really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,750 miles

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1997 Buick Skylark engine problems

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1997 Buick Skylark Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 282007

Skylark 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 1997 Buick Skylark. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own. The contact applied the brakes, but the vehicle would not stop. He then applied the emergency brake and it slowed the vehicle down to approximately 40 mph, but did not come to a complete stop. He lost control of the vehicle and the two front tires blew out, causing him to crash into a tree. The vehicle began smoking from the engine compartment. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact had to shut the engine off completely in order to stop the wheels from spinning after the crash. The vehicle was towed to his residence, where it currently remains. A mechanic from the repair shop stated that the cable that operates the cruise control turned backwards and jammed the throttle linkage. This caused the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably. The contact sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital. The failure and current mileages were approximately 123,000. Updated 12/12/07

- Oakwood Village, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on highway and without prior warning consumer applied brake pedal and engine revved, and took off in traffic. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Cottage Grove, OR, USA

problem #2

Nov 241998

(reported on)


  • miles
My car has killed on me several times since its purchase in may with many of them coming at low to accelerating speeds and crossing in traffic. I've also had several accelaration stickings with the gas pedal, this disturbs me very much because it becomes harder to stop the car. I've gotten no response that this vehicle has ever done this each time it is sent to be looked at (three occassions) and according to their paperwork they never test drove the car, seeing that the mileage was the same as when I dropped the car off. They've already said that the rear driver side seat belt has to be replaced but I'm worried that more needs to be done to address that and other problems. I'd appreciate any help you could give me in dealing with this ongoing problem. Sincerely, james alexander

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 221998

(reported on)


  • miles
When vehicle is stopped it will throttle very low as if it is going to die. When vehicle accelerates it throttles very high.

- Higginsvil, MO, USA

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