1998 Volvo S90 2.9L


Understated Swedish excellence coupled with the safety and reliability Volvo is known for


A/C evaporator and radiator.

General Comments:

The S90 is the last remaining iconic rear wheel drive Volvos produced, and the 1998 model year was its swan song. The S90 production was only about 18 months.

This model not only competes very well with its European cousins such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi, but excels in overall fit, finish, performance and reliability. The S90 has such understated elegance, that belies its true heritage. Make no mistake it is a true Volvo with safety 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.

Many of the S90s were used as transportation for royalty, diplomats, executives and UN duty the world over, based upon the safety measures that are employed in the S90 as well as its overall performance in emergency situations. One will feel totally safe in this car. Regardless of going out shopping, or a night on the town or a lengthy road trip, the S90 excels in all climates and situations one may find themselves faced with. With its powerful Porsche designed engine, cruising the interstates is a breeze, and it has low end torque that will sprint you away quickly. Has the tightest turning radius of any sedan in its class, which means even in the smallest of parking situations, the S90 excels with ease.

Throughout the years of designing and building cars, Volvo's purpose has remained the same: to deliver its occupants to their destination safely and comfortably. Our 1998 Volvo S90 adds another adverb to that list: stylishly. That's right - the famously boxy buggy lost some of its squareness for this model year, both literally and figuratively. With this beautiful sedan, Volvo lets style ride in the front seat with safety. In other words, "Sure, we're the safest, but we're darned good-looking, too." You've seen these pass you out on the roads, and most likely you've noticed the guy behind the wheel going about his commute with a smile. This is the result of rolling down the road enjoying truly exceptional handling and performance, while feeling confident that this vehicle, which received stellar ratings in NHTSA crash tests, will protect you should something go awry. Plus the Narcissus in every driver loves knowing that in this car he looks great doing it, too. Spend a while behind the wheel and you'll get the feeling this car was made for the highway, where you're sure to be all smiles. Our Volvo S90 offers you a great choice if you're shopping for a sedan with a few extras. Add in the Swedish comfort and impressive performance, and you have yourself a winner not often found.

A true European touring saloon of the highest quality, not often found today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2016

15th Feb 2016, 22:44

Excellent review, executive saloons/sedans made in the 1990's rule. Drove a Volvo 940/960 many years ago and it was the best; critics disliked it at the time though. But the later S/V models were even better and there are still lots out there worth purchasing even in 2016 as an everyday car.

1998 Volvo S90




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 http://www.volvoforums.org.uk/showthread.php?t=23406

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.

13th Aug 2015, 00:16

One pedal accelerates and one brakes.

I think you may have gotten yourself confused. Reversing into a garage is hard work ;)

2nd Apr 2017, 17:43

What the original poster said CAN happen, and has happened to me on a V70/S70 (a FWD model), but the throttle cable is the same, just shorter. So the throttle cable has a spring loaded kickdown switch built into the cable encased in plastic. Over time and heat cycles, it's possible for the case to break, popping the spring, which shortens the cable length, which is equal to wide open throttle.

1999 Volvo S90 SE 2.9 litre 201HP


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.

1st Jul 2017, 16:29

Surely he is referring to the new S40.