1985 Buick Riviera Reviews

1985 Buick Riviera Standard 307ci 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 307ci 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired101143 miles
Most recent distance103122 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala


The sweetest car ever!!!


The biggest problem was a freak set of circumstances that led to the engine locking up a week after I got the car, so it had to be replaced.

Rear bumper was shot when I got it, so I had to weld 2 other rusted bumpers together to make one replacement bumper.

Lots of rust; it likes the front fenders, bottom of the doors, a large hole in rear frame, and the 4 rear body mounts have rusted away.

Had to replace all brake and gas lines when I got it.

Have no power steering right now.

Brakes are not very good right now; probably air in the lines.

Radiator leaks.

Rear air shocks leak badly.

Had to rebuild the starter when I got it.

The exhaust system fell off completely from behind the converter.

And the hub caps keep falling off.

General Comments:

Well besides the problems I had at first, and the few problems that I've got to iron out yet, she's a kick ass car.

My 1985 Riviera is black with red pin stripes and has maroon leather interior. I love the ride comfort and the interior comfort. I love the look of the Riviera and it really is a pimpmobile tank. I get looks all the time from people (the good looks). The car looks mean, and since there's no exhaust she sounds like she's packing 500hp, which is great. I also love the air horn and I just love the colors.

She runs good and cruises at over 100mph really well.

All the power equipment works pretty good; even the radio works except the displays/time don't show, and one rear speaker is blown

I just love all the luxuries the Riviera provides, and I like the body lines way better than the Toronado and Eldorado counterparts.

Anyhow, she's a great car, and mine overall is great, and she even looks perfect when you stand back 50ft.

And now I hope to spend many miles with her in the years to come!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2008

10th Mar 2008, 16:27

Ah to be 16 again and love a car just because it's yours... just a small suggestion, you might not want to go 100MPH with no muffler and your one speaker radio blaring- cops won't give you much mercy when it looks like your poor.

30th Sep 2009, 23:57

What's wrong with loving a car because it's yours? That's part of owning a car, isn't it? At least it should be. I wouldn't ever buy a car I couldn't see myself loving and cherishing for ten years at least. And yes, sixteen is a great age to be. The teenage years can be difficult, but they are also exciting, and everybody misses them once they're gone.

The car being yours is what makes it different from everyone else's. I don't choose to love or not love a car because of how many cylinders it has, how many seats, or how much it's worth - I love it because it's mine. Everything else about the car matters, but not as much as whether it belongs to you or not.

1985 Buick Riviera 5.0L V8 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid


The Best Riding Car Ever


Radio goes in and out during use.

Radio On/Off button doesn't stay in the on spot.

Interior Chrome has worn off and interior cloth has worn a bit.

Engine has some throttle response problems.

Driver's side Power Locks Doesn't lock the doors.

Paint has cracks, but not peeling off.

Rust in the front fenders and door seams.

Front end parts are worn and need of replace.

Gas cap is under the rear L. Plate.

Rear leaf springs Replaced (cracked)

Transmission slips and engages hard.

General Comments:

This car is the best riding car I have ever been owned!

The engine sounds great while idling.

It has lots of room.

Interior is great and still in good condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2005

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews