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Dandy Dave

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Say folks, while working on an electric golf cart for a friend I ran across a 1998 Buick Riviera. I told him I'm partial to older Buicks and he said I could have that one free for the taking. It was his wife car and has been sitting for a while. He said it is a turbo model. I'll have to go get it and post some photos in a day or two. Wondering what you folks think about that model and year?  

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They are good cars, comfortable and get good gas mileage. It is Supercharged, not turbocharged. Look for rust where the engine cradle bolts to the  body mounts, that is a weak point.

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There is at least 7-8 Rivs of that vintage in a you pick yard near me. So if you need parts...

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There was an article in the Bugle about the rusty cradles a few yrs ago. The pictures were of a '95 I bought for parts, Roger Tyyska wrote the story, I'll look for it when I get a chance.

 

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Depending upon how long it's been dormant, you might do well to drop the fuel tank and clean it out.  Plus a new OEM-spec fuel pump/strainer for good measure.  From there, possibly a new fuel pressure regulator (rubber diaphragm in them).  From there, some fresh fluids, TLC, and possibly a new (smaller) oil filter wrench?  Look at the date code on the tires, too!

 

Price sounds RITE!

 

NTX5467

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Sweet.  We borrowed one for nearly half the trip to Springfield.  They are nice, comfortable cars.  We have looked at one or two locally, but the price wasn’t right.  Last generation supercharged Riviera...nice assuming it’s properly sorted out.  As noted earlier, the price is right.

 

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2 hours ago, NTX5467 said:

Depending upon how long it's been dormant, you might do well to drop the fuel tank and clean it out.  Plus a new OEM-spec fuel pump/strainer for good measure.  From there, possibly a new fuel pressure regulator (rubber diaphragm in them).  From there, some fresh fluids, TLC, and possibly a new (smaller) oil filter wrench?  Look at the date code on the tires, too!

 

Price sounds RITE!

 

NTX5467

Fuel  filter for sure but taking the tank down in one of these is not an option, as it's above the trailing axle and not easy if even can be done easily.

My mom's '95 had basically been sitting since 2012 driven occasionally, the transmission leaked like a sieve, I changed the filter on Easter sunday and it doesn't leak anymore, even used the original gasket! I think I'll look at the fuel filter tomorrow, I don't know if it's ever been changed but good idea!

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It was the 1997 Rivieras that specifically had (potentially) weak cradles, especially in the rust belt states.  1998 and 1999 are OK, generally.  

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3 hours ago, BUICK RACER said:

but taking the tank down in one of these is not an option, as it's above the trailing axle and not easy if even can be done easily.

 

Besides , they may have plastic tanks.  I believe the fuel pump is accessed through a panel in the floor of the trunk. 

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22 hours ago, Dandy Dave said:

Oh this deal is getting better all the time. 😉

 

 

You mean it isn’t done yet?  😜🙄🤣

 

 

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Oh it is on the trailer just outside the door as of today. Although I must say I found it has an awful bad case of mousitis. 

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Why here it comes, what everyone likes. Photographs…. Keep in mind that the price was really right!!! 

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Hard to tell from all of the dirt but if those are chrome, not painted, wheels you're money ahead already.  Highly sought; hard to come by.

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Probably nothing wrong with the engine internally, but then I don't know why it was parked in the first place.  Wash it, then fix and drive.

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OK. Was parked because the owners wife decided she needed a 4WD vehicle to go skiing up in the mountains with. Was driven for a while by an employee of the company that my friend owned. (Farm machinery sales  and service.) Has been sitting since 2009.  A decade dormant looking at the registration.  

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On 7/9/2019 at 8:16 AM, TxBuicks said:

Probably nothing wrong with the engine internally, but then I don't know why it was parked in the first place.  Wash it, then fix and drive.

 

 X2

 

  Ben

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