We bought the Riviera new in at the end of 1998, best and most reliable car we have ever had. Runs and drives like a new car, rarely ever needs anything but gas, gets pretty good mileage too. It is powerful, roomy, comfortable, relatively quiet, nice ride, seats are real comfortable, never left us stranded. I own 3 cars a truck and a boat and the Riv is the most trouble free and reliable.
Drive it across the country from Michigan to Arizona last year, no problems.
The '95-99 Riviera is a large,
comfortable, quick, attractive coupe.
Its design feeds from the classic
Riviera lineage, & has a very retro
feel. There’s a spacious interior, soft
ride, torquey engine, heavy (safe)
chassis, & traditional style.
It has a gorgeous body, its curves and
edges continuing the classic-car look
with a wide & low stature & pinched
fenders. One of the last big & fast
2-doors, the Riv is a definite "sleeper”.
Leather (heated & motorized) buckets,
power everything, auto climate control,
CD radio, self-dimmed mirror w/compass,
huge trunk, and VERY quiet ride make
driving a pleasure.
It is unfortunate that GM is no longer
making the Rivera. It is a very
comfortable car that is a joy to
drive. I drive 25,000 miles a year
and most of it highway and it is great
car on the road. The average MPG over
time has been 21 miles per gallon and
as much as 25 mpg on the highway. The
Supercharger is great to have when you
need that extra power the car steps
out nicely. At 100,000 I just had the
first tune up and overall reliability
has been excellent.
I have driven Rivieras since 1990 (2). At one time, I traded cars every 2-3 years, after buying my first Riviera, I just wanted to keep them. I have never had a Riviera to "stop" on me. My car has over 150,000 miles on it and the motor sounds like it did 10 years ago. Can't wait for the 2009/2010!
Purchased in late 1997 and totaled in July 2013 with only 51,000 miles on it. Most comfortable ride of any car I ever owned. Had very little maintenance. The heavy structure and the airbag clearly saved my life in the accident.