1982 Buick Park Avenue Coupe 5.0 V8 (305?) from North America


Cheap and reliable beast from the past, not for sale at any price!


Electronic air conditioner malfunctioned when I first bought the car, and would only put out high heat or max A/C, unless you turned it completely. Whoever rode in my car during the first few months, either roasted or froze unless we could open the windows. I replaced it with the older style with buttons and levers.

Radiator replaced, had a slow leak.

Headliner sags a little.

Re-wired some of the wires in the dash; car was blowing fuses for dash panel lights.

Valve covers, heads, rear and front main, and oil pan all have slow leaks. I will replace them myself someday when I have the time. I still don't have to add any oil between changes.

The original silver paint is faded and cracking.

Check engine light stays on for no good reason.

Transmission also has a very slow leak.

Replaced water pump and fan clutch due to leaking.

Otherwise, just things like brake pads, exhaust pipes, belts, and hoses which need to be replaced sometimes anyway.

General Comments:

I am only 17 and totally in love with this car. I paid $1400 for it when my 1993 Pontiac Grand Am broke down three times in one week. My parents blame it on my driving style, but I treat this Buick the same if not worse and it never even hiccups. The Grand Am has a worthless Quad 4 engine, enough said.

The Park Ave came from Phoenix Arizona where it sat in a garage for 6 years. The original owner brought it up here to Wisconsin and sold it to me. Due to its age alone and years of neglect, I think it has a right to be a little fussy at times. The body is straight and rust free, And I will repaint it when I get some free time. I use the Grand Am when I can, especially in the winter, but usually I find and excuse to drive the Buick.

This Buick is the toughest, most reliable car I've ever seen. I drive the hell out of it, and it fires up quick every morning no matter how hot or cold it is. I swear I could stick a burning rag in the fuel tank and push it off a cliff, and and would start and drive then next morning after I turn the key.

When I go down the interstate, it feels like I'm driving a cloud. This car laughs at potholes and speed bumps. The hood is so long that it's hard to tell the difference between 55 MPH and 75 MPH without looking down.

It's hard to tell this car is actually 26 years old from the inside. The dark blue interior hardly has a scratch, and the seats are so comfortable. Everyone who rides is fascinated by the florescent-looking "Park Avenue" trim ring that still lights up and works on the passenger side of the instrument cluster, as well as the opera lights on the outer door posts.

Another nice feature is the fuel filler behind the rear licence plate, there's no need to worry what side of the fuel pump you pull up to.

Most ignorant people assume that because of this car's size, that it drinks gas at the rate of 8 to 10 miles per gallon. So not true. I usually can get at least 320 miles on a full tank, even with city driving or short trips, and usually add about 20 gallons between fillups with the gas gage on "E" and the low fuel light on steady. Do the math. The few long trips I've taken I went close to 500 miles or more and added about 21 gallons. Once again, do the math. Don't criticize what you don't know. I guarantee you that a Cadillac Escalade or Ford Explorer will never pull this type of fuel economy. I remind you that I drive like a bat out of hell.

This car is pretty slow from a dead stop, but has no problem keeping up with cheap plastic econoboxes at any speed. My friends often make fun of my huge car, but guess who they call when their junk plastic 4-cylinder tin cans break down. I've given more tows and jump starts over the past year than I can count.

I have become sort of an "idiot savant" mechanic with this car. It's very easy to work on, I'm confident now that I can even do a transmission replacement if the time comes. Once upon a time, cars were not so complicated and didn't cost a fortune to fix. I had the entire exhaust in back of the converter replaced for under $120.

If this car lasts even a year longer, I know I got my money's worth. But I have a feeling it will last a lot longer than that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2007

20th Oct 2010, 10:07

This car is awesome. I have one myself and I love it to death...

20th Oct 2010, 13:44

Okay, let's do the maths. 500 miles divided by 21 gallons equals 23.8 mpg. That's not bad, but neither is it spectacular enough to trash talk against other cars. From personal experience, a full size Ford Explorer gets 20-21 mpg highway, and the Explorer Sport gets upwards of 24 mpg. Plus, from personal experience I've seen the v-8 Cadillac full size DTS and STS sedans get 28 mpg. So...

However, I support your decision on buying an older, used car instead of making a car payment. I also agree that a lot of people unfairly look down on a car just because it is "big" and "old" without knowing anything about it.

1982 Buick Park Avenue Sedan 5.0 Liter V8 from North America


Will probably run forever, great road trip car!


Water pump.


Wiper motor.

Heater core.

Ball joints.

Power steering pump.

General Comments:

The styling is beautiful and timeless. Probably the most comfortable and reliable barge I've ever seen or owned. It handles like an overgrown wet sponge, but makes up for it with smoothness. Potholes as big as my wheels are barely noticeable.

I bought it from an elderly couple who pretty much just drove it to church and shopping, and took summer trips with it. The body is in immaculate shape for having this many miles.

The engine is the best thing about this car. It has nothing in the way of power, but will take a severe beating and ask for more.

The stereo is awesome for being twenty years old, will blow away some factory ones today!

The seats are deep, rich and comfortable, almost TOO comfortable, will put you right to sleep if you're not careful.

With talks of gas approaching $3 per gallon, I may look for something more economical in the near future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2001

23rd May 2004, 00:00

I love this car. It is the best big car I ever had with no problems. I got mine from my grand mother and other than oil and transmission fluid, it needs nothing more than a paint job. Its got power.. however unlike other comments I have read... my Buick will white smoke the tires through the first two gears without any problem. other things such as gravel, and rain will cause burn outs that seem to last forever of course I'm pushing the car hard, but, its seems to laugh at me and ask for more.

16th Feb 2007, 07:11

Wat's Up how you doin my name is t-dub from center texas how much do you want for the car???