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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,399 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 202004

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,500 miles


Vehicle battery failed. Consumer was unable to exit the vehicle. Dealer was not notified at this time. The battery cable came loose while the consumer was sitting in the vehicle. As a result the consumer was unable to exit the vehicle using the power door locks. The consumer was able to exit the vehicle by unlocking the doors manually.

- Canada, 00, USA

problem #4

Mar 032003

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,496 miles
The vehicle was started while in the garage when without warning the vehicle "exploded" underneath the hood. The dealer indicated that the intake manifold fractured and resulted in the fuel rail bending. One of the fuel line holding clips also was broke. The vehicle would crank but would not start. The battery had run dead and was charged, the fuel pressure was checked, the engine backfired and had blown the intake gasket. The intake gasket was replaced, the spark plugs were removed, the cylinders were blown out, the fuel rail was straightened, the leaking fuel pressure regulator, and fuel feed line/fuel rail to fuel filter was replaced. Buick division of GM agreed to cover 50 percent of the repair cost. Scc

- Caledonia, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 092002

Park Avenue

  • miles
Consumer stated that after the vehicle was park the vehicle battery fell from its post. Dealer notified.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 052000

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
The battery died.

- Wayne, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 201999

Park Avenue

  • miles
While driving at approximately 25-35mph vehicle would stall out. Would have no prior warning. Nearly rearended. Need to shift into neutral to restart. An intermittent problem. Took to dealership & mechanic placed a monitor on vehicle. Nothing happened. Was road tested & battery died. Found a short in battery & it was changed. The vehicle finally stalled again while at stop light.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

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