1999 Buick Park Avenue Gran Touring 3.8 from North America
A throwback to a time when American cars were just that, AMERICAN!
When I purchased the car used I was aware of a few minor problems which have since been repaired. First of all the fuel gauge had experienced a power surge which caused the gauge to spin around and sit underneath the needle that it usually rests on top of. This was not a big deal since the car has the Driver Information Center which displays how many miles are left to empty, however there is something nice about seeing the actual gauge. The electronic climate control module was faded to the point it was barely legible and the driver's side door lock/unlock switch was broken. All of this was repaired for under $300.
Since I have owned the car the tape player broke and the HVAC blower motor had to be replaced. These are all minor issues and have not turned me away from the product at all. I have not had any drive train or mechanical problems at all.
Overall I have greatly enjoyed driving this Buick. Mine has the optional Gran Touring Suspension which offers the nicest styled aluminum rims that were available at the time for this model, however I don't think the cost in comfort is worth it, albeit it is still far superior to my former car. My next Park Avenue will have the Dyna-ride suspension. I really like the look of the Park Avenue, in fact I think it is more attractive than the larger Town Car or DeVille. I think it is sad that Buick slated this model for the Lucerne. I wish Buick had not gone the way of Toyota and completely done away with style. I'm hoping the next flagship will not be so much of a disappointment as the Lucerne, but we will have to wait a few years to see. I plan to purchase one of the last 2005 Park Avenues and use the '99 as a second vehicle. If you like your car to remind you a little of the past, the Park Avenue is a perfect model for you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th November, 2006
10th Nov 2006, 22:25
Thanks for a great review on a great AMERICAN car. I have been following a discussion comparing the Buick Park Avenue to the Toyota Camry on the 2005 Camry reviews, and frankly I think comparing a Buick Park Avenue to a Camry is sort of like comparing a poodle to a German Shepherd. The Buick is a REAL car that drives like a real car rather than a golf cart with an ugly body stuck on it. We've driven GM cars since I was a little kid in the 50's, including a couple of Buicks. My nephew still has my late brother's '77 LeSabre. It has close to a quarter of a million miles on it now. Large GM cars are some of the best in the world, and anyone who takes care of them will easily get well over 200,000 miles out of them with practically zero repairs. There are NO Toyotas, Nissans or Hondas that can come close to the solid quality of a car like the Park Avenue. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!!