Beautiful day in Charlotte, NC what to do? Called University Volvo and my salesman Bob Kennedy and asked if he had time to see me and let me drive one of the new C70's he had? <p>Come on down was his reply, if I'm busy just ask for the keys! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Asked my Mother to come along since she drives the V50T5 to compare.<p>Got there and in fact he was busy and did just what he said handed me the keys and pointed outside to a sparkling bright Black C70 with Calcite leather. Another salesman wanted to tell me how to operate the top, I informed him that I got all the necessary info off Swedespeed and was set to go <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Pictures don't do the C70 justice, way sexier in person, this car was fully equipt with the 18" rims, Dynaudio and the such. Got in and started it up, very quiet and smooth, moreso than the V50T5 I have,probably more sound insulation, let the A/C cool the inside down and drove off with no salesperson along, did say I'd be back in a few minutes <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Upon leaving the dealer I immediately noticed what Jimay said that the car seemed to roll like a boat at speeds under 40mph, this was with the top still up, road isn't in good condition, lots of truck traffic uses it so I turned the corner and got on a smoother stretch, opening it up smoothly to 80mph, still very quiet inside, very comfortable. Planned to go to my house a few miles away and take some time looking it over in peace and trying out the roof as I hadn't found the fold button at the dealer. The rolling for some reason had disappeared by the time I got to my house and I had also found the fold button so that's the first thing I did. Roof went down with no issues, looked real sweet in my driveway.<p>Tried out the Dynaudio and was thouroly impressed, someone before me had the sub and bass set full almost unbarable with the roof up and even when down, so I tweaked it alittle. This coming from someone who had a system in a previous Volvo costing $10k putting out 146 decibels and 1500watts of clear power.<p>Coming from a V50 all controls are pretty much in the same location so no issues there, do like the additional firmer padding it seems in the seats as well as the sport stearing wheel and gear selector, Mods I will have to retrofit to my Moms V50. <p>Roof works cycled it fully four times in a little over an hour, think the trick is KEEP your foot on the brake and finger on either the down or up botton at all times until the display says it's done. Going up I wanted to stop because the roof latches had locked but the truck hadn't closed completely, that could throw you and cause you to release the brake or button and that in turn causes the programming to lock up, might just need a software update that is a little less sensitive.<p>Roof down the cabin is quiet, casual conversations can be had without overly raising ones voice. I'm 6'4" and wind buffeting was very minimal, barely moved a hair, inside you felt a slight breeze swirling around. My Mother is 5'3" and had no complaints either. A note when the roof is folded you do notice a slight weight shift to the rear as if obviously you were driving with a full trunk, the suspension however adjusts nicely to the weight transfer even though the nose might sit a little higher. This may be a cause of that rolling motion at slower speeds because the suspension has to do double duty and the center of gravity is shifting. Maybe an adaptive suspension would do the trick? It's trying to find a balance, close but not quite without adding thousands to the price.<p>Engine performance is nice for a convertible, like to drive a manual as well, same as in the V50T5 maybe a smidge slower, but this car isn't meant to be a M3 or S4 convertible, a good balance was found.<p>Brakes are good and the 18" wheels look good the P-zeros need to change, hit a grove in the road and the car will go right along it, startled me a few times when the wheel just jerked alittle and the car followed. Drive it and see, I would ask my dealer to swap tires to Michellins or similar. The ride although compliant and firm seemed a little to firm at times, like to try the 17" set up as well. Again this coming from someone who had 225/35/18 on a 850 and is running 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 on an Audi S4, again it must have to do somewhat with the choice of tire. The 17" with Michellins on the V50 are great.<p>Cowl shake was very minimal, on certain bumps I did notice the shake in the rear view mirror but then that's inherant in some form in all convertables. <p>Fit and finish is nice and for short trips there is ample room for four adults, kids only for medium trips and two for longer ones. I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10 there is always room for improvement <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Drove from my house to my Mothers and showed a few neighbors the car as well as took a few for a ride. All were very impressed even one car junkie who is a fan of MB. Driving down shaded neighborhood streets was great, brings back memories of the Blackforest in Southern Germany. Well 90min later and about 30mi we were back at the dealer, I was so nice that I even put a little extra in the gas tank.<p>This car will be on my short list for my next OSD in Sweden, still have to testdrive the V70R and then decide wish I had the money and room for both. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> Late spring 07 my trip is planned so I have some time to judge the reliability of the roof Mechanism. Can't have a better dealer and salesperson either, lucky they are both in my City.