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.