1994 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3.8 liters - Supercharged from North America

Summary:

A TRUE

Faults:

A bunch of clear coat chips on the hood due to highway driving (85 yr. old man previously drove this vehicle, so he probably drove behind a lot of semi trucks on the highway).

General Comments:

This car is a steal!!! Was driven by a 85 yr. old man (as stated above)...bought it at the dealer at almost 60,000 miles for $6,000. Crazy because the car is 10 years old!!! Awesome deal and car is in mint condition (except the hood). Has all the bells and whistles (power everything/climate adjust/trunk motor, etc.) as the new Park Avenues (96 - present) for a fraction of the price!!! Being a college student I have raced just about every type of car and have beaten them off the line with the "ever tough" supercharged 3.8...well except for the newer 3.8 series 2 supercharged engines and cars with a 5.7 liter (trans am, corvette, etc.). Car is a TRUE "sleeper" as it blows through traffic and crushes most cars on the highway...ahhhh, god bless the supercharger!

Car is like a Lazy Boy on wheels!!! Rides like a dream with the leather interior and climate/radio controls on the steering wheel. Buick's rock!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2004

1994 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3.8 SC VIN CODE 1 from North America

Summary:

A high performance bargain, with luxury!

Faults:

The supercharger bearings went. I found a company in California "Magnuson Products Inc" www.magnusonproducts.com (805-642-8833) that is an authorized rebuilder of Eaton Super chargers. They sell the front half bearing assembly for around $350.00. This is typically the part that goes bad. I bought the whole rebuilt super charger $1100.00. The technical staff @ Magnuson were great in answering all my questions, and told me to call back if I had more. I had never messed with fuel injector & super chargers before. The job was a breeze.

30 minutes to remove the supercharger, & about a little over an hour to reinstall. The reinstall took longer because I replaced valve cover gaskets, fuel injector o-rings, thermostat & gaskets, and a bypass hose for the water pump. So if you have this problem, you have another choice besides the dealer.

General Comments:

Great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2000

1994 Buick Park Avenue 3.8 from North America

Faults:

Electrical problems at 150,000 km. Not serious but expensive. Door lock failed, security light stays on, and starter wiring problem all hit at same time $700-$800 cdn. to fix. Only thing to have gone wrong. Have owned two.

General Comments:

Bought second Park after bad accident with first. Totaled first one - front and back gone. Inside, you would not know we had been hit. Still ran except for metal on wheel. Minimal injuries. Bought second same year but ultra. Served us well. Will be buying our third one Feb. 99.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

23rd Apr 2004, 10:45

I have a 1994 park ave ultra. When it gets warm weather and the engine has been running on the road for a while the car will just stop.I've had it towed to dealerships and no one can find the problem. When the car cools off it runs fine. Can anyone help me with thisIlove the car other than this problem.Can't go anywhere in the summer without a cell phone. Has let me down several times with my family in the car.

25th Apr 2004, 12:04

In answer to the person with the problem of the car stopping when it gets "hot": one possibility is vapor lock which I've observed in some older cars. The answer was to place some insulation around the gas lines where they were in close proximity to the engine, particularly the exhaust manifold. If the problem occurs when the car is stopped, which means the transmission shift lever may have been taken out of Drive for a moment or so, it might be what I think is called the "neutral lock-out switch" mechanism. Hope this helps.

19th Jul 2009, 18:13

How's the steering/handling on the PA? I've heard lots of reviews from the leading consumer mags about the powersteering feeling over boosted, the steering wheel not centering well after coming out of a turn, etc. Lack of connectivity with the road?

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