Bumper-to-Bumper3-years/36,000 miles (60 000 km)Limited WarrantyEvery2000Park Avenueunder warranty isbacked with 52-1112( For vehicles purchased in Canada,call 1-800-268-6800)that provides in an emergency:Free lockout assistanceFree dead-battery assistanceFree out-of-fuel assistanceFree flat-tire changeEmergency towing

2000 Buick Park AvenueOwner's ManualLitho in U.S.A.Part Number 25694049 A First Edition Copyright General Motors Corporation 1999All Rights Reserved

Table of ContentsSeats and Restraint SystemsSection 1Seats and Seat ControlsSafety BeltsAir Bag SystemsChild RestraintsFeatures and ControlsSection 2Keys and Door LocksRemote Keyless Entry SystemTrunk ReleaseAutomatic TransmissionParking BrakeWindowsTilt WheelTurn Signal/Multifunction LeverWindshield WipersCruise ControlInterior and Exterior LampsMirrorsStorage CompartmentsConvenience NetAuxiliary Power OutletsOnStar System (If Equipped)Sunroof (Option)HomeLink Transmitter (If Equipped)Instrument Panel, Warning Lights and GagesHead-Up Display (If Equipped)Driver Information Center (If Equipped)Personal Choice Features

Table of Contents (cont'd)Comfort Controls and Audio SystemsSection 3Heating and Air ConditioningSetting the Radio ClockRadio/Cassette Player/CD PlayerRadio Theft-Deterrent FeatureSteering Wheel Controls (If Equipped)Your Driving and the RoadSection 4Defensive DrivingDrunken DrivingControl of a VehicleBrakingSteeringDriving Tips for Various Road ConditionsRecreational Vehicle TowingLoading Your VehicleTowing a TrailerProblems on the RoadSection 5Hazard Warning FlashersJump StartingTowing Your VehicleEngine OverheatingChanging a Flat TireIf You're Stuck

Table of Contents (cont'd)Service and Appearance CareSection 6FuelChecking Fluids and LubricantsGM Oil Life System (If Equipped)Engine Air Cleaner/FilterPassenger Compartment Air FilterBrakesBulb ReplacementWindshield Wiper Blade ReplacementTires and WheelsAppearance CareElectrical System/Fuses and Circuit BreakersCapacities and SpecificationsNormal Maintenance Replacement PartsMaintenance ScheduleSection 7Scheduled MaintenanceOwner Checks and ServicesPeriodic Maintenance InspectionsRecommended Fluids and LubricantsMaintenance Records

Table of Contents (cont'd)Customer Assistance InformationSection 8Customer Satisfaction ProceduresCustomer Assistance OfficesRoadside Assistance and Courtesy TransportationWarranty Information (See Warranty Manual)Reporting Safety Defects on page 8-9Service PublicationsIndexSection 9In the Index you will find an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual.You can use it to quickly find something you want to read.Please refer to the last page of this manual for your Service Station Guidev

We support voluntarytechnician certification.GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, BUICK,the BUICK Emblem and the name PARK AVENUE areregistered trademarks of General Motors Corporation.This manual includes the latest information at the time itwas printed. We reserve the right to make changes in theproduct after that time without further notice. Forvehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name“General Motors of Canada Limited” for Buick MotorDivision whenever it appears in this manual.Please keep this manual in your vehicle, so it will bethere if you ever need it when you’re on the road. If yousell the vehicle, please leave this manual in it so the newowner can use it.For Canadian Owners Who Prefer aFrench Language Manual:Aux propriétaires canadiens: Vous pouvez vousprocurer un exemplaire de ce guide en français chezvotre concessionaire ou au:DGN Marketing Services Ltd.1577 Meyerside Dr.Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1B9vi

How to Use this ManualMany people read their owner’s manual from beginningto end when they first receive their new vehicle. Ifyou do this, it will help you learn about the featuresand controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you’llfind that pictures and words work together to explainthings quickly.Safety Warnings and SymbolsYou will find a number of safety cautions in this book.We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell youabout things that could hurt you if you were to ignorethe warning.CAUTION:These mean there is something that could hurtyou or other people.In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Thenwe tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce thehazard. Please read these cautions. If you don’t, you orothers could be hurt.You will also find a circlewith a slash through it inthis book. This safetysymbol means “Don’t,”“Don’t do this” or “Don’tlet this happen.”vii

Vehicle Damage WarningsAlso, in this book you will find these notices:NOTICE:These mean there is something that coulddamage your vehicle.In the notice area, we tell you about something that candamage your vehicle. Many times, this damage wouldnot be covered by your warranty, and it could becostly. But the notice will tell you what to do to helpavoid the damage.When you read other manuals, you might seeCAUTION and NOTICE warnings in differentcolors or in different words.You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They usethe same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.viii

Vehicle SymbolsThese are some of the symbols you may find on your vehicle.For example,these symbolsare used on anoriginal battery:CAUTIONPOSSIBLEINJURYPROTECTEYES BYSHIELDINGCAUSTICBATTERYACID COULDCAUSEBURNSAVOIDSPARKS ORFLAMESSPARK ORFLAMECOULDEXPLODEBATTERYThese symbolsare importantfor you andyour passengerswhenever yourvehicle isdriven:DOOR LOCKUNLOCKThese symbolshave to do withyour WINDOWAIR BAGThese symbolsare on some ofyour G INGFANThese symbolsare used onwarning andindicator lights:Here are someother symbolsyou may TERHORNBRAKECOOLANTSPEAKERENGINE OILPRESSUREFUELANTI-LOCKBRAKESix

Service Station GuideBatteryFora MoreDetailed Look atWhat's Under the HoodSee Section 6Tire PressureSee Section 6Spare Tire PressureSee Section 5See Section 6Hood ReleaseAlternateFuel Door ReleaseSee Section 6See Section 6Engine Oil DipstickSee Section 6Oil ViscosityEngine OilSee Section 6Cooling System Windshield WasherFluidSee Section 5See Section 6FuelRemote FuelDoor ReleaseSee Section 6Use unleaded gas only,See Section 6

Section 1 Seats and Restraint SystemsHere you’ll find information about the seats in your vehicle and how to use your safety belts properly. You can alsolearn about some things you should not do with air bags and safety belts.1-21-71-121-131-131-191-201-201-28Seats and Seat ControlsSafety Belts: They’re for EveryoneHere Are Questions Many People Ask AboutSafety Belts -- and the AnswersHow to Wear Safety Belts ProperlyDriver PositionSafety Belt Use During PregnancyRight Front Passenger PositionAir Bag SystemsCenter Passenger Position1-301-331-351-381-501-531-531-53Rear Seat PassengersRear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Childrenand Small AdultsChildrenChild RestraintsLarger ChildrenSafety Belt ExtenderChecking Your Restraint SystemsReplacing Restraint System Parts Aftera Crash1-1-1

Seats and Seat ControlsD Raise or lower the front of the seat cushion byThis part tells you about the seats -- how to adjust them,and also about memory seats, reclining seatbacks andhead restraints.D Raise or lower the rear of the seat cushion byPower Seatsholding the front part of the horizontal control upor down.holding the rear part of the horizontal control upor down.D Raise or lower the entire seat cushion by holding thewhole horizontal control up or down.D Move the seat forward or backward by pushing thehorizontal control to the front or back.D Push the vertical control forward to bring the seat toa more upright position. Push it rearward to reclinethe seatback.D Raise or lower the shoulder belt height adjuster bypushing the vertical control up or down.1-2

4-Way Power Lumbar Control (Option)If you have this option, thedriver’s and passenger’sseatback lumbar supportcan be adjusted four waysby moving the single switchlocated on the side ofthe seat.To increase or decrease support, hold the switch forwardor rearward. To move the lumbar up or down, hold theswitch upward or downward.Memory Seat and Mirrors (If Equipped)If your vehicle has thisfeature, the controls on thedriver’s door panel are usedto program and recallprevious settings.You can use this function to save your seat cushionpositions (including the shoulder belt height adjuster),lumbar, mirror adjustment, personal choice settings,comfort controls and radio settings. Activate theMEMORY button (1 or 2) which corresponds to theappropriate DRIVER # identified by your remotekeyless entry transmitter. For more information,see “Driver Information Center, Personal ChoiceProgramming” in the Index.1-3

To save your seat and mirror positions into memory,use the following procedure:1. You must first turn on the SEAT RECALL feature onthe Driver Information Center (DIC). See “PersonalChoice Features, Memory Seat Recall” in the Indexfor instructions.To set the seat and mirror positions for a second driver,follow the previous steps, but start by pressing thebutton with the unlock symbol on the transmitter thatdisplays the other DRIVER # on the DIC. Be sure to usethe MEMORY button (1 or 2) which corresponds to theDRIVER # identified by the second transmitter.2. Synchronize the transmitter with the appropriateMEMORY button.To store the exit position for an easy exit, use thefollowing procedure:This can be accomplished by pressing the buttonwith the unlock symbol on the transmitter with theignition in RUN. The DRIVER # will be displayedon the DIC.1. Adjust the driver’s seat to the desired exit position.3. Adjust the driver’s seat and lumbar position (ifequipped) to a safe and comfortable driving position.Adjust both outside mirrors to suit you. See “OutsideMirrors” in the Index.To recall your memory positions, your vehicle must bein PARK (P). Push and release the MEMORY button(1 or 2) or the appropriate keyless entry transmittercorresponding to the desired driving position. The seatand mirrors will move to the position previously storedfor the identified driver. You will hear one beep.4. Press and hold the MEMORY button (1 or 2)corresponding with your DRIVER # displayed on theDIC for longer than three seconds. You will hear twobeeps confirming that the seat and mirror positionshave been entered into memory.1-42. Press and hold the EXIT button for longer than threeseconds. You will here two beeps confirming that theseat exit position has been entered into memory.To recall the exit position, your vehicle must be inPARK (P). Push and release the EXIT button and theseat will move to the exit position previously stored forthe current identified driver. You will hear one beep.If an exit position has not been stored for the currentidentified driver, the seat will move all the way back.

Heated Seats (Option)The heated seat controls arelocated next to the climatecontrols on the instrumentpanel. Press this button toturn on the heating elementin the seat.When the heated seat control is first pressed, theHI setting is activated. Press the button again for theLO setting. The third press of the button turns thefeature off.The LO setting warms the seatback and cushion until theseat nears body temperature. The HI setting heats theseat to a slightly higher temperature.A telltale light in the control reminds you that theheating system is in use. When the ignition is turned off,the heating element is also turned off.1-5

Reclining Front SeatbacksThe vertical control described previously in this sectionreclines the front seatbacks.CAUTION:Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle isin motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckleup, your safety belts can’t do their job whenyou’re reclined like this.The shoulder belt can’t do its job. In a crash youcould go into it, receiving neck or other injuries.The lap belt can’t do its job either. In a crash thebelt could go up over your abdomen. The beltforces would be there, not at your pelvic bones.This could cause serious internal injuries.For proper protection when the vehicle is inmotion, have the seatback upright. Then sitwell back in the seat and wear your safetybelt properly.But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicleis moving.1-6

Head RestraintsSafety Belts: They’re for EveryoneSlide the head restraint up or down so that the top of therestraint is closest to the top of your ears. This positionreduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash.This part of the manual tells you how to use safety beltsproperly. It also tells you some things you should not dowith safety belts.On some models, the head restraints tilt forward andrearward also.And it explains the air bag system.Adjust the head restraint by grasping the top of therestraint and moving it forward or rearward until it is inthe desired position.The rear seat head restraints in your vehicle areadjustable. Slide an adjustable head restraint up or downso that the top of the restraint is closest to the top ofyour ears. This position reduces the chance of a neckinjury in a crash.On some models, the head restraints tilt forward andrearward also.There are three different positions for the rear seat headrestraints. Adjust a rear head restraint by grasping thetop of the restraint and moving it forward the way youwant it to go until you hear a click. It will then be lockedinto position until you need to move it again. Pulling itforward past the last position will allow the headrestraint to return to its full rear position.CAUTION:Don’t let anyone ride where he or she can’t weara safety belt properly. If you are in a crash andyou’re not wearing a safety belt, your injuriescan be much worse. You can hit things inside thevehicle or be ejected fr

Instrument Panel, Warning Lights and Gages Head-Up Display (If Equipped) Driver Information Center (If Equipped) Personal Choice Features Seats and Seat Controls Safety Belts Air Bag Systems Child Restraints Section 1 Section 2 Seats and Restraint Systems Features and Controls. Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Table of Contents (cont'd) Defensive Driving Drunken Driving Control of a Vehicle .