NHTSA — Power Train Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,400 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.

1997 Buick Park Avenue drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1997 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 152003

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


The heater in the seat quit working. A new one was installed and it doesn't heat up correctly. The motor in the window failed. The rotors/brakes were warped. The stereo failed. The window will not roll up correctly despite a new one being put in. The starter is dragging. Some of this was covered under the smart choice extended warranty. However some of the repairs are still needed and I still have time remaining on my smart choice warrranty but they have went bankrupt and my dealer says the warranty is no longer valid and I will have to pay for any repairs done.

- Holdrege, NE, USA

problem #4

Jul 152003

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Transmission started to jump into od. Vibration at different speeds. Replaced tranny with GM rebuilt.after 700 miles problem came back (vibration only) same problem but now has metal to metal grinding when making left turn and accelerating. Replaced engine mounts. They were cracked. Prior to this dealer said it was the solinoid, repalced. They only made this tranny in 1997

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Nov 152003

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The A/C will turn on again after I turn it off. The radio will shift to cassette and back while displaying E33. Drivers window will come down unevenly and get wedged. The alternater went out and the bottom bolt stripped during removal. There is a lurch sometimes during shifting.

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 121998

Park Avenue

  • miles
Odometer found to be broken

- Crooksville, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 041997

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
Consumer experienced a hard time reading the speedometer due to the location and the design. Also, when driving at highway speed consumer is unable to verifiy how fast the vehicle is traveling due to the location of speedometer.

- Gunnsville, VA, USA

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