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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
39,750 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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1996 Buick Park Avenue engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 122008

Park Avenue

  • miles


David nelson died in car fire in driveway of residence in plentywood, mt.

- Redstone, MT, USA

problem #3

Feb 162007

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
1996 Park Avenue with manifold gasket issues**

- Montgomery, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 152003

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
Coolant leak lead to repair of upper intake manifold gasket. Repairs caused water pump to fail, and serpent belt tensioner to fail. Further repairs were done, 500 km later, oil pump failed and engine was destroyed. Buick 3.8L series II V-6.

- Pickering, UN, USA

problem #1

May 272003

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Anti-freeze leaked into the engine's oil. As a result, the vehicle lost power. The rod bearings, upper and lower intake manifolds were replaced. There was severe damage to the engine, which caused the entire engine to be replaced.

- Levittown, PA, USA

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