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Lisa P
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PostSubject: looking for another Riv 95-99 again what to look for    Sat May 20, 2017 8:11 am

Hi Lisa P here...

Okay, really learned my lesson...bought the 97  (2012) with 68,000 miles on it but lady who owned it chain smoked and parked it on the grass...Rustalina was one stinky car, and I replaced a ton of rusted out parts...she is finally toast frame kaput (2017) with 116,000...new old Riv no-no checklist:

Steering wheel moving, slop
RUST....in the right rear wheel well
Rust anywhere...

Looking at two 95's one supercharged the other straight basic 6...know all about replacing head gasket...out of all the years produced was the 98-99 the best with the improved brakes trans? Or same stuff different day? I know what I'm getting into after 5 years my mechanic should be a counted as a dependant. But he sure can fix 'em....what is the biggest don't buy it tip you folks have discovered?

Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: looking for another Riv 95-99 again what to look for    Sat May 20, 2017 10:05 am

Personally I would go after the one that has the lowest miles and/or best condition. it is really preferable to me to have one that has few owners & has been well cared for. Mine had just over 100Kmiles on it but I got it from the second owner & it had lots of TLC.
The 95's are good but are more difficult to modify & improve performance. The advantage in my mind to the "basic 6" is that it is a series II 3800 vs the supercharged series I.
(again if your not into max performance)
If I just had an choice of any I would choose a 98-99 because of the upgrades you mentioned.
So the best one you can find for the price you want to spend should be the right one.
Good luck.
Jbird
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