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Took my '83 Convertible to a Q Jet carb specialist this past Monday. Hoping to get better than the 10 - 11 MPG I was getting. It was supposed to be done Thurs but the stars did not align that way. Now I am hoping for Monday. Never thought I would actually miss a car!! I guess the best solution is to buy another Buick so I am never without! :) At least it is too bloody hot to enjoy a convertible in Florida this time of year.

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One can never own too many Rivieras. I have four presently, and I'm probably toward the lower end of ownership compared to some ROA members that I know. I had an '84 Convertible and really enjoyed it. It was a much nicer car to drive "top down" than my '97 Sebring Convertible. If you're looking there's another '83 convertible for sale on the Kansas City Craigslist for not too much money. When you look at it, you'll figure out why, even though it's not too bad looking, that it's still for sale. The owner removed all of the leather interior from the front and replaced it with the cloth interior from a coupe. Just ain't right! I imagine that this car has seen more than its share of inclement weather.

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/3998303058.html

A cheaper way for you to go would be to have interchangeable carburetors. :)

Ed

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A cheaper way to go would be to have interchangeable carburetors.

Ed

Many friends I have at car shows swear by this guy so I am hoping that I will not have to take it back too often.

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Here's a picture of the convertible I had. Give me your opinion of my choice for the replacement top. In the one picture it looks like it has a brown tint to it, but it's the same color as the leather seats.

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I like that. I almost never put my top up. My original factory top is in OK shape with just one 2" long tear. I may have it replaced with a more off white or cream when it comes to that. Biggest issue right now is the hood and trunk paint. I am going to get some quotes on just having them done. These cars are still a ways off from ever being collectable (although I find this astonishing as it is one of the most beautiful convertibles ever IMHO).

I am a little jealous of your turbo but I am happy with the reliability of my Olds 307 once the gas mileage improves. If I can get it up to 16 or so I will be happy. Filling up every 200 miles is getting to be a real drag...

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I am a little jealous of your turbo but I am happy with the reliability of my Olds 307 once the gas mileage improves.

I too had the "flatlander" 307 Oldsmobile in mine, just added the rally wheels. It would get 20+ mpg on long flat roads. Over hill and over dale was a completely different animal. On a trip back from St. Louis one time I found that I was underpowered and the entire engine compartment was really hot. On flat stretches it did just okay, on an uphill pull, I could barely make it. It turned out I had a badly clogged catalytic converter. The problem never showed up driving it around town, only uphill on the highway. The out-go was much less than the in-take and it would clog. When it was running easy, there was a decent flow and I didn't have any problems other than poorer than usual mileage.

Ed

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I too had the "flatlander" 307 Oldsmobile in mine, just added the rally wheels. It would get 20+ mpg on long flat roads. Over hill and over dale was a completely different animal. On a trip back from St. Louis one time I found that I was underpowered and the entire engine compartment was really hot. On flat stretches it did just okay, on an uphill pull, I could barely make it. It turned out I had a badly clogged catalytic converter. The problem never showed up driving it around town, only uphill on the highway. The out-go was much less than the in-take and it would clog. When it was running easy, there was a decent flow and I didn't have any problems other than poorer than usual mileage.

Ed

PO had converter gutted and a "dual" exhaust (which really is just a "Y" downstream of the converter) added. It is a little loud for my tastes when accelerating but is just barely audible cruising at 70'ish.

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If you're into different "stylings" for this generation Riviera here are some pictures of my "TYPE_R" - 5 Liter V8, sport mirrors, rally wheels, 140 mph white faced speedometer, sport steering wheel, color keyed dash and door panel inserts, special TYPE_R badges, and ...... no exterior chrome except the door handles, bumpers, and window moldings.

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I do have a T Type steering wheel and would like to have the rally wheels at some point but the paint is the next project. Mine has the digital dash which kinda grows on you although it is too easy for passengers to see how fast they are going ;) The damn thing flashes at 85 which is really annoying.

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