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Great Hard Top Convertible! by Southern California Mom on 09/17/2011. Trim: 2009 Volvo C70 T5, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Very fun car to drive! Handling is great--sometimes is a little 'loose' in tight corners but overall pretty solid. I wanted a convertible that I felt safe driving my kids around in-the doors are solid & heavy (compared to other cars) and has side air bags & rear seat roll over bars. The car is stylish & looks great with the top down--I've had lots of compliments on this car! The front seats are comfortable & the sound system is very good. I looked/test drove several convertibles (Lexus, Infinity, VW, BMW) before buying the Volvo. Volvo had better trunk space, didn't require premium fuel & had the 5 year/50000 mile warranty where Volvo covers pretty much all service/repair needs-terrific!
Cons: I wish the gas mileage was a little better (I get 17 mpg/city with the top mostly down) but with a 'heavier' car, this is probably the trade-off. Headlights on 'low' beams seem a little 'off'' but the dealer says they meet factory specification', chassis can be a little stiff/creaky when car is cold, rear seats are great for younger kids but cramped for full-size teenagers/adults.
Overall review: I love this car!! After driving a minivan for 10 years, the C70 is a fun, sporty car to drive that is perfect for southern California!! When I purchased this car, it was between the Volvo C70 and the Lexus IS350. The Lexus had slightly better handling and more rear passenger room but it required premium fuel (according to the dealer's salesman), had less trunk space than the Volvo, had a higher price than the Volvo (I got a great deal on the Volvo) and did not offer any maintenace (Volvo's 5 year/50,000 mile plan pays for all required servicing and any repairs. As the salesman said, the only thing it doesn't cover is gas, windshield blades and tires). This was a HUGE benefit over the Lexus!! I am completely happy with my Volvo C70-- I love this car!!
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