Volvo S90 Reviews from North America

1998 Volvo S90

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance213000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus




While backing my 1998 Volvo S90 into my garage, the car suddenly accelerated. I noticed what was happening and immediately applied the brakes. The car crashed into a platform holding a row of cabinets. The rear end of the car is destroyed and the car is totaled.

General Comments:

I need help dealing with Volvo and/or an attorney.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th March, 2010

13th Mar 2010, 03:46

I think you'll find that you accelerated too hard!!!

12th May 2010, 12:41

A Volvo cannot be totaled unless driving above 120 mph.

The 960/40 and S90 are the same cars. You probably did it yourself without knowing, or the car is having gearbox problems. But I doubt that. Take a look

26th Mar 2011, 22:51

The S90 wasn't produced in 1996.

11th Apr 2011, 19:36

Your comment really makes no sense. No other reports of this ever happening - period!

19th Dec 2011, 16:46

Sounds false to me.. I have owned two of the 9 series Volvos, and two of the 7 series.. all of which are the same chassis and super-heavy construction. I've backed into a Ford Explorer with mine; destroyed the Explorer's lower door, but only lost a tail light. Unless your garage is three hundred feet long so you can get some actual speed, no way you did anything besides cosmetic damage. Try again.. also how old is the car? Sue who for what because your fifteen year old car had an acceleration surge.

1999 Volvo S90 SE 2.9 litre 201HP

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.9 litre 201HP Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 164


A True Modern Volvo


The car has barely any faults, build quality is excellent. Warranty covers everything and the customer service is the best.

My timing belt needed replacement at 60Ks.

The radio was repaired after two years.

General Comments:

This is a great car, one of the modern Volvos without the Ford ideas.

I love my car very much, I have driven over 300,000kms and there has been only minor problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2004

1st Jul 2005, 10:44

I agree that the S90 is a great car. I am looking to buy a S90 or 960 to replace my beautiful 1987 760 GLE (the only thing that doesn't work on my car is the AC, and it has beena VERY hot summer this year : (...

Ford has very little input into Volvo cars until now... the newest S40/V50 are based on a Focus/Mazda3 platform. The car is solid, has the 5 cyl, and will out last the other two without fail. Volvo is still very much Volvo, but platform sharing is today's reality that cannot be avoided if we want to enjoy inexpensive (affordable) cars.

17th Feb 2009, 00:23

The S90 does not have a 5cyl. engine. That is the 850. The S90 has an inline 6cyl.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews