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Volvo C70, Coupe
#36 of 1649 Mlewis re:#36
Mar 28, 1999 (9:09 pm)
My post has PLENTY of credibility.. I owned a C70, FULLY LOADED ($48K) for all of 7 months.. pile of crap to say the least...Maybe Ford will bring some innovation and reliability to the Volvo product. Been there.. done that. Also, the torquesteer on the C70 is a joke. If Volvo wanted to take the world by storm with the new coupe, they would have chosen AWD. It's one thing to have a "rare" car, yes the C70 is produced in limited quantities, but that "uniqueness" goes right out the window when the car is a dog at selling. Here in Southern California, they are sitting on dealers lots, every dealer has at least one and the majority of those are 1998 models.. very rare indeed... more like undesirable. The Price/Value equation is at work here.. simply not enough value for the buck.
#37 of 1649 mlewis
Mar 28, 1999 (11:39 pm)
Ah, Southern California...say no more squire...
#38 of 1649 mcohen
Mar 29, 1999 (4:35 pm)
Well then, what is the best car in the C-70's class? CLK320? SC300? 328is? Saab 9-5? Remember these are $40,000. They won't be perfect. You want perfect, keep saving...
All of these cars are good cars. They all have problems too. But for an overall car, I believe the Volvo wins. I don't care if it sells 30,000 or 30. I got mine because I wanted it. Volvo (and Ford) have to deal with the sales.
Maybe next year or the following year they will produce the AWD version.
As for the seats, you can get new seats from Volvo, but they are gonna cost you!
Mar 29, 1999 (11:24 pm)
Well said, it all comes down to what you like and afford.
What!!??? new seats??
#40 of 1649 New Seats?
Mar 29, 1999 (11:31 pm)
Is there an alternative to the seat issue? What exactly can you buy from Volvo to solve the "slow seat issue."
Mar 30, 1999 (12:15 am)
best in class... I would give it to BMW.
M3 coupe = $39,700
328is coupe = $33,200
Volvo C70 HT = $39,395
As you can see the Volvo is priced at the same level as the M3 while delivering less preformance then even the 328. Also FWD is not a good on a high preformance vehicle. Torque steer is a drag. AWD would have been a very good idea. They have it on the V70, so why not? Better would have been awd with the lovely engine in the S80 t-5.
Volvo has the most comfortable seats. in the bunch. It has very nice style and lines. Very pretty. The BMW is the best handler and best preformer, even if you 'just' consider the 328.
The Mercedes probably has the best over all "luxury" approach, although I don't consider their seats nearly as nice to sit in as bmw's or Volvo's.
Most reviews on the C70, rate it very low due to its relatively low "drivability" compared to others in it's class
This article rates it 4th in a 4 way comparison with BMW 328, MB clk320, Saab 9-3 se.
I've seen others as well NONE of which rate the Volvo above the middle of the pack.
#42 of 1649 re McCohen
Mar 30, 1999 (6:02 am)
First, that review covers the convertibles not the coupes. Second, if you want to read a review which rates the Volvo ahead of the pack read the review I linked in a prior message. I have never read a review that ranked the coupe "low." Third, I drove all the competitors, owned several BMW's, never owned a Mercedez however, and on balance, all things considered, preferred the Volvo and am very happy with my choice. That is not to say that I don't respect the CLK or the Bimmer, I just fell in love with the C70.
Mar 31, 1999 (3:13 am)
I just bought a 99 Volvo C70, 5 speed, HT, all the options. The 5 speed has to be ordered - 10-12 weeks delivery. I think I got a pretty good deal - $1,000 over invoice. I understand that this is a limited production car - does anyone know how many for '99?
Also - what about aftermarket performance upgrades??
#44 of 1649 zaq
Apr 02, 1999 (6:03 pm)
No idea on production.
For performance mods for a C70 checkout IPD their website is at www.ipdusa.com
Replace the exhaust and ECU and you have a 285 HP car. Lower it, add bilstien shocks and stiffer anti-roll bars and it should make a significant difference in handleing too.
I'm currently planning what's going to happen to my 740-T this july after I start work. I'll probably be turning to Group-6 performance, but they don't have any listings for C70's so I think IPD may be your best bet.
Apr 13, 1999 (5:34 am)
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