1998 Buick Park Avenue Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1998 Buick Park Avenue V6 3.8 II series from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 3.8 II series Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25500 miles
Most recent distance26300 miles

Summary:

Have it checked over before buying

Faults:

Oil Pan Gasket at 25,000 miles.

Rear Main Seal of Engine at 25,000 miles.

General Comments:

I just bought the car used with 25,500 miles being the second owner from an elderly couple. It leaks oil everywhere. Took it to the Chevy dealership who showed me service bulletins on the oil leaks. Replaced the oil pan gasket and rear main seal of the engine. About 700.00 in work. Car lot paid for this though. Mechanic said he has done about 40 of these. Said they are bone dry or leak. Have it checked out first before buying and have them look for this problem. It is common. Otherwise car is very comfortable and floats like a cloud. Tons of room and a great value for the money so far. My problem is common he said, but not the norm. Mechanic also said the tires are tricky to stay balanced and the suspension is tricky giving the driver a rough feel at times that feels as a tire is out of balance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

1998 Buick Park Avenue 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carBMW 850 CiA

Summary:

Great for the money, but don't expect the same level as expensive imports

Faults:

Back seat ashtray cover broke, still need to fix it.

Belt tensioner was making some sounds, but got it replaced.

Replaced all the tires, solved the road noise but not the vibration problems. At between 60-70 there are intermittent high frequency low amplitude vibrations which come and go and are independent of road conditions. Sometimes over the same stretch of road it is very smooth, other times there will be some vibration.

The dash is losing its fitting around some places like the plastic panel that has the fuel and trunk release. My last car (1993 BMW 850) had better interior fit and condition than this GM built car!

General Comments:

Very floaty comfortable ride, but the interior of this "top-of-the-line" sedan is lacking in quality compared to imports like MB, BMW, Lexus, etc.

Was cheap though at only $16,000 used.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2001

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 7 reviews