1998 Volvo S90 Consumer Reviews

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1998 Volvo S 90
4.8
Average based on 8 reviews
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They don't make 'em like this anymore

by from Tacoma, WA on December 18, 2008

"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...)"
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Safe car for teen, canot hot rod this car

by from Frisco on July 18, 2009

Young mail teens should not be driving mustang GT's. They need safe cars that wont cause them to drag race. This is the most solid car for the money I have owned it for 6 months not problems @99k mile...
Young mail teens should not be driving mustang GT's. They need safe cars that wont cause them to drag race. This is the most solid car for the money I have owned it for 6 months not problems @99k miles
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Volvo S90

by from spring lake MI on July 26, 2010

Love the way this car drives and handles. Does not lean in the curves, like all earlier Volvos used to do. Has plenty enough power, but not too much. Easier and cheaper to maintain compared to front w...
Love the way this car drives and handles. Does not lean in the curves, like all earlier Volvos used to do. Has plenty enough power, but not too much. Easier and cheaper to maintain compared to front wheel drive cars. I did most all of the maintenance myself. Can not do that anymore. You can not find most engines under the hood anymore. They are buried under lots of plastic. You wont find much plastic under this aluminum hood. Great car. They should have kept on building this S90 and the S70. Big mistake stopping production.
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Most comfortable and quiet Volvo I've ever owned.

by from California on November 27, 2006

The '98 S-90 is a great car. It is reliable, comfortable, and economical for a six cylinder I've owned a 240 and a 850, both don't hold a candle to the S-90. The syling is Swedish and smart. It doesn'...
The '98 S-90 is a great car. It is reliable, comfortable, and economical for a six cylinder I've owned a 240 and a 850, both don't hold a candle to the S-90. The syling is Swedish and smart. It doesn't look like Honda- like the new S series does. The clean lines draw compliments. Worth the purchasing price.
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Best Car I've EVER OWNED!!!!!!!

by from Fairburn, Ga. on November 18, 2012

I bought THIS car in September of '08' as a second vehicle. My OTHER one is a '91' F-150--Also a GREAT VEHICLE! The S90 got SUPERIOR GAS MILEAGE! Compared to my TRUCK? AN UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!!!! The S90...
I bought THIS car in September of '08' as a second vehicle. My OTHER one is a '91' F-150--Also a GREAT VEHICLE! The S90 got SUPERIOR GAS MILEAGE! Compared to my TRUCK? AN UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!!!! The S90 is the FIRST European vehicle I've EVER HAD! THE BEST!!!!!!! However, the driver's seat could have gone BACK a bit farther for me. I'm 6'5" TALL! Comfortwise? SUPERB! It has that "LOW CENTER OF GRAVITY ROAD HUGGING FEEL" not TOO MANY vehicles have/give! Unfortunately, I recently hit a deer! However, ONLY COSMETIC DAMAGE! Was STILL DRIVEABLE! Everything said about VOLVOs being TOUGH? SO NOT WRONG!!!!!!! THE SAFEST OUT THERE!!!!!!! I was given MORE than I originally paid for it! THAT's why I decided to "Take The Money & Run"!
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Volvo S90

by from Alaska on July 8, 2006

This car turns on a dime--better than a Honda Accord and is quieter than skiing on new fallen snow....what a dream car! It gets compliments almost daily and people let me go first cuz I am bigger but ...
This car turns on a dime--better than a Honda Accord and is quieter than skiing on new fallen snow....what a dream car! It gets compliments almost daily and people let me go first cuz I am bigger but not a gas hog. SAFE CAR! Very nice sound system! Love those leather heated seats! Very comfortable! Would make a nice collector car when everyone turns in their large cars for tiny ones...
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Volvo S90

by from Indianapolis, Indiana on July 29, 2006

Fit and finish are superb. In-line six cylinder engine is strong and indestructable. Fuel economy is excellent.(20/city 27/hwy) Every bell and whistle is standard. A true luxury Volvo. Brakes and s...
Fit and finish are superb. In-line six cylinder engine is strong and indestructable. Fuel economy is excellent.(20/city 27/hwy) Every bell and whistle is standard. A true luxury Volvo. Brakes and suspension are very durable and long lasting. Handles like a FWD vehicle in snow and ice with the winter mode setting. Sport mode jazzes it up nicely. Excellent example of Volvo quality and reliability.
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Volvo's Last Iconic Car

by from Florida on February 15, 2016

The S90 is the last remaining iconic rear wheel drive Volvos produced and the 1998 model year was its swan song. This model not only competes very well with its European cousins such as Mercedes, BMW,...
The S90 is the last remaining iconic rear wheel drive Volvos produced and the 1998 model year was its swan song. This model not only competes very well with its European cousins such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and the like but excels in overall fit, finish, performance and reliabilty. The S90 has such understated elegance, that belies its true heritage. Make no mistake it is a true Volvo with saftey a paramount issue and was the first to employ side air bags in this model year. Although some 17 years now into service, not many are available in the pre owned market. But by chance you find a well cared for S90, I recommend you buy it fast. There are no dissappointments with this vehicle and has all the creature comforts of anything offered today. I have had many Volvo's over the years and the S90 is a prime example of Volvo's time honored tradition of safety first. Cabin comfort is far and away in the tradition of fine craftsmanship. The fit and finish of the leather has to be seen to fully appreciate. And with the side air bag in the seat bolster, along with the SIPS system ensures driver and passenger safety. All seats have springs for added comfort with lumbar support. Same holds true of the rear seating. All who have rode in the back seat have given positive praise to the comfort and the rear reading lights add that additonal touch of class. Finely appointed wood trim and rear console that has two compartments. Eight speaker entertainment center with both CD and Cassette playback as well as AM/FM Radio. A very quiet and user friendly cabin. The S90 has more than withstood the test of time and continues to deliver the promise of what Swedish Luxury stands for. I have mine, now is the time for you to acquire, before they are gone forever. Not many S90 were made.
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