I don’t own a Volvo, but I love what they have accomplished style-wise. Love the option, especially when a BMW/Mercedes owner pulls up and they can’t put their tops down :) Also, I get to see Europe without looking thru a window! As for safety, between the ROPS, and the side air bags, no convertible except the Saab is safer. dollar for dollar, they are all inferior to any coupe, perhaps excepting the boxster. webebob, what the heck do you do to turbo cars that makes you have to replace the turbo every 50k miles? dollar for dollar, they are all inferior to any coupe, perhaps excepting the boxster. I always know that I’ll have more than enough power to merge into traffic. have had it 4 months. The 2009 Volvo C70 front-wheel-drive convertible packs a standard 2.5-liter DOHC turbocharged inline-five (I5) powerplant that delivers 227 hp at 5,000 rpm and 236 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm. It’s just a hunch. But the C70’s 2.5-liter engine is hardly the stuff of muscle car dreams. 4.56 Owner Reviews See below 9 Expert Review. In Oakley wearing mode, the little Swede is nimble enough. wouldn’t even consider an eos (way too jetta blob and feminine) and miata (again too feminine and small). Matt Brogan Contributor - Review Gallery Price & Specs $ 61,990 Mrlp. always wanted a convertible and my wife gave the thumbs up so got my 2008 c70 with 27k miles for $21k with factory warranty thru 6/2014. The Volvo C70 was phased out in 2013, but there are lots of new models that offer top-down motoring and classy looks. As we’ve come to expect from hardtop drop tops, the C70’s mechanical ballet is precision engineering as street theater. and of course the coupe-wagen 1800ES had descendants in form of the 480 and of course, now the C30. That said, it doesn’t make any more sense for BMW to lop the top off their 3-Series, spoiling the car’s key selling point–brilliant dynamics–with cowl shake and loose on-center feel. Improved safety legislation is killing this brand’s identity, since everyone builds a safe car these days. It is a beautiful car — will take some time to analyze the ride and performance — I have not had a front wheel drive car since a 1989 Dodge Caravan (4 cyl turbo). These are the traits that brought people to the brand in the ’80s, and given the current paranoid climate in America, they’d move metal today too. I paid |£3,500 for it and I've had it over 3 years with only regular servicing, tyres etc and one major repair. I like the car quite a bit – it fits perfectly with the Volvo nor’eastern parents image (in fact, I know one family with both an S80 T6 and a prev-gen C70 cabrio!). between the torque mount and new tires, launches went from squirrely, unpredictable, wheelspinning, torque steering messes with sudden lulls in throttle response due to the weak mount and turbo lag, to now a great steady and smooth response to my right foot. As Dave Barry – God bless him – used to write: I am not making this up! Compact SUVs From $25,000 to $35,000 With Safety Systems Standard. Whatâs wrong with a Volvo flip top ? These 10 models are selling well below their sticker price, according to CR's exclusive analysis of car deals. I looked at other convertibles- but had to have this one. The C70 coupe has nicely weighted steering and good brakes. 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Does anyone else think that it is strange that the interior image has a guy with lots of tattoos driving? My other car is a 1997 Concours Deville and I also love it, but the Volvo is my new baby. I would never expect them to perform in any way other than described. When the car starts to flip, roll bars pop up. Who cares if they’ve left the boxy look behind. When it comes to branding, I’m a fanatic. Saab has been doing it for years. People who buy Volvos appreciate the smart design and understated confidence of a car like this. Overview The C70 is a stylish four-place convertible with a folding metal roof that enables it to be year-round transportation in harsher climates. By replacing the previous-generation soft-top C70 with a retractable-hardtop version in 2006, Volvo created what is arguably the best four-season convertible you can buy. I call it the, “Wolfgang Puck,” edition. I had a 1994 Honda Predule V-Tec that had a tiny back seat, and was the best driving car I ever had, but I still like the C-70 better. In Europe the C30’s are already sold, and as a matter of fact, I saw one in the flesh a view days ago. I’m very satisified with the whole package. I also covered the metal insert on the steering wheel with leather and stitched it over before wrapping the wheel with a memoryfoam cover, This stopped my fingertips from burning during turns, which was the only time my fingers gripped the top interior part of the wheel. And when I wrote that the driver of the Benz was parked next to the refuse truck, I meant he was also in the car, at that time. The Volvo C70, a four-seater, is the first of more coupe/convertibles that will come from other manufacturers. N/A. The 2009 Volvo C70 is ranked #12 in 2009 Luxury Midsize Cars by U.S. News & World Report. It comes out of the gate for $10k less, and if I really wanted to play with torque-steer fire, the Eos will be available with an honest to god V6. True enough MArtin– but I find myself at a bit of a disadvantage.Â I’m hostage, unless there’s a car out there that I’m not aware of.Â SInce I was 16, there’s been only 1 kind of vehicle that qualifies as a car to me (personal pref).Â If the top doesn’t come off, it isn’t worth driving.Â Get to work in a taxi. As with many Volvos (I’m looking at you XC90), the C70’s engine bay is too small for the kind of large displacement powerplant that you’d expect in such a glamorously impractical automobile. Am I the only one who thinks the Volvo 1800 is the best looking car Volvo ever made. 2. The paint is georgous, the premium sound system is truely awesome and it is a fun ride. an elevate engine torque mount swap for under $100, took out the throttle response slop, turbo lag, and sloppy shifts. The initial engine was a fairly unresponsive 2.3-liter turbocharged five-cylinder that produced 236 horsepower. The Volvo C70 Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 17 for luxury compact cars. Only thing I don’t like is that the dash is the same as the one in the S40/V50 and C70 pictured above. For myself the deciding factor was front wheel drive. I live in central Mass and it is quite snowy here. amazing seats. Trying to picture them stacking another volvo on this one isn’t the same. This metal looks stylish, but on the handles, gearshifter and steering wheel, heats up and retains the heat. Our reviews offer detailed analysis of the C70's features, design, practicality, fuel consumption, engine and transmission, safety, ownership and what it's like to drive. It was designed from the start to be a roadster. http://www.volvoclub.org.uk/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=1575. Why is Volvo making a convertible? Besides, Ford needs something to sell. Who would have thought! It does suffer from a stiffening crossmember *right* where you want to plant a foot on the floor while entering the car though. new continental extreme contact dws to replace the stock michelins also improved take offs and wet weather handling dramatically. “They’re terrible,” he replied. Whether by accident or design or accidental design, the resulting shape is far more cohesive and delicate than most four-seat drop tops. I burnt my right palm on the gearshifter twice (yeah, stupid me) before I went to the dealership and bought a leaterlike replacement. Again, sports supension sucks! We were enticed by the rarity of the car, and the lines are very pleasing — great style. I think it drives great- and I have a lead foot!!! 4. The rear seats were added after the fact. “Pony car” didn’t cross our minds. I always got Wow acclaim from kids nearby when the â¦ from what i have heard, the c70 can suffer tremendously from tremens. If you are in the market for a capable, stylish, and well-equipped luxury convertible then the Volvo C70 may be the ideal vehicle for you. As for the C70, it seems like an attractive enough car, certainly something I can understand someone else buying. It is a beautiful car and in fact is nicer looking then the 335ic. I’m very used to SUV’s and trucks, and the late models are very firm, taut, and feel strong — I expected the Volvo to have some of that, but it feels somewhat fragile in comparison. What I don’t like about the car is that the sunvisors don’t block the rising and setting sunlight thru the side windows. I’m in love with this white car like the hottest girl in high school! The sleek steel top retracts into the trunk in 30 seconds. great visibility and very quiet top up… very easy to use radio/hvac and lovely elegant interior. Yup, they don’t look like everything else. Gas mileage could be better at higher speeds 20 Volvo C70 owners reviewed the Volvo C70 with a rating of 3.8 overall out of 5 for model years from 1998 to 2013. 3. Regardless of brand image. You really have to drive it to realize the advantage of the extra visibility and when the top is up- it is like a completely different car. Sweden is home to an automotive cult known as “Raggare” (roughly translated: “pick-up artist”). really solid car now and solved what bothered me most about the car before. and the plusher suspension is really needed for my l.a. horrible roads commute. What saved him was this: when the dumpster hit the SL, the sensors thought the car was going over, and the rollbars popped up. A convertible was also available, which was the only body style offered in 2004 -- the last year of production for this generation. However, when I was waxing euphoric about them one evening, to Jim O’Keefe, a pal of mine who helps run the office for a Volvo repair shop (formerly known as Odvarr’s for its former owner, a Seattle Volvo legend, whose customers had bumper stickers that read, “Odvarr is my co-pilot”), he asked me, “Have you ever driven one?” to which I admitted the answer was no. In soft cases. Besides, if they were going to make only the safest car they could they would end up with a 1 car range, which is an interesting if probably not profitable proposal…. I also detest the aluminum interior accents. Volvo’s overall image is a bigger problem. Not saying Saab is Volvo, but still. But the reality is, people who buy Volvos aren’t stoplight racers. Yes, the C70 gets an entirely respectable 21 mpg in urban pose mode, and 29 mpg during open road cruise control. The C70 has a metal folding top that's power operated. I have 95k on my Audi 1.8T & know of older turbos that are approaching 200k. I don’t know how it is archived, but for those Doubting Thomases among you, the story of this event should still be at either http://www.seattletimes.com or http://www.seattep-i.com. But my hunch is he has done a lot of work to the suspension. In fact, I was shocked by the sporty(er) nature of the S40 T5. If you feel you have received this message in error, please view our customer care I can’t wait to take it out this spring. This car makes less sense in its second generation. I inititially thought so too, except that these cars are drop dead gorgeous, with stunning proportions and excellent fit and finish. I know; it's a bizarre concept. As far as the C70 being what someone else called a “chick’s car,” I think it is more accurately what the late Henry N. Manney III (perhaps the best writer Road & Track ever had, and a man whose style was right in sync with the New Journalism pioneered by the likes of Tom Wolfe and the late Hunter S. Thompson) used to call “a crumpet catcher” – not that I tried to find out, while in possession of this car. Just like its predecessor, the all-new Volvo C70 comes as both coupé and convertible. I have the stock stereo…Rocks! I must admit to preferring the original front end design but the latest face-lifted version is still an attractive car. In addition to the exciting 2011 facelift, the C70 standard features have been expanded and improved over previous years -- plus an excellent 5/60 warranty. For another, despite a top-flight suspension (MacPherson struts with coil-over shocks and stabilizer bars at the front and an independent multi-link at the rear), the sporting C70 driver must make constant mid-corner corrections. They also had that honesty, with a lot of style. I didn’t get to pick my options, and it came with 18 inch P zero run flat tires (Yikes no spare! I bought a C-70 on July third and have almost three thousand miles on it by a little afer Labor Day. nice review, but you forgot to mention the bane of almost all convertibles, namely scuttle shake. The Volvo C70 is an effortless and comfortable cruiser. I was just about to make that point. They are too impracticle for a family car, but not tossable enough for an enthusiast. (Zero to sixty takes roughly seven seconds.) 3. That being a requirement, my sons love to take the top down in the snow and dress in their ski gear with theie friends.Â The top goes up and down many times while frozen stiff.Â I go through tops like some people go through tires.Â To me, this hard-top is a welcome change.Â The car allows for 4 6-foot+ people to ride and no one’s knees are in the seat in front of them.Â As far as I know, there is only 1 car that meets those requirements.Â Do I have no other choice ina car.Â I’d die in a hard top. This car is pretty sweet. VERY low noise compared to ragtop, especially at high speeds. Back in 1998, I had a Chevrolet Camaro convertible, for evaluation but the cowl shake, and the lump under the passenger’s side floor (where the engineers had to put the catalytic converter and never resolved the lump issue) made me question whether I’d ever want to have one. I know that every car has its faults, and these were mostly addressed by after market fixes, so it was more of something to complain about than a lifetime annoyance that an owner would have to live with. This car is stinkin’ fantastic! I am going to look at the hardtop C70 because as with all ragtops there is a certain level of noise with the top up. FAST…I drive the Autobahn Everday to work. There are enough wealthy Volvo-lovers out there who don’t see any disconnect between sexy handsome, safe and practical, who'd no more thrash the C70 through the twisties than a ducktail wearing Raggare. Volvo C70 review http://bit.ly/AC8llVThe Volvo C70 is a slick-looking coupé-convertible. I will NEVER get Sports Supension again (Way Rough) While the Volvo C70 was discontinued following the release of the 2013 model, used Volvo C70 models are still popular vehicles on the used car market. FAQs or access your You forgot the S2000 and Miata. New in 1998, the sleek C70 coupe is based on Volvo's front-drive 70-Series. It does have the only side curtain airbags you’ll find in a drop top, though–they inflate upwards from the door tops. They were exactly what they looked like. amazing. Learn more about the 2013 Volvo C70. Mind you, Volvo’s been at this turbo-five business for quite some time. The interior is well finished. Nice car, but it needs Jag X-type sheetmetal instead. I’d like a hardtop convertable cause I am often in Philadelphia parking on the street, and I would be concerned about vandalism with a ragtop. 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