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PostSubject: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Fri May 08, 2009 11:38 am

My oldest son is 14 and will be driving soon. My last several cars have been leases but this time I decided to buy a car that I could use as my daily driver with the intention of passing it to my son when he starts school. For the past few months I have been researching the used car market for a nice safe and reliable car that I could buy with a down payment of 4-5K and a reasonable payment.

Well that all changed last week while I was on a bike ride with my younger son. I noticed a big white coupe parked in front of a neighbors house with a for sale sign. I stop to ask to get some basic info. 100,000 miles, daily driver, leaks a little but has leaked from day one. He is the second owner and he bought it with 35,000 miles in 97-98. The body is rust free but there has been a couple of very amatuerish touch ups on the paint. The interior is super clean, 8 or 9 out of 10. The car is loaded Astroroof, single CD changer etc... I had my mechaic give it an inspection and the back belt is pretty squeaky and there is a slight rattle in the supercharger. So I bought me a car for less than what I expected to make for a downpayment.

My current lease is due to be turned in August 12. Until then I will keep the Riv garaged and probably start doing some basic maintenance. Thinking I will:

Oil Change
Service the transmission
Replace belts
Service Supercharger
New plugs and maybe wires.
Any other suggestions are welcome.

Only Mod I am considering now is gutting the current airbox and maybe install a filter outside the engine box to let her breath. I have lease my last 3 rides so modification was out of the question. I have already learned that the Series One engine does not have many manufactured mods available but I probably wont want to do much more than a few more ponies and some better gas consumption for daily driving.
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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Fri May 08, 2009 11:46 am

First, congrat's on finding a good used Riv and welcome.

I don't know if you've had the chance to do any reading on this site yet but the supercharger noise is most likely a worn coupler in the snout. Very easy to change. Click on the "Write Ups" tab and you will find a write up on how to replace it properly.
It will require draining and replacing the supercharger fluid which is a highly recommended maintenance item that almost always is never done by previous owners because GM says the fluid is good for life. Not true.
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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Fri May 08, 2009 12:49 pm

Congrats on finding a nice Riv! I think you will enjoy it. I would look into the 'leaking', not sure if the Series I engines used the same plastic lower intake manifold gaskets as the Series II engines, but if it did they were prone to failure, and that could be the source of coolant leak.

Oh, what is it leaking? Coolant? Oil? Trans fluid? You don't say.

The 'squeaky' belt could be a bad idler pulley bearing, or the alternator itself. Listen around with a stethoscope, I usually recommend a cutoff piece of garden hose, to pinpoint the exact source of the 'squeak'. Belts shouldn't make any noise! wink
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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Fri May 08, 2009 1:11 pm

OIl, the squeak is from around the alternator but I have not done a real close inspection myself yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Fri May 08, 2009 1:24 pm

Gratz on the riv.

defendly change the FUEL filter! and if you are allready planing belt change then change pulleys tho.
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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Fri May 08, 2009 1:46 pm

agree

Get those pulleys replaced before they break up and leave you stranded.
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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Tue May 12, 2009 9:07 am

Welcome to the forum and the family, bro!
Post some pics when you can...... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Tue May 12, 2009 3:49 pm

Welcome!




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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Tue May 12, 2009 7:58 pm

Welcome to the wonderful world of Rivs!
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PostSubject: Re: Unsuspecting Riv Owner   Thu May 14, 2009 5:49 am

Welcome!
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