1991 Buick Park Avenue Base 3.8 V6 from North America
Good overall daily driver
TPS sensor (twice).
Master brake cylinder.
Paint faring poorly.
Overall, this has been a pretty good car. I reported first in Feb. 2010 when I drove the car up from my parent's house in FL. At that time I had the TPS/timing sensors/tires replaced.
The car ran good for about a year & a half. Then it began to really run roughly. My mechanic could fix some things, but his diagnostic machine was not as good as the dealers.
I decided to have the local Buick dealer fix things. After $1900, they replaced the oxygen sensors, some leaky gaskets & that was about it. The car still ran poorly & would stall frequently. They ruined the TPS sensor I replaced 2 years prior, & wouldn't replace it for less than $250. Had my mechanic do it for $110.
I had my mechanic really go over the car. He showed me the transmission mounts were gone (how the dealer missed this I'll never know!).
After much searching we finally figured the ignition modulator was faulty. Supposedly the dealer had replaced this (as I was charged for it) My mechanic feels all they did was "clean" it. It cost $210 for this (not a bad price)
Overall I'm pleased with the car. I mean it's over 20 years old. The paint is very dull as the clearcoat is now gone. I feel this happened when I took it to a "detailer" and he "buffed" it off when polishing the car. I'm thinking about having it repainted, but at $2500 for a top job, I'm not sure I want to put in that kind of money.
My best advice is to stay away from the dealer (except for warranty work) and have a trusted mechanic take care of your car.
The car still gets looks, due to not a spot of rust.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th May, 2012