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1999 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

1999 Buick Riviera Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 129 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Rivieras are the best

By on Thursday, November 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 271,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have owned 6 rivieras and have had high mileage on all of them. the 1997 gets great mileage and I haven't had to do any major repairs--just what one would expect on a 17 year old car with 271,000 miles on it."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Complete Garbage

By on Saturday, October 25, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Breakdowns and eats Nickel and Dimes every day

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Quiet Ride"

Cons: "Designed to fail at 125,000 miles and it did"

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

"Replaced in 14 months and 15k miles April 2001-Feburary 2003: 125K-140k miles Engine overhaul, Transmission, Supercharger x 2( used 60K and brand new),pcv valve, fuel filter, air filter, front struts ,7 oil/filter changes,3 transmission flushes and filters, rear shocks, suspension air compressor, plugs wires, climate control module, blower motor, radiator, rack and pinion, headlights, spark plugs and wires, harmonic balancer, engine belts. It was in the GM dealership for repairs consistently every week for approximately $25,000 in repair bills/ maint. costs. Bought from GM dealership for $7300 sold for $3800 This car cost me over 30k dollars to drive for 1/2 the year since it was being repaired half the time."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Worst Mistake I Have Ever Made

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Excellent steering, quick response"

Cons: "Randomly Quits, very unreliable"

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

"I thought that I hit the jackpot with this car when I bought it two years ago. Since then, it has quit on numerous occasions. I was stranded at night when it decided to quit while I was turning the corner, I had to start walking home and I live in the country. It is important for me to have a reliable car because I have a job and am in college. Today the car died while I was braking at a stoplight and it wouldn't start again for almost five minutes. It makes me a nervous wreck every time I drive it because it is like a time bomb, you never know when it is going to quit. The car itself is a very stylish maroon color and it drives like a dream, that is, when it doesn't quit. I have heard that a lot of GM/Buick cars have this problem, and I don't understand why they can't figure out what is wrong and fix it. It also only has two (bulky) doors that are hard to open and always cause me to hit the car beside me. The seating in the back is comfy, but the front is not very spacious. Steering wheel turns perfect and you can make sharp turns. I would give this car at least an 8/10 if only it didn't quit on me, I'm really disappointed. Look it up on the internet and you will see that other people have this same problem, I'm trying to save someone else the trouble of having this car quit, because it is definitely not fun when it happens."

Always Looking for Another Riv

By on Saturday, May 17, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: College Tuition

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Performance, Comfort, Styling, Ease of DIY repairs"

Cons: "big big big doors. long arms needed."

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

"To Begin; We purchased this Riviera with the intention to do a repair or two and sell it for more to help with our son's college tuition. That said, it took NO time for me to fall in Love with it. We had the 1997 Supercharged unit and WOW - that kind of performance AND 33 MPG! - we have owned a lot of cars and picked up a number of skills and I must say, the internet is an incredible jewel for DIY maintenance tutorials. The 'Cam Sensor' code was present and this is a tough/tough repair simply because it is such a chore to get at. Upon research on a Riviera Performance blog we found that it is common for the cluster of wires that goes up to the firewall are wound kinda tight and the 'black wire' is typically the culprit for this issue. replacing this stretch of wire too only about $3.00 to fix...the check engine light went out and this baby continued its incredible performance. I actually had chosen to keep the Riv but we needed to pay for college so...after much too little time enjoying this fine machine, we sold it for a nice profit. The shape, the comfort and feel I had while behind the wheel were all top notch. Because I can compare our road experience in this superb personal luxury coupe to the Lexus LS, Acura RL, Infiniti Q45 and Park Ave Ultra that we have owned over the years, I feel pretty well equipped to attest as to its tremendous ride. NONE of those fine vehicles I mentioned came anywhere near as close to the little Honda Civic-like MPG that this full-size lux cruiser does. Really incredible how little pedal it took to get the supercharged power plant up to speed. Cruising at 70 MPH only took 1700 RPMs...years ago, I lost my nerve to see what a vehicle 'will do' so we never took it up above 80 and that was on accident simply because it rode so smoothly. Side note: we since bought a 1995 Riviera and chose not to keep it after getting rear ended. Minor as it was, that unit did not have lumbar support, which I really like, and it was not supercharged. Funny thing though, the handling was nowhere near as crisp. Afterwards, I came across a publication that mentioned the 1997 model year had a significant improvements in the front end. Thus, my recommendation: If you are more familiar with crisp/tight handling vehicles, you will prefer the 1997 or newer Riv - either way though, this is perhaps the most stylistically pleasing, comfortable and economical lux couple one can buy - Go For It!!"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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!"

4 people out of 6 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

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