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1998 Volvo S90 Sedan

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Volvo S90 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.9 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 181 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Volvo S90

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Uniquely styled sheetmetal. Full load of luxury goodies.

  • Cons

    Aging design. Inefficient packaging.

  • What's New for 1998

    No changes this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The ultimate rwd volvo

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Vehicle: 1998 Volvo S90 4dr Sedan

Although the Scandanavian cubist design was starting to get a bit old by 1998, one thing that they got spot on was the interior--it is absolutely fantastic. The leather seats with suede inserts completely coddle their occupants. And the tasteful, real(?) wood accents would not look out of place in a car costing much, much more. And while I was a bit uncertain about the Volvo 24-valve V-6 engine, they had gotten all the kinks worked out by the '98 model year, and it's nice having some power in a Volvo. The car is barely middle-aged in terms of mileage, and I'm sure I'll tire of it long before it's in need of retirement. The S90 is the ultimate old-school, rear-wheel-drive Volvo.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

No problems at all!!!

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Vehicle: 1998 Volvo S90 4dr Sedan

My Volvo S90 does AWESOME in the snow!!! It has the WINTER BUTTON for the torque converter(transmission) and does just fine. I am from Denver and drive the mountain roads daily and this S90 is as safe as it gets! I get about 25mpg's and haven't had any problems out of this car what so ever (given a Highly reputable dealership). The Leather has held up extremely well. With proper maintenance you can have a vehicle that will last and last a long time. They will go. I have 256k miles on my S90 and plan on keeping it forever! When I bought the Volvo I paid $7995.

Much has gone wrong

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Vehicle: 1998 Volvo S90 4dr Sedan

I bought the car new and serviced perfectly. After replacing timing belt the tension unit broke destroying the new timing belt that required engine re-build... other items include.....new a.c unit and computer box...new transmission and two computer shift modules.....two radiators. So much money invested into car I cannot afford to sell or trade in.The car only has 136,000 miles on it.I have spent close to $9,000.00 on these items. Obviously not very impressed with quality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Amazing vehicle will last

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Vehicle: 1998 Volvo S90 4dr Sedan

I have been rather amazed after purchasing my 98 Volvo S90 with its quality and fun! This is the last flagship of the swedish brick design by volvo before it was purchased by ford in 1999. By the way, if you are up in the air between this car and a 99- 2003 S80 go with this car much less issues. The S90 is RWD and has an amazing turn radius and cornering ability. If you like to do your own work on your car this is a blast! Easy to work on and junkyard 9 series parts (940,960,S90) parts are all for the most part interchangeable! Great first car, great car period, volvo went out with a bang, not a flashy one but one that will hold your interest and your family safe for years!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

What to like about hte

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Vehicle: 1998 Volvo S90 4dr Sedan

The vehicle has been reliable.It starts up 100% of the time. The heating and air conditioning unit is above average. I live in Massachusetts, it gets cold up here and the heated seats are just great for the weather. The car gets warm faster than most cars. This is my first volvo and i have no noteable complaints. Little things on my volvo have gone, like the horn, sunroof, emergency brake, and the doorhandle. It recently overheated but i fixed it the hose bursted behind the engine. Other then those issues the car has been great, its reliable its kind of speedy, and its very comfortable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good car

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Vehicle: 1998 Volvo S90 4dr Sedan

I've had this car for 11 years, bought new.The car is still in excellent condition inside. A few dings on the outside. Keep thinking its time to trade in but since its paid for and very reliable, its hard. The only thing I wish for is that it would get better gas mileage. I plan on keeping it another 2 or 3 years.

Full 1998 Volvo S90 Review

What's New for 1998

No changes this year.

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Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
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