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PostSubject: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyThu Jan 17, 2019 6:19 pm

Hello, everyone. I hope you are all doing well and your Rivs are running great. Recently, I found myself unexpectedly in the market for a car and there happened to be a decent '96 Riv available nearby. I had a black 98 several years ago and posted a bit on this forum. I always regretted selling that car, so now I've gotten another. My family thinks I am crazy.

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It's getting to be late in the game for owning a Riv, I guess, but I'm thrilled have another one. It's got 107k miles and is generally well preserved. It has a bunch of fairly small issues that I'm going to address. It needs mounts and gaskets and I'm going to put in new plugs. I'm very happy to be among you guys again! - Steve

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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyThu Jan 17, 2019 10:23 pm

Very nice! Welcome back.  hi  
if you're crazy  bonk , you're in good company!!
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyThu Jan 17, 2019 11:48 pm

Welcome back brother. Nice Riv.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyFri Jan 18, 2019 10:11 am

Black! shocked I'd love to find a black one!

Welcome back, ya psycho lmao
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyFri Jan 18, 2019 3:01 pm

The Riv looks nice! The floormats, is there a tag saying who made them? My drivers side factory mat is worn, I am sort of shopping for a replacement set.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyFri Jan 18, 2019 5:41 pm

Good luck.

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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptySat Jan 19, 2019 8:41 am

Good luck on your Riv. Good eye on the floor mats albertj, I wouldn't mind a set of them too.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptySat Jan 19, 2019 12:12 pm

Thanks, guys! The tag on the floor mat says it was made by Mat Works, LTD.

https://matworks.com/

That's a company right here in the town where I live, Alpharetta, GA. The previous owner had them custom made. I can contact him about them if anyone wants more information.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptySat Jan 19, 2019 12:49 pm

Steve98 wrote:
Thanks, guys! The tag on the floor mat says it was made by Mat Works, LTD.

https://matworks.com/

That's a company right here in the town where I live, Alpharetta, GA. The previous owner had them custom made. I can contact him about them if anyone wants more information.

Hmmm...

A 'group buy" might be good on price but they are a pain to coordinate.

Auto Custom Carpets in Anniston AL has exact-fit patterns already for the 96-99 Riv. They will not embroider any Riviera script, however, on the mats. They will do a nice Buick tri-shield.

I have some ideas.

It looks like he *might* have simply purchased the standard FWD mats and asked to add the pre-1995 Riviera script as a monogram. See this page: https://matworks.com/collections/monogram-custom-car-truck-mats

However, they *do* say you can call for quote on factory style mats. Look on the right side of the page at the mat pictures, partway down.

https://matworks.com/collections/monogram-custom-car-truck-mats/products/factory-style-car-mats

For $169 the set they will make pats from one of their patterns to fit and digitize what you want for embroidery.

For that much, maybe they will make a mat having a flap for the "dead pedal" and rubber heel pad for the driver's side.

Hmmm.

I am thinking to work out a deal. Srjen are you really in for this? might be a couple benjamins?

Albertj
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptySat Jan 19, 2019 7:49 pm

I have a set with the tri-shield, the pre 95 script would be nice, 2 bills seams a bit high. I'm gonna look at Wilberts, the Buick specialist in Webster, ny. Been in business for a long time, have ton of Buick stuff. You might have heard of them. Gonna see if they have a website, I think they are on facebook.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptySat Jan 19, 2019 8:09 pm

This sucks, the interior of my car is burgundy so if I want nice carpet mats I'm going to have to spend a fortune. I don't even need the back.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptySat Jan 19, 2019 10:39 pm

srjen1 wrote:
I have a set with the tri-shield, the pre 95 script would be nice,  2 bills seams a bit high.  I'm gonna look at Wilberts, the Buick specialist in Webster, ny.   Been in business for a long time, have ton of Buick stuff.  You might have heard of them.  Gonna see if they have a website, I think they are on facebook.

*Yes* I am still rolling on a set of factory alloys I bought from Wilberts and refinished to use for winter tires (I have chromes for summers)

I don't know if anyone besides us wants these - the price for custom mats on the site was $169.- - also check rockauto.com they sell custom mats too. (for less $$$ - more like $$).
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptySun Jan 20, 2019 12:46 am

Nice
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyThu Feb 21, 2019 9:33 pm

Rivit wrote:
Very nice! Welcome back.  hi  
if you're crazy  bonk , you're in good company!!
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but why do you say its getting late in the game to own one? I have never owned one yet and just found this forum. Is it too late for me to find a Riv and perfect it?
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyThu Feb 21, 2019 10:36 pm

RighteousRiviera wrote:
Rivit wrote:
Very nice! Welcome back.  hi  
if you're crazy  bonk , you're in good company!!
thumbsup

but why do you say its getting late in the game to own one?  I have never owned one yet and just found this forum. Is it too late for me to find a Riv and perfect it?

It's not too late, but it is harder than it was, say, 10 years ago. It's harder to find good ones and harder to get some parts.

If you can do your own maintenance and repair work, it will be a lot cheaper than if you have to hire mechanics.

Be patient when shopping for a Riv and definitely pay a good shop $100 to give it a thorough lookover before you buy. The warmer states are much more likely to have one without a rust problem.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyFri Feb 22, 2019 9:32 am

I can do the repairs and maintenance with the support of this community. Im in Florida. I look everyday for a 98 or 99. I also think about Park Avenue Ultras if I cant find the Riv.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyFri Feb 22, 2019 10:57 am

I've heard there are a lot of Rivs in Florida. It's a great place to find one of the remaining good ones, I think. Have you tried AutoTempest.com? It can search all the Craigslist entries for multiple cities.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyMon Feb 25, 2019 7:41 pm

I got a full set of 4 rubber floor mats off eBay for $15 shipped. No logo, but they're heavy and look to be of good quality.

I don't know what's crazy about owning a Riv. It's not an SUV/CUV?
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyMon Feb 25, 2019 11:22 pm

Jack the R wrote:
I got a full set of 4 rubber floor mats off eBay for $15 shipped.  No logo, but they're heavy and look to be of good quality.  

I don't know what's crazy about owning a Riv.  It's not an SUV/CUV?

My family thought I was a little crazy buying a 23-year old car.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyWed Feb 27, 2019 5:00 pm

Steve98 wrote:
Jack the R wrote:
I got a full set of 4 rubber floor mats off eBay for $15 shipped.  No logo, but they're heavy and look to be of good quality.  

I don't know what's crazy about owning a Riv.  It's not an SUV/CUV?

My family thought I was a little crazy buying a 23-year old car.



Bah, lol. I got two 20 year old cars including the Riv and a 39 year old car. Then my dad has several cars that are almost 50 years old. The Riv is showing its age a little bit, but the rest look like brand new.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyWed Feb 27, 2019 9:08 pm

Steve98 wrote:
Jack the R wrote:
I got a full set of 4 rubber floor mats off eBay for $15 shipped.  No logo, but they're heavy and look to be of good quality.  

I don't know what's crazy about owning a Riv.  It's not an SUV/CUV?

My family thought I was a little crazy buying a 23-year old car.

But you bought a 23 year old Buick.
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyFri Mar 22, 2019 4:12 am

Sweet car! Any mod plans for her?
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PostSubject: Re: My new black 96 Riv   My new black 96 Riv EmptyFri Mar 22, 2019 6:39 pm

nickwon wrote:
Sweet car! Any mod plans for her?

Thanks!

Right now I'm focused on resolving the car's various issues. After that I want to do:

  • FWI
  • STB
  • 180 tstat
  • 104 plugs

I'm also going to add a backup camera and navigation/stereo screen.
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