2008 Volvo C 30
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First Volvo

by from Lansing, MI on April 19, 2017

2008 bought in 2011, owned for 6 years. Really like the car, small, steady, with good performance. It's a basic model of Volvo, you get what you pay for. I don't mind basics, as long as it remain...
2008 bought in 2011, owned for 6 years. Really like the car, small, steady, with good performance. It's a basic model of Volvo, you get what you pay for. I don't mind basics, as long as it remains dependable. Hatch is large and accommodating for my needs in picture framing. Lots of space it provides with fold down back seats. Great on the road, high performance and punch when you ask for it. Premium gas user, but so is the power. Super on snow and ice. Good stability. Travels well and accommodates tight turns, parking and space. I've replaced breaks, struts, windshield, battery, with 79K now.
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Roadster with practical side

by from Seattle, WA on April 29, 2015

I bought C30 four and half years ago used with 20K. The handsome external design expresses my style well. It is practical (overall small size, with easy back seat conversion to increased cargo volume)...
I bought C30 four and half years ago used with 20K. The handsome external design expresses my style well. It is practical (overall small size, with easy back seat conversion to increased cargo volume), well balance (power and mileage), and simple inside. I used it to transport tools and materials for home improvement, to take my dog to the park, to go skiing (roof ski rack), and to go on hikes from trail heads far into the Washington state Cascade mountain roads. This car does all of this at good mileage, reliable services, and sporty feel. At 85K, so far I have had door auto lock relays replaced on warranty (it was locking door without command to do so). Windshield was replaced at 60K. Front brakes were replaced at 35K. I have to remove and reinsert key for car to start (getting key error). Otherwise, no other issues that would make me even come close to regret I bought this wonderful speedster. If you want luxury handling and interior noise level, with plenty of power for passing and roadstering, at small fuel mileage penalty, with sufficient room to carry four or plenty of cargo, and simple Scandinavian interior design this car is definitely for you. Get it!
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Great Car

by from Stamford, CT on December 21, 2012

I love my C30, great to mod, great to just drive. I have a few friends that also have one. Recommended.
I love my C30, great to mod, great to just drive. I have a few friends that also have one. Recommended.
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Love my C30!

by from Central WO on December 19, 2011

I bought my 08 C30 new in late 2008. This was my first car purchase and I am in LOVE! Volvo for life! I always thought I would buy this car and trade it in in a few years (as my parents do, to always ...
I bought my 08 C30 new in late 2008. This was my first car purchase and I am in LOVE! Volvo for life! I always thought I would buy this car and trade it in in a few years (as my parents do, to always keep the vehicles in warranty). I can never picture giving up my C30. I don't know what this car did to me... but it's never leaving the garage. I have 40,000 miles on it and it still drives like a new one. A friend has over 500,000 miles on his Volvo 850, so we have a lot of catching up to do! I came out of a full sized truck and I wanted a small car, but I wanted to be safe and comfortable. The Volvo was the perfect fit. I can get 30+ MGP on the highway with the cruise set at 73. It actually has quite a bit of cargo room, and even more with the rear seats down (I've hauled a lot of stuff). And it is the only coupe I've found that has a 2,000 towing capacity! Fun car to drive, plenty of passing power and great for parking in the city. I think the C30 is under appreciated by many, but I get compliments all the time and still have people asking me almost 4 years later "What a cool Volvo! I've never seen one of these". I live in Central WI and it preforms very well in the snow with the proper tires. I have to credit Volvo's great vehicle balance for this. Only complaint I have (had) was that the factory tires only lasted me 25,000 miles before they were so loud I couldn't stand them. Now with the proper rubber she's quiet and plows through the snow like a champ!
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mst stylish small car i owned

by from Philadelphia on May 23, 2010

Great looks...handles well in bad weather beacuse of the design, water fall design of the interior is really cool. Half leather seat design is very comfortable in long drives. DYNADIO rocks compared w...
Great looks...handles well in bad weather beacuse of the design, water fall design of the interior is really cool. Half leather seat design is very comfortable in long drives. DYNADIO rocks compared with my Saab premium sound, the sound system is too sophesticated. Sports alloys give a great look to the car. VOLVO coverage is simply the BEST, covering brakes/wipers everything except tires.
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C30 - The FUN Volvo

by from Indianapolis, IN on September 24, 2009

I've owned my C30 T5 for about a year and LOVE it. I was able to buy it used with only 7500 miles on it for a great price. It has fast acceleration, handles well in city traffic, really moves on the h...
I've owned my C30 T5 for about a year and LOVE it. I was able to buy it used with only 7500 miles on it for a great price. It has fast acceleration, handles well in city traffic, really moves on the highway, and makes a terrific vrrrrrrooom vrrrrooom sound when passing. This is not my husband's staid S80 Volvo! It's more fun than I thought you could have driving a Volvo, yet it still has 4 seats, a very usable hatch area, and of course the Volvo safety features. I'd definitely buy it again.
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Best Value!

by from Saratoga, NY on March 13, 2009

This car is the very best value out there. Aside from it's looks, it handles well even in bad weather, has a very comfy interior, is very fast, and is very reasonable to insure making it a great value...
This car is the very best value out there. Aside from it's looks, it handles well even in bad weather, has a very comfy interior, is very fast, and is very reasonable to insure making it a great value overall for operating costs. The only thing I would change is to eek out a few more MPG's. I get about 26 with regular, but if I use a gas treatment every other tank I get closer to 29-30. This automobile is definitely worth a few extra dollars at purchase time; the safety and reliability is second to none! I am Volvo for life:)
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6 Spd. C 30

by from Westchester county, NY on December 8, 2008

When I first saw the car, I intermediately fell in love with its look. I did a little research and found that it was one of only a few sporty cars that comes with a manual transmission. The dealer wav...
When I first saw the car, I intermediately fell in love with its look. I did a little research and found that it was one of only a few sporty cars that comes with a manual transmission. The dealer waved the $300 custom equipment fee so we went to town with the options. White leather, Saphire black exterior, 17" wheels for a softer ride. It has a 650 Watt 11 speaker stereo with satellite radio which is wonderful. The trip computer is interesting and up dates constantly. The car handles well and gives a very quit ride. The engine is a jewel, very peppy and has a nice sound when passing. The look of the car is amazing and they are very RARE in the NY area. I avoided the sun roof since it was very small and almost unnoticable from the drivers seat. The power heated seats warm right up and the controls for the radio and temperature are very logical and well thought out. I have nearly 10 thousand miles on it in just over a year and have loved every minute. The EPA milage figures are very accurate and you can run it on regular gas. 93 Octane gives it a little more punch, but not much. I recommend the electric fold in rear view mirrors and the soft cargo cover.
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poor mileage

by from Boca Raton on September 6, 2008

My C-30 gets such poor mileage that I cannot recommend it. Volvo gives no support and have told me that there is nothing further the would do after only checking the computers.
My C-30 gets such poor mileage that I cannot recommend it. Volvo gives no support and have told me that there is nothing further the would do after only checking the computers.
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My 1st Volvo...Who'd of thought.

by from California on July 26, 2008

I'm 47 and until this year have never considered a Volvo. The 2008 C30, with automatic geartronic shifting, is really fun to drive and looks really unique. It accelerates rapidly and smoothly, and it ...
I'm 47 and until this year have never considered a Volvo. The 2008 C30, with automatic geartronic shifting, is really fun to drive and looks really unique. It accelerates rapidly and smoothly, and it can corner at fairly fast speeds. I tinted the rear hatch window and two rear passenger windows fairly dark. I also tinted the two roll-up windows with a light tint, and the car took on a whole new level of unique coolness! The only suggestion I have for Volvo engineers is to squeeze a few more MPG out of the engine without reducing H.P.
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