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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,333 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.

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 142004

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


Anti-freeze leak through the upper intake manifold past the egr valve and throttle body, engine ran hot, hydrostatic engine lock. Car had to be towed, upper intake manifold had to be replaced, spark plugs, and thermostat. Otal cost $685.75.

- Brookpark, OH, USA

problem #5

May 152002

Park Avenue

  • miles
With brakes applied, vehicle lunged forward at a high rate of speed, jumped the curb, injuring three people who were sitting in a restaurant booth. The brakes were applied the entire time. The vehicle finally stopped, and vehicle died out and the air bags did not deploy.

- Plainview, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 302001

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After coming to a stop, applied accelerator and engine revved, vehicle did not move. This happened 2 more times. Dealer determined that pressure control solenoid failed, and had to be replaced. The consumer says the vehicle's failure to move after stopping is a dangerous condition but the manufacturer refused to fix it.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 262000

Park Avenue

  • miles


This may or not be a problem. Road conditions were damp after a night of rain, no standing water on turnpike. Traveling at 65 mph using cruise control on straight part of road. Auto suddenly went into a rear end slide which continued from left to right slides. After about 150 yards I disengaged the ABS system and regained control of the car. Question.could this be a malfunction of the ABS /cruise control system causing loss of control of the auto?

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 041999

Park Avenue

  • miles
Vehicle suddenly surged, causing the vehicle to accelerate, while the brakes were applied, resulting in a minor collision. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Cleveland, MN, USA

problem #1

Mar 051998

Park Avenue

  • miles
While driving approximately 60 mph with cruise control on, vehicle begins to go down a hill and picks up speed still with cruise control on. Dealer and manufacturer have been contacted.

- Warwick, NY, USA

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