1994 Buick Riviera Review

1994 Buick Riviera 3.8 Supercharged from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carGMC Van

Summary:

Fast personal luxury car, not for the family

Faults:

Serpentine Belt replaced at 20,000mi.

Water Pump replace at 20,000mi.

Electric window motors replaced twice within 2 years.

Factory tires didn't make 20,000 miles.

Rear window was poor fit, lots of sealant used.

Trunk leaks in heavy rain.

Fuel cap release failed.

General Comments:

Despite all the above mentioned problems this is probably the most comfortable performance, luxury car I have owned.

Good high speed handling qualities, over-steers a bit which takes getting used to.

Great acceleration both from a stop and passing. Super charger a must on the 3.8 six cylinder.

Super gas mileage, 29-31 on highway with a very generous fuel tank.

Very quite at all speeds.

There are some warts.

The doors are very heavy, especially on a slope.

Rear seat access is difficult, but once seated very comfortable.

Slope of the roof invites water into the doors when opened in the rain. Results in the window motors failing.

Seat belt recall not well publicized.

Everything is expensive to fix.

Leather seats are not good quality (read thin), Buick makes fine leather interiors why not in the Riviera?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2003

25th Nov 2004, 23:01

I agree with this person on all items except the "1994" Buick Riviera was never produced.

Rebelbob@bellsouth.net.

4th Oct 2006, 23:20

Ha-ha, lol. You beat me by 2 years! There is no 94 Riv! Maybe he has the only one!

22nd Sep 2009, 16:29

LOL. I have a 94 Riv. It's on my title and stamped in the car door, so I guess there's more than one of us with a 94, and everything that was said with problems is true. But it is an awesome car.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review