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
24th May 2009, 19:57
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.
6th Feb 2010, 10:48
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!