2004 Buick Park Avenue

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$35,250

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2004 Buick Park Avenue

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Smooth performance
  • Ride quality
  • Performance in Ultra
  • Passenger space
  • Proven powertrain

The bad:

  • Ride in Ultra on rough pavement
  • Resale value
  • Aging design
  • Fuel economy of Ultra

2 trims

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Notable features

  • FWD layout
  • 3.8-liter V-6
  • Supercharged V-6 in Ultra
  • Standard ABS and side-impact airbags
  • Available StabiliTrak stability control

2004 Buick Park Avenue review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Buick’s flagship sedan gets a monochromatic stand-up hood ornament for 2004. The Park Avenue’s interior features new cluster graphics, and fresh interior hues and woodgrains are now available. Restyled wheels will be offered midway through the 2004 model year.

Portholes returned on the high-end Park Avenue Ultra in 2003. Called VentiPorts, the chrome-plated portholes on the side of each front fender first appeared on Buicks in 1949 and were last seen on the 1983 Electra.

As Buick puts it, the Park Avenue Ultra “draws from a rich design heritage to reveal a modern interpretation of a classic Buick.” A prominent vertical-bar grille was inspired by the automaker’s LaCrosse concept car, which integrates a chrome see-through tri-shield badge in its center.

Lower-profile tires on the Park Avenue Ultra are mounted on larger, 17-inch, chrome-aluminum wheels that promise better handling and a sportier ride. A standard Gran Touring Package includes a specially tuned suspension and rear stabilizer bar.

Buick’s full-size, front-wheel-drive, near-luxury sedan is similar to the company’s LeSabre, but the supercharged Park Avenue Ultra comes with more standard features and a higher price tag. Buick also continues to offer a base-model Park Avenue with a nonsupercharged engine, 16-inch tires and fewer amenities.

Exterior
Even though the Park Avenue is larger in dimensions, it has the same basic appearance as other Buick sedans. The Park Avenue rides a 113.8-inch wheelbase, and at 206.8 inches long overall, it stretches almost 7 inches longer than the lower-priced, family-oriented LeSabre.

A monochromatic trishield badge is visible on the grille and trunk lid. Special chrome-plated exhaust tips are installed. Two new body colors will be available. Turn-signal indicators are incorporated into the side mirrors.

Interior
Seating for six occupants is standard in the roomy interior. The spacious trunk holds 19.1 cubic feet of cargo.

An optional convenience console for the Park Avenue Ultra creates a five-passenger environment. Bright aluminum sill plates with raised ridges line the floor at the front door openings. Leather upholstery and wood trim are standard. GM’s OnStar communication system is standard in the Ultra model and optional in the base trim level.

Under the Hood
A 240-horsepower, supercharged 3.8-liter V-6 engine goes into the Park Avenue Ultra, while the base Park Avenue uses a 205-hp nonsupercharged version of that engine. Both power plants team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Traction control, antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on the Park Avenue Ultra and comes in an option package for the base model.

Driving Impressions
Even though the Park Avenue Ultra is a great road car, the ride isn’t quite as easygoing as some sedans in its class. Occupants may be knocked around a bit when the car is riding on rough pavement, but the top Buick model is well controlled on any surface. Smooth performance is a Park Avenue hallmark. Most buyers would probably be satisfied with the base model’s engine. The supercharged version in the Park Avenue Ultra adds extra zest, but its operation is subtle.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

19 mpg, drives like a dream, good in snow.

Awesome ride, good economy, seats 6, luxury leather, good in snow. You could say it is a one owner vehicle: My Dad bought it new in 2004 and drove it until he passed away in 2010. We got it in the estate with around 50,000 miles on it. My wife drove it to 116,000 and I bought her a 2017 Buick Enclave AWD for our anniversary and to take us, our daughter and her family to the Oregon/Washington Coast. I parked my 2007 GMC SLE 2500HD truck and started driving it. Great ride, better gas mileage, and leather seats!! I just don't need 3 vehicles for the 2 of us. This car averaged about 600 to 700 miles a month and has been maintained every 3,000 miles since we've had it and Axtel's in Logan maintained it for dad. I hope whoever gets can enjoy and appreciate it as much as we have.

4.7

Lovely drive, reliable, vintage, smooth

Purchased this car used, prev owner took great care of the car. This car drives like a Cadillac but is more reliable. Very calming and smooth drive. Pleasant sound from the v6 engine. Overall very satisfied, just know this has a vintage look, you're not going for a modern tech heavy car

4.6

I've had 4 park avenue cars over 26 years.

I would keep buying but they no longer make park avenues.I loved every single one I had. Only upgraded for newer vehicles when I could.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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