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Cheers or Jeers: 12,000 Mile 1986 Buick Riviera

Cheers or Jeers: 12,000 Mile 1986 Buick Riviera  

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  1. 1. Cheers or Jeers?

    • Cheers! Buy it for the velour, keep it for the Graphic Control Center!
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    • Jeers! Lose the faux convertible top, you're not fooling anybody.
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Cheers or Jeers: 12,000 Mile 1986 Buick Riviera

1986 marked the introduction of the 7th generation of Buick’s Riviera, continuing a proud legacy from the company that pioneered the highly successful personal luxury coupe. With fresh styling, revolutionary technology, and significant advances in fuel efficiency, the 1986 Riviera was befitting of its flagship designation.

Finished in Dark Red Metallic with a White carriage roof and Red velour interior, this Riviera has less than 13,000 original miles. The finish has a brilliant luster that is devoid of imperfections. In addition, the factory carriage roof is clean, bright and without wear. The interior also shows as virtually showroom new, including the velour seating areas, carpeting, factory carpeted floor mats, headliner, and dashboard, although some slight wear is evident on the interior door panels. It even smells new inside!

Featuring many power and convenience features that luxury car buyers have come to expect, this car also features some technologically advanced items that made it unique among its peers. One such feature is its LCD instrumentation, which displays digital readouts of the speedometer, odometer, and gas gauge. Another unique feature is its “Graphic Control Center,” a touch-screen controlled CRT monitor in the center of the dashboard that enabled the driver to control the climate control system, stereo, trip computer, diagnostic system, and ancillary gauges with the touch of a finger. This system was revolutionary at the time, and not many systems since could compare until the advent of today’s modern navigation systems. All functions of the Graphic Control Center work as they should.

You will also appreciate this car’s host of power and convenience features, including the following:

  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • 6-way power driver and passenger seats
  • Power passenger recliner
  • Power antenna
  • Power trunk release and pull down
  • Power driver and passenger remote mirrors
  • Lighted vanity mirrors
  • Delay windshield wipers
  • Rear window defogger
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Automatic level control suspension
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • AM/FM stereo with cassette

All power options function as they should.

Powered by a sequentially fuel injected 3.8 liter V-6 engine mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission, this front-wheel-drive car features impressive performance and gas mileage. Its automatic leveling suspension and four wheel disk brakes promise a comfortable ride. Also featuring its original Uniroyal tires, this car runs and drives as well as it looks.

If a showroom new, ultra low mileage Riviera is what you desire, this is the car for you!

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I'm just not sure I could own this without someoone to flag me into the dock, it's such a huge boat./sarcasm

Skylark Limited it should be named.

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Good condition but honestly to me the GCC is like the only redeeming feature this car has. Much preferred the generation this one replaced.

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Ugh... that was a bad generation for the Riv... the hideous digital dash, the shrunken size that looked too much like the N-body (Somerset Regal/Skylark), etc..

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Sad era and sad time indeed for the Riviera. The 1989-1993 model really helped when they upsized thye car. The 1989-1993 model should have come out in 1986 instead of this one. This was a bad time for GM and the beginning of the trouble. That car in the photo was a 187 inches long. That was a sad thing to happen to that car. It did not help it looked like the Skylark too.

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The E-bodies transitioned from the glorious personal luxury coupes of '79 to '85 to these shrunken supposedly European-influenced things. Car and Driver called their long-term '86 Riviera T-Type the "TV-Type" and bashed it, and GM claimed the vehicle early. These were some of the darkest days of GM.

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Toys-R-Us, in the Lego aisle.

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When those first came out, I genuinely liked the Toronado, tiny as it was. It was the only one of the 3 '86 E-bodies that had any pretense of sport. The Riv and Eldo were simply horribly shrunken versions of their former selves. The Olds was an attempt to return to the '66 formula, (albeit in a pint size), that of a highline, sporty coupe with unique style.

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Where on earth would you find parts for that center stack?

Same place I get parts for mine. Ebay.

that said, even as an E-body lover, I have to vote no on this... at least until the upsizing a few years later.

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