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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,387 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Buick Park Avenue brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 282005

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,934 miles


: the contact stated there were two problems with the vehicle. The first problem involved coolant leaking from the engine. The next morning, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, the mechanic was able to get the vehicle started. Upon inspection the intake manifold was filled with water and the manifold was replaced. The second problem occurred when driving across a patch of ice at approximately 40 mph the traction stability and ABS failed. The V traction control and ABS lights illuminated. The front end started to slide. The contact pulled the vehicle to the side of the road and turned the vehicle off. Once the vehicle was restarted, the traction control and ABS reset themselves and were working properly. Updated 3/3/2006 -

- Lewiston, ID, USA

problem #4

Apr 082002

Park Avenue

  • miles
This is the second time in less than two years that rear brakes were worked on. This time the rear brake pads and rotors were replaced and the calipers had to be "unfrozen". this vehicle is only 4 years old and this work has been performed two times.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 252000

Park Avenue

  • miles
While raining consumer put foot on brake and vehicle would not stop.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 262000

Park Avenue

  • miles
This may or not be a problem. Road conditions were damp after a night of rain, no standing water on turnpike. Traveling at 65 mph using cruise control on straight part of road. Auto suddenly went into a rear end slide which continued from left to right slides. After about 150 yards I disengaged the ABS system and regained control of the car. Question.could this be a malfunction of the ABS /cruise control system causing loss of control of the auto?

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #1

May 051999

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
Computer module failed, and the module has been replaced 3 times.also, ABS constantly becomes defective.

- North Valley Stream, NY, USA

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