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Chapter 9 - Specifications

pg. 125 Specifications

Oil/fluids specifications 126
Engine specifications 127
Cooling/fuel/distributor ignition systems 128
Front/rear suspensions 128
Transmission, Capacities, Vehicle loading 129
Electrical system/bulbs 130
Dimensions and weights 131
On Call Roadside assistance 132

pg. 126 Oil/fluid specifications

Engine Oil

Meeting or exceeding ILSAC specification GF-2, including ACEA A1, API SJ, SJ/CF, and SJ/Energy Conserving.

Oil additives must not be used.
Engine oilQuality: Meeting API SJ, SJ/CF, and SJ/Energy Conserving. Capacity (incl. filter): 6.2 US qts. (5.8 liters)
Automatic transmission fluidQuality: AW5. Only Volvo gearbox oil (1161540-8). Do not mix with other oils..Capacity: 8 US qts. (7.5 liters)
Manual transmission fluidQuality: Volvo synthetic gearbox oil 1161423 Capacity: 2.2 US qts. (2.1 liters)
Power steering fluidQuality: ATFCapacity: 0.95 US qts. (0.9 liters)
Brake fluidQuality: DOT 4+ boiling point > 536°F (280°C), P/N 9437433Capacity: 0.64 US qts. (0.6 liters)

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 127 Engine specifications


Liquid-cooled gasoline, 5-cylinder, in-line engine. Aluminum alloy cylinder block with cast-iron cylinder liners cast directly into the block. Aluminum alloy cylinder head with double overhead camshafts and separate intake and outlet channels.

Engine lubrication is provided by an eccentric pump driven from the crankshaft. Full-flow type oil filter. Exhaust emission control is accomplished by multiport fuel injection, heated oxygen sensor(s) and three-way catalytic converter.

Charge air cooler (Intercooler)

Turbocharged engines employ a turbo-compressor to force air into the engine inlet manifold and a charge air cooler to cool the compressed inlet air. The resulting increase in air flow raises pressure in the intake manifold by approx. 8.7 psi (over atmospheric pressure) and engine power output by approx. 50 horsepower over that developed by the normally-aspirated engine. The charge air cooler (which resembles a radiator) is located between the turbo-compressor and inlet manifold.
Designation: Volvo B 5234 T9
Output 242 hp at 5400 rpm (180 kw/90 rps)
Max. torque 243 ft. lbs. at 2400-5100 rpm (330 Nm/40-92 rps)
Number of cylinders 5
Bore 3.19" (81 mm)
Stroke 3.54" (90 mm)
Displacement 2.3 liters
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Number of valves 20

Designation: Volvo B 5244 T7
Output 197 hp at 5700 rpm (147 kw/95 rps)
Max torque 210 ft. lbs. at 1800-5000 rpm (285 Nm/30-83 rps)
Number of cylinders 5
Bore 3.27" (83 mm)
Stroke 3.54" (90 mm)
Displacement 2.4 liters
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Number of valves 20

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 128 Specifications

Cooling system

Type: Positive pressure, closed system

Thermostat begins to open at 180° F (87° C)

Coolant: Volvo original coolant/antifreeze

Capacity: 7.4 US qts. (7.0 liters)

Fuel system

The engine is equipped with a multiport fuel injection system.

Distributor ignition system

Firing order: 1-2-4-5-3

Distributor ignition setting: Not adjustable

Spark plugs: Champion RC87PYP (or equivalent)

Spark plug gap: 0.03" (0.75 mm)

Tightening torque: 18.4 ft. lbs. +/- 3.7 ft. lbs. (25 Nm +/- 5 Nm)

The distributor ignition system operates at very high voltages. Special safety precautions must be followed to prevent injury. Always turn the ignition off when:

  • Replacing distributor ignition components e.g. plugs, coil, etc.
  • Do not touch any part of the distributor ignition system while the engine is running. This may result in unintended movements and body injury.

  • All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    Front suspension

    Spring strut suspension with integrated shock absorbers and control arms linked to the support frame. Power-assisted rack and pinion steering. Safety type steering column.
    The alignment specifications apply to an unladen car but include fuel, coolant and spare wheel.
    Toe-in measured on the wheel rims: 2.4 mm +/- 0.7 mm
    Toe-in measured on tire sides: 2.9 +/- 0.9 mm

    Rear suspension

    Delta-link individual rear wheel suspension with longitudinal support arms, double link arms and track rods.
    Toe-in measured on the tire sides: 4° +/- 10°

    pg. 129 Specifications

    Power transmission

    Manual transmission: M 56 H

    Single-disc dry plate clutch. All-synchromesh on all gears including reverse; integrated final drive. Operation via a floor mounted gear lever.

    Final drive ratio 4.00:1
    Reduction ratios
    1st gear 3.07:1
    2nd gear 1.77:1
    3rd gear 1.19:1
    4th gear 0.87:1
    5th gear 0.70:1
    Reverse 2.99:1

    Automatic transmission: AW 55-50 LE

    4 or 5-speed automatic electronically controlled gearbox comprising a hydraulic torque converter with a lockup function; planetary gear, integrated final drive.

    Operation via a floor mounted gear selector lever. Drive shafts with symmetrical joint location. Overdrive.

    Final drive ratio 2.44:1
    Reduction ratios
    1st gear 4.77:1
    2nd gear 3.00:1
    3rd gear 1.96:1
    4th gear 1.32:1
    5th gear 1.02:1
    Reverse 3.23:1


    Fuel tank 18 US gals (68 liters)
    Cooling system 7.4 US qts. (7.0 liters)
    Engine oil (incl. filter) 6.1 US qts. (5.8 liters)
    Automatic transmission 2 US gals (7.6 liters)
    Manual transmission 2.2 US qts. (2.1 liters)
    Power steering fluid 0.95 US qts (0.9 liters)
    Washer fluid reservoir 4.7 US qts. (4.5 liters)
    Brake/clutch system 0.6 US qts (0.6 liters)

    Vehicle loading

    The tires on your Volvo should perform to specifications at all normal loads when inflated as recommended on the tire information label. The label is located on the inside of the fuel filler flap. The label lists vehicle load limits. Do not load your car beyond the indicated limits.

    Improperly inflated tires will reduce tire life, adversely affect vehicle handling and can possibly lead to failure resulting in loss of vehicle control without prior warning.

    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    pg. 130 Specifications

    Electrical system

    12 Volt, negative ground.

    Voltage-controlled generator. Single-wire system with chassis and engine used as conductors.

    Voltage 12,6 Volt
    Capacity 520 A/100 min
    (certain markets) 420 A/75 min

    The battery contains corrosive and poisonous acids. It is of the utmost importance that old batteries are disposed of correctly. Your Volvo retailer can assist you in this matter.

    Rated output 1400 W
    Max. current 120 A


    Bulb US no. Power Socket No/bulbs
       High beam H7 55W - 2
       Low beam H7 55W - 2
    Front parking lights/turn signals 3357NA 30/7W/30/2.2cp W 2.5 x 15q 2
    Turn signals, rear - 21W BAU 15 2
    Side direction indicators - 5W W 2.1x9.5 d 2
    Tail lights 67 5W/4cp BA 15 s 4
    Brake lights 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 2
    Back-up lights 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 2
    Rear fog light 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 1
    Front fog lights H1 55 W P14.5s 2
    License plate light - 5 W W 2.1x9.5d 2
    Door open warning light - 3 W W 2.1x9.5d 4
    Door step courtesy lights - 5W W 2.1x9.5d 2
    Trunk light - 10 W SV 8.5 1
    Glove compartment light - 2 W BA 9s 1
    Vanity mirror lights - 1.2 W - 2
    Instrument lighting - 3 W W 2.1x9.5d 3
    Illumination, control panel - 1.2 W W 2x4.6 d -
       gear selector (automatic trans.) - 1.2 W W 2x4.6d 1
       rear ashtray - 1.2 W W 2x4.6d 1
    Instrument warning/indicator lights - 1.2 W W 2x4.6d -
    Front courtesy lights - 5 W BA 9s 2
    Rear reading lights - 5 W BA 9s 2
    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    pg. 131 Specifications


    Length 186 in. (472 cm)
    Width 71.5 in. (182 cm)
    Height C70 Convertible 56.3 in. (143 cm)
    Wheelbase 105 in. (266 cm)
    Track, front 59.9 in. (151.8 cm)
    Track, rear 59.8 in. (151.6 cm)
    Turning circle (between curbs) 38.4 ft. (11.7 m)
    Cargo capacity C70 Convertible 8.1 cu. ft. (223 liters)

    USA Canada
    Max trunk-mounted luggage rack load
    C70 Convertible 110 lbs (50 kg) 50 kg
    Max trailer weight(w/o brakes) 1100 lbs (500 kg) 500 kg
    Max trailer weight(with brakes)
    2" ball 3300 lbs (1500 kg) 1500 kg
    1 7/8" ball 2000 lbs (908 kg) 900 kg
    Max tongue weight ** 165 lbs (75 kg) 75 kg


    USA Canada
    Gross vehicle weight (GVW)
    C70 Convertible
    (Aut.) 4470 lbs (2027 kg) 2030 kg
    (Man.) 4430 lbs (2009 kg) 2010 kg
    Capacity weight *
    C70 Convertible
    (Aut) 725 lbs (329 kg) 330 kg
    (Man) 735 lbs (333 kg) 335 kg
    Curb weight
    C70 Convertible 3583-3649 lbs (1625-1655 kg) 1630-1660 kg
    Permissible axle weight, front
    C70 Convertible
    (Aut.) 2440 lbs (1107 kg) 1110 kg
    (Man.) 2400 lbs (1089 kg) 1090 kg
    Permissible axle weight, rear
    C70 Convertible 2140 lbs (970 kg) 970 kg

    When adding accessories, equipment, luggage and other cargo to your vehicle, the total loaded weight capacity of the vehicle must not be exceeded.

    * The max permissible axle loads or the gross vehicle weight must not be exceeded.

    ** See also section "Trailer towing"

    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    pg. 132 On Call Roadside Assistance

    Volvo On Call Roadside Assistance
    Your new Volvo comes with a four year On Call Roadside Assistance program.. Additional information, features, and benefits are described in a separate information package in your glove compartment.

    If you have misplaced your package, dial:

    In the U.S.A.

    1-800-63-VOLVO (1-800-638-6586)

    In Canada:


    Technician certification
    In addition to Volvo factory training, Volvo supports certification by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (A.S.E.). Certified technicians have demonstrated a high degree of competence in specific areas. Besides passing exams each technician must also have worked in the field for two or more years before a certificate is issued. These professional technicians are fully able to analyze vehicle problems and perform the necessary service procedures to keep your Volvo at peak operating condition.

    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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