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  1. What other (much newer) cars do you have and drive?

    I'm curious....for those who are still ONLY driving 20th century cars - like myself with the 95 - what do you have? I'd really like to get something new that has more modern safety / tech features but haven't found something that I'm sold on yet. The floating, cushy ride of these older cars...
  2. Anyone know where I might be able to get a crown moulding and nameplate for my '95?

    My '95 was in a bit of a fender bender the other day . Not extensive damage, and all repairable but a potential issue - as it appears - is that I'm told the crown moulding (left rear) is not available nor the nameplate - which I'm told has to come off to repair damage to the left quarter panel...
  3. pretty sure I need to change battery on my 95 - any suggestions?

    I've never done it. Car ran fine yesterday, won't start today. All the lights are dim, etc. Don't recall leaving the door open so perhaps it just went dead. Been changed twice but always at the garage. It's a vented battery (under the rear seat) and so there is a tube running across it that...
  4. What is the Avenir? Is this simply a trim package of the LaCrosse?

    Just chatted with a Buick rep....a bit surprised that he said I'm the "first person to mention that LaCrosse might be discontinued"..and that he's not heard of this before. Seriously???? Pretty much lost confidence in the guy right away. But, when I asked him what the top-of-the-line Buick is...
  5. Would the LaCrosse be a worthy replacement for my 95 Riviera?

    I know....in terms of the difference in technology and new features, etc. this is a no-brainer; however, I must admit to being (overly) sentimental about the Riviera and very torn on passing it along, being the original owner and having driven it for 34 years. While it has admittedly been...
  6. What would you suggest replacing my 95 Riviera with?

    I have to admit to being (overly) sentimentally attached to it, but really think it's time to move into the 21st century. And yet I'm very torn on making this move. We had a rental car on a driving trip out west and enjoyed having some of the new features - back-up camera, apple car play in...
  7. should 95 Riviera a/c compressor run constantly?

    Hi, Of late I've been having issues with my compressor. Had one replaced, turned out to be faulty and so had to have another one put in, then had to replace the a/c pressure cycling switch - that also turned out to be faulty and needed another one. Since then, when I watch the compressor with...
  8. Just replaced engine (2nd time) and now the climate control system not working

    Sorry, but I removed most of the contents of this thread. It was written in a very poor frame of mind anyway. If you read through my other posts you get the general idea. Basically, I just spent $3k to put a 2nd replacement engine in my Riv and now a problem sprung up with the electronic...
  9. Was the 1999 LeSabre subject to coolant / manifold leaks?

    Hi, I've found two different technical bulletins - one that includes the 1999 LeSabre along with other models that had a problem with the 3.8 Series II coolant issues, and the other bulletin that only went up to 1998. I really need to know since I have a '95 Riviera whose (2nd) engine...
  10. I really need to know this...was the 1999 LeSabre subject to manifold failure?

    This single question will probably determine whether or not I put in the engine that my mechanic found for me - since it is from a '99 LeSabre. The one technical bulletin I find - #01-06-01-007C - (09/20/2007) includes 1999 in the list of all cars that were subject to coolant leaks. However...
  11. Should I put in another used engine or junk the car? I'm hoping for replies

    Hi, My 3.8 engine with 55,000 miles on it just threw a rod through the block. My repair shop said they can get another 3.8 engine from a '99 Le Sabre that has 90,000 miles on it. Installed price with a 5-year warranty would be $2700. Is this a good move? I am concerned about the plastic...
  12. total repair costs....have others experienced this?

    Hi, I am just throwing this out to see if other riviera owners have experienced the same sort of thing - Since 1995 I have spent a bit short of $29,000 in repairs, $14,000 of which was since 2008. The total amount does include a new engine and new transmission (total of 11,000 for combined...
  13. Help! I was driving and all of a sudden there was loud engine noise and loss of oil

    Hi, I think I am at the end of the road with my '95 Riviera. Today marks the 4th time that I got stranded and had to be towed. I was driving and all of a sudden - no warning lights from any gauges - there was a loud noise - as if something suddenly broke off of the car (and yet there was...
  14. Anyone know where I might get a new driver's side floor mat for my '95 Riviera?

    Hi, Over the years, a hole has worn through where my heel rests against the carpeted mat. Does anyone know where I might get a new mat that would match the original? The interior color is jadestone. I've checked around on eBay, etc. but all I find are replacement mats in various textures and...
  15. No power going up hills

    Hi, After recently getting a new intake manifold and gasket (there was a crack - allowing loss of coolant), my 95 Riv just does not seem to have the power it once did. I had it back in the garage and they did find a vacuum line that was leaking and then I also had them put in new plugs and...
  16. Is ethanol aggressive on the plastic intake manifold (on the 3.8 series II)

    Hi, A friend of mine suggested recently that I use a gas additive to help counteract the effects of ethanol. I described to him how my plastic intake manifold cracked (a common problem of the older series II 3.8s). He suggested that a gas additive (can't remember the name) would help the gas in...
  17. What car on the market today do you think is comparable to the Riviera?

    Hi, I am contemplating replacing my Riviera at some point. I was wondering what some of you feel would be a car on the market today that is comparable. As for cargo space, there is very little out there. In the Buick line, I suppose the LaCrosse would be the best best - in one of the premium...
  18. Why did GM use a plastic intake manifold on the 3.8 engine?

    Hi, The use of a plastic intake seems like the stupidest idea GM could have come up with. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have had two instances of problems - the first one major - when the intake completely blew out and hydrolocked the engine resulting in my having to put in a new...
  19. How much have you spent on repairs?

    Hi, I believe I am WAY too attached to my '95 riviera! I just figured out that since 2002 I have spent $25,000 in repairs. You name it - my car has taken it: leaking master cylinder, heater blower control, computer, camshaft position sensor, water pump, batteries, radiator and fan, heater flow...
  20. I need a steering gear housing #26036629 for '95 Riviera

    Hi, I have a '95 Riviera that is in need of a steering housing. My steering has developed some play over the years and this part is the reason. I'm told by my mechanic that this is a discontinued part. Does anyone around here know where I might get one? It has to be for tilt steering and floor...
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