HELLO!!! YOU HAVE AN OLD CAR! It has a lot of mileage on it and guess what, things are going to go wrong. I don't know where you live, but if you get snow, road salt can be hard on the car as well. A lot of cars would have given up the ghost by now, so quit complaining, get a good mechanic, fix your car and enjoy it. It sounds like there is a lot you do like about the car. If you want one that is more trouble free you are going to have to get one with less miles on the clock!
Well, people... I have to agree with the originator of this review. American cars do tend to be much more problematic than the foreign competition. It's the truth so why not admit it? I have a 1987 Nissan 300ZX that I have owned since 1990. The car now has 387,000 and a little change on the odometer and I have never had any engine problems nor transmission problems. All I have ever done to the car was change the timing system, replace the valve cover gaskets, spark plugs and wires, distributor, added a new radiator due to it being cracked from lack of coolent one winter. Now have you ever seen an American car do that? And when you find one that does, please let me know. Have a nice day.
There are plenty of american cars that reach that mileage, and it's misguided thinking to believe all imports last as long as your 300 (I am a fan of the car, having owned an 86). Cars are as good as the maintainance performed by the owners.
OK. I am sorry to imply that foreign vehicles are better than American. I didn't exactly mean for it to come out that way. All I am saying is that Japanese vehicles, and some European brands, tend to be much less problematic as opposed to American brands. Yes, every country has had problems, but when you look among the many brands, which do you see sitting on the sides of the highways more often? Just the other day, I saw a 2006 STS, driven by an elderly couple, at the redlight that wouldn't start as if the timing had gone out! When was the last time you saw a Lexus LS400 / LS430 doing that? Yes, I know that anything can have a problem, but foreign companies do more quality testing than American companies do. And that is a fact. Check the quality standards among the American car brands and compare them to the foreign competition and you will see a big difference. I know many American people get angry when people say things such as I am saying, but it is the God Honest Truth. If we as Americans began caring about our quality finished products instead of just throwing metal and fabric together, we would have AWESOME products because we do produce some very beautiful cars. I do agree with the idea that a car is as good as it is cared for, but that isn't always the case.
I have another idea: Purchase two brand new cars, a 2006 Cadillac STS-V and a BMW 7-Series, and test them for a year with equal treatment. More than likely, the Cadillac will begin to have issues before the BMW. It's not necessarily a fact, but you can still pretty much bet that will be the case. I don't hate American cars at all, but we as Americans need to be more quality-concerned!
I have a 1996 Buick Riviera with 28800 miles and I love it, I think it looks better than a brand new Mercedes its gorgeous inside and out, why Buick decided to discontinue it I have no idea, but its very pretty. Fast, Good gas mileage and very reliable.
Why Buick decided to discontinue it?
Well, the usual reason is because not enough people were buying it...
Two door coupes in this price range have fallen out of fashion. In fact, although they don't necessarily compete, that is why the new Charger is a four door instead of a two - the two simply would not sell.
As the baby boomers get older and have no kids to worry about you may see a resurgence in this type of car.
Well, let's see, the current Mustang is selling well and Chevy and Dodge are bringing back the Camaro and Challenger, respectively, in the next couple of years--all coupes. And Nissan will be introducing a coupe version of the Altima, shortly.
"fallen out of fashion"? Buick coupes, yes. Seems unlikely that we will ever see a Buick with only two doors again. In fact, we may not see any new Buicks at all in a few years if GM's problems continue...
I'd like to buy the Riv at the top of this discussion, but I doubt it's still around. Sounds like a bad case of neglect on a beautiful American made sports coupe... If you can't tell I am a Buick Rivvie fan. I have owned a 1965 Gran Sport, a 1996 Riv T-Type and now own a 1963 Riv, a 1964 Riv, and a 1996 Park Avenue with 185,000 miles that I use as a daily driver... what a ride!! Regards, Jake.
I just recently bought a Buick Riviera as well and I am Revving and Loving it. I have been looking for this car for some time and the sleek body and appearance of the vehicle has been haunting me ever since I've been driving any thing else. It has 63,000 miles and is treating me like the driver it deserves. I previously was considering buying a Lexus and I know that if I have any problems with the Riviera I'll be glad that it is not a Lexus. American cars may be cheap, but they are manageable and foreign cars are expensive to maintain.
In my experience of owning vehicles of all types, makes & models during the years, there are none free from problems.
I have had cars with few miles break down, and then I have had cars with well over 100k on the odometer that I had bought & sold and are still running to this day.
It is the luck of the draw.
The well tuned machine of your dreams still needs maintenance.
You forget about doing it and the performance luxury car, grocery getter, or Foreign car will fall to pieces.
That doesn't mean you have to just clean the windows, it means the whole thing, from top to bottom.
Every part needs to be replaced, sooner or later on any car.
I just go with what I know I can fix if I have to.
I've owned 98 Riv since Jan.'07' (161,000 mi when I got it) So far I have shutdown three newer Cadillacs, a new Maxima, and new Mustang.
It has every option on it except On Star.
I feel like I have a great degree of road superiority when driven with authority and diplomacy. It's nice to know the power is there when needed.
A beautiful conglomeration of dynamics and design. Awesome to drive
My daughter (aka Japanese Car Buff) loves the feel of its power & prestige, a force to be reckoned with.
More time may be needed for others to realize what this car is, a Magnificent Beautiful Beast with a low drag coefficient.
I've been on road trips from NY. to SC. No problems, 175,000mi, but some instrumentation light bulbs burnt out on climate control buttons back lighting.
I'm the 2nd owner, and I'll be passing this one down in my will. This car is slightly ahead of its time, and all should appreciate in value with time. Another Great American Dream Car.
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