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Volvo C70, Coupe
#1155 of 1649 Re: fastline486 [fastline486]
Dec 01, 2004 (12:39 am)
my 1998 volvo c70 is a nightmare. it is my very first automobile and i leased it from a used car lot in 2001 with 60k miles on it. since then ive put 25k miles on it and had nothing but problems with it. the service engine light has been on since i got the car, noone has been able to turn it off (i didnt take it to a volvo repair center because i didnt have time and patience to look for one) it rattles all over, the noises that car makes are unbearable. sometimes it makes more noise than my music. my struts keep breaking because of the wonderful roads here in new york and because the car has low profile tires. my tracks off light all of a sudden decided to glare as well as my abs lights. my shift stick gets jammed whenever i put it into park and had numerous repair men call me to ask me how to get the key out. i get really embarrassed when i tell them they need to give it a little bang. not to mention all the minor incoveniences like my trunk light not working, consistently getting flat tires, the passenger seat does not fold forward for someone to get in, the passenger window will not roll up from my side, etc, etc... i took that car into the repair shop more than ive visited my doctor. my lease is over in a month and i cant wait to get out of it. i tried to get out of the lease less than a month after i leased the vehicle and those jerks gave me the run around about it until their policy of being able to return the car after one month was over and i could do nothing about it. MAJORWORLD AUTO was the place i got it from on northern boulevard. the tire had a bubble on it which i didnt notice and i brought it back to them to change it immediately, and they took off all of the rest of my pirelli's and gave me crappy tires that ended blowing out on me while i was driving on the highway THE VERY NEXT DAY AFTER I BROUGHT IT HOME. i could have gotten hurt or killed by their corruptedness. the one positive thing i have to say about the car is that the exterior is unique. i have seen 1 volvo coupe (and 2 convertibles) on the road for the total of 3 years ive driven it. i feel proud when i walk to my car, but the minute the ignition key goes in i just want to cry. im too embarrassed to put passengers in it.
#1156 of 1649 Re: fastline486 [elenaraaaaaa]
Dec 01, 2004 (7:52 am)
To be blunt, it sounds like you can only blame yourself most of all. If the car had so many issues the day you bought it .... well... why the heck did you buy it?? And to say "nobody can turn off the check engine light" but "i didn't take it to a volvo repair center" is just plain silly.
The only thing I can help you with is the ABS/Tracs thing. Its a common problem and not too expensive of a fix ... if you are mechanically inclined. It sounds like you are most definitely not, so my suggestion is to leave the light shining bright until you turn it in at the end of the lease.
Maybe this will teach you that its not a good idea to lease ANY car that is out of warranty.
Dec 01, 2004 (12:10 pm)
Not to mention that it's a 98.
#1158 of 1649 Re: fastline486 [qbrozen]
Dec 01, 2004 (12:15 pm)
Leasing a used car isn't a bad idea, if you have a warranty.
A Volvo Certified car would have been best, but more $$$.
Your probably going to have to bite the bullet and take it to a Volvo dealer to get it fixed.
#1159 of 1649 Guess I've been an exception with my 99.
Dec 01, 2004 (2:31 pm)
Only major problem has been having to replace the top last year. Craig, did you ever make it here as you were planning?
#1160 of 1649 Re: fastline486 [qbrozen]
Dec 02, 2004 (1:04 am)
i was desperate for a car because i was working 3 jobs at the time and i needed to get myself around and i was taking mass transit to each and every one of them. i will not bite the bullet for someone taking advantage of a young female purchasing her first automobile by herself because she had noone to go with. they smelled the desperosity on my breath and they took advantage of me. not to mention they hit me hard on my lease payments because i didnt know any better. things started to fall apart slowly and steadily like the seats and windows almost immediately. they must have done some work on it and it wasnt done properly so they became loose with each bump i hit on the road. as for the lights, they will be TAKEN CARE OF but their problem will not become my problem, so thanks for your suggestion. other than that, i took it for its regular oil changes every 3 months, and the exterior and interior is still in awesome condition just the way i got it 3 years ago.
the reason i purchased the volvo and not any other car on that lot is because of volvo's reputation for them being the safest cars on the road. dont forget, there was another driver in that car for 3 years prior and they accumulated 60k miles on the car...i knew so little about cars back then that i thought that was pretty good. i figured it was all highway miles so it shouldnt be so bad. well i thought wrong.
and as for learning my lesson on an out of warranty car, i will only lease an automobile that is brand spanking new from now on. LESSON LEARNED.
#1161 of 1649 Re: fastline486 [elenaraaaaaa]
Dec 02, 2004 (7:26 am)
well, as volvomax pointed out, it doesn't have to be new, but, yes, like I said, definitely needs a warranty. There is no worse punishment than paying for repairs on a vehicle you are basically renting.
I gotta give you credit for coming back and posting again. Most people who write initial posts like yours sign up on Edmunds, make that one post bashing a car, and then are never heard from again. So I'm glad you came back for a follow-up.
Now, the big question is, would your next lease be another Volvo? And, this time, if so, I hope its from a reputable Volvo dealer and has a warranty (whether that be a certified pre-owned or new).
#1162 of 1649 Re: fastline486 [qbrozen]
Dec 02, 2004 (11:22 pm)
honestly, i doubt i will be able to lease another volvo. i was able to afford that one because it was used, and i couldnt bring myself to lease another volvo that is a step down from the one i already had (even though the one i had was problematic). the c70 in my opinion is one of the classiest looking cars out there. it felt amazing knowing there was not ONE CAR on the road like my car. sometimes i would tune out of the issues the car had and i would blast the music (with my dolby surround system and just forget everything that was going wrong and focus that im in a hot car with my favorite music blaring. but the truth of the matter is....ny is not the place to drive it. too many bumps and with the car already having predisposed issues with having loose parts, it wouldnt be a smart thing for me or anyone to do.
i took a slight look at the volvo s40. with all these taxes, title and registration fees, as well as assumption fees (which i have no idea what it is) and throw in a little wink fees, im torn because of the problems this volvo gave me and what could happen with another volvo. im fairly new to this car thing. i learned more about cars in these past 2 months that i knew about my whole life!!! i am leaning towards the honda because of all the rave reviews that company holds for long lasting cars that never break down. i know the car i get after the honda will be well researched and i will know how to do that because of what i learned now, but unfortunately i dont have time to do that at this point in time. i need to take the safe way out. guess what? my car didnt start today! yay!!! i thought it was the starter and i was cursing out the car again, but it turned out to be the battery. my brother was able to come and figure out the problem and give me a boost. i dont have time to even extend the lease because other things may fall apart and im not willing to dish out money for a car, thats right, that im renting. especially when im saving money for a down payment on my next vehicle. im so torn because i like european cars and the honda is so mass produced that everyone has a honda or ten on their block. but i definately want to lease a new vehicle because of the warranty and the cushion it provides for me to properly maintain my vehicle. they set up when i need to bring it in for service, etc. etc. it is their car and they want to make every effort i take care of it until i give it back.
got any feed back on the s40 for me?
Dec 04, 2004 (10:29 pm)
Not yet. Coach has asked that I stay warm in case they need me with everyone injured on the pacers.
Oh great....and just as I say that Jamaal Tinsley sprains his ankle. Durn I knew we should have traded Artest!
#1164 of 1649 Thinking of buying a 2002 coupe, have a question?
Dec 04, 2004 (10:32 pm)
I'm very interested in buying, i've been a big fan of the car for years. Here is my one concern, I'm a big guy(6'3", 285), i'm concerned with my long time comfort in the car, i'm not huge, but a bit tall. I felt comfortable(best seats ever!) on my test drive, but i'm not sure(i have enough trouble deciding what to eat when i got out, let alone a car)Any tall C70 owners out there that can give me some reasurance?
Would also love to hear some feedback from owners.