1997 Buick Park Avenue V6 from North America
A big yellow lemon
The fuel gauge had to be replaced three times.
The gas line leaked and had to be replaced.
The pulley to the belts exploded.
The driver's seat fell apart.
The climate control computer stopped working three times.
The radio stopped working..
The head lights gave me lots of trouble at night.
The motor on the driver's door stopped working, so the window would not go back up, so had to have a replacement motor put in.
The rear bearings on the axle started making a terrible noise and had to be replaced for the third time.
Water started coming into the car on the driver's door, even though all the windows were up and the doors were closed.
Had to put in two radiators in this car, as the motor would overheat.
The seals on the engine started to leak really bad and I had to pay out of my pocket to have them fixed.
The seat belt quit on the driver's seat and had to be replaced.
From the outside of this car, it looked really great, but it was a mechanical nightmare. I finally had it with this car, sold it, and it was sent to the crusher and I was glad to see it go. I will NEVER own another GM car because the dealership refused to honor some of the recalls on this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th May, 2015
24th May 2015, 22:45
If this car was so bad, I can't understand why you kept it for 16 years.
As far as certain parts being replaced for the 3rd time, you have to go with the best and most expensive parts available. A lot of those cheaper house brand parts from the stores are made in China, and have horrible quality that don't last long.
Don't forget 1997 was the first year of this generation PA. My dad just traded in a 2003 model with over 145,000 miles and never had any major repairs.
30th May 2015, 01:07
I wondered the same thing. Why on earth would you keep a car you were SO unhappy with for 16 years?? I had a Buick Lucerne I was unhappy with and I didn't even keep it that many months! Granted my decision was not the most financially sound, but I didn't want to drive a car I hated and should have never bought in the first place every day.
Prior to that I had 2 Park Avenues (a 1999 and a 2005) which I loved. I still wish now I had kept the '05. They just don't make cars like that anymore and probably never will again.
I had several of the minor issues you mentioned with both cars (fuel gauge, climate control, driver seat trim coming loose, etc.) Most of the issues were very minor in my opinion, and I was even able to repair/replace many of the faulty electrical parts myself, and I have very little to no mechanical experience (I thought the dash design was very easy to take apart and the parts were very accessible). If GM still made these, I would gladly still be buying them.