1998 Buick Park Avenue Base 3.8 from North America
Reliable, thrill-less drive, that doesn't take money out of your wallet
One coil pack.
A slow up and down driver's window.
Broken door handle.
Driver's seat control board broken.
Gas hand doesn't work.
Driver's seat warmer doesn't work (light says it's on, but no heat).
I bought this car a little over 3 years ago, and it has been phenomenal! It had a salvage title due to some front end damage that had been repaired by time of purchase.
I've driven it a bit over 90K miles, and the only mechanical thing to go wrong is a bad coil pack, which was a little less than $100 to repair.
Driver's door handle broke, which again, was a little less than $100.
The driver's seat control block wasn't thought out very well, and it broke away from the seat. I simply had a few screws put in it, and it has held fine since. That repair was $60.
The car gives me an average of 27 MPG, drives straight as a board, is comfortable (I'm right at 6'4), and starts every time! It does not drip a drop of oil either! I really believe the car will give me another 100K miles as long as I take care of it. Even the stereo system is on par with today's stereos.
The only "con" on the car is, it seems to struggle under heavy acceleration, but I don't have to accelerate like that often, and it's enough to do what I have to do. Other than that, it's almost a perfect automobile, that continues to go.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th September, 2018
12th Feb 2021, 18:35
I've just bought a 1998 Park Avenue, in the UK. It has 176k miles behind it. I had 3 other cars with the 231 V6 engine, in my opinion one of the best engines GM ever made. Only had a short drive in it so far, my wife loves the acres of interior space and quiet cushy ride - so do I!
It has a little rust, but I work in refinishing supply shop, so I know the good paint shops in my area. When I've done a little work I shall be leaving my own review. Update, the trunk release mechanism doesn't work. A new one will cost $74 including shipping. Many domestic cars have more expensive parts.