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NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Control Arm Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,250 miles

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1998 Buick Park Avenue suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 252007

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,500 miles


Two days before the incident I started having an alignment problem with the car. I had the car over a relatives house a half mile from my home, and decided to drive the car home and have it towed to the dealer from their. On the drive home, the right front control arm separated from the subframe (engine frame or cradle) at the after bracket which resulted in the right half shaft failing. This happened as I was turning into my development. The subframe was seriously corroded. I had the car towed to the dealer and the subframe and half shaft replaced with new parts. I contacted Buick customer service to complain about a major structural failure on the car. They declined to offer any reimbursement for the repair, due to the vehicles age (nine years) and mileage (134,500). I maintain that the failure should not have occurred, and could have resulted in a serious or fatal accident had it occurred at highway speeds.

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 082000

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 10mph and preparing to make a turn, car made a grinding noise and collasped, wheel assembly was disengadged and left ball joint nut came off. Dealer installed inner cv boot on left front.

- Boyton, FL, USA

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