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1998 Volvo S90 Sedan - Consumer Reviews

1998 Volvo S90 Sedan

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Classic Swedish Style And Grace
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Bingham
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Vehicle

1998 Volvo S90 Sedan 4dr Sedan


Review

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 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.

Many of the S90's 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 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 the 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 awhile behind the wheel and you'll get the feeling this car was made for the highway, where you're sure to be all smiles. The 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.

S90 Description:

Basic Information:

Model Year: 1998
Make: Volvo
Model: S90
Body Type: Sedan

Suspension:

Independent Suspension: Independent
Stabilizer Bar: Front And Rear

In Car Entertainment:

Audio System: AM/FM Stereo w/CD & Cassette
Speakers: 8
Antenna Type: Power Retractable

Comfort:

Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
Trunk Lights
Dash Trim: Genuine Wood
Mats: Carpet Front And Rear
Reading Lights: Front And Rear
Rearview Mirror: Day-Night
Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
Vanity Mirrors: Driver And Passenger

Doors:

Front Doors - 2
Rear Doors - 2

Engine:

Engine Description: 2.9L I6 24V
Fuel Type: Premium Gas
Cam Type: Dual Overhead Cam
Fuel Induction: MPI
Valves Per Cylinder: 4
Aspiration: Normal
MPG Automatic City: 18
MPG Automatic Highway: 26

Instrumentation:

Speedometer
Clock
Fuel Gauge w/low level alert
Tachometer
Ambient Temp LCD Readout with Black Ice Warning that turns display Red.

Seats:

Seating Capacity: 5
Drivers Height: Power
Drivers Lumbar: Manual
Drivers Power: 6 way with memory
Passenger Height: Power
Passenger Lumbar: Manual
Passenger Power: 6 with memory
Front Seat Type: Bucket
Upholstery: Leather
Privacy Pockets: Front Of Both Driver & Passenger Seats
Center Armrest: With Pass-Thru
Heat Ducts
Heated Seats: Driver and Passenger

Features:

Floor Covering: Deep Pile Carpet
Bumpers: Body-Colored

Dimensions:

Luggage Capacity: 16.60 Cubic Feet
Maximum Seating: 5
Length: 191.80 Inches
Width: 68.90 Inches
Height: 55.60 Inches
Wheelbase: 109.10 Inches
Curb Weight: 3521 Pounds

DriveTrain:

Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Drive Train Type: RWD
Driven Wheels: Rear-Wheel
Wheels Rims: Alloy
Wheels Spare Rim Type: Steel

Roof and Glass:

Front Wipers: Fixed & Interval
Rear Defogger
Rear Windows: Power
Sunroof: Power
Privacy Glass: Light

Convenience:

Cruise Control
Windows: Power
Steering Power: Hydraulic Power-Assist
Steering Adjustment: Manual
Outside Remote Mirrors: Power Remotes
Power Door Locks: Power With 2 Stage Unlock
Cupholders
Door Pockets
Power Outlets 1
Seatback Storage: 2
Memory Features: Driver
Memory Features Number of Drivers: 3
Keyless Entry

Safety:

Driver and Passenger Airbag
Side Airbags: Seat Mounted
ABS: 4-Wheel
Anti Theft System
Brakes: 4 Wheel Disc
Safety Locks
Headlights: Halogen
Headlight Cleaners: Wiper And Washer
Daytime Running Lights
Fog Lights: Halogen
Turning Circle: 31.80


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Last Of The Iconic Volvo's
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By Ned
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1998 Volvo S90 Sedan 4dr Sedan


Review

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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The Ultimate RWD Volvo
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By kblupino
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1998 Volvo S90 Sedan 4dr Sedan


Review

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.


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NO PROBLEMS AT ALL!!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Denver-Style
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1998 Volvo S90 Sedan 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Very comfortable for long rides! Fantastic Radio. Plenty of head room, leg space. High end vehicle with luxury that wont break. Sexy Car!!!


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Much has gone wrong
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By Thomas
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1998 Volvo S90 Sedan 4dr Sedan


Review

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.


Best Features

interior room


Worst Features

over all quality


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