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1996 Buick Riviera User Reviews

1996 Buick Riviera Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 8 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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"power" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"beautiful car" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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Buh writes:
1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged Coupe Review
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5

Pros

Quick, big, comfy, reliable

Cons

Gas mileage in town is about 16 to 17.

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Heavy, Great Ride, Quiet, Supercharged Quick. — I'm a huge fan of this car. Very comfortable, spacious, and luxurious considering the price. The 3.8L Supercharged V6 has amazing torque from off the line, and often even on steep hills in overdrive does not downshift! Relatively rare on the streets, only 27,000 were made in 1996. Quite possibly the rarest, cheapest car you'll find that is actually worth owning.

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Josh writes:
1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged Coupe Review
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5

Pros

Great power with great fuel economy. Looks great!

Cons

Front wheel drive is lame. If you want a great car with a Supercharger ans RWD, get a Monte Carlo.

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Great Sleeper, Loads Of Fun, Plenty Of Power. I Love It! — Great car. Supercharger gives it kick. Front wheel drive is no fun. Very reliable car never had a major repair in seven years of ownership. Very fun. Easy to get wheel spin. 22-26 mpg, rarely at the pump. Overall great car!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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96RivBrad writes:
1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged Coupe Review
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5

Pros

Unique, comfortable, very fast.

Cons

Parts are not plentiful.

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Just A Super Car! — You can find these in immaculate condition for under $3k. Don't worry about the mileage. IF it's been properly maintained it will run forever. Supercharged and ultimate comfort. Rare design that never fails to turn heads. I don't know why Buick quit making these.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Scott writes:
1996 Buick Riviera Coupe Review
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5

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everything

Cons

nothing

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Great Car To Own — this car has great styling perfect handling really powerful engine the quility is impecable the stereo was awsome and so loud its a great car if u can still find one around they are very hard to find nowadays and thier extremely safe in an accident too great in the snow too with the traction control

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bob writes:
1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged Coupe Review
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5

Pros

Fast

Cons

can be a major electrical headache

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Suprising — This is my favorite out of all the cars i have owned. It accelerates and brakes awsome. The handling was a little questonable until i swapped in a strut tower brace and bonneville ssei struts and springs. It is really comftorable and gets really good over all mileage. The front of the car is gorgeous but falls short if you are looking at it from the back. Its built well but small replacements parts like switches and such are really expensive. luckily it shares alot of other parts with the gm line and most parts arent expensive. It is really fun to suprise people with how fast it is off the line when they think they have a fast car. oh i forgot to mention i have alot of gtp upgrades done to the motor and trans.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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AmericanCarsForever writes:
1996 Buick Riviera Review
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5

Pros

All around great car. Excellent room, speed, handling, safe, dependable.

Cons

Uses premium fuel, when something does go wrong, it is expensive.

AmericanCarsForever
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It Is More Than A Granny Car That People Assume About Buick. Even Your Adolescent Might Like It — Performance - excellent acceleration for it's size, good handling, braking is a little flaky sometimes. Quality - No major operational repairs as of yet, just regular maintenance. Appearance - Very nice and futuristic looking car. Needs paint and rear window sealant, but it is thirteen years old too. Cost - guzzles more gas than I'd like, and uses premium fuel, but it could be a lot worse. Maintenance is expensive, but what car isn't expensive to maintain? Fun - I like driving my land yacht, it is very comfortable , it is powerful, and I even get a few compliments here and there. To each their own though.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jordan writes:
1996 Buick Riviera STD Coupe Review
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4

Pros

Same as above

Cons

Hard to find parts for, especiall the body

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Good, Odd, Reliable Vehicle — Car runs great, has the infamous 3.8 liter V-6. The best riding car on the highway that I've ever owned. The worst handling car otherwise. Good fuel economy, good reliability, odd, if not good looking. Also it's a car that you can work on yourself if your ever in the need.

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Joseph writes:
1996 Buick Riviera Supercharged Coupe Review
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3

Pros

rolled over twice in my first one adn walked away.

Cons

not a V-8. not the best gas milage i could be getting

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Not Many Problems. Small And Inexpensive. — solid car. rolled one twice and walked away. ok power and look. not the best designed engine.

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Reviews From Other Years

1999 Buick Riviera Reviews

Overall I Love This Car. By Marshal

i love this car. she is the one on the right. If i decide to go for a drive and get out on the higway and really put your foot into it it will respond. its been more than once that i have made this ca... Read More

Good Luck Finding 1! By Kevin

Great car owned it for 3 years and it is always reliable and it will beat most of the cras on the streets and some at lebenon valley awesome in the snow as well with a set of snow tires and it is so c... Read More

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1998 Buick Riviera Reviews

98 Riviera By Chris

This car has great handling and performance. Also has great breaking with its 4 wheel disc brakes. It handles great in all road conditions. Got the car for a great price in really great shape. Hav... Read More

Future Collectible By johnbomarito

Styling that has stood the test of time. Many people would stop me in parking lots and compliment the styling and Platinum Beige paint. Supercharged V-6 provided excellent balance between mileage & pe... Read More

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1997 Buick Riviera Reviews

90's Luxury By Scott

Good looking car with sleek body lines. Stereo and wheels are dated both will need upgraded. Power can be added simple with a pulley change. Exhaust tips are something definitely needing change. Sl... Read More

Very Under Estimated, And Sometimes Misunderstood. You Have To Own One To Know. By Cadillacstyle9092

You don't need a super-charger in this Riv. She will pin you to your seat in a second. Very responsive, and Very dependable as well. She is a true pleasure to drive one of my friends says "I swear she... Read More

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1995 Buick Riviera Reviews

I Love This Car To Death Just Wish It Came With A 100,000 Mile Warranty Like Kia! By nickmarino83

I really overall love this car. Its got me from A to B multiple times even when there were problems already going on but I had no time to fix them. This car has truly been through hell cause I pushed ... Read More

I Love My Ride, Most Comfortable Vehicle I've Owned. By jimmydean51

I've had great times in this vehicle. I just wish buick would make it again with the same look. This car was so futuristic when it was in production, it looked odd then, but would go over very well no... Read More

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1993 Buick Riviera Reviews

Good Old Car By Jesse

Good Motor solid built car. Heavy which gives it an amazingly smooth ride and enough power to climb the hills without downshifting. 3.8 series one motor is solid running and the seats are very comfo... Read More

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