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Volvo C70, Coupe
#1217 of 1649 Re: Thinking about a used C70
Apr 08, 2005 (4:21 am)
For reference, I have a 2000 C70 HT coupe.
Stick with the high octane. With an 18.5 gallon tank you're talking an extra $1.85/$3.70 per fill up on the difference on the other octanes. I commute 25 miles into Chicago every week and only have to fill up twice every three weeks. For me that comes out to about an extra $128 per year (probably more like an extra $200).
Money paid out on my Volvo in the past 5 years (87k miles) due to normal wear and tear...
$800 for a new throttle body
$1,100 for new shocks and struts
$800 for a new brake calliper
Then the normal 7,500 mile checkups and the cost for those.
No issues other than that.
When I was in Europe with our XC90 in 2003, the gas prices were the same per Litre in Euro (i.e. $1.79/gallon was $1.79E/Litre) We are still no where near the European prices.
$1.79 = Price per gallon of 91/93 in November of 2003
1.15 = USD per 1 Euro at that time (2005 rate is 1.28)
3.8 = Litres per 1 US Gallon
So, as you can see - while I was there I was paying around $7-$8 per gallon.
I would recommend getting one. In Chicago they are selling used converts from 00-02 with 26k on them in the $25,000 range.
#1218 of 1649 Craig can't calculate to save his life
Apr 08, 2005 (8:04 am)
Scratch the European Prices.
After thinking about it I got online to see what the prices were in Europe currently. Evidently I did too much drinking over there.
Think the calc now is as follows:
3.8L/1 US gallon
1.28 USD/ Euro
$4.48/gallon (that seems much more reasonable)
Ok...Back to the bottle.
#1219 of 1649 Re: Thinking about a used C70 [eli104]
Apr 08, 2005 (9:57 am)
Why they stopped making it:
1 The chassis is 11 yrs old. The C70 is built off the old S70 chassis which was just a warmed over 850 chassis
2 Production costs, the C70 is built at the Uddevala plant and is largely hand assembled. Yearly production is about 5,000 units. Volvo loses their a$$ on every one.
3 New car, the new C70 will be a folding hardtop convertible annual production 20,000 units. Based on the S40 chassis, Volvo's newest.
As for the 02-04 cars they are quite reliable. All C70's suffer from some front end shake which is a byproduct of their design.
#1220 of 1649 Re: C70/C50 [volvomax]
Apr 08, 2005 (10:25 am)
I was in the dealer yesterday and talked to a sales person who told me it is going to be called C70 with a retractable hardtop roof. He mentioned the price as around $35,000 but I am sure he is guessing at that. It will be smaller and more of a sports car. Said to expect it in February 2006
#1221 of 1649 Re: Thinking about a used C70 [schuhc]
Apr 08, 2005 (10:33 am)
I have a 04 C70 HPT (sky blue, graphite interior with a black top.) not many if any out there with than color combo, but here is my question. Do we really need the high octane fuel in this car? I actually am using Mid Grade 89 octane, and with the price of gas, want to avoid the 91-93 octanes. How will the 04 (HPT) work on regular?
#1222 of 1649 Re: C70/C50 [paulh1]
Apr 08, 2005 (12:25 pm)
I would think that $35K price is very optimistic ... unless they change their packaging strategy to be more in line with the S40 and S60 (meaning a base model with non-leather interior and a naturally-aspirated engine) -- which i actually think might be a good idea.
#1223 of 1649 Which gas to use
Apr 08, 2005 (1:16 pm)
Paul, when I picked up my '99 LPT, the Sales Rep told me it had a full tank of Premium, and it would probably be the last tank. He said, although Volvo recommends Extra/Supreme/Premium, it would run fine on Plus, mid grade. My Lexus Rep told me the same for my wife's ES300, Premium recommended, but no problem using the mid grade. A couple of times during the first year I bought Supreme, but couldn't tell any difference in performance or MPG, and went back to Plus, which I've used for the last 4 years. Couple of months ago I switched to Supreme. In Houston, there's a 10 cent spread between Plus and Supreme, so the max differential is a $1.85 per fillup! In the scheme of things that's not much money. Say you fill up weekly, it's less than $8 a month, or $32 a year. We're just not talking about a lot of money in any case. Starbucks is way more expensive! I haven't tried going to Regular with either car, and don't plan to. But give it a try. Put in half a tank. If the engine pings of knocks, go back and top off with Supreme. You'll then have Plus. Half a tank of Regular isn't going to hurt the engine in any case. In my case, I'm going back to Plus since I still can't tell any difference.
#1224 of 1649 Shift Lock Override Button
Apr 08, 2005 (2:13 pm)
I Pressed the Shift Lock Override Button by the shifter and I can't seem to undo it. I couldn't lock the steering wheel and I couldn't take the key out. I managed to get the key out but i think i broke something tke key just keeps turning in the ignition. so this really off
#1225 of 1649 Which gas to use.
Apr 08, 2005 (11:41 pm)
Have been drinking out of Schulc's.bottle too!! $8/month =$96/yr, not $32.
#1226 of 1649 Re: Which gas to use
Apr 09, 2005 (3:51 am)
Thought that was Texas math there for a second. I had Lisa and squeaker all packed up in the xc90 ready to go down there so that we could save money until I saw that retraction!