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2002 Buick Park Avenue Sedan

4dr Sdn Ultra

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  • $38,265 original MSRP
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2002 Buick Park Avenue

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Introduction

The Park Avenue is large and luxurious, Buick's flagship. Though the Park Avenue is dated, it is a solid sedan, offering some of the latest technology for safety, convenience and communication from General Motors.

Equipped with a supercharged V6 engine, the top-level Park Avenue Ultra is fast, stable and satisfying to drive. It's surprisingly agile and responsive. It's equipped with StabiliTrak, a superb active safety system that can detect the beginning of a skid and help keep the car on its intended course by pulsing individual brakes.

Model Lineup

Two models are available: Park Avenue and Park Avenue Ultra.

Park Avenue ($33,590) comes with a 205-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. Standard features include a cloth-trimmed interior, power windows, power mirrors, automatic climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights and other conveniences. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) and side-impact air bags are standard.

Park Avenue Ultra ($38,100) really moves with a 240-horsepower supercharged version of the 3.8-liter V6. Trimmed in leather and wood, the Ultra adds heated 10-way power front seats, mirrors that automatically tip downward for parallel parking, a compass, moisture-sensing windshield wipers, GM's OnStar communications system, a premium stereo, and other luxuries. To complement its more powerful engine, the Ultra comes with traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, a heavy-duty transmission and Magnasteer speed-sensitive power steering.

Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist ($295) is a useful option that aids parking and enhances safety by sounding a tone as the rear bumper approaches objects. Also available is a Head-Up Display ($300) that projects vehicle speed onto the windshield.

A Prestige Package ($1692) adds many Ultra luxuries (but not the supercharger) to the base Park Avenue. StabiliTrak ($495) and OnStar are also available as options on the base Park Avenue.

Walkaround

Buick Park Avenue projects a muscular grace, like a big cat ready to leap. At the same time, its trim design emphasizes efficiency. The Park Avenue's cabin and trunk are the roomiest in its class. Big doors make getting in and out easy. Yet the Park Avenue packs these virtues into a shape that's graceful and quietly elegant.

Park Avenue's Buick heritage is evident in the high, curved hip line, oval-shaped, vertically textured, forward-thrusting grille, bold horizontal taillights and slim, wraparound headlights

Interior Features

The Park Avenue boasts more interior room in both the front and rear seats than the Lincoln Continental or Chrysler Concorde Limited. Slipping into the seats is easy, and free of the simultaneous duck-and-bend maneuver required by swoopier designs.

The interior is clean and tasteful. For 2002, Southern Walnut trim accents the dash and door panels. The cowl curves modestly over the main instruments. Besides its contemporary appearance, this design allows room for a big speedometer and tachometer that are easy to scan. Audio and climate controls use big buttons that are easy to find and operate when the car is in motion, and are visually set off from the rest of the interior by contrasting colors. A trip computer allows the driver to calculate fuel economy and miles-to-empty. It also provides tire pressure, oil level and coolant level information. Two trip odometers are provided, which can be useful on long journeys.

The Ultra adds premium CD sound, leather and power everything, which make the going more pleasant. The Concert Sound III stereo system, standard on Ultra and available on Park Avenue, comes with nine speakers, an amplifier, an integrated antenna system, and steering-wheel controls.

Seating for six is standard, although the front-middle passenger may find the accommodations a little tight. It may make more sense for Ultra buyers to order the individual front seats ($185), which come with a new center console.

Next Generation (reduced force) dual front airbags are standard; so are side-impact airbags. Park Avenue offers strong safety cage construction, and its doors are designed to automatically unlock within 15 seconds of an airbag deployment. Not surprisingly, insurance costs are low compared with other cars.

OnStar, GM's 24-hour on-demand driver assistance and navigation system, is standard on Ultra and optional on the base Park Avenue. So is Personal Choice, a feature that includes individually programmable key fobs that control security feedback, perimeter lighting, delayed locking, and memory settings for door locks, climate control, radio presets, seat adjustments, and inside and outside mirrors.

Park Avenue's trunk is slightly larger than that of the Chrysler Concorde or Lincoln Continental.

Driving Impressions

Buick Park Avenue is powered by GM's proven 3800 Series II V6. This 3.8-liter engine delivers smooth, quiet power and brisk acceleration. The 3800 provides low-rpm getaway power, instant throttle response, and plenty of punch for passing. It's rated at 205 horsepower in the Park Avenue, and is supercharged to 240 horsepower in the Ultra for quicker acceleration performance. The Ultra's supercharged engine is audible at full throttle, but we think it's worth a little extra noise to enjoy its superior thrust.

Power is transferred to the front wheels through one of GM's butter-smooth electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmissions. They're among the best in the business.

Park Avenue also offers surprisingly good fuel efficiency, with an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway for Park Avenue and 18/27 mpg for the supercharged Ultra.

Park Avenue is built on a stiff unit-body chassis. That's a big plus, because a rigid structure ensures precise movement in the suspension. It also means that the springs, and not the body, absorb the bumps. Those two factors help suspension engineers to precisely tune ride and handling. A stiff chassis also helps reduce noise and vibration, and pays long-term benefits in durability.

Quiet operation has always been a top priority for Buick sedans, and here the Park Avenue represents a step forward. Wind noise has been reduced to a mere whisper, and the unit-body does a superior job of keeping road noise out of the cabin.

Add roomy seats with real move-around comfort, and the going becomes positively serene, particularly during freeway cruising. The Park Avenue isn't quite as quiet as a $54,000 Lexus LS 430, but the distinctions are academic in most operating situations. The distinction in price is not academic in any situation.

There is a discernible difference in handling between the basic Park Avenue and the flagship Ultra. The base model behaves very much according to stodgy Buick tradition, floating atop its wheels, with pronounced body roll and vague power steering.

We prefer not only the livelier acceleration performance but also the tighter handling of the Park Avenue Ultra. With its supercharged engine and firmer suspension, it can easily take on the best Lincoln and Chrysler have to offer. The Ultra's more positive control and firmer ride lend a contemporary feel that's a pleasant step forward for Buick.

If the Ultra's crisp handling and enhanced performance aren't important to you, then the standard Park Avenue may be the way to go. The Park Avenue comes well equipped and stacks up as an exceptional buy among large cars.

An optional Gran Touring suspension improves the responsiveness of either model. On the Ultra it costs $200 and includes unique alloy wheels and Goodyear Eagle LS Touring tires, albeit in the standard 225/60R16 size. The stiffer suspension reduces the ride height slightly and yields much sharper responses in quick maneuvers. The tradeoff in ride quality is insignificant.

On the standard Park Avenue, the Gran Touring package costs $285. That's because it includes not only the upgraded suspension, wheels, and tires but also the leather-wrapped steering wheel and Magnasteer variable-effort steering that come standard on all Ultras. Magnasteer adjusts steering effort and ratio according to vehicle speed and steering angle, keeping effort low while still providing a significantly better sense of where the front wheels are pointed. The system is even dealer-programmable for effort and feedback.

StabiliTrak stability control is standard on Ultra and optional on Park Avenue. StabiliTrak monitors yaw rate (how fast the vehicle is turning) compared to steering-wheel angle (how fast the driver wants the vehicle to turn) and selectively applies the brakes to one or more wheels to help maintain control when there is danger of sliding or skidding.

Optional Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist can detect objects that are close behind the car, but below trunk-lid level, out of the driver's normal field of vision. Shift into reverse, and the system transmits ultrasonic beams. Four sensors in the rear bumper detect echoes, and alert the driver with a chime. The system also activates three light-emitting diodes (LEDs) set in the rear headliner, where they are visible in the rear-view mirror. Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist works at speeds up to 3 mph; at higher speeds a flashing LED warns drivers that they're on their own. It's real handy for parallel parking as it beeps faster and faster as the rear bumper approaches the other car, allowing the driver to back the car up very close to the other vehicle without touching it.

Summary

Buick has characterized itself as a purveyor of "Premium American Motorcars," and the Park Avenue is its ambassador for this theme, with subdued good looks, class-leading roominess, and many luxury features. It's offers excellent value among luxury cars.

Park Avenue is no sports sedan, but an Ultra equipped with the Gran Touring Suspension is surprisingly athletic.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Park Avenue ($33,590); Ultra ($38,100)
Engines: 205-hp 3.8-liter ohv 12-valve V6; 240-hp 3.8-liter supercharged ohv 12-valve V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): ABS, dual airbags front and side
Safety equipment (optional): stability control, traction control
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Lake Orion, Michigan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Park Avenue Ultra ($38,100)
Standard equipment: automatic climate control, Concert III AM/FM/cassette stereo with power CD loader, power windows, power mirrors, keyless remote entry, cruise control, power front seats, power-adjustable headrests, tilt steering, moisture-sensing automatic wipers, low tire pressure warning, PASS-Key III anti-theft, aluminum alloy wheels, ABS, yaw stability control, traction control
Options as tested (MSRP): Gran Touring Suspension ($200)
Destination charge: ($745)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $39,045
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 3.8-liter supercharged ohv 12-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 240 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 280 @ 3600
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 18/27 mpg
Wheelbase: 113.8 in.
Length/width/height: 206.8/74.7/57.4 in.
Track, f/r: 62.7/62.3 in.
Turning circle: 40.0 ft.
Seating capacity: 5/6
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.8/56.4/42.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.4/55.7/41.4 in.
Trunk volume: 19.1 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: Independent
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3884 lbs.
Tires: P225/60R16
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of December 21, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-521-7300 - www.buick.com

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Buick Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2012. 6-Year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for 2013 model year and newer Certified Pre-Owned Buick vehicles (as of 6/24/13) .

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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