Used 2008 Volvo C70 Consumer Reviews
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Once I sold my classic Corvair convertible, I was on the hunt for another convertible, albeit one with some modern upgrades, a more comfortable ride, and under $10K. I test drove the Miata, Mustang and Toyota Solara. The Miata was fun but too cramped inside. The Mustangs I looked at all seemed like former rental cars or were just not very well cared for by their owners. I liked the Solara a lot, but it was a bit bigger than I wanted and I didn't like the unfinished look when the top was down...there's no boot or other covering over the folded roof. Once I test drove the C70, I was hooked. I found a low-mileage (55K) one in great condition in Zanzibar Gold Metallic! I've had it now for over a year but only put about 2K miles on it, so my review is based on that limited experience. I really like driving this car! The seats are nicely shaped and padded, the ride is sporty and comfortable, the visibility is good, the instruments are all logically laid out, and the Dynaudio sound system is outstanding. It is the best sound system I've ever heard in a car! It's that good. If you're looking to buy a C70, wait until you find one with the Dynaudio system. You'll be glad you did. Gas mileage is pretty good, averaging around 24 MPG. The turbo engine is responsive, although sometimes hesitates a bit from a stopped position. You get used to it though. I put all new Pirelli tires on the car which enhance the sporty and comfortable ride. I had to replace the timing belt and water pump (usually done together) at a cost of $1K, but it had to be done at some point anyway. Overall, I feel that the C70 is a fun and comfortable cruiser, which is exactly what I was seeking. Did I mention the amazing Dynaudio sound system?
We enjoyed our '08 C70 so much, we just purchased the slightly updated 2011 model. We kept the '08 for 3 1/2 years and just under 30K miles. It was never in the shop for anything other than scheduled maintenance and one warped brake rotor. The key-fob seat memory was a little balky...more of a nuisance than anything. Our avg mpg was 23ish for the total period, highway mileage was closer to 30 when we were trying to 'watch' it. After owning the '04 ragtop version of the C70, the '08 was superior in almost every way. Very solid with the top up or down...no problems with the top or its operation. The FWD can get a little 'slippy' if the driver sends too much power on slick roads, FYI.
I always wanted a convertible but steered clear of soft tops - loved the old C70 but only would have purchased a hard top. When I saw online Volvo building a new hardtop convertible I had to have it (though I also steer clear of new models their first year or two due to the manufacturer working out the bugs). Having had two BMWs prior I struggled with not getting another one but am thrilled with my decision. This car even got a round of applause at a local eatery when I put the top down for the drive home. I also own an XC90 SUV - both cars are white so a neighbor asked me if I work for Volvo now. I would highly recommend a Volvo!!
I bought this car used in march 2011. It came with 19,000 miles that woman put on before me. She traded it in and bought a new one. I compared this to the camaro, bmw and infiniti convertibles. These cars could not compete with the value and the feel of this car. The hard top convertible is amazing to watch go up and down. It has surprisingly good power with its 230 hp with its 2.5 liter turbo 5 cylinder. Still gets good gas mileage. I average 22 city and 28 highway driving slow like i normaly do. But I want to pass someone its very easy. Im at 30k miles and had no problems. Very reliable. Only thing its expensive to maintain. Around 200-600 dollars every time i bring it in.
I replaced my Toyota Solara convertible with this Volvo C70. Despite similar horsepower, the Volvo seems to have quite a bit less pep. I bought this car because it is nice looking and Volvo's reputation for safety and longevity. Now that I've settled into the car, I've noticed that the interior is much smaller than my previous car. I'm an average size male and I've got my seat quite far back. Even this seat setting, I notice that my knuckles bump my leg when I make a turn. I couldn't imagine transporting anyone other than a child in the rear. It seems cramped on the inside but I hope to get used to it.