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Volvo C70, Coupe
#281 of 1649 New v. Used & Hard v. Soft
Jul 30, 2000 (9:34 pm)
Hi. I'm new to the list and very impressed with the knowledge and civility of the participants having just reviewed the postings about the Volvo C70 since the beginning of this year.
Unless my wife surprises me when we compare the C70 to the Saab 9-5 on the road I expect we'll be C70 owners sometime soon. The car will be used mostly for 2-3 hour highway cruises, but will definitely also have lots of country road cornering opportunities, so we're looking for a performance/ride balance with some zip and style.
I'd appreciate the group's feedback on what I think our key model comparison questions will be:
1. Aside from the big breeze, are there any handling/comfort/performance differences that argue for going with the ragtop? (We're leaning coupe.)
2. Since we'd like to stay at or under $30k, we're almost certain to go with a used C70 -- and probably with the low pressure turbo -- but would consider a new one and/or a high pressure if the 2001 models and peppier model had attributes that were worth the extra $10k or more.
a) look for a year-end "steal" on a 2000 and, if so, when should we be dealing? and
b) if we go used, are there strong arguments for a 2000 over a 1999 in terms of reliability, performance, major systems, etc;
3. Would picking up a new car in Sweden next summer provide sufficient fit/finish or other **mechanical** benefits to make up for waiting almost a year for new wheels? (Don't get me wrong; free airfare and the chance to tool around Europe are not without there own appeal, too!)
4. What other factors should we be considering in deciding when -- and into which model -- we should jump?
Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance.
Jul 31, 2000 (6:33 am)
I just bought a 1999 C70 Coupe auto with 5k miles on it. I just drove it at 70-75 mph and noticed several things:
The ride was very rough; the steering column vibrated, the foot pedals vibrated, and the (I'm assuming) tread noise was awful. Anyone ever have these fixed by a dealer - or is it just the way the car drives? Any ideas? Also, I was driving in the rain, and I did get that thumping noise in the sun roof.
Aug 01, 2000 (2:03 am)
Change the tires to Michelin. I bet you have Perelli.
Aug 01, 2000 (6:59 am)
Thanks for the input. You're right - I do have Pirellis. It's good to know this because I'm expecting the dealer to tell me that's the way the car drives.
#285 of 1649 Delivery Date
Aug 01, 2000 (1:39 pm)
Does anyone know how long I will have to wait for a 2001 Volvo C70 HP coupe.
Thanks in advance,
#286 of 1649 New v. Used, Hard v. Soft
Aug 01, 2000 (3:25 pm)
I own a 2000 HT coupe so my opinions will be a bit biased. Just as an fyi I compared against a CLK320 and an S-4.
1. I chose a coupe because I live in Chicago and there aren't enough good days to have a convertible. However, there is absolutely no wind vibration at any speed by having the sunroof open.
2. Spent $40K and am thrilled with the purchase. Don't think you will get a year end steal on a new coupe or convert because the Autonova plant shut down for a few weeks and it is a limited production car. We had to order ours and waited 3 months and 13 days (well worth it however). It seems like the 2000's have had all the kinks worked out from the 99 and 98.
4. From what I understand the LT gives you some good boost from 20mph to 60mph. From experience, the HT gives nice boost from 30mph on up.
From experience, make sure your wife is strapped in when you take corners with the 17' wheels. Lisa could care less about how fast we go in the straights but she absolutely hates it when I take turns at 50+.
Aug 02, 2000 (12:38 am)
I just purchased a 1999 Coupe with 10K mi. from a used car dealer who sells used Volvos exclusively. This was a former Volvo exec. car and the dealer drove it himself for awhile because he loved the car. He is also very fussy (the car was flawless) and noticed the shimmy and replaced the Perellis before he put the car on the lot. The car is rock solid at all highway speeds. I had another vehicle with Perellis and...same problem always had a shimmy after repeated trips to the dealer and tire dealer were unsuccessful. Changed out to Michelin. I'd make this offer to your dealer, replace the tires with Michelin. If the problems disaappears no charge for the new tires as the Perellis were obviously defective. If not you pay for the new Michelins and he repairs the suspension problem.
#288 of 1649 daughter cars
Aug 05, 2000 (3:12 am)
Do you think I nuts I want my daughter to drive this she been begging me for a year when she was 15
Aug 08, 2000 (12:39 am)
I changed my tires to Dunlops. I haven't had a problem with them. They won't wear out as easily as the Pilot's.
#290 of 1649 factory pickup options???
Aug 09, 2000 (1:34 am)
I am looking at the new c70 ht coupe. reading some of the posts, i see that there is an option of picking one up at the factory in europe. what is that all about. what is the cost of bringing it back to the states? is there a $$$ advantage to buying over there? any help in this would be great. thanks