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Buick Century



  • duraflexduraflex Posts: 358
    I'm sorry for your problems with the Century.

    In our state, I believe dealers only get 3 chances to fix the same major problem - like a trans. Then the lemon law kicks in for a replacement vehicle.

    I know exactly what you mean about the big kiss-up when you buy and the lousy treatment afterward.
    My saleswoman promised to get me a front bumper license holder and try to remove my spoiler (not a Century). 4 months later. Never happened.

    She did send a overly "sweet" thank you card and a cheapo basket of candy and crackers - threw most of it away. Would MUCH rather that she kept her simple promises.

    Saturn dealerships seem much different. Hence the Saturn loyalty.

    We've have had excellent after-sale service from the Toyota dealership where I bought my wife's 98 Camry. They kept every promise. If every Toyota dealer is run like that, it's got to be one of the reasons Camrys are #1 or 2 in sales.

    GM - listen up and learn.
  • macarthur2macarthur2 Posts: 135
    It's still one of the nicest looking -non performance cars on the road. Very areodynamic. It is nice to drive, power is better with the 175hp engine that is now standard. Quiet and soft, or smooth, riding. I can see why it appeals to so many people. We drove it three times, compared with Ford Taurus and would have picked the century. Then decieded to go to a larger car and bought a LeSabre. Except for the size I could have lived with the Century easily. The Limited comes with leather standard and lots of nice features for just over 20k - if you drive a hard bargin and know dealer cost. I don't sell them, just encourage you to test drive one and make up you own mind. Pick a couple of cars to compare it with and see how it suits you personaly. Sometimes there is a lot of negativism in these conferences so no matter what the car drive it yourself before you deceide to take it off your list based on what you hear here.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    The state of Ohio owns hundreds of Century sedans and Century wagons. They are all 1994-1996 models and will be eventually up for auction, the auctions are every month or so on the west side of Columbus, Ohio. Just contact the state fleet management and they will let you know when the next auction is, usually a Saturday morning, once a month. Take I-270 to the Broad St. East exit on the west side of Columbus, go east on Broad to Phillipi Rd, turn left (north) then immediately after the Pontiac dealer's lot ends, turn left onto I believe Janitrol Rd? There is a sign for the state fleet mamangement compound, this is also where they sell all the highway patrol Clown Vics.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    I think it is Surface Rd. not Janitrol Rd., but it is the first street you can turn on after Haydocy Pontiac. I went a few times when I lived in Columbus, they sell everything from Cavaliers and Escorts, to big sedans, to OSHP cruisers, to Blazers and Suburbans! I would think the Buicks will sell cheap, maybe $2000-$3000 for a 1994 up to $5000 for a 1996.
  • sungoldsungold Posts: 1
    I just purchased a new Century Custom on June 22, silver, with the Premium Option Package (most power options), whitewalls, CD, and split rear seatback. Although it is still very new, I was happy with the buying experience, and am so far happy with the car. I see the problems that others have had, and will keep you posted on my experiences. I got the Custom because I live in the Northeast and don't care for leather seats. I hope other Century owners will keep us all informed on how they are doing with their cars.
  • teamstewteamstew Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 96 Century Wagon,I previously owned a '88 Chevy Celebrity Wagon,and it took me a year and a half to find anything comparable.Well the 96 Wagon has 34,000 miles and it is like new!I purchased it from a dealer for $7625.00. It is an incredible car!It has such minor convienences that seem so major! Reclining power seats,keyless entry & power mirrors.My Chevy went 220,000 miles before blowing a head gasket.If my Buick Century Wagon goes just as far,I will be deliriously happy!I read quite a few letters commenting on how GM should make a mid-size wagon again,well I think buying used is the answer!
  • duraflexduraflex Posts: 358
    I strongly believe there is a strong market out here for a medium size wagon like a Buick Century wagon.

    I would certainly like to own one. It's a nice compromise between a smooth riding sedan and an oversized SUV or not-so-mini-anymore-van.

    I would use it to haul top soil, small shrubs, antiques and such. I have a friend who plays a harp and hauls the harp in an old Toyota wagon. She'd love to replace the Toyota with a GM equivalent in size.

    We almost bought a new 2000 LW Saturn wagon (new model) but the bad side impact crash test nixed it. My wife said absolutely not - I had no good counter argument.

    The Century sedan is a charmer - a strong seller - the wagon would be even better.
  • I owned a Century before and I hated it total junkpile!! Constant trouble!!! It was in the shop over 30 times in just 10 months!!! The car is guyl, dull, and baldn styling. Forgot those Century commericals you see they lure you into buying these turkeys. All I can say is get a Camry much more reliable!
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    The "fastfoodman" recently posted on the Olds Intrigue board, Buick Regal board and Grand Prix board. Every time the same song.

    It is hard to believe he owned all this cars, and bought again and again the cars from the same family - the GM "W" midsize sedans. Likely just a slander.
  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    I also have reason to believe that he owns a Camry, although his profile says he owns a Chrysler (which leaves him no room to talk about reliability).

    "The car is guyl, dull, and baldn styling."
    Guyl? Wow, strong words! The Century is probably the Guylest car out there! And apparently its bald, too! ;)
  • PAmanPAman Posts: 207
    Maybe fastfoodman's Camry (message #89) comes with a spell checker, some manners, a little class and a scholarship to a good college.

    Nahhhh!! I didn't think so.
  • proy33proy33 Posts: 1
    I bought a 2000 Century last October and for the first 2-3 months the left cornering lamp worked when I used the left turn signal as it should.
    Then it suddenly stopped working. I took to the car to the dealer where I bought the car and the Service manger told me that the functionality was not there on the driver's side - only on the on the passengers side where it was needed more. He led me to believe I "imagined" it was working before.
    I went to the Buick website ( - did a search on "cornering lamps" and it returned a hit
    with that item listed under the Safety featues.
    I e-mailed the info to the web-based service department covering the feedback from Buick's website and received a e-mail back from this gentleman who claims he cannot verfy that the 2000 Century has dual cornering lamps and recommended I see the dealer. I then called 3 area Buick dealers and the Sales or Service managers could not tell me either. So, any 2000 Century Custom owners out there who can tell me if they have both lamps and both lamps are functioning properly? I cannot believe I cannot get a straight answer from anybody associated with Buick on this issue.
  • wbell2wbell2 Posts: 1
    I'm getting ready to purchase a vehicle, most likely a 2000 Buick Century Ltd. I've used Edmunds and Kelly Blue to get invoice $ amounts, but the dealership has something listed I can't find. "Does anyone know what 'Vehicle Enhancement Protection Package' is? It's not listed in the brochure, nor is it listed anywhere that I have searched through here. Please respond quickly.
  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    "Vehicle Enhancement Protection Package" sounds to me a lot like some type of paint protection that you don't really need.
  • duraflexduraflex Posts: 358
    It's BS - another dealer add-on trick to add profit to their bottom line.

    Years ago, I went back to pick up a car I ordered two days earlier. I had not signed any paper work but had negotiated the final selling price.
    In the meantime they (Lenihan Olds in NJ) added a cosmetic canvas top to enhance the look of the car and add $450 to the my price. I was ticked and they thought they had me because that car was what I wanted. I left and went elsewhere.

    I was very disappointed but wound up buying an identically equipped car (sans top) with a different interior color from another, more honest dealer. I suggest you do the same. If they're trying to con you before you even buy the thing - imagine what lies ahead in terms of service and everything else.
  • bigjoe3bigjoe3 Posts: 2
    had our 2000 se century for 3 months now,7000 miles.not a problem with it.wife loves the room and the ride.there is cornering lamps on BOTH sides.with the fold down seats we can carry just about anything.gas milage could be better but LOVE this car.
  • We just bought a 2000 Buick Century Custom. We are very happy with the size and feel of the car. However, two weeks after purchase, the car has developed a "pinging" noise that comes from the underside of the car. It happens when the car is idling as well as after turning the ignition off. It happens whether or not we run the air conditioning. The dealer has told us this is "normal." I've never had a car do this or heard this is "normal." Has anyone had a similar problem? know of the solution?
  • ratoxratox Posts: 12
    Glad you like your Century. My wife's grandmother has one and it is a very comfortable car. The pinging noise you hear is most likely the same noise I hear from my Olds Intrigue. Quite normal when the exhaust system is cooling down. The converter really makes the exhaust system extremely hot while running and you can hear the pipes "ping" as they contract and cool. It tends to be more noticeable when the car is new. Nothing to worry about.
  • thank you ratox for your quick reply. i'm glad we don't have to worry about this...
  • rickeymrickeym Posts: 2
    Bought a 2000 Century Custom this past July. Has anyone gotten the power driver seat and the 'manual lumbar' on the passenger side as listed on the window sticker? My Toyota Cressida has manual lumber support so I was excited about it. Except Buick messed up and did not put it on mine as listed on the window sticker. Dealer's trying to get Buick to do something about it.

    Also, the website and the brochures indicate there's supposed to be a hood light; car doesn't have it and the dealer says it hasn't been done since 1997! Has anyone had one? Buick says they don't have to put it in since 'specifications can change without notice'. Three years is a long time to update the specs! Very arrogant responses I've gotten from Buick on these two issues.

    Customer service and respect is certainly lacking. Is anyone else encountering this type of treatment from Buick?

    Fit and finish leaves me wondering how smart a buy this was. If Buick can spend more time on quality, they wouldn't have to constantly offer confusing rebates.

    Car rides good so far. Dealer service sucks, though; no spare door key and when I finally made an issue out of it, they gave me a spare door key that opens nothing.
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