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Buick Century, Sedan
#171 of 482 Hello everyone
Apr 03, 2001 (1:37 pm)
Buick Century is in my list along with impala and intrepid. I am planning to buy used 2000 from the dealer. I read the entire topic, could not find major sickness for this car. I will be willing to pay 13K-14K for 25K miles car. These are my expectations, I have not contacted the dealers yet. If you let me know your experience on certaion items like drive train components, AC, suspension parts etc that I should pay attention during test drive.
#172 of 482 1999 Buick Century Custom Rear Brake Leak Alert
Apr 04, 2001 (8:53 pm)
I had my tires rotated during an oil change and the ASE Mechanic, performing his 29 point safety check, discovered that I had a leaking wheel cylinder. Wanted to charge me $200 to replace. I said it should be a warrantee item, so I called the local Buick Dealer to make an appointment. Guess what? Was repaired under warranty. There are no recalls or TSB's related to rear wheel cylinders. The service manager said I just got a defective one and sent me on my way. I am happy with the service.
I advise all of you to check for leaks to see if this is a trend.
Car has 25,000 miles in 24 months.
I am still happy with my '99 white Century Custom.
Heading up to Seattle this weekend. Hope no earthquakes.
#173 of 482 Engine smell???
Apr 05, 2001 (4:59 pm)
Has anyone had any problems with an engine smell when the heater is turned on? I have a 2001 Century and this has just started to occur this week. I took my car in for its first oil change on Tuesday. Any help would be appreciated!
Apr 05, 2001 (8:20 pm)
What do you mean by engine smell? Is it antifreeze smell, or burning oil smell, or what?
If this is a oil smell, then probably some oil was spilled on engine when changing oil and filter. The smell can continue for as long as 500 miles, even 1000 miles.
The antifreeze leak probably means the heater core have a leak. Your car is new and the leak hardly had time to develop - but anything can happen, defective part or what.
I had the leak with a 13-year old Ford. Started as a light fog, and barely perceptible "artificial" smell. It was hard to say, antifreeze or what. In about a month developed to very serious fog, impossible to drive, and very strong smell, hard to breath.
The heater core is a cheap part, but changing it is a major work. Something like $20 for part, $500 for labor. Any case, your car is still under warranty.
#175 of 482 Engine smell (thanks yurakm!)
Apr 06, 2001 (6:10 am)
The smell isn't very strong but after having the heater on for a while, I start to get a mild headache and throat irritation (they go away after being out of the car 1/2 hour). The "smell" gets worse the more you have the heater turned up.
I drove it to work today without turning the heater on and it wasn't too bad. Thanks for the info!
PS - If I do have to get it serviced, does anyone know any reliable Buick dealers in MN? I got it from Walser Buick(Burnsville, MN) but its my company fleet car and I know nothing about GM (I have owned Dodge and Ford prior). I wasn't thrilled when told I was getting a Century, but it rides great, the sound system rocks and it reaches 70 mph before you know it(pleasant surprise!)
#176 of 482 Engine smell continued!
Apr 06, 2001 (6:55 am)
Well, its off to the Buick dealer on Monday to get the antifreeze problem fixed. Thanks again yurakm for your knowledge and advice! (I'll post next week to what they tell me is the problem)
Apr 06, 2001 (7:28 am)
Headache and throat irritation looks as antifreeze to me. And in substantial quantity. The stuff is poisonous. Better not drive the car, and drive it to dealer with open windows.
To the best of my understanding, the repair is not complicated, just takes a lot of work. The whole dash must be removed to get to the heater. But this does not require special instruments or exceptional skills. A tree shade mechanic can do it. At least it was so with my 88 Taurus.
So I am pretty sure that an average GM dealership will cope with the task.
After repair, check if there is still smell from air condition (as opposed to the "vent" mode): traces of antifreeze can stay here.
#178 of 482 Response to Snowman, Message #171
Apr 07, 2001 (7:04 pm)
HI. I just bought a 2000 Buick Century with 17,500 miles. Two months later, everything still seems to be going well. I bought the car with a tire leak, but that was an easy fix once we found it. It's a great car and I'm happy that I still have a good bit of my warranty left. Just for reference: I traded in a 1991 Buick Century with 102K miles ($1300) and I walked out the door with everything paid at a price of $12,600 (tags, title and license included). I thought this was a good deal. That's about all I can share, the others who write are a lot more educated than I am. My only suspicions are that my speakers may be blown and a faulty horn that has now been fixed.
#179 of 482 engine smell
Apr 10, 2001 (2:24 pm)
Picked up the Century today and was told that an o-ring on the oil pump went bad (or melted). It was causing fumes to enter the driver's compartment (loads of fun). They fixed the problem ($2.00 part) and so far, so good. Pretty disappointing for a car with only 3600 miles on it.
Apr 10, 2001 (2:50 pm)
According to J.P.Power, in average, there is about 150 factory defects per 100 new cars. So it is only reasonable to expect 1-2 defects.
Very happy it turned to be not the antifreeze. Though, it is interesting, why the oil pump leak happened immediately after oil change?