1998 Buick Park Avenue Base 3.8L L36 V6
The best car I have ever owned
Cracked windshield - a branch fell on it in a storm.
Driver's door handle twice.
Driver's window motor.
Driver's heated seat - never fixed.
Passenger door handle - never replaced.
Water pump at 215k.
Driver's side brake line around 255k - 260k; the reason I got rid of the car.
Out of the 4 vehicles I have owned, the others being a 1992 Geo Storm, 1987 Ford F150 5.0 and a 1995 Chevy Monte Carlo LS, this is by far the best and I will definitely be buying another GM G Body car in the future.
The only major maintenance I had to perform in the 130k miles I owned it was replace the water pump. That is outstanding reliability considering I owned this car from age 16-19 and I beat the living heck out of it.
The 3800 Series II is the best engine ever made in my opinion; it always started in these brutal Minnesota winters and never left me stranded once. It was also a sleeper to an extent while still getting a 30 MPG average in summer and 24 in winter.
Rode like a cloud, but that air ride suspension got a bit too bouncy at times and it did not corner very well, although it did drift nicely on gravel due to its weight.
I gave it away to my brother in Feb 2016 with 261k because I couldn't afford a full set of tires which it badly needed or fix the brake line that broke, so he fixed those and then sold it to his buddy who is still driving it today with around 330k. Everyone should get a chance to own a G Body.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2017