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Volvo C70



  • dolamitedolamite Posts: 8
    Earlier today I dropped by a local dealer and they actually had some information on the 2001 C70. According to the sales person:
    1. No LT coupe in 2001 - only HT.
    2. No price increase on HT coupe or LT/HT convertibles.
    3. 2001's will be on their lot by the end of July.

    I drove the LT convertible for the first time and I was mildly impressed. I was surprised with the low noise levels with the top up and down. Overall, the more I thought about $45+ on a C70 convertible, the more I was drawn to the S80 T6. The S80 is very compelling for the level of luxury, sporty look, and engine performance.

    I noticed the C70 steering shimmy and the sales person told me that there are rubber spacers in the shocks to prevent this and that...during make-ready they are removed.

    By September I will likely make a purchase. If I decide on Volvo, it will either be a C70 coupe or S80 T6. Two very different cars, but I can't decide.
  • volvoscottvolvoscott Posts: 26
    Okay I'm assuming you're hearing this noise only when the car has set up overnite or time as such. It is normal to have a slight coating of rust on the brake rotors due to natural humidity in the air, and after a short amount of driving the noise should go away within a few miles or with a good solid stop. This is perfectly normal, nothing to be alarmed over. Hope all is well with everyone.

  • volvoscottvolvoscott Posts: 26
    I got to do a pre-delivery inspection on a 2001 C70 hardtop today, so I thought I'd give a little input on here. It was the mystic silver color, with light gray interior. Beautiful car I might add. had the HD turbo, and the 5 speed automatic. In 2000, I had only seen the 5 speed coupled to the stock 5 cylinder car. I absolutely could not believe how smooth this car ran. It had the premium stereo, Stability/traction control, cold weather package, and 17" wheels. Sticker price on this car was $40,000, which is down from last year. Nice car, wish I could own one.

  • mcohenmcohen Posts: 21
    I am looking to sell my 98 C70. Love the car, but I'm moving to San Francisco and I don't want it ruined. Parking is terrible there... Does anyone know of a good place to sell it? I tried the dealers, but they were offereing way below kelly blue book.

    Or is anyone here interested. It is a green 98 c70 with 30,500 miles selling for $29,500 (with 2 bicycle racks). Auto with everything (except the premium leather). I will gladly tell you more if you're interested.

    Please email me at if interested. I live in the bay area.
  • mcohenmcohen Posts: 21
    my email is Too many email accounts :)
  • sacherelsacherel Posts: 12
    Does anyone know whether Volvo offers the Navigation equipement with the 2001 C70 coupe. I remember reading a magazine article saying that you can get the navigation equipement but you can't have the Pro Logic system as the Navigation LCd is placed where the center speaker is.
  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    sacherel, I don't know if there is a nav. option for the C70 but I do know that for the new V70 and the S80 you can have the navigation option and the Dolby Pro-logic Surround setup together (I've got it). If there is a nav. option on the C70 I would imagine it would work in much the same manner.


  • bchbum2000bchbum2000 Posts: 10
    During braking, the power assist seems to go out. The pedal gets hard to push, it doesn't stop well, etc. Dealer says Volvo know about this problem. Has any one else had brake problems. I am thinking Lemon Law.
  • aedcaedc Posts: 1
    Hi. I'm new to the list and very impressed with the knowledge and civility of the participants having just reviewed the postings about the Volvo C70 since the beginning of this year.

    Unless my wife surprises me when we compare the C70 to the Saab 9-5 on the road I expect we'll be C70 owners sometime soon. The car will be used mostly for 2-3 hour highway cruises, but will definitely also have lots of country road cornering opportunities, so we're looking for a performance/ride balance with some zip and style.
    I'd appreciate the group's feedback on what I think our key model comparison questions will be:

    1. Aside from the big breeze, are there any handling/comfort/performance differences that argue for going with the ragtop? (We're leaning coupe.)

    2. Since we'd like to stay at or under $30k, we're almost certain to go with a used C70 -- and probably with the low pressure turbo -- but would consider a new one and/or a high pressure if the 2001 models and peppier model had attributes that were worth the extra $10k or more.
    Should we:

    a) look for a year-end "steal" on a 2000 and, if so, when should we be dealing? and

    b) if we go used, are there strong arguments for a 2000 over a 1999 in terms of reliability, performance, major systems, etc;

    3. Would picking up a new car in Sweden next summer provide sufficient fit/finish or other **mechanical** benefits to make up for waiting almost a year for new wheels? (Don't get me wrong; free airfare and the chance to tool around Europe are not without there own appeal, too!)

    4. What other factors should we be considering in deciding when -- and into which model -- we should jump?

    Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance.
  • I just bought a 1999 C70 Coupe auto with 5k miles on it. I just drove it at 70-75 mph and noticed several things:
    The ride was very rough; the steering column vibrated, the foot pedals vibrated, and the (I'm assuming) tread noise was awful. Anyone ever have these fixed by a dealer - or is it just the way the car drives? Any ideas? Also, I was driving in the rain, and I did get that thumping noise in the sun roof.
  • marty56marty56 Posts: 5
    Change the tires to Michelin. I bet you have Perelli.
  • Thanks for the input. You're right - I do have Pirellis. It's good to know this because I'm expecting the dealer to tell me that's the way the car drives.
  • sacherelsacherel Posts: 12
    Does anyone know how long I will have to wait for a 2001 Volvo C70 HP coupe.
    Thanks in advance,
  • schuhcschuhc Posts: 333

    I own a 2000 HT coupe so my opinions will be a bit biased. Just as an fyi I compared against a CLK320 and an S-4.

    1. I chose a coupe because I live in Chicago and there aren't enough good days to have a convertible. However, there is absolutely no wind vibration at any speed by having the sunroof open.
    2. Spent $40K and am thrilled with the purchase. Don't think you will get a year end steal on a new coupe or convert because the Autonova plant shut down for a few weeks and it is a limited production car. We had to order ours and waited 3 months and 13 days (well worth it however). It seems like the 2000's have had all the kinks worked out from the 99 and 98.
    4. From what I understand the LT gives you some good boost from 20mph to 60mph. From experience, the HT gives nice boost from 30mph on up.

    From experience, make sure your wife is strapped in when you take corners with the 17' wheels. Lisa could care less about how fast we go in the straights but she absolutely hates it when I take turns at 50+.
  • marty56marty56 Posts: 5
    I just purchased a 1999 Coupe with 10K mi. from a used car dealer who sells used Volvos exclusively. This was a former Volvo exec. car and the dealer drove it himself for awhile because he loved the car. He is also very fussy (the car was flawless) and noticed the shimmy and replaced the Perellis before he put the car on the lot. The car is rock solid at all highway speeds. I had another vehicle with Perellis and...same problem always had a shimmy after repeated trips to the dealer and tire dealer were unsuccessful. Changed out to Michelin. I'd make this offer to your dealer, replace the tires with Michelin. If the problems disaappears no charge for the new tires as the Perellis were obviously defective. If not you pay for the new Michelins and he repairs the suspension problem.
  • matt90matt90 Posts: 1
    Do you think I nuts I want my daughter to drive this she been begging me for a year when she was 15
  • mcohenmcohen Posts: 21
    I changed my tires to Dunlops. I haven't had a problem with them. They won't wear out as easily as the Pilot's.
  • alapperalapper Posts: 1
    I am looking at the new c70 ht coupe. reading some of the posts, i see that there is an option of picking one up at the factory in europe. what is that all about. what is the cost of bringing it back to the states? is there a $$$ advantage to buying over there? any help in this would be great. thanks
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,469
    RE: Euro delivery.

    it depends on the manufacturer. You can often find Euro delivery info on the manufacturer's website; also certain dealers will specialize in this. With a Volvo, you could probably save some money, maybe $2,000 or so, but it's not a big bucks savings, no, and often you cannot negotiate price on a Euro delivery, so keep that in mind as well when you do your calculations.

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  • I am strongly considering buying a C70. I'm wondering about the difference between the LPT and HPT (besides the horsepower). I test drove a HPT today and didn't like how long it took the turbo to kick in. The salesman told me I might want to look at the LPT (unfortunately, he didn't have any on the lot). Any thoughts on this? Also, any reason to get the 2001 HPT instead of the 2000 HPT? A similarly equipped 2000 HPT looks to be several hundred dollars cheaper and identical.
  • I have a used 1999 white c70 Coupe LT w/Tan Leather and I am in need of some good sound advise regarding repairs and upgrades. I purchased my c70 with 12k miles and paid under 32k w/taxes 8 months ago. I love to drive it! Especially on my daily 90 mile drive to and from work. When I got the car I had the tapping noise problem w/ the sunroof when it rained and the dealer repaired it at no charge. However 6 months later now, I just found a small leak in the sunroof and the drivers (left) directional blinker now flickers twice as fast than normal. Question: Has anyone had this occur and what was done to resolve the problem(s)?

    I will need to replace tires(P6000) and brake pads before the year is out. The P6000 tires on the c70 have not given me any big problems other than noise at speeds of 60-100 mph. Question: What is a good replacement set that can provide at least 40k miles tread wear or better and offer excellent performance in dry and wet conditions. I live in South Florida and it does rain often.

    I also would like to replace and upgrade to dustless brake pads but I am little concerned the new dustless pads will not perform as good as the standard factory pads. I asked a volvo dealer for input regarding this and they stated the dustless pads are harder and will wear out much quicker than standard factory pads. Is this true?

  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    Regarding post #318:

    I can't help with all the items but I can address a couple. The fast blinking bulb is Volvo's way of telling you that one of your turning lights is out (it should be in your manual). Changing bulbs on modern Volvos is usually quite easy with the exception of rear turn signals on the 2001 V70.

    Regarding brakes - conventional wisdom holds that harder brake pads last longer than softer ones but usually don't stop as quickly. However, if the owner reports I've read are accurate there are harder pads out there that stop as well as the Volvo pads with much less brake dust. You should start at for the brakes.

    Good luck.

  • roarroar Posts: 1
    Has anyone experienced a broken upper engine
    stabilizer rubber boot on their C70.
    My engine has been shaking for a second after shuting engine down for a few weeks. Spoke to Scott at IPD and he told me to look at the upper engine stabilizer rubber boot which connects the engine to the firewall and there it was. A crack on the top and bottom of the boot. Has anyone had this problem and did there engine shake a little from it.

    Thanks, Rori
  • pinkyllpinkyll Posts: 1
    Do you know what new changes are in store for the 2001 C70, convertible? Or where I might find out? The new pricing and specs aren't up yet at the Volovo site. I'm trying to decide if I should just wait for the 2001, you mentioned earlier that the price was a little lower.

    Thanks so much for all your wise and generous wisdom.

  • cyn5cyn5 Posts: 1
    I, too, am interested in those same questions posed by Pinky. I await your assistance. cyn5
  • this is in response to item 320. i have a 99 c70 and its in the shop right now with a torn top engine mount. my vehicle also exhibits a rough shaking at shut down. when i showed this to the service mgr he said there was a software fix which cures the rough shut down. something to the effect that the computer shuts the throttle plate too fast at shut down.
  • marty56marty56 Posts: 5
    I have a 99 LPT Coupe. Unless you're really into 0-60 fast starts stay with the LPT. Things seem to happen a little too quickly in fast acceleration especially with slower vehicles around you. The LPT gives added power at highway speeds where the quicker acceleration is more useful and easier controlled. Also the HPT adds more stress to the engine. You won't get the legendary volvo high mileage in a HPT and with a car as classic as the c70 coupe is becoming you'll want to drive it for a very long time.
  • Hi,

    This is Rod from post #320. Please let me know which fixes your engine shutter, the upper engine stabilizer bushing or the software patch. It may save me some time and work.

    Thanks, Rod , NY
  • Does anyone know anything about production problems with the Volvo C70 Convertible for 2001. I have heard that a dispute between Volvo (which builds the bottom of the car) and another vendor (which builds the top of the car) has held up production. Very few are available for delivery in 2000. There are usually quality problems associated with such a dispute.

    Any insights?
  • Hey, all. I recently inherited a large chunk of change, and after making all the suitable investments I decided I wanted to take a chunk of it and replace the car I'm driving with something really nice. My whole family is a "volvo family" --- My two siblings and their significant others, etc., and myself together own something like 5 Volvo 240's and have been driving them for upwards of ten years each, simply out of love for the model/make.

    So I'm looking around, and I see this volvo Convertible, and I'm young and single and unencumbered with responsibilty and I can afford to buy it, and I'd likely keep driving it for a very long time. So I'm not worried about justifying the initial investment.

    However, I do have other worries. .things like upkeep costs, etc. What do people think? Is this car a good long-term buy? is the upkeep cost going to kill me? (i.e., what salary level do people think i'd need fpr maintenance costs etc., presuming I paid cash for the car initially.)
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