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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,230 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 122009

Park Avenue

  • 85,150 miles


Car overheated, engine began to run rough, I put it in neutral and coasted to a stop off of the roadway, engine locked up. Had it towed to Buick shop, was told that coolant had gotten into the engine. Needed to replace upper and lower intake manifolds and gaskets, valve cover gaskets, spark plugs and change engine oil and filter. Flush cooling system. Reset temperature gauge and test car. Cost about $1800. 81000 miles on the car.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #4

Jun 152005

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Park Avenue. The contact states that the coolant spilled into the engine and vehicle overheated, causing the car to stall. The car was taken to a dealership, and they stated that the engine sucked up all the coolant. Apparently it was sucked in to the engine from the egr port hole because it had become degraded. Also NHTSA recall campaign id 00V117000 was issued in 2000. It stated that passenger vehicles, some of these vehicles have front seat shoulder belts that may twist, allowing the webbing to become jammed in the retractor. This is the problem that consumer's vehicle was having, but manufacturer insisted there was never a recall for this problem.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #3

Apr 282001

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
While driving about 65 mph warning light for coolant came on. Consumer pulled off highway and stopped. Car stalled and was towed to dealer. Dealer found upper manifold plentium, which was made of plastic, had allowed antifreeze to flood engine.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 132002

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Engine stalls and water in cylinders. Water in cylinders was corrected with a new pletium. The engine stall problem was a known problem when the vehicle was purchased. I was assured that the problem would be corrected. To date it has not been corrected.I gave up on wilkens Buick (on the 2nd return of vehicle) when they told me that I would not be given a rental but would have to pay for it myself. Agian this was a known problem to them, they are the one's that made me aware of it. Car stalls eveytime that you are coming to a stop and on occasion going down a hill and just letting up on gas pedal. This is a very heavy vehicle and at this point extremely dangerous to be on the highway, due to inability to properly control the steering when the engine dies.I currently have had the vehicle at 3 different repair facilities since 12/13/2002, and again to date the problem still presist.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 292002

Park Avenue

  • miles
Motor coolant is leaking water into the engine.

- Holdrege, NE, USA

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