1995 buick riviera

1995 buick riviera

1995 Buick Riviera

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Most beautiful exterior design I’ve ever seen

by three4rd from Reading, PA on August 8, 2019

I bought mine new in 95. While it was anything but a «low maintenance» or «low repair» vehicle (too long a story but suffice to say the car is on its 3rd engine and 2nd transmission), I quite honestly. Read full review

Very comfortable, runs great, excellent vehicle

by GranolaJones from Neenah, WISCONSIN on June 25, 2019

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IndyStar.com’s view

Buick Motor Division has gotten a lot of mileage out of that Mediterranean vacation spa known as the Riviera. It has been a premium luxury coupe ever since its introduction 32 . Read more

washingtonpost.com’s view

THE CAR carried heavy baggage, the burden of a once elegant past. That part of its history — its grace, glory and almost effortless sensuality — had gone with the wind. Read more

Los Angeles Times’s view

Only those with lessened senses of history would dismiss Buick as just another builder of large lumps and considerable stodge. Remember the toothy Supers of the ’40s that . Read more

Orlando Sentinel’s view

When an automaker builds a car as striking as the new Riviera, it’s very tempting to brush aside a few minor shortcomings. Don’t get me wrong. I am very impressed with . Read more

chicagotribune.com’s view

It’s been a 32-year odyssey. Buick woke the motoring public in 1963 when itintroduced a new Riviera, but put everyone fast to sleep again by 1994, when the car was . Read more

Orlando Sentinel’s view

You could write a book about all that General Motors has done wrong in the last 20 years. In fact, several people have done just that. But if you wanted to write a book about what . Read more

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What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don’t be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn’t promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don’t cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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Used 1995 Buick Riviera Overview

The Used 1995 Buick Riviera is offered in the following submodels: Riviera Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe, and Supercharged 2dr Coupe.

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Should I lease or buy a 1995 Buick Riviera?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they’ll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it’s true, provided you’re willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It’s also good if you’re someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

Battery Replacement: 1995-1999 Buick Riviera

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The video above shows you how to replace the battery in your 1995 Buick Riviera. We recommend changing the battery in Buicks every 4 years. Although some batteries last much longer, most batteries begin breaking down chemically after four years, so you could experience dimmer headlights and other negative effects before you have a dead battery in your Riviera that you need to replace.

Replacing the battery in your Riviera involves removing the terminals. When you reconnect the terminals, your radio presets are likely to be cleared out. In some Rivieras, you may need to re-enter a security code to get your radio to work again. Check for this code in your owners manual — it will usually be either a sticker or small card in the booklet. If you can’t find it, call Buick and they will give you the code for free. In many Buicks, the transmission «learns» how you drive over time and makes adjustments, so you may experience altered driving dynamics as your car re-learns your driving style after changing the battery.

Buick cars have always measured up pretty well in the prestige arena, but it’s been decades since this division has produced a noteworthy design.

That’s one of the reasons the redesigned Riviera caused such a stir when it rolled into showrooms last year. This big, bold front-wheel-drive luxury coupe makes a striking contrast to the rest of the Buick lineup, including recent generations of the Riviera itself.

There’s more. Not only does the Riviera break new ground in a very fancy field, it does so at a price that should make some of its competitors blush. Although this is clearly a luxury car, its price range straddles the $30,000 luxury frontier. Key rivals such as the Acura Legend, Cadillac Eldorado and Lincoln Mark VIII have manufacturer’s suggested retail prices that start at about $38,000, and the cost of admission keeps climbing from there.

All of which makes the Riviera an especially attractive choice. It may not have the cachet that goes with Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Lexus, but it certainly has an appealing presence all its own, as well as all the amenities that take motoring beyond the realm of mere transportation.

Our test car came equipped with a supercharged 3800 V6 in the Riviera’s signature color, Platinum Beige, and had an MSRP of $31,743.


The American luxury-car tradition has never been afraid of generous dimensions, and in this sense the new Riviera is thoroughly in touch with its heritage. It’s bigger than either the Eldorado or Mark VIII – bigger, in fact, than any luxury coupe this side of a Bentley Continental R.

But other elements of the traditional American luxury car – sluggish handling, vague steering, indifferent braking performance – are conspicuous by their absence. The Riviera shares a number of chassis components with the Oldsmobile Aurora – a chassis that is probably the most rigid in GM history, with the possible exception of the Chevrolet Corvette.

Chassis stiffness – a new religion in the domestic industry – is the key to durability, noise isolation and good handling. Even though the Riviera has no sports-car pretenses, it’s devoid of the undignified wallowing that afflicted the American luxoboats of yesteryear.

Aside from some very minor trim changes – a little less chrome – the Riviera is visually unchanged from its triumphant introductory year.

There is a significant change under the hood, however. The original base engine – GM’s 3800 V6 – has been replaced with an extensively re-engineered 3800 Series II edition, and it’s a brilliant piece of work. The 3800 Series II has the virtues of its predecessor – manufacturing simplicity, quiet operation – in a package that’s more compact, lighter, more fuel efficient and more powerful: 205 hp versus 170 hp.

The Riviera’s upgrade engine continues to be a supercharged version of the old 3800 V6, appropriately called the supercharged 3800 V6.

Besides the supercharged engine, different wheels and speed-rated tires, there’s not much distinction between a basic Riviera and an uplevel version, nor are there any specific model designations.

All models do share one flaw: the Riviera’s elongated tail, which is the only element of the exterior design that seems exaggerated. It provides plenty of trunk space, but getting to its innermost regions requires an awkward stretch.

Interior Features

If nothing else, the new Riviera is roomy, front and rear. In fact, it has more rear-seat head- and legroom than a good many sedans, luxury and otherwise. There’s real move-around space for four inside, and rear-seat access is relatively painless thanks to the extra-long doors.

You can also fit five passengers inside without too much elbow-rubbing, but we think the Riviera’s 6-passenger configuration is one passenger too many.

Another pleasant interior surprise is the Riviera’s elegantly understated dashboard design. As they did with the exterior, Buick’s designers took some risks here. Instead of the usual collection of wood and chrome accents, the Riviera’s dashboard is sweeping, clean and simple, with oversized instruments and secondary controls.

Our only criticism concerned the tachometer, with its lower left corner partially eclipsed by the steering wheel.

Consistent with the roomy interior, the Riviera’s power-adjustable seats are spacious and well-shaped. Although our test car had bucket seats (instead of the 3-passenger front bench), there wasn’t much in the way of side bolstering, but there was plenty of living-room comfort and adjustability.

Secondary controls are generally well-marked and well-located, though it would be helpful if the power-window switches, which are mounted on the driver’s armrest, were backlit, as in the Aurora.

Standard equipment is plentiful: power windows, mirrors, front seats and antenna; AM/ FM/cassette sound system; remote keyless entry; dual zone automatic climate control; cruise control; power remote trunk release and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Besides its supercharged engine, our test car had leather upholstery, a CD player, a memory heated driver’s seat and a Prestige Package that included traction control, a self-dimming inside mirror and power lumbar adjusters.

Safety equipment meets or exceeds 1997 federal passenger car standards and includes side-impact protection, dual airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels with anti-lock, adjustable upper seat-belt anchors and 5-mph bumpers.

Driving Impressions

Supercharged is a loaded word, because it tends to conjure up Ferrari-esque performance expectations. That’s not what the Riviera’s supercharged 3800 V6 is all about. It doesn’t produce much more peak horsepower than the non-supercharged engine, but it does have a big edge in torque – the low-rpm thrust that gets you moving at stoplights and generates the extra hurry you need for passing.

Although we think the Riviera’s standard engine provides enough power to satisfy most owners – remember, this isn’t a sports car – the supercharged 3800 V6 does move this car’s considerable bulk in a faster-than-ordinary hurry. We were also impressed by the smooth shifting of the 4-speed automatic transmission, an area where GM is one of the industry’s leaders.

But even more impressive is the Riviera’s blend of handling control and smooth ride quality. Although weight is the enemy of quick directional changes, the Riviera’s mass is well-controlled. There’s not much body roll in hard cornering, the steering is precise without being heavy and braking performance is excellent.

Getting that kind of control usually means sacrificing ride quality, but we think the chassis engineers have come up with a contemporary balance on this issue. The Riviera’s ride is firmer than previous American luxury cars, but it still smooths out potholes and expansion joints without a trace of harshness.

We were also impressed by our test car’s interior noise levels. The Lexus LS 400 is still the queen of diminished decibels, but the Riviera is definitely near the top of the chart.

Styling is always a key element in any car purchase, particularly among luxury cars. We can’t say we’re enthralled by the Buick Riviera’s extended bustle, but it does have personality.

We also think its smooth power should be satisfying to most, and that its roominess is exceptional. Assembly quality proved to be flawless, as indicated in our test car.

The bottom line is that the Riviera is the American luxury coupe made modern – at an impressively affordable price.

1995 Buick Riviera Supercharged (aut. 4) (model since mid-year 1994 for North America U.S.) car specifications & performance data review

Specs datasheet with technical data and performance data plus an analysis of the direct market competition of Buick Riviera Supercharged (aut. 4) in 1995 the model with 2-door notchback coupe body and V-6 3791 cm3 / 231.4 cui engine size, 168 kW / 228 PS / 225 hp (SAE net) of power, 373 Nm / 275 lb-ft of torque, 4-speed automatic powertrain offered since mid-year 1994 for North America U.S.. Specifications listing with the outside and inside dimensions, fuel economy, top speed, performance factory data and ProfessCars™ estimation: this Buick would accelerate 0-60 mph in 8.8 sec, 0-100 km/h in 9.3 sec, 0-200 km/h in 47.1 sec and quarter mile time is 16.5 sec.

How much horsepower ? What engine size ? What dimensions ? — Specifications Table

Buick Riviera Supercharged (aut. 4 speed)
as offered for the year 1995 since mid-year 1994 in North America U.S.

Production/sales period of cars with this particular specs:

mid-year 1994 — mid-year 1995

Country of origin:

Riviera 8th generation

Riviera 8th-gen. Coupe

S-C-L (luxury coupes)

FWD (front-wheel drive)

5263 mm / 207.2 in

1402 mm / 55.2 in

Height with roof rails or antenna:

2891 mm / 113.8 in

Claimed EPA passenger volume:

Calculated EPA passenger volume:

76 liter / 20.1 U.S. gal / 16.7 imp. gal

Drag coefficient (Cw-Wert):

Cd estimated by a-c:

Inside and outside dimensions, turning circle, track, trunk, cargo volume, frontal and drag area, capacities, etc. — click the button below:

Curb weight (without a driver):

1725 kg / 3803 lbs

Weight distribution f/r (%):

Curb weight estimated:

Gross vehicle weight rating GVWR:

Markets, where cars with this particular specifications were sold:

GM 3800 Series II (Ecotec)

roots type supercharger

Valves per cylinder:

sequential tuned port fuel injection; Roots Eaton supercharger

3-way catalyst, Lambda-Sensor

3791 cm3 / 231.4 cui

168 kW / 228 PS / 225 hp (SAE net)

373 Nm / 275 ft-lb

Car power to weight ratio net:

97.4 watt/kg / 44.2 watt/lb

Car weight to power ratio net:

10.3 kg/kW / 7.6 kg/PS / 16.9 lbs/hp

Full engine data: horsepower/torque rpm, etc. — click the button below:

GM Turbo Hydramatic 4T60-E

Number of gears:

Complete transmission data: gear ratios, final drive, etc. — click the button below:

How fast is this car ? What top speed ? How much fuel ? — Performance Data

ECE 90/120/city (comb.):

EU NEDC/Australia ADR82:

U.S. EPA city/highway (combined):

U.S. EPA (after 2008) city/highway:

Australia AS2877 city/highway:

Canada FTP city/highway:

© automobile-catalog.com ProfessCars™ estimation
(the car with basic curb weight, full fuel tank and 90 kg (200 lbs) load)

222 km/h / 138 mph

(theor. without speed governor)

Full performance data, accelerations chart, acceleration on gears, speed range on gears, overtaking factors etc. or to add this car to comparison — click one of the buttons below:

simulation based on the European type of traffic

extra-urban / city / highway / average combined:

9.3-11.2 / 16.1-19.3 / 9.9-11.9 / 13

25.3-30.4 / 14.6-17.5 / 23.8-28.5 / 21.8

21-25.3 / 12.2-14.6 / 19.8-23.7 / 18.1

9-10.8 / 5.2-6.2 / 8.4-10.1 / 7.7

(km / miles on tank)

680-815 km / 420-505 miles

395-470 km / 245-295 miles

640-770 km / 395-475 miles

586 km / 363 miles

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Examples of the direct competition of Buick Riviera Supercharged in 1995:

(all performance data from ProfessCars™ simulation, top speed theor. without speed governor)

The same class cars with similar kind of fuel, power and type of transmission:

1995 Bristol Blenheim
5.9-litre / 360 cui
170 kW / 231 PS / 228 hp (estimated)

1995 buick riviera

Let’s play a game: I’ll name a few cars and you tell me if you think they’ll ever be found plying the roads of their real life namesake. Ready? Sebring. Ha! Corsica. Pfft. Monaco. Nope. Colorado. Wait, hang on; that one actually works.

You know another one that works? The Buick Riviera, especially in its first and final iterations. Not unlike the stunning Avista concept unveiled back in January, the 1995 Riv dropped jaws with its curvaceous sheetmetal when it debuted at auto shows in the mid-90s. Unlike the Avista, though, they actually built the Riviera. The gamble paid off because once in production, it piled up first-year sales like cordwood.

After a year’s hiatus from the Tri-Shield lineup, this redesigned version of Buick’s luxury coupe went on sale early in 1994 as a 1995 model. The new Riviera was nine inches longer, almost two inches wider, and a couple of hundred pounds heavier than its stodgy predecessor.

Base price in 1995 was $27,632, which is a shade over $40,000 in 2016 dollars. There were no trim levels, only option boxes to select. Foremost among those boxes was the option for GM workers to slap a supercharger on top of the 205 horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine for an extra eleven hundred Simoleans. It was only good for an extra 20 horses, but torque increased substantially to 275 lb-ft.

No matter the option set, buyers got one of the best-looking interiors GM had to offer during that era. Yes, I know, that’s like saying your three-legged dog is the best runner in the school for three-legged dogs, but the styling effort put forth by the Riviera team in the mid-90s is nothing short of remarkable. Yes, their design efforts were largely scuppered by flinty-eyed accountants and poor build quality, but the sweeping dashboard and Flying Bridge theme still look good today. Replace the stereo and ventilation controls with a touchscreen Jumbotron infotainment system and the upper half of this interior wouldn’t look too out of place in a modern vehicle. Arcane trivia: a cloth bench seat was standard equipment until 1998. Many opted for the let-them-eat-cake Sierra Grain leather bucket seats, naturally, though I find the concept of a Dark Ruby Red bench in a base-model Riv to be massively appealing.

The onslaught of SUVs, which still shows no sign of abating, took its toll on the sales of big coupes and claimed the life of the Riviera. After selling more than 41,000 copies in 1995, total deliveries were cut in half during the next twelve months. GM put it to sleep after the 1999 model year, when fewer than 2,000 of the big coupes left the showroom floor.

Having poked fun at the absurdity of finding a Corsica in Corsica, I still prefer these monikers to the alphanumeric soup currently polluting the automotive landscape. Namesake appropriateness be damned; cars are better with real names. As for the 1995 Riv, barring the price of its supercharger option, the voluptuous exterior and xxx interior are enough for me to include this personal luxury coupe in the Ace of Base series.

Older metal from years past which looked good in base form? They help make automotive history a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate this selection.

How to Jumpstart a 1995-1999 Buick Riviera

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This video shows you how to jump start a dead battery in your 1995 Buick Riviera. If you get into your Riviera, turn the key, and your car doesn’t start (you may hear nothing or a clicking sound from the engine bay), you have a dead battery and need a jump-start. Check to see if you left your headlights or an interior light on and turn the switch off. Assuming that you have a pair of jumper cables, a pair of safety glasses and a friend to give you a jumpstart, the video above will show you where to connect the cables (and in what order!) for your Riviera. Once you are finished reviving a dead car battery in your Riviera, make sure you drive it for at least 5 minutes before turning it off so your battery isn’t dead the next time.

So what’s up with the safety glasses? There is a small possibility of a battery exploding during the charging process if you don’t connect the cables properly (causing a spark) and there is a bunch of hydrogen gas around the battery (car batteries emit hydrogen gas when they discharge) — this is much more of an issue with cars that haven’t been driven for a long time than if you drive your Riviera regularly and simply forgot to turn your lights off.

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