"I was in an accident in my Volvo with a tanker truck. Nearly head-on and I walked away. The vehicle absorbed nearly all of the impact, and the force of the collision was miraculously disseminated by the Volvo. I would, at minimum, have sustained serious injuries in any comparable vehicle, but to Volvo's credit I didn't. I bought the car because of its safety record, and I can honestly say that the vehicle lived up to its claim and then some. The only trouble I've had was with the weak hubs on the front and its badly designed speed sensor. The hubs are costly at greater than 400.00 apeice but that's a small cost to pay for safety."
"Might have lost mine to accident today, but I loved the grace with which the car was aging. I understand the 1998 S90 is one of the last models with the hand-tied seats and other pre-Ford touches. The reliability and general comfort over the last 7 yrs has been awesome. Volvo parts are pricey and gas mileage is moderate, but for a full power engine the gas mileage is decent, and the regular maintenance was about it on the parts, except some sunroof and A/C repairs. The turning radius is hard to beat; one good driveway apron and you've got the U-turn on any city street; it crushes the radius of even small cars like the CIVIC. I could live with the existent but weak cup holders."
"I bought this car used (I'm the second owner) three years ago, and I think I've spent around $3,800 in repairs since I've owned it. (In all fairness, one could have been avoided if I knew for sure the timing belt had been replaced.) I live in the city, and the mileage is very poor and the brakes wear out frequently. Those are the negatives. The positive is that I gave the car to my daughter who has driven several times from SF to LA and I don't worry about her safety at all. It's big, roomy, comfortable and above all, safe. The other positive is that we drove from San Diego to San Francisco on a single tank, which is a huge contrast from the poor mileage it gets from city driving. Would I recommend it? Yes, with the caveat that you might have to spend some bucks for comfort and safety."