the CLK but my Father in law has the S500 and I hate the way that Driver's seat is. I can't imagine that there are seats any better than what Volvo has.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,232
    Ditto on the seats. No doubt they are the best. My wife even admits they are better than the ones in her Lexus ES300. They feel good at first, but after an hour, my butt starts to hurt. Not so with my C70. They just get better and better. Tmart
  • xsaint33xsaint33 Posts: 2

    THANKS ;)
  • marthacmarthac Posts: 3
    Is anyone having a problem with the windows on the C70 convertible seeming "loose." It started as an occasional problem, now it is constant. The dealership says they cannot fix it. Of course, when the top is down or the windows are down, it is not a problem. It's like the windows don't fit tightly enough at the top. The service manager says if they tighten them, there is risk of water leaks. Anyone having a similar problem?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,232
    Sorry, Martha, I've had no problems with "loose" windows on my '99 convertible. Tmart
  • dfwk2500dfwk2500 Posts: 68
    We have not had a problem with "loose" windows on our 99 convertible. However, for a while we had a problem when the kids would closed the passenger door just right the window would hang up on the outer edge of the roof leaving is slightly pushed out. You would hear the noise as soon as you started driving and if you would roll the window down and back up it would reseat. First time the dealer "could not duplicate" but on pickup we closed the door a few times and demonstrated the problem. They readjusted the passenger door slightly and we have no more problems.
  • marthacmarthac Posts: 3
    o.. Maybe I didn't describe the problem I am having with the windows on my 2001 C70 convertible very well. Where the front and rear windows meet on the rubber weather stripping and where they both meet the top weather stripping, the squeaking noise is constant and has become almost unbearable. Surely I'm not the only one having this problem! Help -- I love my car, but this is driving me nuts!
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    I'm going to go take a peek this weekend. One of our friends is having a birthday party out in the suburbs this weekend so I'm going to stop by the bmw dealership to see if they have any in stock. At 333hp I have to see what the inside looks like. No danger of getting rid of my C70 though because Lisa refuses to drive a stick in the city. Looking forward to IPD putting out the 40hp upgrade in November. That should quell any desire to think about the new m3.
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    Well. Went and looked at it on Saturday and was not blown away. The styling is pretty much consistent with their current styles. Trunk space seemed admirable but not up to the C70. Only thing that was neat about the console/dashboard was the fact that the speedometer went up to 160. And while it was cool the way it was laid out from the driver's seat (felt like a cockpit) I think I don't need to say anything about the seats vs. the Volvo.

    All in all, while it may be nice to have a 6 speed manual and 333horses....
    I am going to wait for the chip from IPD and be satisfied with 280hp.
  • dfwk2500dfwk2500 Posts: 68
    Has anyone had to (or just wanted to) condition or seal their convertible top yet? The local dealer was clueless, but Porsche and Jaguar (top material similar to Volvo) recommend some type of waterproofer on a regular basis. Does anyone have any experience with this? Our top has been in service 30 months and still seems fine, but I don't want to wait too long if something needs to be done as a preventative.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,232
    Bill, interesting post. This is news to me too. Have hear nothing about "conditioning/sealing" the top. Don't recall anything about it in the owners manual. Would seem to me that anything sealing the top would damage the fabric when the top is raised or lowered. Tmart
  • dfwk2500dfwk2500 Posts: 68

    There are several old discussions relating to caring for various tops here on edmunds, but no one has specifically mentioned the volvo top. It appears to be a canvas top with some type of scotchguard to make it waterproof. There are dozens are articles like the one below about how to generally treat tops all over the place, and some of them make sense, but I can't figure out what if anything needs to be, or should be done on these tops.

  • marthacmarthac Posts: 3
    I'm curious to know if anyone is having a problem with the weather stripping on the windows. Mine constantly rattle. The Volvo engineer has been here. He suggested some type of chemical lubricant, but it didn't work. He seems to think it may be associated with the heat. He also told me that there have been other complaints about it, specifically in Florida. Surely there is a way to fix this!
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • aegiraegir Posts: 2
    After 35,000 miles my '98 C70 needs new tires. Am a bit upset 17" Michelin pilot mxx-3s only got me this far and run $218 a tire to replace. Read all the old 1999 posts, how do people feel about their tires 2 yrs later?? I want a tire that will easily go 45-55,000 miles and doesn't sound like a cement mixer. Esp interested in satisfaction of dunlop, bridgestone etc. I am leaving SoCal next summer to move back to VA or MD and want an all season tire.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,232
    Sorry I can't be of help. My '99 C70 convertible came with Pirelli 235R45s. Was told by a tire dealer that I could expect 20-25K if properly taked care of. Your 35k sounds fantastic. Both the tire dealer and Volvo dealer said the car was made for the high performance low profile tire and didn't recommend changing to another tire. Just repeating what they said. Tmart
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333
    I'm not going to be of any help either. I have the Michelin Pilots as well and am going to have to replace mine soon (24,000) but that is because of Chicago driving so kind of expected. Mine are supposed to be $230/tire but I think mine are SFX
  • Can't help much. Our 99 had the 16" Pirelli's. They were gone at 25k. Replaced with Michelin. Seems like a better ride, handling and wet traction with the Michelins.
  • soledocsoledoc Posts: 52
    I just hit 5,000 miles on my '01 C70 coupe (manual, nautic blue/beige). I'm really enjoying it except for the first two weeks when I had the check engine light come on twice!! Make sure to put the gas cap on correctly everyone!
    My question is how often do you change the oil. Can you really go 7,500 miles like the owner's manual says? Any experiences or recommendations for earlier changes. My understanding is because they use a synthetic oil which supposedly doesn't break down as quickly as the old oils.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,232
    For what it's worth, I trust Volvo, changing at 7.5k and am using regular oil, not synthetic. Plus, Consumer Reports confirms there is no real reason to change at 3k, except more oil is sold. Tmart
  • I usually change oil by a combination of the mileage and appearance of the oil. Our '99 has been changed about every 7000 miles. The only exception is that unless the oil is fairly fresh, I will change it around mid June to get fresh oil in when we get over 100 degrees. I figure the outside heat combined with turbo warrants the extra precaution. The dealer we visit does a synthetic blend, which has seemed to hold up very well. We are at 30k and have had no problems. The only caveat is on the two occasions where I have had to add oil between changes, I have added full synthetic. When I am only buying one quart, the price difference between the blend and the full is insignificant.
  • I change my oil every 2500 om my 99'hpt
    while changing the oil filter every
    other change. I found that I push my
    turbo pretty good and the appearence
    of the oil gets dark at about 2500.
    [ all my driving is city ]
    So if you have a turbo I would change
    it more often especially if your doing
    city driving. If I was doing lot of
    highway driving I would probably change
    at 5000.

  • c702000c702000 Posts: 39
    Volvo did not work hard on improvements or changes since the car came out. I had the C70 2000 coupe low pressure, great car, really no problems after 25000 miles. Decided to have a change and traded in for the new Mercedes C230 Coupe, six speed rear wheel drive, wanted a little more sport, with safety. My C70 is still on their sales lot (after two months) bright red and perfect with upgraded radio for only $26,800.00. Except for the convertibles, the C70 is not much in demand and I noticed that the Mercedes CLK has the same problem. Big coupes I guess are not in great demand. Think Volvo has a good idea but never really tried to make it better. But I WILL NEVER SELL MY S60T, ONE GREAT CAR and it's red.
    REGARDS TOM C70 production will stop this December, so says the dealer. Volvo wake-up
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