I understand. I have a '97, and I love it. I take care of it, and it gives me no trouble at all. And what a car! it's got character, looks, and performance. Yeah, I went Japanese for a moment to please the wife, but the Riv. is the car I like--and BTW, I'm an old sports-car driver, MGs, Triumphs--it's true, the Riv. suspension could be, oh, 25% better--but a guy learns to drive the car the way it wants to be driven, and then--it performs.
We are talking about a CAR! The Riviera is a luxurious and powerful head-turner sport car. Remember those 454-4 barrel carb. engine... well that's even better! The morning I saw mine, (a 1999, bought in Nov. 2003) I just couldn't walk away without buying it... this is what a head-turner is. (That morning I drove my wife in town so that she didn't have to pay a 10$ parking fee!) This car is MINE... My new Silverado (Duramax) will have to sleep outside; the garage is for the Riv.
I have California 97 and it brings me a lot fun and I enjoy, how unusual it looks in our European (Czech) streets. I must say, I had no problems at all, the car is simply fantastic. I am the only one with this car in our Czech Republic (Jaromir Jagr, Dominik Hasek, Martina Navratilova, Ivan Lendl). Greetings to all...
Hello my name is Jozef, and I have a riv. this is my first loaded car, I'm only 17 and my mom bought me a new s-10, and then we sold it, and shortly we bought the riv. of course my mom wanted to keep it, but my mother proceeded to let me have it. I am completely mind boggled, by what all this car does I haven't had any problems out of the car, and I believe as long as I drive and treat this car like my own child, the car will treat me like its parent. Everyone I show my car to are always just blown away, by what all it does. I would recommend this car for anyone, young, old, prime, what ever age this car is the best. Another reason this car isnt less than the best is i drove this car all the way from ILLINOIS to NEW MEXICO, yes WOW!
I've owned a 99 Riviera for the last couple of years. I bought it from a widowed lady who only used to to go to the supermarket and the golf club. It had less than 30,000 miles when I got it.
It definitely is a looker; however, it is beginning to nickel and dime me to death. First it was the passenger side electric window motor ($300 installed). Then the traction control bearings ($350). Next was the water pump and belts ($350).
Now the paint is peeling badly. It started on a spot in the rear trunk door with a dime sized spot that has now grown to a dinner plate size. I just noticed a small peel starting just in front of the sunroof.
Don't get me wrong, the car is a dream to drive. It has power to spare (it's supercharged) and the gas mileage is not too bad; however, this issue with the paint has me thinking about getting rid of it. It will probably need a full paint job and, no matter what, after market paint jobs always look crappy.
My wife loves the car, but I'm afraid it's a goner. Anybody out there with these issues?
I have a 99 Silver Arrow that's been my daily driver for the last 6 years or so! I had a '96 Riv prior to that, and now I'm sad to say I am turning in the keys to the Silver Arrow and moving on to an SUV to accommodate the growing family.
My question to everyone...
Should I hold on to the Silver Arrow because it is a limited edition? Will a car like this be wanted by collectors in the future?
Dan ~ Kenosha, Wisconsin.