2003 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3.8 supercharged
Great car. Expect repair costs
We got this car for the ride. Both me and my wife have bad backs, and this car has literally given us our freedom back. Being a motorhead, I had to get the supercharged version.
Something is still loose in the front end. Feels like a tie rod end; vibrates the whole car at highway speeds. It's even wearing front tires irregularly. I replaced every steering part in front end, and both axles and motor mounts. Still vibrates. 3 mechanics say nothing is wrong. Ha!
Numerous stories all over the net about guys getting tires balanced and replaced over and over again, to still have vibration.
I think something is screwed up with the steering column itself.
Gas mileage is more like 17 to 20 MPG. I don't know how guys are getting 28 MPG out of these cars?
Late 90's and early 2000's GM products seem to have crazy electrical gremlins. Mine is not too bad, but does have some issues.
Overall, even with the common problems, if you have a chance to get a supercharged Buick, get it! Just expect crazy problems. It's like you're getting an excellent ride and performance, and having to deal with crazy problems for the privilege to own and drive one of these 5000 pound beasts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2014
11th Jan 2014, 10:10
Try changing the hub bearings.
12th Jan 2014, 12:37
5,000 lbs? Try closer to 3,900. I had two Park Avenues (a '99 and '05) I would love to have the '05 back. It was a loaded White Diamond non-Ultra. I preferred the non-Ultra because I wanted the smoother Dynaride suspension and you don't need premium fuel. My first Park Avenue was not an Ultra either, but had the Gran Touring suspension and I felt that the newer one without the sport suspension rode a lot smoother.
The modern Buick products don't come close in comfort or looks in my opinion. I am leasing a 2012 Enclave, which I do like, but not like the Park Avenues. I am thinking of buying a low mileage used Cadillac DTS when my lease is up next year. Closest thing you can get to a Park Avenue in a newer car.