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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

5.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,714 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.

1998 Buick Park Avenue transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 082003

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Loose bolt stuck in transmission. Nar 07/09/2003 the consumers vehicle would not go into reverse, because the bolts backed out, which caused the gasket to leak in the transmission. The consumer had to pay approx $1400. In repairs and feels that these damages were caused by the dealership and that she should be reimbursed for defective parts placed on a brand new vehicle. The rotors also had to be replaced.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 152002

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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 #5

Dec 222000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle problems with start up/ vehicle fire in engine compartment. The battery had gone dead overnight. (prior to the day of the incident, the battery appeared to be charged) the engine exploded as soon as the key was turned on. There was slippage in the transmission. The intake plentium, fuel rail, the ignition wires, 2 injectors, engine cover shield, oil filler cap, map sensor, PCV cover, and the battery all were replaced.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #4

May 252003

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

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

On May 25, 2003 I started to pull out onto a street, and my 1998 Buick Park Avenue got part way out into the street and then would not move, except at a snail's pace. Finally I was able to pull on out, but not before a car was right upon me. I took it to a dealer and tsb existed on a valve in the transmission. I believe this tsb should be extended to a recall, because I almost got hit when I pulled out because the car more or less stalled while I was entering the street. If you see that you have plenty of room to pull out into traffic, one does not expect the car to suddenly creep or stall. This problem with the transmission is definitely a safety problem-I experienced it first hand.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 172003

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Transmission failure. Bearing came loose and damaged internal parts.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #2

Dec 011998

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

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