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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems

1998 Buick Park Avenue (Page 1 of 2)

3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,620 miles

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1998 Buick Park Avenue engine problems

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Mar 012008

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,485 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Park Avenue. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate, run hot, and make sounds as if the vehicle was gulping water. The motor locked up. When the vehicle was turned off, it would not restart. A mechanic explained that the motor locked up because coolant was entering into the motor. The failure has occurred twice in three years. The dealer stated that nothing could be done and informed the contact that he would have to pay for the repair. He paid for the repairs on both occasions. The purchase date, powertrain, and mileages were unknown. Updated 03-25-08 the dealer stated performed fuel recall for this vehicle. Updated 03/25/08

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #20

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 #19

Apr 302005

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,179 miles
I purchased 1998 Buick Park Avenue, from sanderson Lincoln-Mercury dealership, glendale, AZ 85301, on February 24, 2005. Subsequently, I experienced a mechanical break-down on April 30, 2005. Hence, I have discerned that there were two recalls issued on February 24, 2004, campaign number 04V0900000 and campaign number 00V17000 on April 18, 2000. I am writing because I have experienced both defects. The former campaign caused me to expend $900. For repairs for a cracked manifold and the latter was recently experience when the front seat passenger could not attach the safety seat belt because it had jammed. Please advise as to what my recourses should be? power Buick, scottsdale, AZ, never advise me of a recall that is consistent with the auto's breakdown...but did charge me $887.44 for the repair costs.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #18

Jul 152005

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My 1998 Buick Park Avenue wouldn't start because of a line that leaked anti-freeze into the cylinders of the engine. After I took it to the mechaninc and talking with a parts foreman at a local dealership I found out that this was quite common. If it is common why isn't there a recall and why aren't the being fixed free of cost to us owners?

- Mound City, KS, USA

problem #17

Sep 012004

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I am submitting this for my father-in-law who is 85 years old. There is a defect in GM 3800 engines (VIN K-RPO L36) at least from 1995 to 2003. GM is aware of the problem and refuses to do anything about this defect which may have the potential for causing catastrophic accidents. My father-in-law was passing another car at about 70 mph on a two lane country road when the engine in his 1998 Buick Park Avenue locked-up. The damage to the engine was severe enough to require that the engine be replaced. The local Buick dealer stated that GM is aware of the problem with these engines (in fact, it's rather well known among auto mechanics), but has a policy of not assisting with repairs and has not recalled the engines. Fortunately there was no accident in this case, however, there is the potential for an accident to occur anytime an engine locks up at speed. I feel that these engines should be recalled and modified/repaired at GM's expense (there is an after-market kit available which is an indicator of the extent of the problem). The problem is that the engines can develop a leak near or under the throttle body area of the upper (plastic) intake manifold. The egr passage melts the upper intake plenum which results in an external (if you are lucky) or an internal water leak. If the leak is internal, the engine can almost instantly lock-up causing damage to the engine and potentially causing a catastrophic accident. My father-in-law's connecting rods were bent.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #16

Jul 292004

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 40 mph consumer heard aloud noise coming from the engine and vehicle stalled. This caused the loss of steering, and the brakes. Dealer has been notified. An independent shop determined that engine needed to be replaced.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #15

Jul 142004

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,327 miles

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

The consumer stated that intake manifold failed, allowing coolant to get inside the engine. This cost $1200 to repair. The consumer called the manufacturer and spoke with a representative, who basically told him that they could not help. The consumer called the Buick dealer and was told that this was a common problem and Buick will not do anything about it. Buick service department told consumer they kept a number of them because of this problem. When the consumer attempted to start the engine, the starter housing broke. The mechanic found the engine full of coolant and traced the problem to an upper intake failure due to heat from the egr passage eroding away the plastic manifold causing coolant to leak into the engine. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Duvall, WA, USA

problem #14

Jun 012004

Park Avenue

  • miles
Consumer requesting reimbursement for repairs made to 1998 Buick Park Avenue. The engine cranked and there was a loud bang exactly as the recall stated. Following the bang was a loud noise and white smoke that had come from the tail pipe. Anti freeze entered the engine and mixed with the oil. The engine was re-manufactured. The service dealer stated that the intake manifold was defective. The fuel pressure regulator was defective as well.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #13

Oct 152003

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • 48,710 miles
When making a turn in either on a straight " " direction the vehicle stalled. But the vehicle was restarted without a problem.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #12

Jul 082003

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,571 miles
Leaky intake gasket on 3.8K engine, leaked coolant and foulded plugs, engine quit running. Had to be towed to dealer at 81,000 miles.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #11

Aug 152002

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at 25 mph and with no warning, the engine locked up. Consumer made contact with dealer. The consumer noticed that both the engine and the transmission had problems early on.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 052002

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
While driving in traffic, engine ligght came on and began to lose power. Susequent findings were that the composite intake plenum had several pin hole leaks which resulted in dumping of coolant into engine and seizure very shortly after light came on. Had to replace engine. New engine seems to have other problems now with power and smooth operation and excessive rattling.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 112003

(reported on)

Park Avenue 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the consumer started the vehicle, the engine exploded and a fire started under the hood.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #8

Apr 272003

Park Avenue

  • miles
While driving, the engine light illuminated on the dash board, and suddenly the vehicle started to lose power.

- Cheltenham, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 112002

Park Avenue

  • miles
Engine fire resulted in extensive damage. Referenced in EA02-030

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #6

Feb 272003

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,820 miles
Lifters damaged from apparent coolant leak in upper intake manifold at 80,000 miles. Rod bearing knock occurred at 81,820 miles. Cause as yet unknown. Possibly related to earlier coolant leak problem. Now in need of a new engine.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 092002

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
Turned on igniion key of 1998 Buick Park Avenue to start and heard loud bang and then noticed grey smoke at rear of hood area. Turned off key, got out and closed door, proceeded to house to call 911 and got kitchen fire extinguisher. I went back to burning car, opened hood, observed fire at side of engine next to firewall. I used fire extinguisher to get most of fire out. There was some fire under engine on ground which the extinguisher did not get out. The extinguisher was now empty so I went back to house and got baking soda from kitchen and threw it under engine to extenguish the fire under the engine. Fire department came but I had fire out by then.

- Smithfield, PA, USA

problem #4

May 062001

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 55 mph warning light for coolant came on. Consumer went to mechanic, who found upper manifold plentium, which was made of plastic, had allowed antifreeze to flood engine.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 302000

Park Avenue

  • miles
Cracked head gasket and oil back into the cooling system. Therefore causing me to need another engine.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 302000

Park Avenue

  • miles
Cracked head gasket, and oil back into the cooling system. Therefore, causing me to need another engine.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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