1997 Buick Park Avenue from North America
Nice options, but too many little things have gone wrong
Mass air-flow sensor.
Air leveling shocks have gone out.
Transmission kicks hard after an hour of driving, and will not shift correctly afterwards. Apparently a common problem, google buick transmission shifts hard.
Windshield wipers stop in the up position.
Fuel gauge goes crazy when below 1/2 tank. Another common problem.
Supercharged, has lots of power.
The traction control is slow to respond.
Rides very nicely until you hit a bump.
Sound system is nice.
Looks very nice on the inside.
Seats are comfortable.
HUD (head up display) is a very nice option.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th February, 2009
What do you expect from an 11 year old car with over 200,000 miles? None of the problems you mentioned are very serious and even the transmission is a fairly easy fix if you have a good mechanic which can properly diagnose it. Don't let them fool you into getting a new transmission. I have owned two Park Avenues a '99 and currently an '05 and really wish they still made this model. I will probably try an Enclave next.
I have a 1997 Park Ave. and find it to be an exceptional vehicle.
I replaced the air shocks at 80,000 miles with Monroe air shocks for a total of less than $200.00.
The oil sending unit went at 79,000 for a cost of $39.00. I do not consider either of these expenses to be out of the ordinary.
This vehicle has road feel, and is comfortable to drive for 8 hour at a time trips. I can cruise at 70+ miles per hour and yet get 34 miles per gallon. A recent trip from Ohio to Virginia was completed with 1 tank of gas and I had 1/4 tank left when I arrived in Richmond, Virginia. Not bad for a full size luxury vehicle.
I do not know why Buick changed this winner!