7th Feb 2008, 11:47
I just bought a 95 riv 2dr obviously without reading this board first! I was wondering if anyone knows how to fix the seats, they don't lock in the upright position. any help would be great. thanks.
10th Feb 2008, 02:50
I have a 93 Riviera, with 177,000. This is my first Buick. And shall I say, my wife and I just love this car. We paid 5000$ for it 18 months ago, and put maybe 1300$ in it, in the last couple months. Fully loaded, in beautiful condition. Excellent choice..
20th Feb 2008, 20:50
I love my 95 riv. I have the regular 3.8 No supercharger. She runs like a bear. Plenty of nut on the highway, great on gas. 20 mpg. That's with a heavy foot too. Awesome stock concert sound system, great heater, climate control ect. The only thing it does have is the bogus gas gage. Will read half a tank then go right to quarter tank. The horn is sensitive also. Uses almost a quart of oil every 3k.Thought that was a lot. Does not smoke or leak. Makes like this slight space ship whirring noise @ idle, but goes away with slight press of the gas pedal. Learned to live with that. Great in the snow, but feels like it could get loose in rainy weather. Windy conditions throw it around as well. Does nice smoke shows too. Wife gets mad when I do that.
27th Feb 2008, 20:37
I have a '95 and absolutely love it, I have 190,000 miles on it, and the only problem I ever had was a leaky radiator about 6 months ago. I found several replacements from $165.00 to $195.00. Although I have not needed to purchase it yet. For a temporary fix, I bought a radiator stop leak from Checker Auto Parts, poured it in, and leak has stopped.
The horn is super sensitive. Just get used to smiling and wave like you know the people. They always wave back.
I lost a hubcap once, and the local Chevy dealer wanted over $40.00 for one. I got one online for about $15.00.
James, Gillette, WY.
5th Mar 2008, 17:21
I just bought a 1995 Riviera it has 160k on it runs good a little shake when I accelerate though, but was told wrong plugs are in it... any ideas about the seat motor won't move and the memory thing is broken... i heard about electrical problems anyone know of the price to fix these please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always thought the style was beautiful plan on customizing it and maybe making it a show car.
4th Apr 2008, 10:05
Like anything mechanical, you have to maintain the 1995 Rivs well to get a lot of miles from them. Common problems, not maintenance related are: horn not working caused by bad horn button in the driver's airbag module (you must replace airbag assembly to fix), cam and crank position sensor failures, gas gauge reading off compared to fuel actually in tank (this is a design flaw that you can live with once you are accustomed to it), traction control failures.
My Riviera has 105,000 miles and has had the following repairs (other than brakes, belts, oil changes, and tune-up): cam and crank sensor replaced, coolant temp sensor replaced, radiator replaced under warranty. That's it. Problems I have not fixed: horn doesn't work (not worth big $$$ to replace airbag), traction control intermittent failure (light comes on, big deal).
Fortunately, I am a pretty good mechanic and have invested in a good diagnostic code reader (about $150) and made the above repairs myself. If done by a dealer, it would have been big money because most dealers employ "part replacers" and not mechanics. They will just start changing any part that comes up in an error code scan, even though most of the time there is only one part at fault and the other error codes are system failures, not component failures.
As with any car, I would suggest that you find a competent mechanic for both routine service and major repairs. I would not suggest that people who are not able to do at least some work on their own cars buy and drive any vehicle more than 7 years old, unless you are willing to pay for repairs.
24th May 2008, 10:50
I have a 95 Riviera and I've got multiple problems with my Rivi, and I've spent a lot of money on her... she's like my gold digger, but when I got her I replaced the master cylinder at 152,000 miles and she was the best thing I've ever drove!!!
Even though I got a bad seed... I LOVE MY BABY!!! Now I have close to 167,000 miles on her with problems, but I love her anyway... my 95 Buick Riviera aka lexi baby.
28th May 2008, 05:23
Ahhh, my black beauty... I bought her about 4 years ago with 95,000 on her... she is stored in the Michigan winters and rides on 20s in the summer. With 153,000 on her now. I've had to replace the supercharger (change the separate oil!), plugs, belt, and now a rack and pinion is due... but I would NEVER give her up... beautiful car with American style.
8th Jun 2008, 00:10
Have a 1995 Buick Riviera 3800-V-6... 3 speed over auto AC... Problem: It idles and runs, but when I get it up to 40 mile per hour I cannot get any rpm out of it. Any guesses on what this is? It is a non super charger. Write me back at email@example.com
12th Jun 2008, 21:50
I fell in love with the lines of this model when it first hit the streets.
Finally got a 1995 non turbo black Riviera a few weeks ago. She has 183,000 miles and runs strong.
The ABS trac control light was on when I bought her; common problem. For now I will leave as is and cover the lamp with black tape until I get it switched off.
Brakes are great.
Like most high end vehicles she was garage kept and dealer maintained until traded for a new Buick. Ride is smooth and quiet.
Hard to believe a car this old could still look and run like new, and have styling that doesn't look dated.
Of the 40+ domestic and foreign vehicles I've owned, she is the one I like the most. These can be had for little money and offer a lot in return.
First mpg came in at 26 mostly highway. Not too shabby for a vehicle this size. Would be nice to have another to put away for when she wears out, but I doubt that will be anytime soon.
6th Jul 2008, 16:17
I have a 95 Riv and I love it.. But last year it started running funny like it was a transmission problem, but what we had to do was put a new computer in it. Then had to replace the intake about 4 months later. Now it is back to a prom blowing out on the computer and seems to have something to do with the transmission again. The car loses power and shakes, but then it goes away. This doesn't happen all the time but seems to be getting more frequent. I had 2 used computers put in and within 20 miles the same thing happens and blows the prom. The mechanic told me it must be a bad wire! Can anyone help with the solution to my problem? The car has 112,030 miles on it and I love it, but I need help.