2003 Buick Park Avenue Ultra Auto Review

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2003 Buick Park Ultra

Cushy motoring in the tradition

James M. Flammang on

In cars as well as fashions, change. What fell out of long ago just might a comeback at some later

After disappearing completely in the 1980s, portholes have up again on the fender-tops of the supercharged Park Avenue Ultra-Buick’s posh model. They’re not decorations, either. Three portholes on each fender additional air to flow through the compartment.

That’s not the only touch-up for 2003. A new chrome grille features Buick’s tri-shield emblem, which appears on the trunk lid. says the grille is a modern of the one used on the 1938 Y-Job, by Harley Earl, GM’s design chief.

Often considered the first car, the Y-Job was one of the most designs ever developed by Motors.

Lower-profile tires are on 17-inch chromed wheels. door openings gain aluminum sill plates, and logo is embroidered on all outboard Burled walnut woodgrain the doors, steering wheel, and panel-which features new gauge graphics.

Reaching beyond appearance, a tuned Gran Touring with rear stabilizer goes on the Park Avenue to tighten its handling talents. mirrors now incorporate turn-signal Dual chromed exhaust are visible at the rear.

As before, a 3.8-liter V-6 engine propels the sedan, with 240 horsepower its four-speed automatic transmission. On the at least, the Ultra is reasonably too. The EPA’s gas-mileage is 18 mpg in city driving, but 28 mpg out on the open

Premium fuel is required.

the Ultra is getting most of the this season, Buick to offer a standard Park with a non-supercharged V-6 that 205 horsepower. It might lack a few fittings, but the ordinary Park is a lot of car for the money. Park Avenues in a choice of 10 body colors, three that are new for 2003.

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With its tauter Gran suspension, the Ultra doesn’t quite as gently as earlier as a regular Park Avenue Occupants might be tossed a bit more than expected the pavement turns rough. On the side, the extra tautness a welcome benefit in control.

Ride quality is a relatively issue, however, when you the Park Avenue Ultra’s talents as a traditional-style road that can make a person the bonuses of past Buicks. and easy performance, sufficiently even without the supercharged is especially reminiscent of the days Buicks had Dynaflow transmissions and springing. Most of the time on the in any case, the ride is almost to be satisfying.

Although the Ultra accelerates there’s little evidence of the of a supercharger on its engine. Most some owners aren’t aware of its existence. They like the immediate response the V-6 delivers when pushing on the gas

Abundant head and leg space is bonus. Seats are plush and even if they fall of modern snugness and support. As too, the Ultra is loaded comforts and conveniences to suit its customers.

Naturally, younger who don’t remember when stood high in the marketplace likely to fall for a Park Despite its many highway-traveling the Park Avenue suffers an image as an older person’s at a time when most struggle constantly to attract a audience.

No doubt, image is a large of the reason that the Park is Buick’s slowest-moving model, only 36,454 sold 2001-a drop of more 23 percent from the previous Price is another factor, the Park Avenue starts $9,000 higher than the LeSabre, and the supercharged Ultra near $40,000. (www.buick.com)

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