1998 Volvo 960 Review

1998 Volvo 960 V90 2.9L 6 In-line from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9L 6 In-line Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carEagle Premier

Summary:

Expensive and not as durable as older Volvo's

Faults:

Sunroof motor, Left Strut, Left Rear Shock, Transmission mode selector, A/C, Battery. Still has front suspension knock which dealer cannot find, says endemic of the car. Brake pads had to be replaced several times, more so than my previous cars--so it is not a driver's problem. Right C-pillar frame molding is distorted, came from factory this way. Lots of squeaks and body flex. Quality of leather seats are inferior, driver's side worn smooth after 10,000 miles--dealer said was "normal".

General Comments:

Very expensive to repair and maintain. Quality is not up to par with BMW and the like, although Volvo's prices have risen to that range. Poor mileage. Front seats are too short, and car is tiring to drive on extended trips, even with power seats. Disappointed in quality overall.

Best feature is very tight turning circle, can make U-turns anywhere. Spacious cargo capacity. Nice looks, classy looking. Boxy style is so much more distinctive and functional than newer Volvo's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th January, 2003

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 1 review