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1998 Buick Riviera

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Vehicle Highlights

Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 16/Hwy 25/Comb 19 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, Supercharged, 3.8L Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1998 Buick Riviera Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 124 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Very reliable car!

By on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 171,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, style, great fuel economy, roomy interior"

Cons: "Uncommon parts - what is a thermistor anyway?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love this car for several reasons. I love the 2 door design with a huge back seat super easy for the grandkids to get in and out of. I love the comfort! I have severe lumbar arthritis and this is the only vehicle I can ride comfortably in for more than an hour. I love the fuel economy! for a car this large and comfortable, 30+ mpg is awesome! I love the reliability! I've owned this car for several years and as with any high mileage vehicle, mechanical issues are inevitable. This car has never left me on the side of the road. It compensates for mechanical failure and at least lets me get home or to a mechanic. I wish I could turn back the odometer and keep her forever!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I have an 18 year love afair with this car

By on Thursday, January 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 184,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am the sole owner of this great car. It is well maintained and stored in garage when not out for a drive."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Reliable and comfortable

By on Saturday, December 07, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Cruising at any speed in comfort."

Cons: "Buick doesn't makem anymore."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I purchased this vehicle 15 years ago and She's still going strong today. I have driven many different makes and models of cars which really makes me appreciate the head/leg room and overall comfort the Riviera provides. The reliability has been great, vehicle has never been towed and it always starts. I have serviced the intake gaskets/plenum, water pump 2X, struts/shocks, battery 1X and normal service items in the life of the vehicle. Hope she cruises forever. Two strangers have walked up to me offered to buy my Riviera but some things are worth more than money."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very nice Classic

By on Sunday, November 10, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent fun classic buick to drive"

Cons: "NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Engine has 60,000 on new crate engine New timing belt Car drives excellent New air conditioner New radiator New struts and shocks"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

New Owner, Always wanted one of these...

By on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "style, comfort, performance, economy."

Cons: "poor quality repaint by previous owner."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Just bought my 96 Riviera a few weeks ago. Very low mileage at 51K miles. Optional leather interior is like new. Body and underside are straight and not rusted. It runs like a new car. Although it is not Supercharged, it still scoots pretty well. It rides as nice as my 1993 Bentley TurboRL and is more fun to drive, even though the Bentley cost about seven times as much when new. Interior is quiet at highway speed, and as others have said the stereo is great, even though the tape doesn't work anymore I wouldn't use it anyway. Everything else works great. I've spent considerable time polishing the headlights to make them clear again, like new. They were foggy, but now they look like new. Aside from my time, that cost under $10 to fix and I enjoyed doing it. Judging from the high miles so many other people have achieved, since I'm 60, I may be able to have this car for the rest of my life!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Beautiful motorcar and powerful.

By on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Supercharged motor, 21/29 mpg, solid, quite, fun"

Cons: "Watch opening doors in tight parking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have driven this 97' Riviera for 20,000 enjoyable miles. The winsome character of this sleek coupe is unmatched. The interior leather, lacquered wood and accoutrements add eye appeal to a very comfortable driver. The supercharged V6 has more torque acceleration than other V8 luxury coupes I owned. It's effortless cruising at 74 mph and 2100 revs. I am a Buick man because they're reliable. Replaced the MAF sensor along with regular maintenance and baths. This Riviera sure doesn't drive like your grandpa's Buick."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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