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#136 of 519 Please Help - I don't know what to do
Jul 09, 2002 (2:48 pm)
Hi, my father in-law has just told me that he is selling his 1997 Buick Park Avenue, and was wondering if I am interested. Since I know nothing about them I would like to ask for your advice.
The car has 108K on the clock, and he is asking for $7K. He says that it is in great condition (and I trust him). I have looked at edmunds and the kbb, they both suggest a resale price of $8.5-$9.5K for about the same mileage.
I have read on your message board that people have had problems with the Park Avenue. Please can you advise me what you think.
#137 of 519 How would you rate a 91 PA Ultra for your wife?
Jul 13, 2002 (4:17 pm)
Wife needs a road car...I found a 91 PA with 85K miles....clean in and out, but I need some history from former owners to let me know about this car. We really can't afford to make a mistake because school teachers don't make a lot of money and I wouldn't want her to have a bad experience on trips to help her folks.
Thanks for your help!
#138 of 519 Climate control not working
Jul 15, 2002 (9:29 am)
The auto climate control does work properly. Exterior temperature is usually higher than 150 degrees and the interior seems to cool only on AUTO.
Is this a costly repair?
#139 of 519 99 park ave AC problem
Sep 26, 2002 (6:37 am)
After driving a couple of hours at highway speed with AC on Auto, the air flow through the vents stops and the fan motor continues to blow. Acts like it is freezing up, change setting to vent and slowly air flow starts up and eventually sudden burst of cold air and everything works for a couple of hours. Any help out there, dealer can't duplicate the problem.
Sep 29, 2002 (6:09 pm)
I PURCHASED A 98 PARK AVENUE WITH 36K MILES IT NOW HAS 48K MILES BUT IT HAS A PROBLEM. IT HESITATES WHEN TAKING A CORNER AND THE ACCELERATOR PETAL DOES NOT RESPOND WHEN ACCELERATING. IT FEELS LIKE IT HAS A GOVERNOR ON THE MOTOR NOT ALLOWING YOU TO ACCELERATE TO THE SPEED YOU WANT. THE ONLY WAY TO RECOVER IS TO TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE ACCELERATOR PETAL AND CONTINUE ON. SAME THING HAPPENS AT A COMPLETE STOP WHEN YOU ACCELERATE IT HESITATES AGAIN. THE DEALER CANNOT FIND ANY PROBLEM WITH THE CAR. THE ON BOARD COMPUTER DOES NOT REGISTER ANY CODES. ITS LIKE A DOG CHASING ITS TAIL. IF ANYBODY HAS ANY ADVICE OR SUGGESTIONS ON THIS MATTER PLEASE EMAIL ME AT JORGETHEPRESSMANAOL.COM. THE CAR IS GOING TO BE DIAGNOSED BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC OUTSIDE OF THE DEALERSHIP.
#141 of 519 Possible Transmission Problem '92 PA
Oct 02, 2002 (7:16 am)
During a failed inspection the following problem was found: at about 2200 rpm in PARK or in NEUTRAL a loud banging occurs (sound like in the transmission area to me) like the car is trying to jump into gear. Anyone have a similar problem or suggesion? I have about 69K miles.
#142 of 519 Response to #105 stanny1 and #89 chucka3 Supercharger Questions
Oct 02, 2002 (9:05 am)
I have a '92 PA on which I recently replaced the Supercharger nose assembly (where the belt runs). It was making a medium grinding noise even at idle. Dealer wanted $2400+- to replace the whole supercharger. I bought the replacement part from magnusonproducts.com. It cost around $350 and solved the problem. Complete assembly at the time was about $100. At first I tried to just replace the nose assembly but could not get one bolt out. I then removed the complete supercharger and replaced the part. I did this on a Sunday and realized I should have gotten a gasket. I patched it with sealer but would recommend a new one (if only I had thought it out a bit). The supercharger has a lot of parts to disconnect to remove but if you take good notes and have a reasonable amount of engine repair experience it is not too bad. Send me a note if you are interested in more details. I have about 4000 miles on the new nose assembly with no grinding noises.
#143 of 519 #138 correction
Oct 02, 2002 (9:07 am)
The new assembly from magnusonproducts.com was about $1100 not the mistyped $100.
#144 of 519 Correction to #137 Possible Transmission Problem
Oct 08, 2002 (6:18 am)
I found out the loud bang was backfire not a transmission problem. We changed the Oxygen Sensor and put a computer on the system. The only negative read out is the exhaust is Rich. I will be taking it into the shop to determine what the backfire is about.
#145 of 519 Response to #138 rdbreit
Nov 16, 2002 (8:20 pm)
I have a 92 PA w/162K and a grinding noise coming from the supercharger. Any details on the insallation of a replacement supercharger would be appreciated.