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S70 Quiet & Rattle Free?[ALL/1998] posted by Tony Zee on
Tuesday, 6 May 1997, at 3:11 p.m.

I just got an S70 (pewter) over the weekend. What a joy it is to have! I really appreciate the fit and finish after having a BMW 325 for 3 years. I notice especially the smooth paint and quiet ride. I am impressed there are absolutely no noises.

My question, to you veteran Volvo owners, is does the "quietness" sustain itself over a long period of time? When (if ever) should I begin to get creeks and rattles? I hope never.

Thanks and regards,

Re: S70 Quiet & Rattle Free?[ALL/1998] posted by Stoney on
Tuesday, 6 May 1997, at 4:13 p.m.

Tony, My 1990 240DL 100K miles is still quieter than my mother in laws 1995 Toyota Camry. Her stereo is better though.

I think that the sunroof kit helps keep the internal noise down, the extra insulation provided by the hard plastic/foam liner is probably why.

I just rode in a friends S70(w/ big turbo) and I thought it was great. He still won't let me (or his wife) drive it, and we can't get te smile offa his face!!!

Re: S70 Quiet & Rattle Free?[ALL/1998] posted by Theddy Cassaras on
Wednesday, 7 May 1997, at 8:35 a.m.

Earlier Volvos were known to sqeek and produce various kinds of noices from all over the car. We used to say in Sweden that the parts were not delivered ON the car, but delivered WITH the car. Nowadays, Volvos are much better built. None of my Volvos after -91 year model has produced any disturbing noice like Volvos did before. I'm now on my fifth car since -91, each of the four first ones reached about 250.000 km (160.000 miles) when I sold them, all still running smooth and quietly. (I use them as taxi, which explaines the high mileage.)

A while ago, I read an article in a Swedish newspaper about an international investigation concerning quality status among car manufacturers throughout the world, that Volvo over the last years has imroved their position from one of the worst some ten years ago up to second place from the top today, and they are still working to improve the quality. I have in fact myself been somewhat involved in their efforts to improve the quality of the after-market, i.e. service and repairs by the retailers in Sweden.


Re: S70 Quiet & Rattle Free?[ALL/1998] posted by Paul Elliott on
Thursday, 8 May 1997, at 11:50 a.m.

I got my '95 850 Turbo in june of '95, and now has 13000 miles on it. To date, it is quieter than the day I bought it. I've improved performance by adding from IPD a sport exhaust, K&N filter, and most importantly, a reporgrammed ECU, which boosts HP to 275. It is truelly a fun car to drive, quiet, solid, and aside from the M3 sedan, is the fastest 4 dr car on the road. I'm curious about your 325 comments though. I always thought that if I wanted to ever change brands, it might only be for an M3. Did you find something lacking from the BMW 3 line?

Re: S70 Quiet & Rattle Free?[ALL/1998] posted by Nick Gidakos on
Thursday, 8 May 1997, at 12:39 p.m.

Another question,

I thought the new 540 BMW are faster. Also what about the caddy STS. By the way how did it improve by adding those mods. Can you give me a ballpark figure expenditure?

Thanks for info


Re: S70 Quiet & Rattle Free?[ALL/1998] posted by Nick Gidakos on
Thursday, 8 May 1997, at 12:43 p.m.

Another question again sorry I forgot. Who installed the above componets? I would think everything can be done by you but how about the exhaust? (does it void the warranty?)

Sorry again


Re: S70 Quiet & Rattle Free?[ALL/1998] posted by Tony Zee on
Thursday, 8 May 1997, at 3:47 p.m.

I got the 325 simply because that's what I'd wanted all my life. Apart from the creaks from the body construction, the sunroof began to rattle after about the first year. From that point onward it just got worse and worse. The dash is not put together very well. The lines of the radio do not line up with the temp control, which did not line up with the trip computer, etc. There were large (1/8") gaps between each module. Seems like they "built" the dash out of wooden building blocks. To make matters worse, the main air conditioning vent warped every summer to the extent there was a 1/4" gap between the dash and the vent. The glove box was never fully closed and the dealer could never adjust it properly.

Worst of all, the paint on this car was so soft that by year three thr car was full of little poch marks, not only in the front but even on the top of the hood.

The car looked great, I enjoyed driving it, but cannot compare in quality to Volvo. It kinda reminds me of a rich snob who doesn't know how to dress (no matter how great the clothes, still looks sloppy).


Re: S70 Quiet & Rattle Free?[ALL/1998] posted by Stoney on
Friday, 9 May 1997, at 3:29 p.m.

If you think the BMW 325 is a junkheap try the 318TI. I saw the grille fall off after the guy hit a NYC pothole. The plastic mounting studs just sheared right off. Made a nice kidney shaped wall ornament.

By the way the sticker was still on the window. !!!


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