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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,738 miles

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1996 Buick Riviera brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Buick Riviera Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 092002

(reported on)


  • miles


Traction light came on and stayed on, which could indicate a problem with engine or brakes per owner's manual. Contacted dealer.

- Sullivan, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 252002

Riviera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,689 miles
Traction control indicator illuminated. Vehicle was taken to dealership. Dealer stated when traction control light was on, the anti-lock brake system was not working consumer was concerned the ABS light did not illuminate to indicate there was a malfunction with the anti-lock brake system.

- Glen Ellen, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 052002


  • miles
Modulator affects ABS and traction control, can cause wheel lock-up and steering problems.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 071999


  • miles
Since purchase of this vehicle, it has been in for brakes on five different occasions, brakes seem to wear prematurely.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 191999


  • miles
Dealer has been very helpful, but enough is enough. The brake module just did the same thing it did last year and we just had the oxygen sensor replaced. For this expenisve a car, it has been in the shop constantly and is unreliable. We have never in the last nine cars had any of them be in the shop like this. This is regretfully our first and last Buick at this rate. The car is lovely, but can't be trusted on over a two hour trip.

- Union City, TN, USA

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