I put my deposit down to get in line about a month ago.<p>My <B>first</B> test drive was about three weeks ago. A brief visit to the dealer in which the salesman did the driving. We put the top down. We put the top up. We put the top down. The <B>roof failed</B> to go back up. The dashboard told us the obvious. The roof had failed. We went into the service bay. After I loudly suggested they "simulate the customer experience in this situation" They went and found and read the owners manual to see what Volvo tells the owner to do when the top is peeking up three inches and the dash is dinging like you're the stupidest person on earth. Yep the manual is probably a good place to start. They got the roof back up by putting it into emergency mode. That made the car safe, dry and drivable. But they couldn't clear the error. I had to be at another engagement, so when I left them they were clustered around the car, diagnostic clip attached, reading to each other "now step on the brake". "Are you stepping on the brake?"<p>On my <B>second</B> test drive, I actually got to drive it. It was a nice day, 60-65 degrees. Fairly calm, light breeze. Some sun. I mixed about 35 miles of city streets and interstate driving. The strongest impression I got was:<p>The <B>body rolls</B>. It rolls uncertainly. It hops from one foot to the other like a kid that has to pee. It's the strangest sensation. There is no yaw right to left like a loose suspension. It doesn't jounce and rebound on the pitch axis. It rolls back and forth, back and forth. Hold your fist out straight ahead of you and make like you're turning a key. That's the axis I'm talking about. It's what pilots call the roll axis. <p>At under 45 miles per hour, it's the most noticeable. On the highway the road sensations mask the feeling. At slow speeds and in traffic where you are occupied watching cars and lanes, it isn't as pronounced. But in a straight, unmolested line between 30 and 50 mph on typically dodgy asphalt or concrete, it rocks like a little rowboat <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> from side to side.<p>The really strange thing was that the <B>pitch</B> and <B>yaw</B> axes were firm and showed nothing strange. The steering was firm, straight and didn't show any caster wobbling. I thought it might be the road surface, but I have been down the same road twice, once after the first test drive in one of our cars and once after the second test drive in our other car. Neither car rolled like the C70. Has anyone else experienced this <B>rolling</B> sensation?<p>The <B>second</B> test drive ended similar to the first. The second time I tried to put the top up it did the same thing. The top peeked out of the trunk and decided not to come out. Don't post a reply telling me to remember to keep my foot on brake and not to let go of the switch until the dash tells you it's open or closed, as the case may be. I'm well aware of the procedure and I was following it, same as the sales guy did on the first test drive. Any posting of this sort will force me to taunt you and compare your father to a <B>hamster</B> and your mothers scent to <B>elderberries</B>.<p>When I brought the car back I told the saleswoman the service warning light was on saying the top had failed. She got in the car and after a short <B>ritual</B>, the error cleared and the top worked. She said her philosophy was to <I>go back to square one</I>. She basically got in and out of the car twice. She locked it. Unlocked it. Got in. Got out. Locked it. Unlocked it.<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> et voila' (or it's equivalent in swedish "and dont'cha know") the top now worked. No need to see the dealer to clear the error message. The error message was gone.<p>When she calmly explained this getting things back to ground zero ritual, I said "And then you touch your nose and spin around three times, right?" When she gave me the look (you guys know "the look"). She was trying to be polite, but it flashed. Kinda like a gun accidentally going off. So I looked right back at her and said, "That's not a solution, that's voodoo." I had this image of having to do this in and out shuffle on a rainy day to coax the car to work. My wife might reliably learn the special foot on brake, don't let go of the button ritual. The go back to zero ritual isn't going to work. Not on a car she won't be driving most days. My wife is a very lovely and normal person. Normal people forget these things.<p>SO<br>1. Tell me about YOUR driving sensations. Did it seem to roll from one foot to the other?<br>2. Tell me your roof stories? Is this dealer demo unit unusual?