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Volvo C70, Coupe, Convertible
Jun 23, 2007 (2:45 pm)
Wow, this is my story exactly. Sweden, window, Swedish plates but ours is silver.
We had the same window problem, and that is what started this in the first place. Once they fixed the window, my hard top started having issues stalling. I've since gotten it back, tested it for a week now, and it's symptoms are starting again. The retractable top starts to stall, and sometimes the truck too. (Good to know that waiting 10 minutes could solve the problem) What is weird is that this is a problem that starts small, then escalates. When I take it in, they are unable to see the problem until it gets really bad. This weekend I'm going to film it in action.
I am totally in love with my car - my husband uses it too - so now Monday is his day! So when I have it and it works, i love to drive it.
Please update this area with your issue since you and i are the only ones I know who are experiencing this problem. I'm taking it back to the dealership again on Monday - it's been in the shop now off and on for 4 weeks. Bummer.
#294 of 337 Seat Belt Flutter
Jul 15, 2007 (5:26 am)
OK owners - question for you - out and test drove the C 70 (winner for our family v EOS and BMW) - only complaint with the C70 was that at speeds over 40MPH the Drivers side dealt belt was "fluttering" on my shoulder - happened to my wife as well...not in the passenger seat however. Cant believe this is not occurring to other owners - the salesperson wrote it off as a fluke, but would annoy me if not correctable - any owners experience in having similar occurances - or was it a flukey thing?
car driven was on 06 demo.
Haven't bought it yet - but close - Thanks for your input!
#295 of 337 Re: Seat Belt Flutter [doctord13]
Jul 15, 2007 (8:09 pm)
Yes, it happens to me, also. Only with the windows down, of course. The question that I have is whether it would go away with the windblocker accessory, which I don't have.
Cars that have the seat belt stored in the seat back itself are probably immune from this problem, but I've always thought that the seat belt built into the seat back makes the seat look funny.
#296 of 337 Re: Little inconveniences [lemenn]
Aug 08, 2007 (9:40 am)
I too had the same difficulty with the trunk lock. I re- read the owner's manual and found that youy need to unlock the car, not the trunk to access the trunk with the key in the ignition and the car running. The trunk unlock button only works when the car is off. Go figure! The fob controls are a little counter-intutive, but when the car is running, and you want to open the trunk, just hit the unlock button and the trunk will then open with a finger on the trunk latch. Good luck. Tim
#297 of 337 Finally got our C70
Aug 28, 2007 (9:30 am)
We managed to get our OSD C70 right before our July holiday weekend (on 7/3) and take it for a short weekend road trip.
The car did great. We saw just about all types of interstate and windy back roads you could imagine, including some steep swtichback mtn roads where other people liked to drive like the English (probably just lazy). One guy almost smashed into the guardrail trying to avoid a headon with us; but he managed to pull out just in time...
The accelleration was decent. It won't drag race with a BMW, but you can certainly dart into traffic if needed. The engine had loads of torque for the big hills and tolerated low rpm boo boos quite well. It handled the twisties and s-turns solidly without protesting. The suspension is a good mix of ride versus handling. My only complaint is the nagging feeling I'm hitting the bump stops every now and then because the car is so darn heavy. I keep meaning to check the tire pressure, because it didn't feel that way in Sweden.
On the interstate, the car ran flawlessly. This is definitely a good cruising car, and with the top up possibly the quietest car I have ever owned (not counting my dad's old Caddy when I was in high school). Our navigator/MP3 player plugged into the AUX port and played music and directed us through the mountains without fail. We purchased the Sat option, but have not been motivated to activate it yet. We also haven't tried the CD changer yet either.
Trunk space was excellent. The divider worked well to help us keep things under control. We were able to pack way too much stuff and the put our "soft" suitcase and cooler in the back seat.
Top down, the car was a bit windier than our BMW was, but it was certainly well within reason. We will order the windscreen soon (to help hide stuff in the back seat as well as cut some wind.
So far the wife really loves the car, which is important since it is her daily driver. I really like the car too!
The stock steroe system is awsome, and the bass is amazing for a car without a subwoofer. We are both thrilled we did not spend the outrageous cash for the Dynaudio. The xenon headlamps are nice, as is the rear park assist. The seats are okay, but not quite a sporty as our old BMW (less side bolsters).
My only concerns/observations are below.
1. As someone else noted, the interior door pull is right where my elbow rests while driving.... OUCH!
2. I guess it doesn't matter, but I can never tell if the doors are locked during the day. At night, the locked symbol on the buttons seems to light up brighter than the unlock symbol.
3. I wish the Sat Radio would display both Artist and Song title, instead of making the user choose one or the other.
4. The wind buffeting with windows down and top down is harsher than our old BMW soft top. It is tolerable, but surprising. The wind with top down and windows up ("sissy mode") is much better than BMW. Adding the windscreen drops wind to nearly zero with windows up. Riding with windscreen up and windows down is also very comfortable. The seatbelt fluttering is only noticable occasionally when we are near big rigs on the interstates.
5. Wish at least one of the three door compartments was large enough for maps and papers larger than index cards.
6. Wish the clock was centrally located, so passengers could see it too.
7. Wish the car was about 500 lbs lighter for improved handling, fuel economy, and performance.
8. Immensely pleased with standard stereo power & sound. The bass is amazing for a car without subs!
9. A second 12V power outlet in the cabin would be really nice...
10. Really wish the RHT did not require the windows to be UP at the end of putting the top down. Just creates extra wear & tear on the window motors when I have to lower them...
All in all a fantastic vehicle! We are glad we purchased this instead of the various options. IMHO: The C70 is truly one of the best combination of features on the market.
#298 of 337 Re: Seat Belt Flutter [rschleicher]
Aug 29, 2007 (5:49 am)
I noticed this the first time I had the top down and the seat belts worked their way loose from under the retaining straps. Went to a home center and bought some self-adhesive felt strips that would normally go on the bottom of furniture legs etc. These strips are dense. Cut 1/2" squares and stuck them on the underside of the strap at the end. These catch and retard the seat belts from going past the end of the strap so that they cannot work themselves loose. No more flapping. Surprised that Volvo did not simply mold-in such "projections" on the strap itself.
#299 of 337 Re: Finally got our C70 [jeckles]
Sep 04, 2007 (12:07 pm)
Jeckels - regarding #5, have you tried using the "nets" attached to the front seats (between your legs) for maps? Works for me.....
Also, I saw your other posts and while the Navi is a bit clunky, I am glad I got that option (I have a Garmin as well). Because the Volvo navi is built into the dash board, I can shut it down and leave the car with the top down without worrying about theft (the garmin would have to be stowed).
And, lastly - I did spring for the Dynaudio and am very glad I did. The stock stereo is good...but you don't know how much better the Dynaudio is until you live with it. I can hear much more separation of the instruments (which is important to me). I would agree that the subwoofer is not great and I keep it VERY low. As fir the cost and buying a home entertainment instaed...I don't see this as a choice...I just buy both
#300 of 337 Re: Finally got our C70 [dominic4]
Sep 17, 2007 (4:36 am)
"As fir the cost and buying a home entertainment instaed...I don't see this as a choice...I just buy both "
I'm not doubting the great sound, but the price made me doubt whether I would enjoy it a proportionate amount (compared to the stock radio). Fortunately, the stock stero system well exceeded my expectations.
Since it was my wife's car, she felt we should spend the money on other things... like maybe a side trip to the fjords in Norway when we picked up our car. It was hard to argue with her logic, since we love to travel.
#301 of 337 Re: C70 Retractable HT stalling [tsk1]
Sep 17, 2007 (6:07 am)
We originally went to Sweden and picked up our car in late November 2006- and drove it in the dark, rain, and cold. We loved every second of our adventure! But we never (for good reason) put the top down during our travel.
A while back - in June actually, I posted a notification about our retractable HD stalling. It all started with a passenger window not working in sync. This is what we discovered when we took US delivery in late January. The crazy part was, that this would happen occasionally and inconsistently. Finally the HD started stalling too. It was a problem that was hard to recreate all the time. Oh, I got the factor rep involved last May. Well it took 4 months - and my car only had 5K on it. I felt like a crazy person going into the dealership nearly weekly. Well, finally, I left the car at the dealership and said they could keep it for a month and try to recreate the problem.
As it turns out - Volvo corporate took back the car in August. Can you believe it? and my wonderful people at the dealership found a new 2007 for me. I took delivery about 10 days ago. I have a BRAND new 2007 - oh, I put my Swedish plates on it.
Volvo stands behind their product. They do NOT make the customer jump through too much paperwork or distress either. My dealership was a gem throughout the process. We did not pay a dime for the exchange. (We paid for the upgrade of new wheels)
As difficult as this situation has been for 7 months (imagine if YOUR car was behaving this way) I am here to say, that I LOVE my C70.
Oh the only thing that is different are the wheels - apparently I was told that the Euro delivery models can not have the larger wheels - oh I love the difference in performance on these. My car has it all - if I could buy it I put it on the car and I agree the extra money is worth the stereo upgrade.
We have other Volvos too and NONE of them have ever had a problem.
#302 of 337 Re: Finally got our C70 [jeckles]
Sep 17, 2007 (3:13 pm)
Jeckles - you have good priorities...travel is more important than accumulating things / gadgets / options! I travel a lot for work & pleasure and have to say that my time in Scandanavia (Stockholm, Humlebaek, and Copenhagen) was very memorable.