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As the flagships of Buick's line of upscale sedans, the Park Avenue and Ultra offered refined styling and roomy seating for six in a modern front-wheel-drive package. Competition for these cars included Mercury Grand Marquis, Oldsmobile Ninety Eight and Chrysler LHS and New Yorker.

Year-to-year changes[]


The Buick Park Avenue was introduced in July 1990 as a 1991 model to replace the old Buick Electra sedan.


Park Avenue and Park Avenue Ultra benefited from the new Series II version of the high-torque 3800 V6 engine. Rated at 205 horsepower, the Series II 3800 produced more torque and power than many V8 engines of the early 1990s. For those who appreciated better passing acceleration, there was a 225-hp supercharged Ultra, which was force-fed extra combustion air by a belt-driven pump. Unlike turbocharging, this system provided instantaneous power to the right foot, with no turbo lag. The power was transmitted to the front wheels by an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission.

Suspension was completely independent, with struts at all four corners. Antilock brakes were standard, and traction control, to reduce wheelspin and steering kickback on slippery surfaces, was optional.

Dual airbags were standard, as were rear-door child security locks and a power window lockout. There was also a turn-signal-on reminder to prevent the embarrassing possibility of leaving the turn signal flashing for miles and miles after a turn.

Comfort features included automatically dimming electrochromic mirror, revised backlit heater and air-conditioning controls, and a quieter blower motor fed by a more efficient a/c compressor.


The Park Avenue sedan was redesigned.

Retail prices[]

Model year(s) Trim level List price Destination charge Effective date
1991 Base $24,385 July 8, 1990
1991 Ultra $27,420 July 8, 1990
1992 Base $25,285 October 13, 1991
1992 Ultra $28,780 October 13, 1991
1995 Base $26,360 $635 September 1, 1994
1995 Ultra $33,084 $635 September 1, 1994
1995 Base $27,236 $635 January 1, 1995
1995 Ultra $31,902 $635 January 1, 1995
1996 Base $28,205 $640 September 1, 1995
1996 Ultra $32,820 $640 September 1, 1995
1997 Base $29,995 $665 July 27, 1997
1997 Ultra $34,995 $665 July 27, 1997


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Buick Park Avenue 4DR Sedan