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#1535 of 1649 2007 C70 problems
May 24, 2008 (1:47 pm)
I previously drove a 2001 and 2002 C70 with 17 inch wheels. I lived in Kansas City and loved the way it handled in any type of weather.
In Fall of 2006, I purchased a 2007 C70 and have had an expensive problem.
My previous care was totaled and I needed a car fast. I had my heart set on the Volvo C70 and found one in San Diego (we now live in central California) with 18 inch wheels and Pierelli performance tires. The dealer had ordered the car with these wheels and tires. I did not like the feel of the tires from the beginning but I had no idea that they were only rated to last for under 20000 miles. At 10000 miles the road noise became awful and at 15000 it sounded like Fred Flintstones car and I had to replace the tires. We replaced them with a supposedly all season Pirelli tire that I have now just replaced at 38000 miles. After the second set of tires I was told by the tire co that I needed an alignment. when I took my Volvo to a dealer in Stockton,Ca, they checked and said it did not need an alignment. So 10000 miles later, I need another set of tires due to bad alignment.
Very frustrating and expensive. I love everything else about the care except the poor adjustment of the Bixenom lights that were lifted at Stockton.
Anyone else have this tire or alignment problem?
#1536 of 1649 Re: 2007 C70 problems [booker1]
May 24, 2008 (2:00 pm)
I have a wobbly alignment problem in my 2003 C70, and have tried everything short of new tires (balancing etc.). It handles quite "loose" compared to other similar cars. Ironically, I ended up with this convertible the same way you did, rear ended by a drunk driver, needed a car, bought quickly... If you have any suggestions, I'm getting tired of a car that looks great and handles badly...
May 25, 2008 (11:28 am)
Just got my new C70 2008 this week. I'm trying to get the homelink lights to blink, pressing 1 and 3, the 2 outside lights. Nothing. What could I be doing wrong? I'm thinking it's just not working in the first place. I do have the package that includes homelink. Thank you.
#1538 of 1649 Re: 2007 C70 problems [techgirl]
May 25, 2008 (11:55 am)
Do you have 18 inch wheels and tires. I did not have problems with my 17 inch wheels in the past
#1539 of 1649 Re: Homelink lights [irbrenda1948]
May 25, 2008 (1:56 pm)
Figured it out. I was too far from the garage door module. Works fine.
#1540 of 1649 Re: 2007 C70 problems [booker1]
May 26, 2008 (7:56 am)
Postal this message back in March. In my case both the Volvo dealer AND tire shop recommended an alignment. Also had the bi-xenon headlight issue - took two trips to the dealer to have them adequately adjusted upward. Read on, please...
When I bought my C70 in May of 2007 I noticed the sticker on the window stating that Volvo equipped the car with high-performance tires and to expect a tread life of around 20,000 miles. It struck me as strange that Volvo would put such tires on any of their vehicles. I bought a Volvo to be safe and because it looked sporty and fun - not because I wanted or needed to go around corners at 75 mph. A few months after purchase I noticed a slow leak in one of the tires and visited a shop to have it repaired. I commented that I did not like the ride - too noisy, bumpy and as described on this message board, like "riding on rails." On worn streets with grooves, the car has flung itself to the side as the steering wheel turned by itself around 40 degrees. Really had to hold onto the wheel while driving - tough for someone who usually steers with his knees! Anyway, the tire expert (having been in the business for a few decades) fixed the tire for free and asked me to come back when I needed to buy tires. He mentioned that I would not get 20,000 miles out of the factory tires - he was right, at 17,500 miles I had 0/32nd's on the front. He promised that he would figure out what tire would be less noisy, give me a nicer ride and last longer. Yesterday he installed a set of 4 Hankook tires that are speed rated at 130 mph, as opposed to the Pirelli OEM's that are rated at a ludicrously high 160. I immediately noticed that they are quieter, smoother and less prone to being thrown across the lane. He told me the tires are touted as having a lifecycle of 50,000, but in real-world driving to expect a usable life of about 30,000 miles. And they were less than half the price of the Pirellis. Hope this story connects with any others who share the same feelings. Bob
#1541 of 1649 Re: 2007 C70 problems [bobparis]
May 27, 2008 (9:02 am)
I had a set if P Zero Rosso's on my S60R, got 32,000 miles out of them.
I rotated the tires every 7500 miles and checked the tire pressure weekly.
I ran 35psi.
I've had Corvette's, Mitsubishi Turbo's, Mercedes, all cars w/ similar tires and they all behaved as you described w/ the C70.
The wide tires do catch all the grooves in the road, they are noisier than all season tires and they do wear quickly.
A tradeoff for increased handling.
The Rosso's are a performance tire,as such they are overkill for the C70.
They have been taken off the S80 V8 and T6, replaced w/ an 18" all season Pirelli.
#1542 of 1649 Re: 2007 C70 problems [volvomax]
May 27, 2008 (10:19 am)
When it was time to replace the original tires (<20k) on my 99 with optional 17 inchers and Pirellis P-6000 tires, I asked my Volvo service rep about going to all-seasons for much better life. He didn't recommend the change, saying the car was set up at the factory for the high performance tires and that changing tires would mess up the handling. Wss he "blowing smoke" or was he correct?
#1543 of 1649 Re: 2007 C70 problems [tmart]
May 27, 2008 (12:26 pm)
Technically, he was correct.
However, unless you drive the car hard you would be unlikely to notice much difference.
Frankly, most people don't drive their cars energetically enough to benefit from high performance tires.
It is also shocking how little people know about tires in general.
They are literally the most important part of your car.
#1544 of 1649 Replacing 17" tires with 18" tires
May 29, 2008 (1:04 pm)
I purchased an '07 C70 with the standard all weather 17" tires. Question for the future. When it is time to replace these tires, can I replace them with 18" all weather tires and if so do you have any recommendations as to specific tires. Will there be a difference of any note by going up an inch in tire diam. or is it just cosmetic. thanks.