Sharing much with the XC90 SUV, the S90 sedan's sharp appearance suggests that Volvo has finally joined the top tier of luxury brands. But much of the S90's appeal goes only skin deep. In order for this aspiring model to deserve a place among other $60,000 luxury midsize sedans, it needs to match them on refinement and performance.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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The 2018 Volvo S90 has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Drive System
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Electric System
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Volvo S90 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"It takes about 5 minutes for my music to load and be able to make a choice."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Volvo S90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The command module needed tube replaced. At first it rendered the GPS inoperable. After sitting for two weeks the car would not start and had to be towed. The command module was bad and had to be replaced. Still under warranty. Works great now."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Volvo S90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Volume and Skip toggle button does not function well. Dealer unable to fix the issue."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Volvo S90 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"complete failure of steering wheel module. Signals, wipers etc."

Anonymous, (2018 Volvo S90 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"The system worked fine for the first 6 months. It stopped recognizing anything I spoke. The dealer was not able to fix this. I have to take it back again."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Volvo S90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"That rear brake pads pads would be worn to unsafe level after less than 15000 miles is unacceptable. Especially when this driver is routinely accostomed to twice that number of miles because of the way I drive , is very dissapointing"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volvo S90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"This occurred one week after taking car in for rear brake issues and should have been corrected at that time."

Ronald K., MI (2018 Volvo S90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"The rotors warped at 10000 miles and were replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volvo S90 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"sunroof leaked twice and flooded the car"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volvo S90 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"sun roof leaked"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volvo S90 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Timing belt broke and damaged the engine. Engine was replaced immediately."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Volvo S90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"T6 is turbo charged and super charged. The super charger seals failed at about 20k miles. All coolant/lubricant for super charger leaked out on exhaust manifold, smoked like crazy, super charger had to be rebuilt. In the shop for one full week. They did provide a loaner Volvo."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Volvo S90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

"Air suspension block and air compressor needed to be replaced. Appears to be a known problem with this vehicle. Upgraded air compressor installed."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Volvo S90 T8 2.0-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When car is cold it cannot decide what gear it wants to be in. It up shifts and down shifts abruptly. Around town driving is clunky. Gets worse when AC is on."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Volvo S90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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SEATS
Mar 20, 2019
If the nuts are missing, in the event of a crash, the front seat structure and position may be affected, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2018-2019 XC60 and S90 vehicles. The driver and passenger front seat rail rear flange nuts may not have been installed during assembly.
What should you do:
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front seat rails for missing flange nuts, installing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 7, 2019. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R19931.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V220000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2297
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Nov 13, 2018
If the GPS location is not provided to emergency personnel it can inhibit emergency response in the event of a crash or injury.
Summary:
Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Volvo XC90, S90, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, XC40, XC60, and V90 Cross Country vehicles. The software installed in the Vehicle Connectivity Module (VCM) may have an error causing the Telematics and Driver Support Systems to function improperly. As a result, the GPS will not provide location information to emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.
What should you do:
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software, free of charge. The recall began December 26, 2018. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R39917.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V800000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17548
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