Last post on Jun 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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BMW 3 Series, Volvo C70, Audi A4, Car Buying, Convertible
#8 of 10 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [aaronjohn]
Aug 02, 2012 (6:57 pm)
very informative response
#9 of 10 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [jmsnyc]
Oct 13, 2012 (6:49 am)
I bought a 2008 328i convertible 9 months ago and absolutely love it.
The answer to your question is very simple;
Drive the two cars and decide how much you enjoy the response and handling performance of the BMW.
If it does not mean that much to you, get the Volvo-otherwise enjoy the fabulous handling and ride of the BMW.
I got the extended warranty, top of the line, to 100,000 miles.
The car is sheer fun, reliable and fast.
#10 of 10 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [jmsnyc]
Jun 20, 2013 (2:42 pm)
If you haven't already decided on which convertible to buy, I would strongly recommend the Volvo C70. We purchased an end-of-lease 2008 C70 about ten months ago, and we couldn't be happier. It's our seventh Volvo, all bought used.
The best feature is the retractable hardtop. Raising or lowering it still gets attention from anyone nearby, and even after seeing it ourselves so many times, it's still fascinating. It also makes the car much quieter than a ragtop, and the body is noticeably stiffer than any other convertible I have driven.
The overall design of the car is functionally beautiful, IMHO, with no cosmetic tricks. Everything is there for a reason, and it all goes together perfectly.
Despite the Edmonds review comments about performance, the car is very quick and handles well, especially for a convertible, which usually have increased weight due to the additional strength required by the "no top" design limitations.
Used C70s are a great deal, when comparing the price of a new one to one even two or three years old. I was surprised to learn that a new C70 has the highest base price of any car in the Volvo line. While it's bad news for Volvo that the value drops so much and so fast, it's good news for buyers, especially since Volvo owners tend to treat their cars well. Ours had a bit less than 20k on it when we bought it, but looked brand-new throughout.
It also doesn't hurt that Volvo hasn't changed the overall look of the car very much, so the 2008 could easily pass for a newer model.
We'd buy one again in a minute.