If you enjoy driving, the R-Design is a different car than the regular C30. Great power (225hp), tight steering, firm suspension, quality can be felt and wind noise is almost nonexistent. I would recommend this car for the enthusiast but it's not a convenient family car because rear seat access is not something you want to deal with regularly. Rear tires wear quickly but if your alignment shop is really good, rear settings can be altered slightly to help with that. Factory brake pads are good but dust the rear wheels heavily and I am happier with EBC Red pads on back and will probably go to them on front also. Water in floor (frt or rear) could be sunroof drains in A pillars (short tube or plugged @ firewall) search youtube or Volvo forums.
Bought a lemon...
2012 Volvo C30J. G. - Charlottesville, VA09/23/2016
Before we had made the first payment on this vehicle, a crack developed in
the coolant expansion tank resulting in catastrophic engine overheating and failure. The engine was toast. We were presented with a $16,000 repair bill.
We were told that even if we had purchased the Carmax extended warranty, the problem we experienced would not have been covered. Lovely.
Forturnately, after a month of deliberations, Carmax bought the car back from us , and in doing so, made us whole. What a relief. Go Carmax. They will undoubtedly sell the car off for parts, and write the rest of it off on their insurance.
True Scandinavian design --- European Power
2008 Volvo C30Jack - Williamsburg, VA07/11/2014
Dream hatchback. Drive around in something different form anyone else on the road. Depending on the year there are only up 4000 in North America. Definite future classic. An amazing, comfortable vehicle which is fun to drive every day. Great gas mileage for an American EPA conforming engine.
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