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Old 08-31-2005, 10:01   #1 (permalink)
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C70 convertible - any quirks to know about?

Looking at a '99 C70 ragtop - any advice or areas of concern to look for?
Thanks.
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Old 08-31-2005, 10:01   #2 (permalink)
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"OlBlueEyes" <frank@sinatra.com> wrote in message
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> Looking at a '99 C70 ragtop - any advice or areas of concern to look for?
> Thanks.


Yes, dont pay too much!!! Anything at a dealer is going to be waaaay over
the top. 6-7k grand should be plenty on a 99 unless its in exceptional order
/ low miles.

An all new C70 is very imminent, and the older model is fairly unloved as it
is.

Beware scuttle shake and poor ride especially on GT's with the harder
suspension.

Expect to have to hold on tight if its a T5!!

Tim..


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Old 08-31-2005, 12:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: C70 convertible - any quirks to know about?

Electric front windows are sometime tricky. Check for smooth noiseless
movement. Check for perfect closing / sealing of the window when closed.
Check for whistling noise at higher speeds. Best: visible inspection of
inside mechanism, specifically front side where cable is fixed to window
frame. Reason: adjusting the windows is tedious and a new window mechanism
("sorry sir, only the complete unit") costs a fortune. Alternative: live
with it & handle with care.

Cracking noise when steering max left or right are often caused by a design
flaw, regularly put grease on the appropriate locations solves it (not
typically for convertable).

rest: mine is not for sale :-)

W.

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> "OlBlueEyes" <frank@sinatra.com> wrote in message
> news:Xns96C3788B9C3E7OlBlueEyes@66.26.32.9...
>> Looking at a '99 C70 ragtop - any advice or areas of concern to look for?
>> Thanks.

>
> Yes, dont pay too much!!! Anything at a dealer is going to be waaaay over
> the top. 6-7k grand should be plenty on a 99 unless its in exceptional
> order
> / low miles.
>
> An all new C70 is very imminent, and the older model is fairly unloved as
> it
> is.
>
> Beware scuttle shake and poor ride especially on GT's with the harder
> suspension.
>
> Expect to have to hold on tight if its a T5!!
>
> Tim..
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>



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Old 09-01-2005, 21:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: C70 convertible - any quirks to know about?

1999 is the first year that the 70 series used the electronic throttle
module, or ETM. Very high rate of failure , esp after 70K miles. There is
a class action suit pending against Volvo because of the high rate (I have
heard of something like an 85 percent failure rate). If it fails, usually
without warning, you lose throttle control and end up limping along at idle
speed. Better hope it doesn't happen on an interstate with a semi breathing
down your neck and there's 4 lanes of traffic to get across to the shoulder.
Do a google on Volvo + ETM, and or check out the xc70.com forums on this
subject. If I was buying a 1999-2001 70 series I would insist on dealer
replacement of the ETM as a condition of sale, and an extended warranty on
it on top of that. They go for around a grand to replace. Have given
Volvo's reliability reputation a big and apperenty well deserved black eye
for the way they have been trying to dodge responsibility. I just dodged
the ETM bullet, my recently purchased 98 V70 XC Cross Country was the last
year of the series that had a nice simple cable and spring controlled
throttle body. Why they went from something cheap, simple and reliable to a
electrical servo motor driven throttle body that costs a grand to replace
and has an abysmal failure rate is beyond me.



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