"2 of the 3 Volvos I own are 960s. My '98 S90 sedan -- bought w/34k miles -- is essentially the same as my '92 960 wagon, which I bought new. It's the last of the 6-cylinder, RWD Volvos. For my tastes...
"2 of the 3 Volvos I own are 960s. My '98 S90 sedan -- bought w/34k miles -- is essentially the same as my '92 960 wagon, which I bought new. It's the last of the 6-cylinder, RWD Volvos. For my tastes, these 900-series cars are the best Volvos ever built. Everything about my S90 is wonderfully sensible and understated. It provides every luxury I could reasonably want, wrapped in a package of unmatched safety, ergonomics, reliability and durability. No, it doesn't match the performance extremes of BMWs I've owned, but it offers all the performance I need in 95% of the driving I do. Porsche helped Volvo design the elegant inline 6-cylinder engine in this car; it's a thing of beauty. Peak torque occurs at mid-high RPMs, ideal for safe high-speed passing, if not for racing away from stop lights. With the push of a button, the transmission can be re-geared for Economy, Sport or Winter conditions. Nice.
If properly maintained and kept for many years, the S90 must certainly be one of the world's most economical luxury cars.
The exterior styling is unpretentious and purposeful. Not everybody's cup of tea, but absolutely classic, in my opinion.
If you can still find a clean S90 with less than 60,000 miles, snap it up without thinking twice. It will likely give you at least another 100,000+ miles that will be free of shudders, squeaks or unscheduled service.
(Oh. My 3rd Volvo? It's an old 240GL, the iconic Swedish 'brick' that just keeps going, and going...)"