27th Feb 2005, 19:44

I had my 95 riv for about 9 months. It had 91,000 when I purchase it and now has 101,000. Love this car. Paid 4200 for it and also bought the extended warranty. Problems I had since new was the car kept cutting off when when slowing down to a stop. Dealer cleaned the injectors and replace the oxygen sensor and the car ran better than when I first bought it. The other problem was traction-off light stayed on. Dealer replaced what is called brake module. One more thing. the dealer had to replace the rack, as in rack and pinion. All done under warranty. love this car. Plan to keep it for as long as possible.

31st Oct 2005, 11:45

I have a question, to someone out there with a 95 Riv. I was driving down the highway and my car just stopped running. I don't think it's my fuel pump. I just got a new crankshaft position sensor put on there, that went bad before, so I think that's something that causing the crank to burn out fast, that I need to fix.

The Riv is the best. I have 231,000 miles on it, so I think I used the car to the fullest.

But if someone had the same problems, should I just put the Riv to rest and get another car?

I love the car; it is just starting to milk me for every penny!!!

23rd Nov 2005, 13:10

About your '95 Riv. I recently had to replace my crank sensor and a month later I had to replace my...yes, fuel pump. I would have it checked out. On one Riviera forum, I don't know a whole lot of people that haven't had to replace their fuel pump by 115,000 miles. It's a common big fix with the Riv. If yours is supercharged, I might think about installing a performance fuel pump.

9th Jan 2007, 13:34

I have had my 95 riv for about 2 years, the first year was okay. Only a battery, interior items breaking. On year #2...Computer, radiator, ignition module, starter, stabilizers, heat blower motor. I give up, the repairs are soooo expensive on these cars and I can't keep up. I know I'll cry when I see it for the last time, but this is too much.

26th Feb 2007, 17:17

I really need help on my Riviera I have a gas gauge that only works when it wants to. It goes from a full tank to a half then sometimes below. I have no Idea where to start. My temp. gauge as well faults sometimes. Saying its not warm when I have driven the car for at least 30 or 40 min. Any advice on the two?

30th Jun 2007, 18:12

I have had my 1995 Riviera for 2 years. My Mom had it for 10 years before me (new). This thing has been the biggest money pit I have ever seen!

She has had the balancer replaced, fuel pump, alternator, idle pulleys, crankshaft module, camshaft module, some other electronic modules, ignition module, etc.. (these things are like $300 a piece fixes) Plus hundreds of others to list... GEESH!!

I was scared to take this car due to all the EXPENSIVE repairs this beast takes. But I figured they were all done.


Well, she just gave it to me for free. It had 145,000 on it, and the supercharger goes out in my first month! WTF! The dealership hosed me for $1200.00.

A day later, my supercharger belt shreds on the highway. I wait for 2 hours in 98 degree weather for a tow. My god what happened? Oh, my tensioner pulley busted. WTF? 220.00 later, this is it. And now today, my power window just stopped working, (yes, it's down and raining). I am done with this worthless pile of metal.

BTW - the horn doesn't work either due to a faulty airbag; seems Buick had them made in China, but humidity seeped in them and presses them against the horn plate continuously.

Not to mention parking this land yacht. The wheelbase is so long, we call it the Queen Mary.

I hate it with a passion, and tell everyone to never buy Buick products. Oh, and forget Subaru too BTW, they blow chunks.

7th Oct 2007, 07:47

Does anyone out there know how to fix a starting problem with the 1995 Riviera? On occasion, when starting car, there is a 3 minute delay, when the security light goes off you are able to start the car...HELP.

19th Oct 2007, 08:44

My 95 Riviera makes a noise after it is turned off. Whatever the noise is... it is draining my battery. I am thinking it is the power antenna motor?

21st Oct 2007, 15:29

On the 1995 Riviera, the delay is a security issue. You can bypass this by locking and unlocking the drivers side door with the key. The car should start immediately after that.


22nd Oct 2007, 11:44

I recently bought a '95 Riviera for $5500.00, it had 62,000 miles, and only had one previous owner.

It ran great at first, but I have put so much money into this car, that I am scared to drive it!!

I love everything about the car, the look, the way it handles, and the interior space.

I have had to replace the heater core, the water pump, the tensioners, and the A/C clutch. Also, you can't so much as breathe on the horn, it's so sensitive. Does anybody else have that problem. People always think I'm honking at them.

23rd Oct 2007, 18:38

The '95 riv with the horn issue is most likely the horn (paid). It’s not too expensive, and if you have many mechanical ability, you should be able to replace it yourself. Dave.

22nd Dec 2007, 21:51

In response to the comment left on October 19, 2007:

Earlier someone said that was a motor dealing with the back shocks, the master brake something or other. I forget exactly what it is, but good luck!

Anyway, I'm about to buy a 1995 Riviera in that Silver/Blue color with a dark teal interior. From what I can tell, it's already had its major repairs done, power windows, mirrors, sunroof motor, radiator, air filter, battery, aligned wheels, tuneup, all done before I'm buying it. It has just under 86,000 miles and is clean as a new Toyota! Last emmission readout was 0.2 out of 15.0 lb/mile of carbon emmissions! Take that, Prius! It's a beautiful car, gets about 22 mpg in mainly city conditions and I live in a more suburban area so I'm expecting closer to 26 or so average. This is going to be my first car and he only wants $4000 for it.

I highly recommend these cars, but make sure you get the supercharger. Non-supercharged 8th gen. Rivieras are hard to come buy, but avoid them nonetheless. The supercharger helps to keep the engine clean and, thus, keep it running for longer. These things are known to go past the 250,000 mile mark if you give them regular oil changes and don't abuse the car too much. Too bad they stopped making them, but they may bring China's new Riviera concept here someday.

14th Jan 2008, 13:48

Buick Rivera starting problem. If the engine does not start and the security light comes on, then after waiting 3 min., the engine starts, the problem is the ignition switch. The switch will not "read" the chip in the key.