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Buick luxury, performance & styling: Park Avenue Ultra, only 35,556 miles.

1993 Buick Park Avenue Ultra

Make: Buick
Model: Park Avenue
SubModel: Ultra
Type: Sedan
Trim: Ultra
Year: 1993
Mileage: 35015
VIN: 1G4CU5311P1607804
Color: White
Engine: 3.8 Supercharged
Cylinders: Six
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: FWD
Interior color: Beige
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Safety: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Luskville, Quebec, Canada
Extras
Trunk, Antenna, Steering, Brakes etc., Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Cassette Player, Leather Seats
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Description for Buick Park Avenue 1993


Overall Condition

This Ultra is rust-free as it has been spared the possible harshness of winters for all of its 26 years. The whitewall tires are new from 2018 and so show no wear. The aluminium rims are in fine shape. The vehicle shows extremely well both inside and out. The tan-coloured leather interior and the carpets are virtually like new. The dash has no cracks or fading. The transmission shifts smoothly and the car accelerates with authority. Neither owner smoked in the car. Its weight (3639 lbs) and wheelbase (110.7 inches) combine for a very comfortable ride.


In short, it is ready for you to show and enjoy.


Further Condition Details

Rust-free virtually everywhere, including the shock towers, the inside edges of the trunk lid and four door inside bottoms (see pictures)

  • Rustproofed
  • Crack-free vinyl dash and door components
  • Back seat virtually never used
  • No tears in the leather
  • No deterioration in color or proper positioning of the headliner
  • No carpet stains
  • No broken glass or worn light lenses
  • No mirror discoloration
  • No pets, children, commercial use or towing
  • All instrumentationfunctions perfectly
  • No tarnish or rust on the bright work (chrome, stainless steel).

Just Shy of Showroom Condition

There are two small dints in the hood and one smaller one in the trunk lid.

Also, as is visible in one of the pictures, there is a hairline crack of about 2 inches in the front rubber bumper, driver's side. These very minor issues could easily be repaired by a professional body shop, should the new owner so wish.

Kindly note that there is a small dent in the chrome trim on the driver's side fender where the bumper wraps around it; however, the correct replacement part is included with the sale. Also, the air conditioning system is not presently working, although the compressor turns and a test in 2018 showed no leaks.


As noted above, there is a whining in the supercharger that does not affect the performance and the front struts should be replaced, although on a good road I didn't notice the need. Struts are of course part of normal maintenance, but I mention them here to be as thorough as I can be.


Styling

When first introduced, some automotive reviewers remarked stylistic similarities between this model and the Jaguar. This is most apparent when looking along the side of the car from either the front or the back: it is narrower at the extremes than in the middle, giving it a certain grace and no doubt adding mildly to positive automotive aerodynamics.This and other features- such as the grille and the styling of the rear end of the car - no doubt contribute to the Jaguar comparison.

Recent maintenance


2018

  • New ignition cylinder
  • New gas and brake lines
  • New Toyo white wall tiresall around
  • New front wheel bearings
  • Driver's side rear-view mirror replaced (original was turning dark)
  • New rubber blades on original stainless steel windshield wiper arms.

  • 2019

  • Front brake service: new coated rotors, ceramic brake pads and flex hoses. One of the advantages of these rotors and brake pads is that they do not shed the amount or type of brake dustasbestos pads do which quickly discolors the white walls.
  • New battery with correct CCA
  • Eaton Supercharger Nose rebuild kit installed, including new OEM coupling, two sets of bearings, oil shaft seal and correct GM supercharger oil
  • Grease and oil change
  • Transmission lever lubricated.
  • Edmunds Review

    Edmunds has 12 reviews on the Web for the 1993 Buick Park Avenue; the average rating is 4.9 out of 5. Some describe its 3800 V6 motor as bullet proof.


    Car History

    The car has only had two registered owners; first owner 1993-2016. Due to failing eyesight, he was no longer able to drive. When I purchased the car in 2016; it had about 18,650 miles (30,000). The odometer now reads 35,556 (57,222). The first owner seldom drove the Ultra, as he owned another vehicle, as do I. Built at GM's Wintzburg, Missouri Plant for the Canadian market, the speedometer shows in kilometers on the outer circle and in miles on the inner one.


    Motor Specifications and Performance

    The 1993 Ultra is powered by a supercharged 3.8 litre with 205 horsepower @ 4400 rpm and 260 ft-lbs. @ 2600 rpm. Whereas turbo-charged motors often have a slight delay in response, (called turbo-lag, ifmemory serves),supercharged motors respond immediately when you press further down on the gas pedal than normal. Highway fuel consumption averages about 25 mpg (U.S.) or 30 mpg (Canadian). While super fuel is recommended by the manufacturer, some owners have opted for regular fuel without issues.


    This touring sedan qualifies as a "sleeper”, that is, for most people, the car looks like it would have only average acceleration at best. But if the driver happens to floor it - either from a standstill or while cruising - the supercharger kicks in instantly and the common observer will no doubt do a double take asking: "What was that?" Of course the mature driver woulddo no such a thing, being quietly and wholly satisfied in the knowledge of what lies at the ready under the hood. More importantly, the mature pilot would avoid driving anyone to distraction.


    Passenger Capacity

    With its two armrests in the vertical position, the Ultra accomodates six passengers, having three factory-installed seat belts front and rear, a rare feature in today's sedans.


    Ultra Features

    We provide herein a close-to-a-comprehensive list of this Ultra's features. If we do not speak in terms of "fully-loaded”, this is because, in light of car's age, not everyone is familiar with what "fully loaded" meant back in 1993, especially when applied to the Ultra. Moreover, a number of features which were only optional back then have now become standard, such as airbags, while numerous other options were simply not available back then (such as a back-up camera or a USB port), although several of these features can be installed with aftermarket equipment).


    Amenities on this specific Ultra include:

    • Automatic front-wheel drive electronically controlled 4-speed transmission
    • Eaton Supercharger
    • Full instrumentation, including speedometer, odometer, trip distance indicator, oil pressure gauge, ampere gauge, rpm gauge, motor temperature gauge, and gasoline gauge.
    • Variable-effort power steering
    • Adjustable steering wheel; not leather-wrapped, it is in mint condition
    • Power brakes (front disc, rear drum)
    • Power windows with driver's side quick-down option
    • Six-way power adjustable front seats
    • Power rear-view door-mounted mirrors
    • Automatic dimming central rear-view mirror
    • Ultra script woven into each of the four door panels
    • Leather interior
    • Driver air-bag
    • Automatic Climate Control with separate driver and passenger controls
    • Stylish wrap-around dash merges into the front doors
    • Outside temperature thermometer (choice of Fahrenheit or Celsius display)
    • Automatic headlights
    • Reading or map lights, front and rear
    • Armrests, front and rear (front has storage cabinet with a double drink holder)
    • Variable speed windshield wipers
    • Power door locks with driver's side central lock
    • Power antenna
    • Power trunk (release & pull-down)
    • Automatic driving lights (night and day)
    • Electric rear-window defrost
    • Remote gas-door release
    • Cruise control
    • Front and rear reading/map lights, courtesy lights
    • Six seatbelts, three front and three rear
    • Dynaride suspension
    • Block heater
    • Light monitors
    • Generous leg and headroom, front and rear (extra headroom due to absence of sunroof)
    • Large trunk with temporary spare underneath the floor
    • Peculiar to the Ultra, a special grill sets it apart from its cousins, the Park Avenue and the Lesabre.
    • AC Delco Concert II AM/FM/cassette radio, with graphic equalizer, sounds very nice.
    • Variable speed wipers.
    • Ash trays: one in front, two in rear, each with a lighter; each can be used as a 12 volt power source
    • Factory floor mats, front and rear
    • Rear coat hooks
    • Handles in rear and passenger side front to facilitate exit as do straps in back of front seats; they also provide support to passengers during a sporty drive.
    • Large storage pockets in back of front seats.
    • Time-adjustable sentinel lighting
    • Lamp monitoring system informs driver if important lights are not working
  • Exterior features include:

    • Special grill unique to the Ultra
    • Cornering lights
    • Ultra badging on front fenders
    • "Supercharged" script near the bottom of right side of the trunk lid
    • Unique to the Ultra, integrated front and rear chrome bumper components (fascia), front and back (real chromed metal, not plastic)
    • Front and rear, alloy wheels with whitewall tires and white centre discs
    • Chrome bumperettes, front and rear, with rubber protectors (an option?)
    • A light circling the key hole on the driver's side door activates when you press on the door button, making it easier to see where to insert the key at night; this action also turns on ten interior lights on doors and ceiling.
    • Large door guards protect the car from parking lot dings
    • Buick hood ornament

    Trunk

    - Flat and large with a 20.3 cubic feet capacity

    - Original Goodyear inflated convenience hidden spare with jack (both unused)

    - Original trunk carpet mat, fully lined trunk

    - Cargo net

    - The license plate slides in a slot and is only accessible with lid open, a stylish security feature

    - Trunk light

    - Rust-free, immaculatetrunk floor, pictured without the mat, carpet and underlay and temporary spare


    Documentation and extras


  • Vehicle comes with:

    • 1993 Buick Park Avenue Owner's Manual with blue vinyl cover
    • Full-line Buick color brochure (24 pages)

    • 1993 Buick Service Manual (Park Avenue, Le Sabre)

    • 1993 Electrical Systems Manual (Park Avenue, Le Sabre)

    • Polished stainless steel door post trim provided if buyer wishes to install this enhancing feature.

    Safety check/Mechanical Inspection

    As you know, if you are the successful bidder and livein the United States, you will need a transit permit from your stateof residence. As the vehicle is more than 25 years old, I am given to understand that a Certificate of Compliance (with DOT and EPA requirements) is not needed (nor is it even available from the manufacturer).


    If the purchaser resides in Quebec, no safety check is required as the vehicle is presently registered for road use in Quebec. If the purchaser resides in Ontario or elsewhere in Canada, a transit permit would be necessary for transportation purposes and a safety check would, of course, be required prior to registration.

    Trivia: Historical Pricing

    The 1993 Buick Park Avenue Ultra four-door sedan was the flagship, top-of-the-line Buick for the year, priced well above the rest of the Buick fleet. With a suggested MSRP of $29,395 (U.S.D) - $3,355 more than the base Park Avenue - it cost more than the Buick Roadmaster Limited ($24,920) and even the Riviera ($26,230). As for the LeSabre, its MSRP was $19,935 U.S.D. This data is fromT www.NADAguides.com, owned by J.D. Power

    Adjusted for inflation in 2019: the Ultra would come in at approximately U.S. $46,715, or Can. $62,475.


    Caveat emptor

    This motor vehicle's low mileage, condition and raritymake it a fairly uniqueoffering and purchase opportunity.This is a 26 year-old vehicle, presently registered for use and driven for leisure purposes. It is nonetheless being sold "as is" without any explicit or implicit warranty.


    This vehicle is also for sale locally. I reserve the right to cancel this auction at any time should a buyer wish to purchase the vehicle at a price I found acceptable.


    I have lowered the reserve by $1,000 U.S from my earlier listing of this car.


    Transportation

    The Ultra is presently located in the Ottawa area (on the Quebec side), about 60 miles from Ogdensburg, New York (13669). If the buyer is American and wishes to drive the Ultra home, I would be pleased to meet him/her at the border. The U.S. border authority in Ogdensburg informed me in early July 2019 that the vehicle can be imported without any fees, as it falls under the trade agreement because the Ultra was manufactured in North America. The new owner need only complete one import form at the border. Sales tax would be required in the state in which the buyer registers the car. You may wish to confirm this information before bidding, if you so wish. I only provide this as a courtesy and cannot guarantee its ongoing accuracy, as I do not represent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).I was told thatthe process is free, fast and simple.

    If you wish to contact the CBP at Ogdensburg Port of Entry, here is the number: 1 315-393-1390.

    You will no doubt have noticed that I have done my utmost to describe the vehicle; I welcome any questions from serious bidders.

    Thank you for your interest. Wishing you safe and happy motoring.


    Anthony