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Buick Century

balubabaluba Posts: 4
Is there anybody who can tell me more about Buick
Century'99. Is it reliable? From different forums
I've got the impression that this is not fun to
drive, that is not sharp on the turns etc. At the
same time it got a loyalty award, i.e. people like


  • RE: baluba

    recentlytest drove a Century while shopping for a new car. They are good cars, reliable and seem very well assembled BUT sooooo boring to drive. If you enjoy driving and want a car that is FUN to drive and not just something to get you from point a to point b then the Century is not the one.

    I finally bought a Mitsubishi Galant. A lot less money, fun to drive and I feel a whole lot better looking. Have you noticed that ALL the GM cars look alike? All GM cars are pretty boring in my opinion. Good luck in you quest.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    The Buick Century is still one of the worst cars GM produces. GM has made great strides in recent years, but the Buick Century seems to have been left behind. I will admit that my opinion is biased, because I think all GM cars except the Corvette, Seville, Intrigue, and the new pick-ups are all JUNK. GM cars are so cheap and they rattle and squeak from day one. I was invited to attend Oldsmobiles 'Dream Drive' in 1995 and the (then new) Aurora was the worst car out the bunch. They had the nerve to compare the Aurora to the Mercedes S320 and the Lexus LS400. The Auroras on had rattled and were just junky feeling. However I know a couple of people with the new Seville and it still reacts to bumps in the road with that hard to explain cheapness, but the rest of the car is very correct and for the most part built right.

    The Seville and the Intrigue are the best Sedans that GM currently builds. I don't what your budget is, but if you can take a look at the Intrigue if you must have a GM car.

  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    Have you tried a Buick Regal? Sure, it looks kinda like a Century, but it is SO much better (I know because I have one)! First, it has a 3600 Supercharged 240hp engine, so it isn't 'boring' to drive. Second, it only costs a little more than the Century, so it's affordable. And third, it is a great car overall. The old Regal (pre-'96) used to be Buick's 'lame-duck' but they have done much improvement since then. I would look into it.

    Good luck!

    P.S. By the way, although the Regal is the Century's twin, it is on-par with the Olds Intrigue and the Pontiac Grand Prix.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    Buick has won awards for quality from JD powers along with long term reliability awards. Buick is known to be right next to Lexus for initial quality. see for more on Buick quality/reliability. Also visit JD powers. The Century is no slacker either. Buick is slowly shedding the image of being the older generations car of choice. The Regal GS outperforms many imports in both acceleration/slalom for thousands less option for option. Its all about image though I guess.
  • phantomphantom Posts: 1
    I'm currently renting a '99 Century Limited while my car has some bodywork done. It's a fairly plain vanilla-type car with some nice modern features. The 3.1 V6 has some get-up-and-go when you need it and has a good feel to it. The ride is comfortable. Gas mileage has actually been pretty good (I don't have actual numbers, but I put on about 300 miles in mixed city/highway and filled it with about 1/4 tank left). And that's with the a/c on most of the time.

    Interior is decent. Nothing spectacular, but very functional. Controls are easy to find and reach. The Concert II sound system is actually pretty good. Build quality overall seems strong, as is typical for Buick.

    Personally, I'm currently looking at Regals and Grand Prix's as a "family" type car with some guts, but this car would do fine for someone looking for a car with room to haul folks around it - and at a reasonable price.

    How it would hold up in the long run I don't know. I definitely wouldn't say it's junk - just practical and plain.
  • balubabaluba Posts: 4
    Thanks everybody for your comments. After test driving Buick Century and Regal, and then Nissan Maxima I bought the Maxima.

  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081

    Out of the 3 cars you looked at you did the right thing. The maxima is clearly the best car out of the bunch. Did you get a 99' or 00' model?

  • balubabaluba Posts: 4

    Got Maxima'99 GXE AT for $18,3K which I think is a good deal.

  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    Congrats and Kudos to you, Baluba! (I sound like a car salesman) I've heared that the Maxima is a good car. Personally I would go with the Regal because...well...I have one! Maxima's a good car though, as long as it isn't a Camary!

    Good Luck and Happy Driving!

  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    That is a good deal for a Max, happy motoring.

  • I'd just like to say that I love my Century. I drove my '83 into the ground before buying a '97. It may not be as sporty as some people would like, but I drive it because it's reliable and comfortable to drive. And by the way, I'm 26 years old, so it's not only for grannies. Even my mother has bought a Century after seeing what luck I've had with it. Loyalty is key here.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    Just a visitor here, but I have to say I am seeing quite a few new Centuries on the road lately. And all are not being driven by the over 50 crowd. The car seems like one heck of a value for what you get.
  • We need to get the Century for the roomy front, although we know that the hp isn't like the Regal. To negotiate, if I take the dealer's invoice, add 3% for a fair price, add the destination charge, and tax, I think that should do it, butttttttttt there's a 3% holdback and who knows what else. How do I know it's a decent deal? Help...Soon..Got to do this. Thanks for any help.
  • ddocddoc Posts: 1
    Last week, bought a '99 century custom. Offered invoice price at two different dealers and both accepted without any problem . The cars available on the two lots had more options than I was looking for and I told them, so, maybe that helped a little. Watch out for the whitewall tire option ($150-sticker). After some persuasion, Buick (1-800#) admitted they were the same tires as the blackwalls which come standard, just $150 more! I guess I can respect them, though, for admitting it. Then, it wasn't easy, but my dealer offered to switch the whitewalls with another century's blackwalls and deduct the price off my bill which may have been generous because, I think it screwed up their paperwork. There was just no way,though, I was going to pay for those whitewalls. Anyway, that was my deal Judy. ----I have a question about the sound system. Mine came with Concert Sound II but, according to if you get a Century Custom with CD and cassette and get the 1SC Custom Premium Package it also requires Concert Sound III - in other words, it doesn't come any other way. My dealer was very vague on this and said he thought it only came on the Limited. Does any one know about this and does any one have a '99 Custom with Concert Sound III ?
  • gouldngouldn Posts: 223
    I am currently renting a Century Custom (1999) while my car is in for some major repairs.

    I fully expected to hate it -- I drive an older Audi 90 -- and this car seemed to be in a different league.

    It's embarassing, but I really like the car. It's great on my commute (20 miles with moderate to severe traffic). The 3.1 has enough power to merge onto freeways, and is fine at 75 (when traffic permits).

    The car is assembled fine, and this rental has about 12K miles, with not rattle or squeek.

    My biggest complaint is the soft handling. If they had a slightly firmer suspension, this would be a great car (especially for a rental).

    Maybe I'm getting old....
  • The Concert Sound III is standard on both the Custom and the Limited. The II is on the 98 cars
  • Woops, my mistake. The Concert III is actually an option on the 99. Sorry about that.
  • Actually, if you get the Concert III speakers, you need the UP0 radio/cassette/CD. The speakers require the radio, not the other way around.
  • Eveyone seems to complain that the Century is "boring" - well, the price isn't boring ! I got a great deal on a 99 custom - I think that for the money you are going to be hard pressed to find anything comparable to this car. Mine is a grey metallic and it is sharp. Yes, it may not be as spectacular as other cars but to me it rides and looks good. My only complaint would be that the engine could possibly use a 3.3 or better, although the 3.1 is sufficient.
  • I agree that the engine could be larger. If you load up a Century, the engine's performace is sacrificed. Maybe they'll make a 3.3 optional after 2000.
  • I rented a Century last month and was pleasantly surprised. Lots of room, adequate power, nice ride (it is a Buick after all) and a great drivers power seat. Dislikes was less than crisp handling, and no "feel power steering".
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    I saw a Century today that really surprised me. It was a Century Limited. It had a Landau top with gold accents. This made the car look great. I know when people think of a Landau top, they immediatly think seventies, ugh!. This one was done very tastefuly and matched the color of the car nicely. I am 35 and I thought the car looked very luxurious and expensive. The color and wheels along with gold accents were a very nice combination. A professionally dressed woman of about 40ish was driving it. Has anyone else seen one of these?
  • I saw a magnificent white Century parked near me today as I was eating lunch inside a small cafe. The car was absolutely beautiful! It had a gray leather interior. Does anyone know if they will ever make a wagon version of this car?
  • I don't know if they will, but it would be a great idea indeed. There is definetly a market for them, seeing how you see older Century and Cutlass Ciera wagons EVERYWHERE!

    Vince8: What color was the Landau top? I saw a Century once with a beige top on a bright red car. Very cheesy. It would have looked nice if they matched the color, however.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    The color was sort of a light brownish, metalic color, the top was the same shade. This car was very stylish and very well done. In fact I thought it was some sort of import at first. Yuck, red with beige top?? I would have laughed too.
  • Yeah. If the top is the same color as the car, it doesn't look so obtrusive and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. I just loathe seeing those 95 Town Cars and the like with the "putting green" top on them. All it needs is a little flag with '18' on it!
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    I like the looks of the Buick Century. I am glad they did away with all the chrome. The car has a much smoother finished look now. I have seen commercials of Buick comparing it to Accord/Camary/Taurus. I guess it comes standard with more safety features than the last three mentioned. Buick is slowly shedding its reputation of being an older crowd vehicle. I see quite a few younger families in the Regals, LeSabres, and Centuries these days. The Regal GS is a monster sleeper as far as performance goes. It outdoes quite a few imports for thousands less.
  • Your right. I see a whole bunch of Buicks where I live (Clearwater, Florida) with younger drivers. I see nearly as many LeSabres as Camarys and sometimes more! Well, I also see hundreds of Grand Marquis this being Florida, after all!

    Also, I drive a Regal GS and it is AWESOME! The supecharger is excellent and I can beat almost any car off the line. The only car that they rate as being even COMPARABLE to the Regal is the 2000 Maxima, and if you look at the grill, you can see that they even stole THAT off the Regal!
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    I am currently shopping for a new car to replace my aging Taurus, and I've been impressed with the Century. They did away with the fake chrome that only lasts a few years. I've not found a fully equipped car for such a reasonable price anywhere else. The 2000 model has a 15hp boost with increased torque due to intake improvements, the old tech 3.1L V6 is still used. Not a high tech engine, but reliable and competent. I prefer the Custom trim level over the Limited because I don't think you get that much more for the money, but it's personal choice. My only competitor is the 2000 Pontiac Grand AM with the 5sp. 4 cyl, but I havn't tried it out yet. I'm stuck between the comfy Century (much like my Taurus) or the sporty Grand AM.
  • If you're offering invoice for the Century, do you also then get the rebate?
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