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.

General Comments:

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

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.

9th Aug 2015, 20:25

I'm wondering if anyone has driven both a Park Avenue (1990s or 2000s) and a 2000-2005 Deville base model (not a DTS though).

How would you compare the ride quality of each? Which one absorbs bumps, potholes, expansion joints better? Which one is quieter and which one has softer seats? I don't mind a bit of up and down floatiness, because I'm not interested in a sports sedan ride. To me all recent cars are just too firm riding.

10th Aug 2015, 21:42

Ride quality and comfort are about the same. The Cadillac has more power and quietness due to the V8. The Park Avenue is twice as reliable with the 3800 V6. Early Northstars are junk.

1997 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3.8 Supercharged from North America


Very comfortable car to drive


Great car! Unfortunate repair record though.

Complete transmission replacement at 160k miles.

Complete engine replacement at 180k miles.

Excellent ride, so the investment was worth it. One unfortunate problem is that the GM bankruptcy has resulted in many repair parts being no longer available.

ABS traction control system is problematic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2010

1997 Buick Park Avenue Base 3.8 liter V6 from North America


Everything I ever wanted and more


A couple days after I got the car, the CV joint went out, replaced under warranty.

Replaced thermostat.

The coolant temperature sensor needs to be changed.

Recharged A/C, did brakes and oil change. Other than that, nothing, and the things I did were just regular maintenance anyway, so I can't complain.

General Comments:

This is a one year update of the car. I bought my beloved Bertha at the age of 19 after my previous truck of 8 years in the family was recalled and scrapped. I thought after all the years with the Tacoma, and it NEVER ONCE needing anything more than ONE battery, ONE tune up, TWO sets of brakes and oil changes, that I would never find a vehicle to give me that kind of reliability and total happiness.

I seem to have been wrong.

I put about 6,000 miles on it in my first year, since I had a company car to get to work and back, so this was my pleasure ride.

Shortly after I purchased it, the front CV joint went bad and the dealer was a man of his word and picked up the tab to tow it, fix it and get it back to me in 3 days.

In the heat of July, the temperature gauge started acting up last year. At one point hitting 215 degrees (the highest it ever went) when the temperature outside was 101. Gotta love Ohio. And everyone said gotta change the thermostat, gotta do it before winter or you won't have heat. Well winter came. The -12 days came and she started every time on the first try. The heat never went out. Over the winter it didn't act up either. Spring came, I changed the thermostat, and ever since then EVERY TIME I get in it it gets up to operating temperature, but actually goes between 203 and 205, then suddenly it breaks and drops down to 184, then it levels itself out around 196 or 198. Everyone tells me its the coolant temperature sensor. 50 bucks from GM. I keep a close eye on it because of the infamous dex cool fiasco.

That has been the only major issue with it, and even then it's no big deal. I recently recharged the A/C and did the brakes.

I keep her clean, she's white so it's a chore. And wherever I go, people look when they see a young guy covered with tatoos stepping out of such a classy vehicle.

As of the fill up today, she's giving me 21.8 mpg on regular gas all city driving.

I'll be doing a full tune up for my 21st birthday and the symbolic one year since I got her, at which time I'll change out that coolant sensor and then 4 new tires.

With Obama's changes to fuel standards, I've decided after I get Bertha paid off I'm going to keep her. And I'm going to start a TASTEFUL restoration. I'm going to re-paint and re-pinstripe it. The leather is still in amazing condition due to religious conditions and the dash has no cracks, also do to frequent cleanings.

I would ideally like to do a V8 swap. Sounds crazy I know, but I'm thinking either a 5.3 liter or a 350 with duel exhaust. Newer rims from an ultra too. I'll make my grandpa car really sing. After I retire her from the road I may invest in something supremely fuel efficient, but I doubt it. When your first car's a Grand Marquis, small cars don't work.

I hope my review has helped some of you. These cars really are amazing. I get an average of 25-27 on the highway depending on how I'm using the pedal. The outside noise is almost non existent. The stock radio works great. The look of them is also timeless. They really transcend age; I'm proof that you don't have to be a retiree to enjoy all that Buick has to offer.

If you can find one at a good enough price, don't wait.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2009

9th Jun 2009, 19:12

I bought my first Park Avenue at 20. It was a 1999 with 114,000 miles and I bought it in 2005. I drove it all through college with very few problems. I've loved this model for years so as soon as I graduated from college last August I bought myself a 2005 White Diamond loaded model with less than 17,000 miles. I like it even better than the old one (it rides even softer than my '99). It is a shame Buick quit making them. The Lucerne never grew on me (maybe because I liked the Park Avenue so much) it looks like a full-size Camry to me, ugh. I'll probably trade this one for an Enclave when it's paid for.