1997 Buick Riviera

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1997 Buick Riviera

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1997 Buick Riviera review: Our expert's take


The 1997 Buick Riviera luxury sports coupe we tested delivers smooth rideand handling and, compared with the Infiniti Q45, offers considerably more vim andvigor with its supercharged 3.8-liter V-6.

Where it comes up short is in offering only two doors. The industry beliefis that empty-nesters and aging Boomers are lined up outside dealershipswaiting for coupes, that empty-nesters and Boomers travel alone and not withother couples and that empty-nesters and Boomers don’t have grandkids they’dlike to slip in the back seat. And if they do try to get in back, thefront-seat safety belts help block them.

Two air bags, four-wheel ABS and traction control, but has anyone at Buickconsidered taking those rear access doors from the Chevrolet and GMC pickuptrucks and working their design and practicality into a coupe so the Riv canbe fun and functional?

Or, perhaps Buick wasn’t paying attention when Ford said it will drop theThunderbird and Mercury Cougar coupes while planning to bring them back asfour-door sedans.

Base price for the Riv: $30,110, but add $1,195 for the supercharged engineand another $1,065 for the doodad package that includes traction control.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


I Owned a 1997 Buick Riv in the early 2000s

This was my most favorite car i ever owned by far. It was comfortable, the seats seem to mold to you, sound system was excellent, great acceleration, I had a lot of issue that started to occur after it became 10 in 2007. serpentine belt broke twice, outer door handles broke, anti theft stopped it from starting there was a trick to override it. and other computer issues started to occur, it became more expensive to fix it than it was worth so i got rid of it.


Very good car used to own one actually a 2006

I love it actually my old one was a great one with great millage and good on gas and awesome for traveling as well , I just loved how it got me around how good of a car it was I miss every minute of it


Great Car to drive and own!

This car is amazing. It has excellent handling, looks beautiful, roomy, great sound system, leather seats are comfy. It has a sunroof, and dealer option wood dash. I get complements on it frequently. It was meticulously maintained. Too bad they don't make cars like this anymore. I'm stuck in the 90's and loving it!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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