2004 Buick Park Avenue

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Buick Park Avenue. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    205-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2004 Buick Park Avenue

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 Ave...
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.

Latest 2004 Park Avenue Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most Reliable Brand on the Road

by BBjones from Memphis, TN on December 16, 2017

This car rides like a dream. It has plenty of space on the interior and has plenty of horsepower under the hood. I haven't had one mechanical issue while I have owned this vehicle! Read full review

(4.0)

Adult Sized 4 door

by FlyMaster on September 10, 2017

Fits 4 adults without having their necks twisted or knees in your throat. Hatch through the trunk accommodates 8 foot 2x4s or your waterski. Great highway mileage for a full sized sedan. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Buick Park Avenue currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Park Avenue received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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