1986 Buick Riviera Review

1986 Buick Riviera 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance177000 miles
Previous carNissan Pulsar


An engineering masterpiece!


Central power supply for the GCC.

Digital dash. (fuse)

Steering wheel cruise accelerate button.

Trunk and fuel door releases.

Power antenna.

Plugs and wires.


One rear shock.

General Comments:

People still thought it was a late model in the late 1990s. When I sold it, it had: 177,000mi, no rust, no oil usage, very much power, low emissions.

The interior was well designed, almost futuristic. The amount of buttons and knobs that the Graphic Control Center's (GCC) touch screen replaced was amazing.

The distributor-less engine was very reliable and efficient. (~27MPG/Highway)

The double-sided galvanize in the body panels, here in the rust belt, kept the body rust free.

The stainless steel exhaust was still the original.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2004

20th Jul 2005, 17:53

I just purchased a 1986 Buick Riviera. High mileage, but in very good shape in and out. It had been safety inspected, and all was good.

I love Buick's and Oldsmobile's, Caddies and such. When I took it for a test drive, I had to make an offer. But the thing that most amazed Me was the computer control center. It was quite complex for 19 years ago technology, and it all worked perfectly fine. Every function. Amazing!

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review