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Volvo C70



  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
  • Hi Bob,

    I need to replace the tires on my C70 and I have been following your post regarding the Hankook Ventus HR II H405 235/40R18 93H. Like you, I live in Los Angeles and have an '06/'07 C70 T5 with 18" wheels.

    I originally went today to repair a flat and then discovered that all 4 of my Pirellis are in need of replacement - not surprisingly since I have 27,500 miles on the car. Guess I fared better with my Pirellis - but I am probably long overdue for replacement.

    I specifically requested the above tire and the tire shop told me that my car required a 95V and that the Hankook 93H sidewall would not support the weight of the car. Is this accurate? I'd love to hear your input - especially since you seem to have had a good experience with the Hankook tires. May I ask where you purchased your tires?

    Many thanks.
  • henkbwhenkbw Posts: 22
    Hi Volvo driver,

    The 95 and 93 numbers are the load indexes: they stand for the maximum weight that tire can withstand. The H and V are the speed indexes: yes, the maximum allowed speed for that tire (see:
    Normally a tire comes in a lot of combinations of sizes, load- and speed-indexes. If there is no 95V combination you can go for a higher load and speed index.

    Good luck
  • Thanks for the info and to all for the info within the thread.

    After a lot of my own research, I ended up purchasing and mounting four new Yokohama 235/40R18 95Y tires. So far, I can tell a noticeable difference in the way the car handles.
  • It's not your tires. I've had the same problem, put on new top of the line Bridgestones and no change. Volvo admits they have a "slight vibration problem" but no fix offered. My 2004 C70 now shimmy's at 26 and 52 and occasionally when starting out. Have you had any success in resolving this problem?
  • Fortunately, I was within the warranty time frame and filed a Lemon claim and was paid by them. It was a terrible problem. My new C70 is fine.
  • Glad to hear it. Mine was represented to be a "tire" problem when bought used with 12000 miles. Just found out it was not tires but a problem Volvo has known about all along.
  • You have a valid point! Who knows what I was thinking....

    Anyways, I had to do the unthinkable and drive my C70 in the snow because my winter car let me down (our '99 VW Cabrio with 218,000 miles broke down for the first time ever - what a terrible car ;) ). The Hankook's did great in the snow! As soon as the Cabrio is back on the road I'll wash up the C70 and put it back to bed. Good to know if I’m in a pinch the Volvo can make it around on the Hankooks which wasn’t an option at all with the Pirelli’s.
  • I know this is entering late, but when I am due for replacement of my Pirelli P-Zero Rosso's, one of the options I'm going to be looking at is the P-Zero Nero, which is available as an all-season tire, and not just a "summer" tirre. It also has a significantly better tread-wear rating than the Rosso's, and costs less. Presumably you give up a bit in grip, but the Rosso's are probably over-kill for a car like the C70. Heck, they are original equipment for some Ferrari models.

    That said, I am pretty happy with the Rosso's although at just over 7k miles it is too soon to say how much wear I'll get out of them.
  • luvhandleluvhandle Posts: 2
    I have a 2004 C70 with 62K miles. The ride on smooth surfaces is good. The ride on regular city streets with bumps, holes etc. is absolutely terrible. The entire car shudders at the slightest irregularity in the road surface. This is affecting the body integrity - new rattles in the doors etc. I know I need new tires. The car pulls to the left, especially with fast acceleration; I plan on an alignment and new tires in the upcoming two weeks.

    I am going to be commuting 200 miles a day to work soon. Not all of the roads are totally smooth. I'm concerned about this and don't want to damage the car.

    Other than new tires and an alignment, is there ANYTHING else that can be done to make this car ride like something close to normal? My girlfriend has a Toyota Camry that costs about half as much as the C70. It has independent suspension that actually works. I really want to keep this car but I'm fed up with the ride. I've noticed that Hanook tires are recommended by others on this group. ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    I don't trust the dealership on these issues.
  • tomhewtomhew Posts: 3
    I also have a 2004 C70 and when I bought it (used) the dealer had 2. The first one that I tested sounded like yours. Awful, loose front, rattled, just awful. It had 36,000 miles on it. The one that I bought has only 27K on it and its tight, handles good (except turning radius) and is generally very nice to drive. I'd find a good "private" shop that specializes in Volvos and have them make a recommendation. Good Luck!
  • tomhewtomhew Posts: 3
    I have 3 good & 1 not so good spoked wheels & tires for sale for a 2004 C70. I hit a pot hole and damaged one of the wheels so I replaced all 4 with new tires. I live in the Allentown PA area and I'm willing to consider a reasonable offer.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,653
    I agree with Tomhew. You gotta take it to a shop where they can put it on a lift and inspect all of your bushings, endlinks, mounts, etc.

    '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
    Can't compare a Camry and a C70 in the ride category.
    the C70 suspension is tuned very differently. shock and spring rates are much stiffer on the C70.
    Best advice would be to go to a 16" wheel/tire combo.
    No matter what, it will never ride like a Camry.
  • dug2dug2 Posts: 2
    I just purchased a used 99 C70 with 79000 miles. A beautiful car and I am discovering that it has an engine lope at times (seems like a bucking feeling) it does not do it all the time. Has anyone else had this problem and what was the fix? :confuse:

    Dug in Wisconsin
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,653
    does it do it while driving? when? accelerating? cruising at set speed? sitting at a traffic light? downhill? uphill? between shifts?

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

  • dug2dug2 Posts: 2
    Mainly while cruising at various speeds. It can go a long way without doing it. Also it sounds like it is doing it at idle, I can see the tach move (100 rpm)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,653
    Well, I experienced a couple of similar problems with my S70 T5. From the time of purchase (30k miles) to when I sold it (115k miles), it had a random stumble at idle while sitting at traffic lights. Dealer could never figure it out, although they did experience it, and it never caused a problem (ie, never stalled).

    At one time, I did have it happen while cruising, as you describe. The dealer diagnosed that as what they called "a cracked plastic elbow inside the intake manifold." Cost me a couple hundred bucks to have them fix it. I had hoped it would also fix the idle stumble, but it didn't.

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

  • s27s27 Posts: 1
    Three words.....ELECTRONIC THROTTLE BODY. Could need to be cleaned.Have had this same problem with my C70 3 times. A design problem that Volvo lost a class action lawsuit, having to pay for and/or service the part. Much on the net I'm sure. Google it. Your car may even qualify for free service if I remember correctly. Just a guess. :)
  • stanwictstanwict Posts: 60
    Hit a pot hole and blew out a Hankook this morning. :-( No way the Continental ContiComfortKit was going to get me going again. Called roadside service and had the car towed to the dealer. It's going to take three to five days for them to get a replacement tire.

    I've got more than 13K miles on the Hankook's and I'm still very happy with them. This is the first time I’ve had a problem and it stink not having a spare! Now I'm thinking about getting a spare rim and tire which I'd keep at home. If I had one this morning my wife could have thrown it and a jack in the car and I would have been on my way for about the same money the dealer just quoted me for the tire, replacement TPS and Continental ContiComfortKit Replacement kit.
  • Hi,
    Both of the lenses on the drivers side of my 2004 C70 convertible were cracked in a hail storm. The car won't pass inspection until they are both repaired. The dealer insists on replacing the front assembly, which costs around $360; the rear lens is just under $100 plus installation etc. Can someone recommend a cheaper way out of this or a recommended after-market reseller?
  • Hi,
    The drivers side window won't go up properly and the window leaks rain which has gotten into the door. Is this typical? Anyone have an idea on what might be involved in fixing the leak? I've looked at the seal around the window and don't see anything unusual. It also causes very annoying wind noise :(

    Should I continue to pay for expensive repairs on this car or just sell it? The entire body shudders and the body integrity seems to be falling apart. It has 80K miles on it.

    Any opinions?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    I've seen lenses only listed on Ebay, along with the complete assemblys. You could try your local junk yards. Good luck.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    ipd sells the lenses
  • I bought my volvo in Sept. 2006. The initial tires were selected by the dealer and were performance tires on 18 inch wheels only rated for 15000 miles. I now have 81000 miles and have been through 4 sets of tires,.. According to the dealership, Volvo found an excessive cambor problem with the back tires and fixed this on the 2010. Now they want me to pay for repair to my car. Very disappointed with Volvo service and quality.
  • bobparisbobparis Posts: 28
    What do you mean by "excessive cambor?" Can you elaborate?
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,229
    Drain is clogged causing water to leak into the front passenger foot well. Was easy to get to on my prior cars but I can't find the location on the C70, first gen.
    Please advise. Thanks.
  • 2sleepy2sleepy Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 C70 Volvo and I have gone through ten tires just on the back. I am learning now there may be an issue with the cambor and Volvo has an after market piece they can put on the 2007 to correct the problem of the tires wearing too quickly. They also are indicating to me I will have to pay for this. Has anyone else had a similar problem with the tires on this particular car?
  • Seems I am about to wake up this very long thread. I am reading it from the beginning and has gotten to post #430..=*^)

    The reason I am posting is because yesterday I bought a 2000 C70 2.0 LT coupe here in the UK. It's been lovingly cared for by an older gentleman and looks and runs and operates as new - tight, no squeaks or rattles, drives like a scalded rat and the sound system is out of the world, just like the seats..=*^)

    It has 73K on the engine, just had a service with the cam belt replaced and tires are almost new on the rear and 50% on the front.

    This is not the first Volvo I've owned. I had a P1800 way back in '70 in Sweden and the last one was a '92 940 I drove in Arizona. When I sold it it had 310,000 miles on the engine, didn't use any oil and never let me down doing the 60 mile round trip commute.

    I am looking forward putting a couple of hundred thousand miles on this one..=*^)

    It's going to be interesting to see how the tires wear...

    Cheers from a (for once) snowy England.

  • By the way - it's a manual..=*^) :D
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