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Volvo C70, Coupe
Apr 15, 2001 (6:30 am)
I have found a 2000 C70 Convertible with less than 2,000 miles that was badly damaged, sold through a salvage auction, repaired through a body shop by replacing a clip on the back, right corner of the car. The negotiated price is $30,500. It looks great, however I have some concerns. The car no longer has the Volvo warranty, the steering wheel shakes at all speeds, there is air noise on the passenger side between the top and the windows, and there is an oversteering in the wheel when turning strong to the right and left in a parking lot.
Do you have any advise on purchasing this car? I've never owned a Volvo (loyal Honda fan), but love the styling of the C70 convertible.
Apr 16, 2001 (6:04 am)
2000 C70 Convertible.
If it was me, I would stay away from it. The best thing that you could do is take a mechanic to the car and have him check it out. Not having that warranty is a major deterrant.
Apr 16, 2001 (8:30 am)
If has had a salvaged title, I would not touch it. I suspect there was more than just the replacement of a rear clip. Most salvaged vehicles need close to 80% of their pre-accident value in repairs. My wife drives a 99 C70 convertible, and one of the things we agreed when she bought it (new) was if it was ever in a serious, or semi-serious accident (regardless of whether it was totaled) we would replace it. I worked in a dealership in high school and in college and feel that a car that needs significant structural work will never be the same. That goes double for a convertible. Ask a Ford body shop tech about how the convertible Mustangs they repair drive after they need extensive work. I also think 30k is way too much for that car with a salvaged title. Some of the dealers around here (Dallas/Fort Worth) are advertising similar cars (that have not been in an accident, but have approx. 12k miles) for about the same price.
#407 of 1649 C70 '01 New owner reports in
Apr 18, 2001 (6:10 am)
Purchased a new fully loaded (cold weather package,Grand Touring package, Stability traction control package,17" Canisto wheels),HPT Venetian Red coupe 12-29-00 for about $38.5k USD (Northern California) MSRP was $39325, I offered about 3% profit over his cost & it was eagerly accepted.
A lovely car BUT lst 3 months were hell! The windshield was improperly installed, was in to the dealer 6 times before it was fixed properly, each time returned with grease on seats, coffee spilt on console, fingerprints everywhere, scuff marks on door kick panels, just awful, service dept did not return phone calls, buying a first new car in your life (NEVER AGAIN!) and spending the first 3 months in cheap rental cars and trying to get Service Dept to return calls.
I bought this car based on my experience with my '91 740 but the difference is chalk and cheese,
my faith in Volvo has been shaken badly but now I have a full payment book. Resale value of the C70 is a joke (I already knew this but decided to buy it anyway) and believe its problems are now finally sorted out, the turbo is worth it for high speed passing, the ride is good, side & rear visibility is awful, front legroom is not the best for me (I am 5'11") the steering wheel feels perfect and the dash and instruments are done logically and and totally visible and user friendly, but I have some severe reservations about build quality and durability of this car
based on my experience so far. My feeling now is I will never buy another new Volvo and probably never a new car, ever again, and who could blame me? It has 1600 miles on it at this point.
#408 of 1649 Re: New Owner Reports
Apr 18, 2001 (6:56 am)
Perhaps you should move more east. Don't seem to be as many problems over here. They must have done something to the interior of the car over the last year as I am 6'1" and have no problems with legroom, rear or side visibility.
#409 of 1649 Re: New Owner Reports In
Apr 18, 2001 (12:25 pm)
I'm sorry you've got a lemon dealer. I really don't think it's the car so much as total incomptence and sloppiness at your dealer. Can you find some other dealer nearby? My dealer is outstanding, provides free rental car while working on the car, free car wash after service, and never a spot on the inside. That's the type of service you should expect when you pay that kind of money for a car, and you deserve it. Complain to the sales manager, then to the area supervisor for Volvo. If necessary, keep complaining until they provide you the service you should expenct from a quality car dealer.
#410 of 1649 Re: New Owner Reports In
Apr 19, 2001 (6:37 am)
Couldn't agree more with the above statement. I went to the Chicago Car show when I was debating about the S4 and C70 and the Chicago dealer that was at the show was a total turn off. I ended up buying the car 30 miles away in the suburbs (which for Chicago is about a 15 hour drive) because the dealers out there fought so hard for your business. I think that it is as equally important to scope out a dealer after you have made a decision on the car you are buying.
#411 of 1649 New C70 Convertible and Relocation to Houston,TX
Apr 20, 2001 (10:38 am)
He folks, I'm new to the list and a proud owner of a new Black I/beige top, beige leather, 5spd.
I really like the car, made the decision over the Audio TT Roadster also, Audio S4 both were also manual tarns.
Does anyone have insight on Volvo Dealers in Houston...Service experiences?
Also, I would love any direction on performance modifications to the C70 to increase handling and horsepower
#412 of 1649 Houston Dealers
Apr 20, 2001 (11:05 pm)
Really depends on where you live. DeMontrond on North I-45, Nils Seflet(sp)on I-10 West, Momentum on 59 South, Star Motors on Old Katy Road, and Volvo of Clear Lake on I-45 South. I'm on the northside and use DeMontrond. Have had no problems and they're open on Saturday for Volvo service.
#413 of 1649 tire noise
Apr 22, 2001 (5:23 am)
I have a 2000 c-70 convertible with 17" Pirelli 6000's. At 20 mph the tires send a deep vibration thou the car that actually rattles dash parts. It smooths out nicely until 60mph when it comes back and builds to a noise level so that you can't hear the radio or carry on a conversation in the car with the top up. Thankfully it is more noise than vibration at 60-65, but it is at a point where the dash now rattles from the 20 mph vibration and my ears won't take going 60 or more. Anyone else have this problem with their tires or car?