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Volvo C70



  • I have a 2000 C70 with the exact set of problems you have listed. We have replaced/repaired speed sensor, ignition switch and connector plate, ground wires and alternator to no avail. Have you had any success with repairing your problem?
    Sincerely, Mike
  • I am thinking of buying an aftermarket extended warranty for my C70. Has anyone here bought one that you were happy with the coverage? I have one in mind (suggested by a volvo repair shop here) but want to see if other owners have had any experiences.

  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Hi, traderag,

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  • No, I have done nothing since the problem is more of a nuisance than a deterent to driving. I am thinking it is a sensor or controller issue. Having your laundry list of what it is not is helpful when I do talk to Volvo. I wish I had better news for you (and me!). BTW, I mis-typed my model year.... I have a 1999 LT. I suspect I still have the same electronics as any other LT.
  • I am considering buying a 2004 C70. Please tell me about your experience, the pros & cons, etc. Thx.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    Can anyone here who owns a current C70 give an opinion on the large turning radius? Does it make it difficult to park or to do fast avoidance moves in traffic?

    I was surprised to see that the C70 has by far the largest turning radius in the category, a bit over 41 feet, as compared to 37 for the Toyota Solara and in the mid 30's for Audi and BMW. Any comments?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    Have not found it to be a problem st all. The difficulty parking, for me, has more to do with rear visibility than the turning radius.
  • Actually, I think the turning radius takes a bit of getting used to...compared to our former vehicles(Tribute, S40) and our current addition RX330. Another concern with the turning radius on the C70 is the temperamental steering is quite easy to 'force' the steering past the stops and this can create some problems--even with careful steering, the C70 whines a bit as you approach the limits. Our V70 has none of these problems and is actually easier to park. This is my second or third biggest gripe about the C70--right there with the cowl shake and lack of rear visibility. Best to try one and judge for yourself. The C70 is a wonderful car in many respects. Good luck!
  • flgirl, you will get all sorts of info just digging around this forum. Your best bet is to drive one and judge for yourself. I, personally, would not buy one out of warranty unless it was a tremendous deal...too many potential headaches. On the other hand, I trade my cars around warranty expiration time anyway(did keep a Miata for 10 years but that's a different story). Just don't expect this vehicle to be as solid and quiet as other Volvo models and don't expect to be able to see anything directly behind the vehicle. We really enjoy the C70 but it certainly has its quirks. Good luck!
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    You mentioned cowl shake as being a real gripe. What exactly is it and how does it "show" itself? Am assuming it is movement of the dash. My '99 doesn't seem to exhibit it...or I don't know what to look for. :confuse: Mine seems very solid to me.
  • Basically, it's a shimmy of the top/front area of the vehicle
    ...particularly noticed when turning over uneven pavement(our neighborhood has plenty of big, flattish speed 'humps' at intersections--no matter the speed, the C70 wobbles and rattles a bit while entering/leaving these) OR it can be noticed on normal pavement with the slightest bumpy corners. The early Miatas had a 'fix' that stiffened the area by connecting the front struts with an anti-sway bar(a similar bar was added to the later Miatas just behind the seats) but I've never seen a similar re-do for the Volvo--would be too complicated, most likely. The looseness transfers to the windows and anything else that's not nailed down...acceptable in a 10 year old Miata but unwelcomed in a new $40K vehicle. Again, this is in the LPT and the stiffer HPT may not be as bad.
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    Thanks for the explanation. I, too, have the LPT but haven't noticed wobbles or rattles like that. Occasionally, the CD will skip when going over uneven railroad tracks, but I attributed that to the suspension. Otherwise, she feels solid.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    I'm interested in buying the new C70, but want to compare with the SAAB 9-3 also. At this point it's all conjecture because the C70 isn't at the dealers yet, but would appreciate hearing from past Volvo and SAAB owners as to how their cars held up over time, insurance costs, fun to drive, reliability, etc.


    (p.s. - Has the "create a new topic" button been disabled? I didn't see where I could start a new topic for a SAAB vs. Volvo discussion.)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,662
    well, the most obvious difference is the C70 will be a hardtop convertible. That's going to make for a much more quiet and comfortable ride in bad weather.

    2nd, I've checked out new and used Saabs and have found their interiors to be absolutely deplorable compared to Volvo. I don't really hear complaints like this about Saab, so maybe its just me (although my wife agreed), but it really feels like an economy car inside. And not even a GOOD economy car.

    '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
    I thought the same thing about the SAAB interior when I saw it recently at the Washington car show. Maybe not quite so strongly, I thought it was OK but no show-stopper as compared to others in its competitive class. I didn't care for the ugly orangey-red boot cover they showed.

    Thing is you see SAABs all OVER the place around here; I figured they must have something going for them if they're so popular.

    I really, really liked the C70. It was GORGEOUS and to my thinking, the perfect size - not too big, not too small.

    Two things of some concern: will that crazy folding roof be reliable? Hope so, because it takes it miles above the competition, for the price.

    And two, handling: sites I've seen have put the turning radius at 41.7'. That is HUGE. Turns like an airplane. Since every so often it is necessary to park, I just wonder how that's going to work out. It's a lot wider than the BMW, the Solara, and the SAAB.
  • blamb3blamb3 Posts: 41
    I ordered a Volvo C70 in December, they are saying delivery in March, seems early from what I've been reading. List $43,500 discounted $1,000.00. Flint grey,upgraded dynaudio, heated seats, light grey (granite) leather, 6 speed. Trading in 2003 Saab 9-3 convertible (not the new body style). Saab does not compare well with Volvo and the depreciation on Saabs makes them a poor purchase. There are now 8 or 9 road tests of the c70 on the web - almost all are extremely positive. Usual complaints about front wheel drive cars being cruisers, not sports cars, absolutely no complaints on handling , acceleration etc. I believe the wide turning radius will effect you on u-turns (how often does that come up). Just google: volvo c70 2006 road tests - and you'll have enough info. to make a decision. Reports from the U.K. indicate that the expected resale on the c70 will be better than BMW and Audi convertibles.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    Anyone posting here familiar with the Volvo dealers in Northern Virginia? Between Don Beyers, Fairfax Volvo, or Martens (in Maryland), any recommendations or hints to stay far, far away from?

    Also, anyone familiar with Volvo dealers around the Chesapeake or Virginia Beach area?
  • mreelmreel Posts: 2
    I'm close to deciding to purchse a used C70 convertible. Any advice on model years - say 01-04 or all they all comprable. Any advice on must have options?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    I recommend the SC901 audio system, with Dolby Surround Sound. Has 400 watts through multiple speakers. My 99 has 14 speakers, two of which are subwoofers in the rear seat backs. Heated seats are nice, even here in Houston, but not must have. A must have is the wind screen. Amazing how well it works. :surprise: Good hunting.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,662
    as far as i know, there are no significant differences in the model years, so just find one you like with the options you want.

    '02 saw the addition of stability and traction control standard, and '03 saw a very minor power increase. That's about it.

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

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    01, deleted the subwoofers from the Prem sound. Improved chassis stiffeners installed.
    04 Clear headlights and improved taillights.
  • otisotis Posts: 12
    mreel, I had an 04 and definitely liked the eggcrate grill and clear lights over the earlier style. My only must have was the wood upgrades (touring package) and optional wood wheel, this really dressed up the interior and I have seen some Volvo leather wrapped wheels wear quickly without extra care. Tmart knows alot more than me, but I thought heated seats were standard (maybe just on the 04's)
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    Heated seats may have become standard in later years, but they were optional in 99. A wood wheel would have been nice in 99 too. I've taken care of my leather wheel, but it seems to be loosing some of the dye in certain areas. :cry: :sick:

    Volvomax, can the wheel be redyed by the dealer, and if so how much would it cost?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    the steering wheel can be redyed. Should cost less than $100.
  • lulu666lulu666 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 volve c70 convertible and was wondering if you can turn off the servic :confuse: e light by hand?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    Yes. Compliments of qbrozen:

    1) key off
    2) press and hold tripmeter reset button
    3) turn key to position 2 for 10-12 seconds
    4) when "service" light flashes
    5) release button and remove key
    6) done
  • I test drove a black c70 with cream leather interior this weekend. The car was fun to drive. You'll get a lot of stares driving it (a couple driving a BMW convertible stopped to watch me drive by). It felt quite strong and rigid for a convertible. The sound system was clear, even loud but Volvo thought of everything with this car. Opening and closing the top is really impressive. I know it will make people stop in their tracks. The fit and finish of the car is top notch and navigator system works great....the screen can be viewed easily, even with the top down on a sunny day. It is easy to navigate and the buttons to enter information is located on the back of the steering wheel. I really wanted a c70 soon so I can drive it before most people get used to seeing it....or it becomes just another convertible. I loved the car so much I have a fully loaded magic blue with cream leather interior on reserve due around mid-july. i can't wait!
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    In today's mail was a letter from Volvo advising the ETS was now covered for 10 years or 100k miles, whichever comes first, and if already replaced, they would pay for it. Has anyone had problems with the ETS?
  • mreelmreel Posts: 2
    New owner of a '04 C70 - really enjoying it so far. One slight problem that I thought someone might have figured out - any add-on equipment or ingenuity on how to hang clothes. Getting to and from the dry cleaners is a small problem. Longer business trip where I would have traditionally hung clothes instead of packing is a bigger problem. Any ideas?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    This isn't the answer you're looking for, but I lay the hang-ups in the trunk. BTW, congrats on your new car. Tan Safely! :shades:
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