1989 Buick Riviera Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1989 Buick Riviera 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer


The best car I could ever get for $1300


The transmission went at 105000 miles because the previous did not ever service it. I had plenty of time to know that it was going bad, but that was when it became undriveable. ($450 Junk yard transmission and labor)

I replaced the vinyl part of the roof ($150)

The throttle position sensor went bad ($30 new). I put that in myself.

Other than those things just maintenance items (spark plugs, spark plug wires, tires, etc)

General Comments:

It is simply the best car I have ever had. And this is coming from a USED CAR DEALER. I've many cars in the seven years that I've had a license, but this one is the best. I feel like I'm driving on a cloud when I drive it. It's not terribly fast, but I've managed to get a few speeding tickets in it. When I get on the highway I HAVE TO set the cruise control, otherwise I will end up going over 80 mph and not even know it. The Bose radio and touchscreen on board controls combine all of the controls into one 6 or 7 inch screen. It has most of the amenities of modern cars (power windows, sunroof, v-6, leather, etc) only a lot cheaper... and its not exactly a cop magnet ;)

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

Review Date: 17th March, 2006

19th Apr 2006, 00:10

Very cool! Now can you tell me how to get one for under $2K???


PumpkinSeed @ Juno.com.

5th Oct 2010, 13:13

I have the 89 Buick Rivieria Presidential. It is the best car I ever bought for 1,000. It rides awesome, has 248 thousand miles, but runs like a dream.

1989 Buick Riviera from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carFord Mustang


10 of 10


Was given the car from my uncle understanding it need repair. It would rumble at 70 Kph, the 'sending unit' in the gas tank (the fragile tubing sending and receiving gas from the engine, not the pump) was leaking very lightly. Damaged when I changed the fuel filter, was not very careful with the tubing. The rumble due to the damaged engine computer (below glove box. Found at junk yard $50 ($500 new) and rad mechanic fixed tubing for $90 (new $300).

General Comments:

This car is the fully loaded highest model with a real touch screen controlling everything.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2003

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews