10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,627 miles

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1997 Buick Park Avenue brakes problems

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1997 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jun 272008

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1997 Buick Park Avenue. Whenever the vehicle is driven at various speeds, the ABS and traction control engage when they are not needed. As a result, the braking distance increases. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 97V064000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock). The current mileage was 70,004 and failure mileage was 67,000. Update 10/01/08 the ABS and traction control engaged for no reason. The consumer experienced extended stopping distance. Updated 10/03/08.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #21

Oct 012006

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Repeatable, while driving my 1997 Buick Park Avenue, the ABS and traction-off warning-lights suddenly come on together and stay on indicating loss of ABS and traction control. Turning the ignition off and back on resets the functions, but they will become disabled again sometime later while driving. This could happen, possibly for the first time for someone, in an emergency just before one of these functions is called upon to avoid a severe accident. The failure occurs on smooth roads without regard to speed. I have not seen this happen when the car is stopped. The car may run for 200 miles without a problem, and then again the problem may occur within a few hundred feet from starting out.

- Lakeview, AR, USA

problem #20

Sep 152005

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The problem started sometime around the middle of September 2005. The brakes were not holding. The contact had the rear brake pads replaced two weeks ago because the ABS and traction light were coming on. The problem with the brakes, ABS light, traction light, and a noise were still occurring. NHTSA recall 97V064,000 concerning ABS was issued. When contacted the dealership they said that his vehicle's year was not included in the recall. When the contact called the manufacturer, they said they would contact the dealership. There has been nothing that came out of it yet.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #19

Feb 032004

Park Avenue

  • 78,800 miles

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

The ABS light illuminated while driving. When the light came on the consumer had to apply more pressure to the brakes to get the vehicle to stop. The manufacturer and the dealer are aware of the problem.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #18

Feb 222002

Park Avenue

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated when she tryied to stop vehicle quickly, the brake pedal pulsated and then there was a grinding noise coming from the brakes when applied, owner checked brake pads, and found them in good condition, vehicle was taken to dealership, this happens when the brakes lock-up on ice and the car is sliding.

- Grasston, MN, USA

problem #17

May 252001

Park Avenue

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 012001

Park Avenue

  • miles

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

Recall 97V064000; while driving and applying brakes they will pulsate, resulting in extended stopping distance. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated that this vehicle was not included in recall due to VIN.

- Six Mile, SC, USA

problem #15

Jun 192001

Park Avenue

  • miles
On two occassions, one on dry pavement, one on wet, in a panic stop situation, there was little or no braking for a time. It was as if the ABS started on the wrong cycle (no braking). The stopping distance was increased significatly in both cases.

- Concord, OH, USA

problem #14

May 212001

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electronic brakes malfunctioned, causing ABS to activate when it was not suppose to. Also, traction control activated when taking off, preventing vehicle from accelerating. Recall 97V064000/ ABS failure. However, this vehicle was not included in recall due to VIN.

- Walworth, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 162001

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
Intermittently while coming to a slow and normal stop ABS will kick in, causing extended stopping distance. ABS kicks in when it is not necessary.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 012000

Park Avenue

  • miles

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

First time repaired brakes at 19000 miles.

- Gorham, NH, USA

problem #11

Sep 162000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 50 mph going down hill brake pedal was locked in place. Consumer could not press brake, and had to coast down the hill. The possible cause is brakes heating the fluid and was fixed by the dealer.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012000

Park Avenue

  • miles
First time repaired brakes at 19000 miles.

- Gorham, NH, USA

problem #9

Jan 122000

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
When the brake pedal is applied there is a pulsating feeling in the pedal. Dealer has been contacted.

- Penn Valley, CA, USA

problem #8

May 281999

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
ABS brake module recall component (97V-064) replaced, however brakes still experience poor performance. Mjs

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 081997

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti lock brake recall repair work completed however after replacement brakes heated up causing rotors to warp.

- Chesterfie, SC, USA

problem #6

Nov 231998

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
While driving 50 mph down a mountain hill and when appyling the ABS brakes, the entire vehicle violently shuddered cause unknown. Dealer resurfaced the rotors.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 201997

Park Avenue

  • miles
Front brake malfunciton.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #4

Sep 301997

Park Avenue

  • miles
Anti-lock brakes failed prior to recall, recall repairs refused due to wrong VIN (97V-064).

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 311997

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the ABS brakes under normal conditions, the brake pedal went to the floor and the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. The cause for the brake failure was determined to be a missing split lock ring. Possibly, it was never installed at factory. Driver suffered minor injuries durign the ABS failing.

- Belhaven, NC, USA

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