1998 Volvo V90

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If you weren’t paying attention, Volvo has unleashed a new, large wagon on the world. The new V90, while designed for utility, has a very elegant swagger about it. While other manufacturers go about cranking out facsimiles of the same SUV, it’s encouraging to see Volvo go back to its roots. Even more encouraging is that Volvo will be selling this big wagon in the US. Hear that, Audi? Not everyone needs a jacked up pseudo truck in which to travel around. Dial back two decades prior and we arrive at this 1998 V90 we see here for sale outside of Philadelphia. This would be the end of the road for the ubiquitous rear-wheel drive platform, giving way to the S80 platform a year later, which would spawn the V70 wagon. This V90 represented a turning point in the history of Volvo Cars.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volvo V90 on eBay

Year: 1998
Model: V90
Engine: 2.9 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 99,965 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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UP FOR OUR NEXT NO RESERVE AUCTION IS THIS VERY NICE 1998 VOLVO V90 WAGON LOW 99K MILES 1 OWNER ACCIDENT FREE SMOKE FREE AT NO RESERVE. THIS CAR IS OVERALL IN GOOD CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT. THE EXTERIOR SHOWS NO MAJOR DENTS, DINGS OR SCRATCHES. THE INTERIOR ALSO SHOWS NO SIGNS OF ABUSE, (SEE ALL PICTURES FOR MORE DETAILS.) THE ENGINE RUNS STRONG AND THE TRANSMISSION IS SMOOTH. THE CAR WILL BE A STEAL AT NO RESERVE, SO BID WITH CONFIDENCE!!!

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It’s a shame that the S90 sedan and V90 wagon died quietly, as it was the culmination of years of development and brand loyalty with customers that other manufacturers would have loved to emulate. At least with the 240 that preceded in death, they gave it a proper send off with a limited edition model. These were not the most advanced or stylish family haulers of their time. Looking back, however, I have a deep affection for this conservatively facelifted wagon. The V90 was typically associated with old money, designed for buyers who wanted something luxurious but didn’t want to shout about it. At no reserve, it will be interesting to see where bidding lands on this V90. If I had to guess, somewhere around the $5,000 to $7,000 range will probably take it. It’s not a perfect example, but a few of the cosmetic issues would be easily remedied and with a good detail, this would be a car that could last for well over another 100,000 miles.

-Paul

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4 Comments

  1. “GERMAN” Cars for sale blog ?

  2. I have a real affection for Volvo wagons and indeed now run the last gen V70 wagon (2009) with the transverse I6. Purchased one of these V90s for my son, and, sadly, the engine block cracked, which I am told is not uncommon. Too bad as older big wagons are the bomb.

  3. Hi Howard,

    Over the last few years, we’ve featured Swedish cars. Thanks for following.

    -Paul

  4. Along with my three German cars, I continue to run an ’02 V70 with 175K miles on it. While it’s now relegated to dog-hauling duty and helping my daughter move in and out of the dorms each year (why oh why won’t she learn to drive?!?) it continues to soldier on. I’ve been saying for the past few years that I’m going to list it on Craigs list in order to thin the herd and reduce insurance payments, but it’s just so useful that I keep putting it off.

    I’m glad GCFSB keeps writing up the Swedish cars from time-to-time – in build quality and character, they fit the theme.

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