Buick Riviera Experts

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Buick Riviera Model Overview

Buick Riviera Questions

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Forgot To Install Cam Button On My 1985 Toro With 307 How Long Until It Bre...

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Armando Eaglin
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Car Computer

I have a 1995 buick riviera 3.8lv6 supercharged engine the obd2 port has power going to it but wont give me a code what can I do and if I hVe to reset the computer how do I do tht?

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uncgrouch
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Will The Cooling Fans Not Working Keep The A/c From Working?

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Scott McPherson
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Number Of Black 1965 Rivieras

How many 65's were black from the factory?

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Armando Eaglin
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I Have A 1995 Buick Riviera 3.8lv6 Supercharged With A Obd2 Port But No Pow...

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Older Buick Riviera

1993 Buick Riviera Overview
1993 Buick Riviera
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1993 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1992 Buick Riviera Overview
1992 Buick Riviera
47 pictures
1992 Buick Riviera reviews:
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
1991 Buick Riviera Overview
1991 Buick Riviera
28 pictures
1990 Buick Riviera Overview
1990 Buick Riviera
17 pictures
1990 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1989 Buick Riviera Overview
1989 Buick Riviera
96 pictures
1989 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1988 Buick Riviera Overview
1988 Buick Riviera
1988 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1987 Buick Riviera Overview
1987 Buick Riviera
8 pictures
1986 Buick Riviera Overview
1986 Buick Riviera
7 pictures
1985 Buick Riviera Overview
1985 Buick Riviera
18 pictures
1985 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1984 Buick Riviera Overview
1984 Buick Riviera
48 pictures
1984 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1983 Buick Riviera Overview
1983 Buick Riviera
42 pictures
1983 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1982 Buick Riviera Overview
1982 Buick Riviera
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1981 Buick Riviera Overview
1981 Buick Riviera
15 pictures
1981 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1980 Buick Riviera Overview
1980 Buick Riviera
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1979 Buick Riviera Overview
1979 Buick Riviera
38 pictures
1979 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1978 Buick Riviera Overview
1978 Buick Riviera
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1977 Buick Riviera Overview
1977 Buick Riviera
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1976 Buick Riviera Overview
1976 Buick Riviera
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1975 Buick Riviera Overview
1975 Buick Riviera
11 pictures
1974 Buick Riviera Overview
1974 Buick Riviera
1973 Buick Riviera Overview
1973 Buick Riviera
53 pictures
1973 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1972 Buick Riviera Overview
1972 Buick Riviera
23 pictures
1972 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1971 Buick Riviera Overview
1971 Buick Riviera
28 pictures
1971 Buick Riviera reviews:
4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars
1970 Buick Riviera Overview
1970 Buick Riviera
33 pictures
1970 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1969 Buick Riviera Overview
1969 Buick Riviera
21 pictures
1969 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1968 Buick Riviera Overview
1968 Buick Riviera
14 pictures
1967 Buick Riviera Overview
1967 Buick Riviera
42 pictures
1967 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1966 Buick Riviera Overview
1966 Buick Riviera
33 pictures
1966 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1965 Buick Riviera Overview
1965 Buick Riviera
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1965 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1964 Buick Riviera Overview
1964 Buick Riviera
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1964 Buick Riviera reviews:
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1963 Buick Riviera Overview
1963 Buick Riviera
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1963 Buick Riviera reviews:
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Buick Riviera Overview

Except for a blip in 1994, the Buick Riviera was in continuous production from 1963 until 1999. This full-size luxury coupe was Buick's flagship car and targeted at those wanting performance and upscale comfort in a personal cruiser. It debuted in 1963, the result of an effort to compete with the Ford Thunderbird and create a totally new look based on European styling. The coupe featured innovative frameless windows and sharp lines and edges that made it stand out among its competitors. A large V8 engine put out over 300 hp.

During the 1960s, it went through some restyling that introduced retractable headlights. In 1966, it was given a fastback roof and more sloping lines, and a new 430 V8 placed it squarely in the muscle car arena. Some of the most classic Buick Rivieras came after the controversial boat-tail restyle in 1971. Originally designed for use on a smaller car, the angled front and rear ends helped make it a collectible today, but many people did not like it. A combination of the redesign and detuned engines caused by the gas crisis led to decreased sales.

Over the 1970s and '80s, the sporty Riviera remained a coupe, but got heavier and less distinct. Horsepower slipped under 200 and eventually in the low 100s. The Riviera also got shorter, though it still sat at the top of the Buick lineup in terms of personal luxury. In 1979 it switched to front-wheel drive and offered a turbo engine and was picked as Motor Trend's Car of the Year. By the 1980s the V8 engine was gone, and the Riviera only came with a V6. It did introduce the first touchscreen control panel, though that was scrapped after a few years.

The 1990s Riviera coupe experienced a resurgence with a new supercharged V6 that became standard in 1998 and a new G platform. A lighter-weight design made the coupe easier to handle and shifted it again toward better performance. Horsepower rose above 200, and standard features continued to offer upscale comfort and convenience. The Riviera was discontinued in 1999.