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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline Problems

1998 Buick Park Avenue (Page 1 of 3)

9.6

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 29
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
927 miles

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1998 Buick Park Avenue engine problems

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #41

Jan 252005

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1. loss of engine coolant with no apparent external leakage 2. difficulty starting and then failure to start engine 3. corroded plastic intake manifold allows engine coolant into engine destroying engine.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #40

Dec 052002

Park Avenue

  • miles
The first incident of this problem occurred in 2001 at 48,000 miles. To correct the coolant loss the upper intake manifold had to be replaced at a cost of approx. $500. The second occurance was at 103,000 miles, this time GM had issued a technical bulletin no. 01-06-01-007A describing the problem and indicating that now both the upper and lower intake manifolds need tobe replaced to correct the problem, cost $750. It is my feeling that since GM knows the problem is one of faulty material they should cover at least the cost of the parts, which they have failed to do.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #39

Oct 082002

Park Avenue

  • miles
Intake manifold developed a crack or hole. Coolant leaked into cylinders and oil causing engine not to run. Repair cost $966.23. Fuel regulator failed causing engine to back fire and blow vaccum hoses off of engine. Replacement of same cost $114.94.

- Rushville, IN, USA

problem #38

Nov 012002

Park Avenue

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states the motor "locked up" while driving at highway speeds. Mechanic diagnosed that antifreeze is leaking into engine cylinders.

- Meade, KS, USA

problem #37

Oct 252002

Park Avenue

  • miles
The car was parked for 6 days. Weather was slight drizzle, with temperature about 50 degrees. At approximately 8:30 pm on 10/25/2002, I placed the key in the ignition and turned it. I heard a lot pop from the engine. The pop was so loud that neighbors approximately 100 feet down the street came out of their closed houses to discover what happened. Smoke begin to pour from the engine compartment and then flames appeared. Fire department came to extinguished the flames. Car will probably be totalled.

- Berwyn Heights, MD, USA

problem #36

Oct 242002

Park Avenue

  • miles
While slowing down vehicle to pull into a gas station, consumer states there was a big explosion under hood, popped hood and saw flames, went for help. Cause is unknown.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #35

Aug 202002

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle has stalled 9 times within last two months. Car checked by first dealer who could not determine problem origin. Consumer had vehicle checked by 2nd dealer who replaced computer and electronic control module. Vehicle continued to stall intermittently. Consumer very concerned about safety of vehicle on road with stalling problems. Consumer stated that he had the vehicle towed to mack brown (Buick dealer), but they couldn't find anyting wrong. The vehicle had stopped several times. The consumer had driven 150 miles and it stopped again, and at 200 miles the vehicle was taken back to tom brooks (dealer). The problem still may not be solved.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #34

Sep 282001

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer turned key, there was a loud pop and the engine caught on fire, claim 13-7487-154.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #33

Mar 072001

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle had been sitting overnight, insured started vehicle, puff of smoke appeared. Insured turned vehicle off and fire errupted, claim 49-3261-220. Referenced in EA02-030

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #32

Dec 042000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Insured entered the vehicle and turned the ignition on and heard an explosion and vehicle caught on fire inside her neighbors garage. Damage was done to the garage, claim 36-A152-007.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #31

Nov 042000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Insured was jump starting vehicle with cables, engine blew, fire started, claim 23-1290-238.

- Theif River Falls, MN, USA

problem #30

Dec 122000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Insured started up the vehicle and the vehicle caught on fire, claim 42-1319-967.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #29

Dec 232000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Insured wasn't able to start car. Triple a came to start the car, when driver hooked up the battery cable and turned the ignition, the engine blew up and a fire began, claim 59-V656-995.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #28

Sep 282001

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Insured turned the key and there was a loud pop and the engine caught on fire, claim 13-7487-154.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #27

Dec 042000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer turned the ignition on and heard an explosion, vehicle caught fire in the engine compartment inside her neighbors garage, claim 36-A152-007.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #26

Jan 052002

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was starting vehicle when he heard a big boom, smoke came out of the engine and caught on fire, claim 25-5607-676.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #25

Mar 072001

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine compartment fire, origin appears near left front apron, vehicle had been sitting all night, consumer started vehicle and a puff of smoke appeared, consumer turned vehicle off and fire began, claim 49-3261-220.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #24

Nov 042000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer jump started vehicle with cables when engine blew and a fire started, claim 23-1290-238.

- Thief River Falls, MN, USA

problem #23

Dec 122000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer started up vehicle and it caught fire in the engine compartment, claim 42-1319-967.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #22

Dec 232000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would not start, consumer had vehicle jumped and when he hooked up the battery cable and turned the key to start the vehicle, the engine blew up and a fire started, claim 59-V656-995.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

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