by lovemyriviera on Jan 23, 2012 Vehicle: 1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged 2dr Coupe
I drove my 1996 Buick Riviera out of the showroom and could drive it back there today to sell as a new car, it still looks that fantastic! I've taken excellent care of this car and it's only been the dealership for all maintenance. It was my daily driver for 10 years with 112,000 km (70,000 miles) now. Only had 2 problems: 1. there's been an electronic bug in the tape player; GM has acknowledged the problem but no fix, since it only happens one-in-awhile I live with it; 2. I recently had to replace the ABS Pressure Modulator Valve which cost $50 for the part and $75 for labor. Otherwise, the car has been a dream and it still turns a lot of heads!
by gmck25004x on Dec 30, 2011 Vehicle: 1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged 2dr Coupe
I bought this car for $260 in 2010.
It had sat for 3 years. I put a new $150 battery in under the rear seat and drove it home 20 miles with no brakes!
I had all 13 brake lines replaced.
It needed a hood and fender and lights from a deer collision sometime before I bought it.
I drove it to work while I was replacing body parts.
I replaced all the engine pulleys and belts and hoses and radiator. The interior is flawless and the exterior is exquisite.
It just looks fast!
It is one of the fastest cars I have ever owned!
I have used it to teach my son to work on cars.
o2 sensors give false electronic messages. replaced both...runs better than ever! one hub bearing. 209k miles.
by kshugg on Aug 9, 2011 Vehicle: 1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged 2dr Coupe
I bought a 96 Rivi about 3 months ago, from a dealership.
Brought along my then-roommate who said he was a mechanic.
He declared my car worthy of purchase, and I eagerly bought this car.
I have had numerous problems with this car, from the motor mounts breaking to the transmission failing to the car overheating a lot.
But I will not give up on this car.
I love the supercharged engine and how it growls when I step on the gas pedal.
And I have yet to see another Rivi on the road, even tho I am driving this car daily.
by Rodd on Aug 31, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged 2dr Coupe
I bought a nice 96 Riviera that is Supercharged for $400! It has been sitting for three years due to driver's sudden death. It was a very sad story. I bought a $144 battery and put under the seat. It started right up and ran great! No knocks but it had a great big brake line leak. I drove it the 20 miles home with no brakes! It was a comfortable ride and man the power was awesome! The buttery leather seats and carpet and still like new! It is like riding the the space shuttle cockpit! Tires and brakes were just replaced! Engine and tranny are superb! I have it at the shop now to replace the brake lines and I am looking for a hood and fender as it hit a deer just before it was parked
by Nicole on Aug 22, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged 2dr Coupe
I got this car almost 2 years ago and when i first got it i loved it, i got it checked out before buying it and the car mechanic said it would be a good buy. Now two years later i have had to replace many many things and every replacement has been very expensive. the fuel mileage for this car is very poor. (granted my car is super charged). But this car is very sturdy and safe feeling which is very nice. In my opinion if your looking to buy this car don't buy it unless you're looking to do it for a collectors item since it isn't made anymore.
by dave8697 on May 15, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged 2dr Coupe
Have now put 88000 miles on it. It has 2 problems that were not worth fixing so I live with them. The trans lost 4th gear at 163k miles and the paint peeled badly from 8th year on. I was getting 27-28 mpg till trans issue. Now get 21 both city and hwy mpg as a 3 speed. Have always run regular with no issues. Car has now lost all its value but still starts instantly and purrs quietly.
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