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Volvo C70 Convertible Tops May Have Problems With Micro-Switches/Potentiometers

Volvo C70 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Average Mileage: 97,423 mi (14,500 mi - 200,000 mi)


The convertible top may have problems with the micro-switches and potentiometers that help control the raising and lowering of the top.

  • Cloeyboy, , 95,000 mi

    Convertible top started to go back and then stopped 6 inches from the widnscreen. Manually cranked it back to close and now won't work and the system keeps dinging all the time. Can anyone offer a suggestion?

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  •  Rookie

    The problem I've run into was mentioned in passing in this feed, but I'm not sure about what to do next. The roof on my girlfriends car is closed all the way, but the sensor doesn't seem to realize that and the ding ding ding is driving us up a wall. I tried to find the fuse for that particular sensor and pull it but had no such luck. I tried to find the push button on the roof to try and jam it closed to stop the alarm but had no such luck there either. Is there anything we can do to get that thing to quiet down? It seems like a form of Chinese drip torture!

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  • Visitor, , 106,400 mi

    we just bought a 2000 volvo c70 ,,,,the convertible top goes all the way down but not completely so the hard part is straight up and stuck....then if you push the button for the top to go forward it only makes it too the front with about four inches to go but doesnt make it ,,it stops......bummed out...

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  •  Enthusiast

    the roof storage area on my c70 will not open manually by cranking with the tools supplied and will not open with the switch so how do you get into it

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  • Visitor, , 121,000 mi

    top wont go down

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  • Visitor, , 124,000 mi

    top locked in closed position but convertible light and chime alarm goes off incessantly when driving the car. dealership does not offer any definite options to diagnose and fix the problem.

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  • Visitor, , 14,500 mi

    this vovo is the worst car i have ever owned do yourself a favour never buy one

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  • Visitor, , 82,700 mi

    I also had this problem with the top stuck between up and down. Had to manually lower the top into storage area. During the manual closing, I noticed two small broken switches on either side that appeared to have broken off the lift arms. Took vehicle back to dealership, they mentioned nothing about micro-switches or potentiometers but rather told me that I would have to purchase both a left and right "tappet" that allegedly are broken, at a cost of almost $3,000. Then they would be able to determine what else would be required to "fix." I paid them to raise the top, lock it in place and disconnect the switch and chime so that no one would lower the top again.

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  • Visitor, , 74,000 mi

    I had to replace the top and once I replaced the top I had issues with it closing properly into the trunk. One of many problems with this beautiful looking car. Will never buy another one!

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  • dsltonk, , 52,000 mi

    I had one of the two potentiametes replaced and have had problems with it ever since ie: wont complete its cycle when putting back up so the light and ding sound is on. Also after the volvo dealer so called fixed the potentiameter the top doesnt work up and down complete
    and wont fix it for me after I spent almost $1,000!!

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