1995 Buick Park Avenue Reviews

1995 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3800 series 2 S/C from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3800 series 2 S/C Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance235000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Roadmaster

Summary:

Very well built car

Faults:

ABS/traction (unknown KM).

Supercharger bearing went (230,000 km).

Clear coat pealed (unknown, repainted when bought).

General Comments:

Very nice car with lots of features. The leather seats used a very nice high grade leather that I have not found in other GMs from the time. The only down side was I found the lumbar to be lacking.

Ride was pretty good. The air ride worked well.

Got rid of the car when the supercharger went; it started getting the worst MPG you could dream of.

Overall this car held up very well. I bought it cheap as it needed a paint job. When the supercharger went, I sold it for more than I bought it for.

I would buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2014

1995 Buick Park Avenue 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Wish I had bought a 95 LeSabre

Faults:

The car belonged to little old lady who kept it garaged. Showroom condition and mileage was only 41K. Paid $2500, which was a bargain, so I thought.

Coolant leak. A couple of months after getting the car, found a puddle under the car of antifreeze. Pressure test found leaks in the intake, water pump, and radiator. Cost to repair, about $1200. Sitting around apparently is not good for cars.

Engine started missing badly, but would smooth out when it got warm. Had to replace the ECM. Cost $140.

Oil consumption. The car has 50 PSI of oil pressure, no leaks, does not smoke, runs perfect, gets 30 mpg on highway, but you have to add a quart of oil about every 1000 miles. I can live with this, but wonder if it will get worse. Family has owned several LeSabres and a 91 Park Ave. All had a different version of the 3.8 V6. All were great cars, and nothing major ever when wrong. Appears GM spoiled a good thing.

The car now has little over 50K miles, and is doing great except for having to keep an eye on the oil level. I hope to drive this car another 150K.

General Comments:

I love this car. Large, safe, good gas mileage, even the paint is still perfect. But GM, why did you have to mess with this engine? The type one 3.8 was a much better engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2010

8th Nov 2010, 02:22

The LeSabre and Park Avenue are identical mechanically, and both were good cars prior to 1995. 1995 and onwards they should be avoided due to the plastic intake manifold. 1994 and before this part was metal and the engine was one of the most durable and reliable ever made. Alas, GM ruined it in 1995. Progress, high technology, and all that.

8th Nov 2010, 16:48

I have had 2 Park Avenues ('99 and '05) with the 3.8 Series II engine, and have not had any engine issues so far. I always try to keep an eye on the coolant level, I especially kept a close eye on the '99, because I knew it had the plastic manifold and had over 145,000 miles on it when I sold it. As far as I know, it is still doing good for its elderly owners in Florida. I don't watch my 2005 as closely, because it only has 37,000 miles, and I believe it may have an aluminum intake manifold.

23rd Jul 2011, 19:38

It seems to me you got a very good deal on your car, even after having to spend an extra $1200 for the intake manifold. I just recently traded my 2005 Park Avenue (my second Park Avenue) for a brand new Lucerne. The Lucerne is a fine car, but I do miss my Park Avenue still even 2 months later. I hope to some day buy another Park Avenue to drive around as a second car to remind me of what Detroit iron used to be.

24th Jul 2011, 16:52

The last Park Avenue that was considered Detroit iron would be the 1984 model year. I'm not saying the last generation was bad; my father has been buying Buicks for almost 50 years, and he currently has an 03 model and it's a great car, but it doesn't come close to the 82 model he had many years ago.

25th Jul 2011, 17:39

Well I can assure you that the '03 Park Avenue he has is a lot closer to a true American car than almost anything on the market today, and it is only going to get much worse. Pretty much all of the semi-traditional domestic sedans are gone after this model year.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 7 reviews