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2000 Buick Park Avenue Review
Like a trip down Park Avenue.
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The 2000 Buick Park Avenue classifies a full-size car sold under General Motors’ Buick division. The Park Avenue nameplate was used for the first time in 1975 for a high-end trim level of the Buick Electra. In 1991, the Park Avenue became a standalone model to replace the Electra.
The car’s name pays homage to the affluent Park Avenue in New York City. The first generation uses a C platform and remained in production from 1991 to 1997, when the platform got discontinued entirely. The 2000 Buick Park Avenue belongs to the second generation.
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Park Avenue, Buick Park Avenue Ultra
The 2000 Buick Park Avenue remains unchanged from its previous model year except for the introduction of GM’s new StabiliTrak system.
The 2000 Buick Park Avenue looks almost exactly like other sedans offered by Buick, except that it is bigger in size. The overall length measures 207 inches—seven inches longer than the LeSabre, which is Buick’s cheaper and more family-oriented version.
Both models of the 2000 Buick Park Avenue use the classic Buick-style grille with its vertical chrome bars. However, the Ultra model has less chrome trim and features aluminum wheels to differentiate itself from the base model.
The 2000 Buick Park Avenue claims to seat six people comfortably. However, the front bench splits 55/45 and comes shaped for two. The folding center armrest contains some storage space and cup holders. The Ultra model gets standard bucket seats, as well as leather upholstery. Leather upholstery is available in the base model as an option.
The 2000 Buick Park Avenue features real wood trim and the dashboard uses a traditional layout. The front bench, with its center console, seems too narrow to seat more than one more adult. The rear seats, while not as large as a limousine, feel roomy enough for two adults.
The 2000 Buick Park Avenue offers more cargo space than other luxury and near-luxury cars in its class. The space improves further thanks to its flat trunk floor and low load lip.
Performance & Handling
The base model 2000 Buick Park Avenue gets a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 205 horsepower, while the Ultra model uses a supercharged version of the same engine and delivers 240 horsepower. Both come fitted with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2000 Buick Park Avenue Ultra offers impressive acceleration, even though the base models provide more than adequate power. The automatic transmission stays subtle, but does its job very well.
The chassis and suspension on the 2000 Buick Park Avenue keep comfort in mind, so the Park Avenue does not handle very well. The GT suspension, however, offers relatively better body control and fewer floats.
The 2000 Buick Park Avenue enhances its safety with the addition of the StabiliTrak system, which remains optional on the base model and comes standard on the Ultra. This particular system allows the driver to maintain control over the car by electronically comparing the driver’s signal to the car, with sensors that indicate the Park Avenue’s actions. If the system detects a danger of skidding and sliding, it automatically slows and stabilizes the car to offer the driver more control.
Other safety features in the 2000 Buick Park Avenue include seat-mounted side airbags for the front and child seat tethering anchors in the rear.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Spacious and comfortable interior
- Powerful engine
- Good value
- Attractive design
You Won't Like
- Soft ride
- Some low-grade interior parts
Like a trip down Park Avenue.
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