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Volvo C70, Coupe
#1511 of 1649 Re: 2007 Xenon Headlamps inadequate [bobparis]
Aug 29, 2007 (10:42 am)
On other C70 or general Volvo forums I have seen multiple posts about Bi-Xenon headlamps being aimed too low, out of the factory. I think in most cases the dealer agreed that they were aimed too low, and did the readjustment.
The vertical aim of the headlights is a bit different between when the roof is up, and when it is down. (With the roof in the trunk the front of the car is tipped up a tad more.) So the aiming should probably be done with the roof up, even if this might make the beams a little high with the roof down.
I seem to recall reading that Euro-spec C70's have a level adjustment knob on the dash for the regular headlights, and auto-leveling for the Bi-Xenons. (If you download a "world" owner's manual from the global Volvo web site you will see this described - the area around the headlight switch has this extra control.) My guess is that US safety laws prevent this sort of real-time adjustment - presumably to "protect" us from irresponsible headlight aiming!
#1512 of 1649 Re: 2007 Xenon Headlamps inadequate [rschleicher]
Aug 29, 2007 (12:10 pm)
that is the problem in a nutshell. There are regs regarding how bright headlights can be in the US. Esp Xenon headlights.
NTHSA has recieved numerous complaints about xenon lights on european cars blinding on coming drivers.
So, Volvo just plays it safe.
I had to adjust the Xenons on my S60R upward too.
Haven't had an issue w/ the xenons on my S80 V8 though.
#1513 of 1649 Re: 2007 Xenon Headlamps inadequate [volvomax]
Aug 31, 2007 (10:38 am)
The car is at the dealer today. Apparently, software controls the adjustment. Seems out-of-this-world, but nothing surprises me these days. I'll report back if it is fixed.
#1514 of 1649 Re: 2007 Xenon Headlamps inadequate [bobparis]
Sep 01, 2007 (7:17 am)
Got the car back in the afternoon and took it out for a road-test last night to see if the headlamps would be more effective. Could tell something was different, since as I backed out of the garage, the lights reflected on a higher section of the wall. Good sign. Took the car out on the freeway and everything was fine. The lamps lit up the road farther ahead than before and I no longer had that sensation that had me wondering what was coming up ahead. Problem solved!
#1515 of 1649 Re: 2007 Xenon Headlamps inadequate [bobparis]
Sep 17, 2007 (5:43 am)
Our dealer raised our xenon lamps "ten degrees," which seems to be enough to make a difference (actually 10 deg, sounds like a lot if 90 deg is horizontal and 0 deg is vertical).
Will let you know if we still have problems...
#1516 of 1649 Synthetic Lubricants
Sep 17, 2007 (5:46 am)
We've just about finished our break-in and got our first oil change. We opted for the Catrol psuedo-synthetic (unfortunately the best the dealer offered).
I'm curious if anyone has started changing their own oil yet? Is there a reset light, similar to BMW?
Also does anyone know what type of lubricant is in the manual trans? I'm not going to change it for a while, but I eventually want to switch everyting over to synthetics to improve fuel economy and protect the lubricated parts better...
#1517 of 1649 Re: Synthetic Lubricants [jeckles]
Sep 17, 2007 (4:15 pm)
You have a manual, too? I thought I was the only one.....had to special order the car since finding a stick in the States is not easy.
#1518 of 1649 Re: Synthetic Lubricants [dominic4]
Sep 26, 2007 (7:16 am)
Yup we have a manual and love it 100%. Even in traffic, the clutch is so smooth it isn't a problem...
I was shocked when we had trouble finding a BMW with a manual, so I wasn't too surprised when it was even harder to find a Volvo with a manual.... but I was disappointed of course because it is just the opposite in Europe!!
#1520 of 1649 Timing Belt
Dec 28, 2007 (1:35 pm)
I have a 1999 C70 coupe, and it's been great to me so far, I have about 78K miles on it and the dealer is telling me I have to replace the timing belt , when I questioned them that the owner manual only required the timing belt to be changed at 105K and does not mention anything about the number of years, they told me that since it's been more than 6 years then the timing belt should be changed, are they correct? or are they just trying to find something to do on the car? they gave me a quote for about $700 for the work, which is ok if I have to do it but don't want to do it if it not required till 105K.