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5.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,397 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.

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1998 Buick Park Avenue seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 011999

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles

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

I brought the recall print out from the NHTSA # 00V117000 and the dealer said GM doesn't list my vehicle, but when you run the VIN my vehicle is included in the recall. I've have experienced problems with the passenger seat belt for years and it need to be fixed. The local GM dealer in the houghton lake, Michigan area is: Nester Chevrolet. Nester Chevrolet phone number is: 989-422-5126. My passengers can't get the seat belt to fasten because the retractor won't extend far enough to buckle the belt. This is a violation of the seat belt law in Michigan not to wear a seat belt. I need your help!

- Houghton Lake, MI, USA

problem #7

Sep 182000

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The consumer noted that the seat belt jammed in the retractor while the seat belt was in use, and there was a need for movement, the seat belt simply jammed. This happened to the webbing portion of the belt. NHTSA recall 00V117000 was issued concerning the seat belt. This happened to the front driver's side seat belt only. The consumer purchased the vehicle used, and took it to a local Buick dealer. Their records indicated that this vehicle was repaired under the recall. However, the recall repairs did not correct the problem. The consumer felt the recall repair work was never performed. The Buick manufacturer was contacted. They said there was nothing they could do because the records indicated the work had been done. However, the seat belt was still a problem. The consumer purchased the used vehicle in September 2000, but consumer's notification began on August 31, 2000.

- North Easton , MA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jun 152005

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Park Avenue. The contact states that the coolant spilled into the engine and vehicle overheated, causing the car to stall. The car was taken to a dealership, and they stated that the engine sucked up all the coolant. Apparently it was sucked in to the engine from the egr port hole because it had become degraded. Also NHTSA recall campaign id 00V117000 was issued in 2000. It stated that passenger vehicles, some of these vehicles have front seat shoulder belts that may twist, allowing the webbing to become jammed in the retractor. This is the problem that consumer's vehicle was having, but manufacturer insisted there was never a recall for this problem.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #4

Nov 152001

Park Avenue

  • miles
Shoulder belt does not work. Shoulder belt twists and jams. There is a recall on shoulder belts, but consumer's vehicle is not included due to VIN. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated not in recall.

- South Dartmouth, MA, USA

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problem #3

Nov 292000

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
Consumer has not been able to have recall 00V-117 concerning shoulder harness because the parts are not available, the belts are getting worse and the consumer has been waiting three months. Nlm

- Winston Sa, NC, USA

problem #2

Sep 282000

Park Avenue

  • miles
Recall 00V117 can not be completed due to lack of parts.

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 282000

Park Avenue

  • miles
Recall 00V117 can not be completed due to lack of parts.

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

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