Last post on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:34 PM
You are in the Volvo C70
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Volvo C70, Audio, Coupe, Convertible
Discuss radio/CD/mp3/iPod/Bluetooth/XM/Sirius issues here.
#92 of 121 Re: Feedback on Ipod Music Interface? [ilinev]
Aug 06, 2008 (7:58 pm)
I, too, am considering getting the iPod music interface. I was told that it was $595 installed and that once installed by Volvo, it has a very good warranty. Given the price, I was curious as to whether anyone knows whether there is a harness or equivalent hardware set for the Volvo C70. It seems to be a crime to be able to install a Pioneer HD radio with XM satellite radio, a CD player, a ceiling-mounted dropdown DVD player, and an ipod interface that controls my iTouch in a 1998 vehicle (my old SUV) for a total of $700 while there is apparently no such option for a Volvo C70. Is it because the Volvo is so new? Is there no other source for the interface?
#93 of 121 Re: Feedback on Ipod Music Interface? [philippians413]
Aug 07, 2008 (9:23 am)
The problem is the software.
The interface requires software from Volvo.
Volvo's stereo system(or any system in the car) wasn't designed to work with any aftermarket applications.
Nor was it desgined to be easily replaced by an aftermarket system.
This is true for most newer cars, esp the higher end ones.
#94 of 121 Re: Feedback on Ipod Music Interface? [volvomax]
Aug 07, 2008 (6:40 pm)
Volvomax is exactly right--the dealership had to update the Dynaudio software in order for it to connect to the iPod. I was going to suggest philippians413 buy just the parts from the dealer and either install them him/herself but updating the software would have been a problem. Even with the software update, I still think the $600 is excessive. Of that, $300 was parts and the rest labor. Have you noticed that most dealerships bill at over $100/hr. now...
I have to say that I would have happily swallowed the cost if the iPod interface worked properly. It bugs me beyond belief that I can't browse my iPod's playlists and play an album from start to finish. For some reason, the car stereo indexes all music files on the iPod and creates its own filesystem. It then proceeds to play the songs in no particular order--it's utterly frustrating. The only navigation possible is by turning the Tuning dial, which skips from song to song. Remember, however, that the songs are arranged completely haphazardly by the stereo. I have over 5,000 songs on my iPod, so you can imagine the utter mess and frustration in trying to play related songs. The songs are not organized in any logical fashion. I assume the system indexes the songs in alphabetical oder by song name. Why didn't Volvo design the system so it loads the iPod's file structure? I guess they thought they could out-design Apple.
If someone can shed light on this issue, I'd really appreciate it.
#95 of 121 Re: Feedback on Ipod Music Interface? [ilinev]
Aug 08, 2008 (7:20 am)
The install isn't easy.
You are ripping open the center console and the dash.
If you don't now what you are doing, you can make a hash of things.
It just amazes me that someone would spend $40-50,000 on a car and then try to save a couple hundred dollars on a complicated accessory.
Personally, I don't have the USB connector. I'm perfectly happy using the reg Aux input and using the controls on my iphone.
I just start my playlist before I drive away.
#96 of 121 Re: Feedback on Ipod Music Interface? [ilinev]
Aug 12, 2008 (11:47 am)
I am having a different experience than you with my setup. When I am in the Ipod mode, I hit the enter button and from there I can choose my album, playlist, artist, whatever (just like the regular ipod). I hit enter and then go into the next folder where I can either choose a sub folder ( a particlar album) or a song and then hit enter again and it will play all the songs in that folder in order. Once I am done with folde I am in, I have to hit enter to begin the process all over and can't just go up a level which is a little disappointing but has much more functionality than you described. Try the enter button and if that does not work talk to you dealer becasue you are missing a bunch of critical functionality. I am using an iPhone with 2.0 software on it.
#97 of 121 Re: Feedback on Ipod Music Interface? [hummus]
Aug 12, 2008 (7:28 pm)
Wow, this is amazing. What you describe above worked like a charm. Once the stereo connected to the iPhone, I pressed Enter, which allowed me to browse the iPod file structure on the stereo LCD--Albums, Artists, Songs, Genres, Composers--they were all there. Do you have any other secrets up your sleeve you'd like to share with us? Better still, call Volvo and offer to revise the iPod interface manual because currently it leaves this "minor" detail out.
As you can tell, I'm still giddy with excitement but I had pretty much given up on the idea of being able to listen to an album from start to finish.
Thanks for you help
#98 of 121 Re: Feedback on Ipod Music Interface? [ilinev]
Aug 13, 2008 (9:52 pm)
I am glad it worked for you. As you have already experienced, this takes the interface to a whole new level that makes the money spent well worth it.
#99 of 121 Bluetooth connection lost
Oct 01, 2008 (7:53 am)
I recently had the genuine Bluetooth kit installed at my dealer and have two comments/questions:
#1 - A few moments after I start the car, the audio is interrupted with the message that my phone is connected. This is normal. However, about two thirds of the time that I drive, a minute or two later, the Bluetooth link is "lost" and has to be restored. Seems weird that it is always a block or two after I start the car, wherever I am. Is anyone else having this same problem?
#2 - One reason I bought the Volvo system was that the audio plays through the stereo. However, the volume adjustment is not the stereo's volume knob, but instead the pushbutton on the Bluetooth accessory. As someone else mentioned on this board, with the top down it is simply not loud enough. Does anyone know if this can be re-wired to allow the volume knob to control the volume so that it can be louder than what the accessory pushbutton allows?
#100 of 121 audio system
Dec 27, 2008 (6:55 pm)
I pulled out the whole audio system of my volvo C70 and pluged in another one. It asked me to input a code, I input the one on the card, but after I input the code 3 times, it said:" system off" and does not work at all. I pluged in the previous one, input the code, but it does not work either. What should I do now?
#101 of 121 Bluetooth with Dynoaudio system
Apr 14, 2009 (7:22 pm)
I just purchased a C70 and I would like to add Bluetooth. The dealership wants to charge $750 for this feature. Volvo's bluetooth is integrated into the stereo and speakers which is a very nice feature. My concern is this....The actual bluetooth module is $380. The additional $270. is labor. I understand the idea of making a profit but was hoping that because I purchased the car from them they would be more reasonable on the installation costs. I was told that is a very quick installation and the downloading of some software. (I was told this by one of the Volvo dealerships)
Here is my question...Has anyone had any kind of bluetooth installed in their Volvo with Dynoaudio? I am hoping that there is a good quality bluetooth that can be integrated into the stereo so that I can hear the caller clearly and so that they can hear me clearly. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated since the dealership that I purchased my car through has been less than helpful. They do not have any valuable advice. As a matter of fact, the Sales Manager suggested that I purchase one that attaches to my visor. I already own one. It is a Parrot that I purchased for $99 and it allows too much wind noise when the top is down.