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PostSubject: Riv Owner Wannabe   Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:35 am

Greetings! I have owned a couple of 70's Riv's in the past and I am finally now looking for a nice 95-99. Other than checking the local newspaper, dealer ads and AutoTrader, any other suggestions on finding one? Also, how concerned should I be about Riv's with 100,000+ miles? I'm not into doing my own major repairs; I would just like to find a decent one to wash, wax, enjoy and drive a little every day.
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Name : Zach
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PostSubject: Re: Riv Owner Wannabe   Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:17 am

I cannot provide much insight on alternate ways to find Rivieras, as my main one was purchased from a fella who lives about a mile away from me. My second one was bought from just random auto sales site searching, which I would recommend if you have free time... there are some gems out there on relatively obscure sites.

With regard to being concerned with purchasing one with over 100k miles on it, I'll give you my personal experience. I purchased my '98 with about 115k+ miles on it. It has been almost entirely a good experience except for a few maintenance issues that I should have taken care of sooner than I did. The previous owner took good care of the car and I try to take very good care of mine. For years, I drove the car a little every day and over those years, I virtually never had any issue except very minor ones (e.g. valve stem leak, new spark plug wires). Others may have some suggestions for you, but this is from personal experience, and it is one reason why I love the thing so much.
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Name : Derek
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PostSubject: Re: Riv Owner Wannabe   Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:51 pm

I'm selling mine, already modded. It's got some custom paint and a bunch of engine/trans mods. I drive it to work every day and consider it quite enjoyable wink

But I understand if it's more car than you were looking for.

I just saw a white 54K mile '99 for $9999 in new jersey.
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Name : Mark
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PostSubject: Re: Riv Owner Wannabe   Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:14 pm

So, the best way I've searched is through I did a quick search of 98 Riviera (stick with 98/99 if you can) and I found all sorts of rivis throughout the country. The lowest was $1000 outta Florida. It looks clean but its white and the paint has peeled. It's an obo (bank repo) so probably could steal for closer to $500.

Average price is about $3500 that it looks like but that means nothing. I was lucky and found mine with 19,000 miles on it but those finds are still out there. Good luck
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PostSubject: Re: Riv Owner Wannabe   Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:15 pm

'98 SC Riviera 281k miles 298 HP/370 TQ 0-60: 5.79s ET: 13.97 @ 99.28 4087 lb 20.1 avg MPG Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:30
3.4" pulley AL104 plugs 180 t-stat FWI w/K&N 1.9:1 rockers OR pushrods LS6 valve springs SLP headers ZZP fuel rails
KYB GR2 struts MaxAir shocks Addco sway bars UMI bushings GM STB Enkei 18" EV5s w/ Dunlop DZ101s F-body calipers
EBC bluestuff/Hawk HP plus SS lines Brembo slotted discs DHP tuned Aeroforce Hidden Hitch

^^^ SOLD ^^^ frown

'05 GTO 85k miles 0-60: 4.8s 16.9 avg MPG Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:26
Because fun

'70 Olds Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe 116k miles 455 Rocket V8
Because cool

'95 Celica 152k miles 0-60: yes
Because free
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PostSubject: Re: Riv Owner Wannabe   Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:26 pm

You might also try "" which is a combined country wide craigs list web site. Just select the various make, model, years, area you're interested in. Also, there's "" which is similar but also includes autobuy, hemmings, ebay motors and a few others.
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Name : Rick
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PostSubject: Re: Riv Owner Wannabe   Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:38 pm

You failed to mention where you are from.
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