Love my new 2004 XC70

Discussion in 'Volvo C70' started by shs, Feb 20, 2004.

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    shs Guest

    Replaced a 1998 V70 AWD. Amazed at how much better this new car is --
    handling, design, features, and all for just about the same price as six
    years ago. Or perhaps I've become a much better negotiator.

    Any others as pleased with their XC70?
    shs, Feb 20, 2004
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    Rob Guenther Guest

    About the price - Volvo prices haven't jumped drastically... In fact they
    have essentially gone down over 10 years (taking inflation into the mix).
    Our 960 had a list price of $42000 CND when we bought it new (minus 7000 we
    got knocked off because we got it year end, and a little bit more thru
    haggling for a better trade in and a bit more knocked off the car since we
    could only get one in charcoal silver, and only with black interior)....
    For around 45000-50000 you can get a comparably equiped V70 2.5T... More
    power, safer, more solid feeling car (after 11 years the 960 is pretty
    solid, but it's nothing compared to a new car...we have some good squeaks
    from the dash and the body seems to give a little more over bumps) with
    slightly improved features. Then again no really NEW features other then
    cupholders, dual zone climate, and a slightly better radio with CD now....
    The sound quality IMO isn't much better, in fact the stereo seperation and
    distribution seems better in the 960, it just can't handle the same amount
    of bass, and there aren't as many speakers either, and no optional NAV
    system of course.

    The 2004 XC70 is the one my dad wants right now, either that or a Titanium
    Edition 2.5T. It's been test driven, but no one in the family feels we
    really need a new car, our 960 is young in mileage (going in for the 144K Km
    service next week) and there has been no headaches, we will take this car
    for long trips without second guessing the descition (okay, if it's only two
    people they steal my diesel Golf to save on fuel...then I get the Volvo, so
    all is well). Personally I want a normal V70.... maybe a T-5 so I can rake
    in the speeding tickets ;-), don't feel I need the added ground clearance or
    the body cladding... tho I love the seats in the XC, they seem beefier, with
    nicer stitching.
    Rob Guenther, Feb 20, 2004
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    None Guest

    We really love our '04 as well. Two small issues: 1) I find the brightness
    of the readouts in the instrument cluster and the screen brightness of the
    navigation system to be far too dim in direct, bright sunlight; 2) the
    windshield acts like a partially-silvered mirror in the same situation,
    reflecting a great deal of the dash. I use polarized sunglasses for the
    latter--haven't figured out what to do about the former.

    Otherwise, it's been a wonderful car for the first 10,000 miles!

    Joel Cook
    None, Feb 22, 2004
  4. I have the same problem on my '01 V70 XC. The problem with wearing
    polarized sunglasses is that the radio display is polarized in such a
    way that I have to turn my head sideways to read it if I have my
    polarized sunglasses on. Did they fix that on the '04?
    Stephen M. Henning, Feb 22, 2004
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    None Guest

    No, the '04 has the same issue and I have to do just as you do.
    None, Feb 22, 2004
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    Sandyon66XYZ Guest

    We have a 2003 XC70 (my 4th Volvo) that we put 30,000 miles on the first
    year that we had it, and we "love" it!

    Regarding seeeing the info in the LEDs (?) for the instruments and the
    radio, I could not see it through my sunglasses. I then bought a pair of
    driving sunglasses which have lenses that are not as dark at the bottom as
    they are at the middle and top of the lenses. I can now see all of the dash
    and radio info just fine. The pair I bought are Foster Grants "endorsed by
    a NASCAR driver" and sold at WalMart for $14.95 or $19.95, I don't remember
    the exact price.

    Sandyon66XYZ, Feb 22, 2004
  7. I complained about this issue 3 years ago. Apparently this information
    never got back to the engineers. All of the other displays are
    polarized in such a way that you can see them with polaroid sunglasses
    on without turning your sideways. It seems like it would be easy to fix
    Stephen M. Henning, Feb 23, 2004
  8. You missed the point. All polaroid sunglasses have a plane of
    polarization which is vertical. Light reflecting off a highway or other
    horizontal surface is polarized horizontal and the glasses don't pass
    it. The digital display on Volvo radios is also polarized horizontal.
    If you rotate the glasses 90 degrees you can see it fine. It has nothing
    to do with the darkness of polaroid lenses.

    The advantage of polaroid lenses is that it selectively eliminates the
    reflection off the inside of the windshield if you light colored dash so
    that you can see out the windshield.
    Stephen M. Henning, Feb 23, 2004
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