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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,000 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 #2

Dec 192002

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


Consumer reported to the fire investigator, tom schaefer, that when trying to start vehicle after sitting all night heard a loud thump, and then all of the lights on the dash went out. Smoke coming from under the hood. A fire started in the engine compartment. Mr. Schaefer said that the consumer used the word thump not bang to describe the initial incident.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 292002

Park Avenue

  • miles
Upon start-up attempt - loud clicking noises, all instrument gauges peg, dic resets all counters to zero, dic displays "driver unknown" warning - car starts. This can not be a good thing!

- Falls Church, VA, USA

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