1996 Buick Riviera 3.8 normally aspirated
Love at first drive!
Driver's door switch = $125.
Leaks oil -small = $0.
Rattle in steering column = $0.
I've only had the car one month and driven 1000 miles (on mostly bad roads), but had to throw in due to my excitement about this car.
Due to its depreciation, it is a remarkable value.
Typical Buick drivers take good care of their vehicles. There are only a few pitfalls to avoid or expect with this auto that can be very costly to repair. However, if you are a competent DIY'er, this car can win you over - especially for the price!
The first pitfall is early transaxle failure. Expect to pay 1500-2000 to rebuild this. The next significant pitfall is the failure of the plastic intake manifold. This can be repaired for about $100-500 if it was not already done (look for a date stamp on the top of the manifold). The paint is also prone to fail after 12 years. $500-2000 depending on your quality demands.
The joys of owning this car make it worth a bit of effort in maintaining it. To echo a lot of the reviews, it is well made and stylish outside, not lacking any creature comforts inside, it drives like a dream and performs to near sports car status. The fuel economy is surprisingly good. And it handles slick and snowy roads confidently. I look forward to getting behind the wheel each and every time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2013