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#191 of 1649 C70 - Audio Upgrade
Feb 23, 2000 (7:33 pm)
I just purchased a used 1999 c70 LT with 12K miles. It came with the Leather & Sun Roof package along with heated seats, STC and Standard audio system. The car is in mint condition. However, my previous car was 1998 s90 (Lease) with all the toys with no heated seats. My issue is the s90 had the premium audio system and the C70 does not. I've checked with my local volvo dealer and they recommend that I replace the existing sc-81x (60 Watt) radio and upgrade to the sc-901 (100 Watt) which has 3 CDs in dash. These cost is about $900. According, to volvo the new radio would replace the old unit with NO need to upgrade the original factory installed SPEAKERS. My question: Has anyone does this kind of radio upgrade and did the original speaker system actually deliver the high quality sound you expected? Please advise. Thanks, George
#192 of 1649 ghurtado
Feb 24, 2000 (3:45 am)
Regarding post #209:
ghurtado, the SC901 option on your car is a Dolby Pro-logic surround sound setup and has some of the best speakers available for a car anywhere (DynAudio). If your dealer told you there is no need to upgrade speakers they either don't know what they're talking about or they are simply trying to be cheap by giving you the better head unit without the actual components of the better system. At a minimum they would have to add the center channel speaker which sits on top of the dash. Also, the SC901 option on this car is a 400-watt system, not 100. Have a look at the options for this car on the Volvo website so you can go in armed with info. when you speak to your dealer again.
#193 of 1649 Rely to Respsone 210
Feb 25, 2000 (3:10 pm)
Thanks for the helpful advise. I Check the Volvo website and contacted Volvo USA Customer Service. They looked into my Audio Upgrade issue for my 1999 c70 and confirmed that SC901 radio is correct upgrade for the existing sc-816 radio. The 1999 c70 comes with 12 (DynAudio) speakers. However, they too were not to sure if a speaker upgrade was required and suggested that I contact a local dealer to check what is included with such an upgrade.
#194 of 1649 C70 Convertible
Mar 04, 2000 (12:01 pm)
Anybody agree with my views? I wrote this for The Times in the UK after going on the C70 Convertible launch...
VOLVO C70 CONVERTIBLE
"Your car parked in front of the villa, peacefully resting with the top down, after making love to miles and miles of winding country road in the hot sun." Perhaps this excerpt from the Volvo C70 Convertible's press kit explained the car's languorous air. Had it been tempted to roll over and nod off, I was reassured that ROPS, the roll over protection system would spring forth in order to maintain cranial integrity. Suitably heartened by this, and with "the paintwork almost shivering with lust, seduced by the last rays of the sun," I finally got to drive the car.
Having been on sale in America for some time now, the C70 Convertible has been promised a European launch for at least eighteen months, but production bottlenecks at Volvo's Uddevalla plant had delayed this. With processes suitably streamlined, 350 cars will be made available to British buyers this year, 200 of which are already spoken for. The hiatus in supply has allowed the car to be further developed and refined, and torsional rigidity is much improved to levels which will have BMW drivers squinting in envy into their vibrating rear view mirrors as the bluff corporate grille hoves into view. Volvo's design director, Peter Horbury, draws attention to the barchetta look with tapering bonnet and boot, and the horseshoe shape of the passenger area. It now seems a long time since he commented that with the C70, Volvo had finally kept the toy but thrown away the box. Unlike most toy cars, however, this one looks curiously undersized in the rear wheel department, and even with the larger 17 inch items fitted, there is a blandly flat area of stylistic bloat between wheel arch and window line.
The C70 Convertible will come in two guises, the light pressure 2.4 litre variant, and the tyre shredding T5. Most buyers are expected to opt for the 2.4, and it was this model I chose to drive. The square, vaguely cack-handed interior will reassure most existing Volvo owners that the rightful place for design sexiness is where it can't be seen by the driver. Sprouting from the centre of the dash in place of the satellite navigation system is a speaker of unspeakable ugliness, resembling a half buried pill box, one of ten that comprise the astonishingly competent Dolby surround sound stereo system. The seats are superb, soft yet supportive and electrically adjustable to allow meagre access to the otherwise spacious rear. Whilst lacking the feelgood factor of VW-Audi interiors, there is an expensive solidity and quaint lack of aesthetic concern that serves to reinforce the C70's niche.
Steering, gearchange and pedals all have a somnolent lightness of touch, devoid of any great feel. The ride is serene, making the road surface an abstract concept and handling limits are best left unexplored. The engine and manual gearbox combination feel like a bad automatic, due in no small part to tardy pickup, but with the automatic box, the C70 is transformed into a car no longer trying to appeal in any way to sporting enthusiasts. It's a sedate, middle aged, vaguely stylish tool in which to waft about appreciating the stereo, the sunshine and the subtle composure of the cosseting ride. Genuine faults are few. The glass rear window is set too high, creating an insufficient view of items close at hand, the boot is small and awkwardly shaped, and the hugely bulky steering wheel obscures many of the instruments. With ten-second electric hoods now the industry standard, the thirty-second Volvo operation seems appropriately dignified, with the six motors taking care of proceedings without recourse to manual clip or tonneau, before adjusting the stereo to best suit the new acoustic environment.
Whilst undoubtedly a classy performer, the C70 Convertible lacks a certain devilment, an impish touch to the design or execution that fires the imagination. It appeals on a self satisfied, overfed, bouffant level that will have ladies of a certain age queuing in mild anticipation, and will no doubt be seen making love to mile after mile of Brent Cross multi-storey ramps. It's a superior offering to Saab's 9-3 Convertible, but for genuine fun and a car built with passion, the Alfa GTV Spyder is a car that genuinely shivers with lust albeit over every bump and in every corner. As Volvo becomes swallowed into the Ford mainstream, the C70 Convertible's place as a final unalloyed piece of Swedish eccentricity is guaranteed. The world is a duller place without oddball Swedish offerings, and for that reason alone it deserves to succeed.
Mar 04, 2000 (8:48 pm)
Hey, sounds like my description of a Jaguar!But who could argue? Volvo buyers don't want too many surprises or too much of an edge, and the car does not offend in either category IMO.
#196 of 1649 Test drove a '00 C70 convertible
Mar 13, 2000 (11:23 am)
I think it was the HT, it was loaded as far as I could tell, except for the 5 spoke wheels. Everyone is right about the seat comfort, it was the most comfortable car I'vr ever ridden! But, it was out of my price range, I was quoted a 36mon/12K lease of $714!!! Get real it ain't worth all that!
Volvo needs to subsidize their leases, I hear the C70 is not selling well anyway. Is this true?
I'll probably get a BMW.
Mar 14, 2000 (6:06 am)
Well the sales story is a little of both limited production and slow sales. Volvo can produce as many C70s as they can S70s, but they aren't selling all they COULD build either. Great car, just not enough interest in a 2-door Volvo. A full 70% of Volvo's world wide business is get ready.....wagons!
Mar 14, 2000 (6:08 am)
Line 2 about should have read "Volvo CAN'T produce".
#199 of 1649 C70 $7K-10K off MSRP?
Mar 14, 2000 (10:52 pm)
Really? Point me in the direction of that dealership! No kidding I'm shopping and the best quote I'm getting is about $3000 off MSRP. Would love to know the area where you are seeing such advertising. That's worth a plane ticket. Feel free to e-mail me directly: philloriaol.com
Mar 15, 2000 (4:49 am)
I live in Los Angeles. Area dealers have been consistently running ads in the LA Times regarding those discounts on the C70 convertibles. There are Volvo dealerships in Pasadena, Thousand Oaks, Santa Monica, Calabasas, and a few more. You could start with these. There is also another named Bozzani Volvo just outside LA, I think Covina. I heard they deal too. Good luck!