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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
152,090 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.

2001 Buick Park Avenue engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 052013

Park Avenue

  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Buick Park Avenue. While the vehicle was idling, the contact noticed fluid leakinf on the ground. Approximately a year ago, the vehicle had an abnormal odor. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was confirmed that there was an oil leak that leaked onto the manifold, which caused the abnormal odor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was approximately 135,000.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #2

Sep 192014

Park Avenue

  • 156,270 miles
A 2001 Buick Park Avenue was purchased on April 27, 2014. It ran good until September 19, 2014. On that day my son was driving the vehicle. Suddenly the check engine light started flashing and the car lost all power on a side road. He was able to start it after having to pull over with no lights, power brakes or steering. I took it for a test ride and it did the same thing. We got it home and failed to repair it by ourselves. We took it to a repair garage and they said the problem was the maf sensor. The technician showed me how to tap on the enclosure (with a screwdriver) which housed the part and the engine would sputter and miss. After installing a new maf sensor it now runs fine. We looked at the vehicle history and it needed a new maf sensor two other times. Once at 9/2013 and another at 6/2012. It is surprising and shocking that the failure of this part causes the entire engine to shut down, creating a dangerous situation. A brand new maf sensor from the Buick dealer costs $430 which is obviously geared towards selling to repair shops vs. Do it yourself mechanics. This ridiculous high price has created a market for cheaper maf sensors which may or may not be oem parts. The part removed was a delphi sensor which only lasted one year. GM has got to come up with a solution to this potentially deadly problem. It is putting people at risk. Simply buying an authentic GM part is not enough because it still eventually fails and the car totally shuts down, which is unacceptable. A search on the internet reveals others with the exact same problem.

- Shoreview, MN, USA

problem #1

Feb 062014

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
While attempting to start the car after the ignition was cranked for less than one second there was an explosion from under the hood resulting in fire. The fire was put out within a minute due to access of a nearby fire extinguisher. Upon examination of the engine compartment the entire intake manifold had exploded off of the engine and there was fire damage to wiring and hoses. The car was parked outside overnight and the temperature was 5 degrees F. it is a good thing I had recently purchased this car from my aging parents.

- Angora, MN, USA

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