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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,632 miles

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1998 Buick Park Avenue miscellaneous problems

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 162009

Park Avenue

  • 48,161 miles

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

Purchased car 04/20/2006. In July '09 used car dealer replaced intake gasket set. (their cost) in June '09 replaced catalytic convertor & thermostat (my expense) August '10 same mechanic replaced intake manifold gasket (my expense) odm 53405 Dec '10 I discovered on internet there was a recall for these problems. Contacted Buick and Julian delcour, vice president said the problems had been repaired in 2001 but unable to provide me with documentation. Note: Recall id#56853 dated 2/24/2004 related to fuel system. Seat belt recall was in 2000. Delcour declined my request for repayment of repairs made at my expense. They never responded to me in writing, only phone conversations. My answering machine recorded his last call to me regarding the non-payment or release of records. Questions to you: 1-why couldn't he provide proof of repairs made and unable to provide this to me, I then am under the impression that they have no proof. 2-shouldn't they be held responsible and pay for my expenses? I have documented everything related to this problem and would be able to furnish you copies. Hopefully, this problem can be resolved with your assistance and I will be sent a check in the amount of $931.21 plus $100 for two towing charges from Buick.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #9

Jun 162009

Park Avenue

  • 48,161 miles
Purchased car 04/20/2006. In July '09 used car dealer replaced intake gasket set. (their cost) in June '09 replaced catalytic convertor & thermostat (my expense) August '10 same mechanic replaced intake manifold gasket (my expense) odm 53405 Dec '10 I discovered on internet there was a recall for these problems. Contacted Buick and Julian delcour, vice president said the problems had been repaired in 2001 but unable to provide me with documentation. Note: Recall id#56853 dated 2/24/2004 related to fuel system. Seat belt recall was in 2000. Delcour declined my request for repayment of repairs made at my expense. They never responded to me in writing, only phone conversations. My answering machine recorded his last call to me regarding the non-payment or release of records. Questions to you: 1-why couldn't he provide proof of repairs made and unable to provide this to me, I then am under the impression that they have no proof. 2-shouldn't they be held responsible and pay for my expenses? I have documented everything related to this problem and would be able to furnish you copies. Hopefully, this problem can be resolved with your assistance and I will be sent a check in the amount of $931.21 plus $100 for two towing charges from Buick.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #8

Aug 152002

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
After buying my '98 Park Avenue, I noticed that after washing it on a couple of occasions that the paint had began to chip. I took it to a couple of paint shops and everyone said that this car should not have paint peeling and it was a defect because they could see the factory primer. My engine died without any warning. The teperature gauge didn't show that it was overheated and no smoke or steam came from under the hood. Right before the car stopped the dic showed : check coolant levels and even then it didn't beep as it should have. I have had a problem with my seat belts since purchasing this vehicle. They are continuously tangled and twisted when they cross the body. Moreover, my owner's manual has an illustration that states that my seatbelt usage is incorrect.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #7

Jan 012003

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

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

When turning in either direction, the vehicle shuddered. The dealer replaced the pressure hoses in the power steering. When the vehicle was drive over bumps, there was a noise in the right front tire area. The ash tray lid was inoperative.

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 092003

Park Avenue

  • miles
1998 Buick park ave tire jack failed. Screw jack threads stripped and vehicle fell while attempting to change a flat tire. Jack had been used 20 time previously to assist in tire rotatation. Has anyone else experienced this type of failure? it is potentially dangerous.

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

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problem #5

Sep 042001

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
The cluster panel area sometimes blinks on/off at various times day/night.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 022001

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles

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

Ash tray latching mechanism failed. Tray in open position. Potential hazard in the event of a crash.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jul 011998

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ash tray latch failed.

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

problem #1

Aug 101998

Park Avenue

  • miles
The front drivers and passenger seat belts will not work. They get jamed in the retractor, and only come out several inches. The car is at the dealership where I purchased it. It has been there for 10 days now with the part on backorder and now the part is unavilable. They are going to replace the seat belts in the front seat.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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