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#1746 of 1905 Best Option for Cargo Box/Roof Rails
May 31, 2008 (1:28 pm)
Need advice from the community on the best choice for adding roof rails/rack for a cargo box. I have a 2007 v70 2.4 (base model). I am preparing for a cross continental trip for which I need a cargo box. From searching this and other forums, I gather that there are a number of options which I summarize below.
- Add the Euro Rails, crossbars and a box.
Pluses: looks good, supports a big load, more secure?
Minuses: more expensive than other options.
- Purchase a pair of Volvo load carrier crossbars (part number 9204962) and purchase a cargo box either from Volvo or a vendor like Thule or Yakima.
Pluses: much less expensive than other options, carriers attach to crossbar on the v70, carriers are removable
Minuses: support a lighter load?, less secure, more difficult
- Purchase a full rail, load bar and box system from Thule or Yakima
Pluses: less expensive than Volvo Eurorail system, works well with Thule carriers
Minuses: installation of rails requires drilling in v70 roof, problems w/leakage
Are there other options I haven't mentioned? What were your experiences with the respective approaches? Other comments about traveling long distance with a cargo box will also be appreciated.
Thanks a lot!
#1747 of 1905 Re: Best Option for Cargo Box/Roof Rails [gavin_v70]
May 31, 2008 (2:27 pm)
We got the dealer at time of purchase put Eurorails put on our 2004 V70 base model, got the Volvo crossbars, and a Thule aerodynamic 18 cu ft box (Thule Atlantis 1800 I think). We took a camping trip with this set-up and the V70 had surprisingly good fuel economy with this setup--maybe 27 mpg on a combination of IH and backroads.
But the eurorails are expensive and we don't use them very much. Also I presume that the dealer has to do some drilling, but I'm not sure. If you want to save money, the removable bars should work well. The removable rails attach to ingenious external ceats--2004 model, I presume this is still the system in 2007. I don't think that the Eurorails have a higher load capacity than the removable bars. I think the gross weight limit on the roof is 100 kg (maybe roof strength and balance considerations). The Eurorails are longer and always there.
I installed a Volvo trailer hitch on this 04 V70, but it was a lot of work to install the Volvo model. I thought the dealer labor cost was too high so I decided to do it myself. It was a bear. An aftermarket hitch with the Volvo wiring harness would probably be the best benefit/cost option. That's what I have in mind with our 2007 XC90. However, if we want we could pull a light aerodynamic sport trailer for long camping trips with our three dogs. I have pulled a heavy, non-aerodynamic utility trailer, and this did significantly reduce the mpg. Thule makes one of about 45 cu ft capacity Thule trailer.
#1748 of 1905 Re: Best Option for Cargo Box/Roof Rails [jim314]
Jun 02, 2008 (6:49 am)
Thanks for the info and for sharing your experiences - jim314. Anyone else out there?
#1749 of 1905 Re: Best Option for Cargo Box/Roof Rails [gavin_v70]
Jun 02, 2008 (7:10 am)
What I would do is look at a Thule system. The Thule feet shouldn't require drilling into the car. I'd even look at craigslist to perhaps find some used systems then all you'd need is the fit kit for the Volvo.
I bought a Yakima box last week on craigslist for $100 - quite the bargain.
Jun 06, 2008 (10:10 pm)
First time poster, hoping I can find some sage advice from anyone on here. I have an '01 V70 T5 and Love It! But tonight I accidentally shut a corner of a thick cloth bag in the tailgate. I didn't find that out till I tried to open the back and it wouldn't budge, lock, unlock or otherwise move at all. The handle is loose, like it never latched properly. I pulled the bag out, and am not sure where exactly it was caught, but I don't think it was in the latch area, just near it.
So, now, the tailgate is free of obsticles, when the lock or unlock buttons are pressed, nothing happens at all. Normally there would be a sound and a feel of a mechanism trying to actuate, but I get absolutely nothing. I checked the fuse, thinking it might be that. It was fine. Now I don't know what exactly to try next and I really don't want to go to the dealer.
Can anyone provide some ideas? Thanks much.
#1751 of 1905 Post 1734 Drbrop
Jun 10, 2008 (3:22 am)
I have not experience this with my '01 V70T5 but have with a GM vehicle in the past. I was having intermitent blincker problems and taking the fuse out, inspecting it and replacing it helped for awhile. At some point it did not help anymore and I replaced the fuse with an identical match. No more problems. The blinkers worked well with no further problems.
The fuse may be weak. You also may want to put a little dielectric grease on the new fuse, just a skim coat, before you put it back in. The grease will help with electrical contact.
#1752 of 1905 A/C works on drivers side only
Jun 10, 2008 (3:29 am)
I need help from one of you under the dash smart people. My '01 V70 T5 has dual zone clim. control dials. They worked fine this winter but now using the A/C only the drivers side will condition the air. The passenger side knob does change the temp from temperate to hot but there is no cool air from the A/C. I have maneuvered the knobs to different temp settings, changed all controls making the air go to defrost, middle, feet and auto with no improvement.
I suspect since the air conditioner works on the driver side that there is a diverter door stuck somewhere under the dash. Anyone have any advice on where to look or how I can 'shake the door loose'? Also, any airbag hints I need to know before tearing into the pass. side dash?
#1754 of 1905 Re: A/C works on drivers side only [camydog]
Jun 10, 2008 (7:44 am)
funny, my '01 V70 T5 has the exact same A/C problem that you describe here. I'll be watching to see if there's a helpful post coming our way. Everything else, climate wise, works just fine except the A/C not coming from the passenger's side. I want to have this fixed when the NW finally comes out of "Junuary."
#1755 of 1905 Re: V70-2003 air conditioning, etc. [hotmale]
Jun 11, 2008 (8:06 pm)
I am having a similar problem with an intermittent a/c, runs cold, then hot. Did you find a solution?