1984 Buick Riviera Reviews

1984 Buick Riviera 2 door coupe 5.0L 307cid V8 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
Engine and transmission 5.0L 307cid V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Previous carBuick Riviera

Faults:

- Alternator.

- Battery.

- Thermostat.

-valve cover gaskets.

- Transmission gasket.

(nothing I couldn't replace myself)

General Comments:

- Very dependable.

- Great handling and power (It has a factory FWD V8 set-up.) with 255 torque!

- Very comfortable, and lots of room (it has velor seats, and no tranny hump.)

- Easy to find parts for.

- But, gas mileage is 14mpg, 22 highway, with OD.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2005

11th Feb 2005, 08:26

Next time you post a review why don't you try using the spellcheck?

6th Feb 2006, 15:41

I find ALL comments on the 83, 84 and 85 Buick Riviera to be highly informative to a prospective buyer, here in the UK. It would seem that GM's 4 speed automatic transmission with electronic Overdrive is very unreliable, compared to its earlier 3 speed transmission.

From reading many of these excellent reviews, it would seem that US cars up to the late 1970's are much less complicated and more reliable than their 1980's counterparts.

Live Long and Prosper. So Say We All. Marty, England, UK.

1984 Buick Riviera 2 door Coupe 5.0 litre (307cu. in.) from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0 litre (307cu. in.) Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance147819 miles

Summary:

A gas guzzling V8 tank from when they still knew how to build them

Faults:

Transmission self destructed - 138667 miles.

CV joints replaced.

Water pump impellers broke off.

Fuel pump shot.

Emission control is junk.

Wheel bearings going.

Power seat failure.

General Comments:

This car is comfortable and roomy.

It is built like a tank, I hit a deer doing 50mph and it didn't leave a dent!

Decent off-road performance, however, lacks speedy acceleration, tranny doesn't let the rpms climb over 3500.

Gas mileage sucks, about 12mpg city, 19mpg highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th April, 2001

25th Jun 2001, 09:22

I agree with everything this user states here, except for the performance. It's not the tranny that causes the problem with performance. It's the catalytic converter. My gas mileage is much better than that. I get 18 city 25 highway. Best car I have ever owned!

14th Mar 2003, 09:27

I have a 1984 Riviera rag top which I have owned since 1991. The car now has about 215,000 miles on it, but many expensive repairs have been needed to keep it going. Rear air suspension has broken twice, engine rebuild at 165,000 miles, transmission rebuilt twice (yikes!!) really expensive replacement of convertible top material, various other annoying problems and now a leaking transmission line. BUT... they have all been taken care of and I still own the car because it looks great, is very comfortable and it is the last of the full size convertibles. Driving a full size convertible is an experience that cannot be topped by ANY other kind of car. I have not experienced any of the rust problems that others have talked about with my car. It is always garaged, but I live in the north east where salt and weather usually take a harsh toll on a car. Even the original paint is still pretty good 19 years later. I will probably keep this car until a new full size American convertible with great styling is produced - which might be never at this rate (unfortunately).

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews