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#197 of 482 1998 Buick Century
May 09, 2001 (2:17 am)
Hi Mates, I bought a 98 Buick Century with 30K on it about a month or so ago. I just had some observations I wanted to pass along and to see if anyone has experienced some of things that I have.
1. There appears to be excessive wind noise on the drivers side, right where the Dash meets the door. I'm not sure if there's anything that can be done about this one ?
2. The manual says that the car has a 64 Liter tank, every time I fill it up I am only able to put approximately 54-56 Liters in the tank, is the gauge that poorly calibrated or is it that they have intentionally made it that way so that fewer people would run out of gas?
3. The trunk leaks terribly when lifted during rain or when washing the car.
4. The brakes have been squealing ever since I got the car, the pads are new. Do they have to be a certain type of pads or will just any do?
5. There is quite a bit of glare coming of the front window, it definitely impairs the drivers vision ? I believe it is the sun being deflected off the dash onto the window.
6. Otherwise, I'm happy with this car, it is very nice to drive and has a very smooth ride, the gas mileage is very good as well.
Thanks to all who respond.
May 09, 2001 (7:22 am)
1. Check if door closes tight, and check the rubber. If the car is still under warranty, let the dealer check.
2. This is normal with all modern GM cars. They remind to refuel with about 4 gallons left. Looks as you are refueling a bit too late, risking an expensive repair: the cars need about 2 gallons of fuel in tank to cool the fuel pump.
3. Do not wash it with lid open.
4. No idea.
5. There is reflection of the upper surface of dash. In my experience with Regal, the same dash/windsheld, this does not interfere with driving, vision.
May 10, 2001 (7:57 pm)
Thanks for your reply.
2. Thanks for the info on the fuel pump, I had no idea. This is my first GM Car.
3. Did you REALLY think I washed my car and drove it in the rain with the trunk lid up. Maybe I should have been more clear. After drying the car, I lift the trunk lid and water drips from the trunk lid into the trunk compartment. No need to reply to this one Mate.
5. It doesn't really interfere with driving, it is somewhat of a distraction though.
Again, thanks for the insight.
#200 of 482 Buying a Century
May 12, 2001 (12:13 pm)
I'm considering buying a new or used Century, (1999-2001). Is there anyone who has had problems or been unhappy with their car?
May 13, 2001 (7:48 pm)
Just recently, about April 15, I washed my Malibu with the not closed trunk lid. Not wide-open, but not closed tight. Either the wash employee did not close the lid tight after vacuuming the trunk, or he opened the lid when trying to disengage the parking brake.
Any case, the trunk carpet turned wet. I had to remove something like a gallon of the soapy water from the spare tire well, and it took a whole week to dry the soft felt-like undercarpet.
Never thought it is possible to get so much water through so small opening.
So things happens. Did not intend at all to insult you.
May 22, 2001 (2:03 pm)
If it wasn't for the hesitation under full throttle, this car would be a beast. It's got the 3.3 liter V6, the last Buick engine to go into a Century. The 3.1's are a Chevy design. The 2.5 is a Pontiac, and the 2.2 is another Chevy. I like the intake sucking sound at full throttle in second at 45mph. Almost sounds like a four-barrel. Oh yeah, half you people probably have no idea what a four-barrel is. Heeheehee. Everything works but the two right power windows and the cruise. And the tape player only plays in one direction. Big deal, take it out, flip it over, like you used to have to do. Only major problem (other than the flat spot in WOT) is the body damage to the driver's door. But the door opens and shuts and the window rolls up and down, so I don't care. Besides, the car cost me $250, so why spend $600 (the Earl of Scheib) to $1650 (real body shop) to get the bodywork done? And it does not have 205,000 miles as I previously stated. That was the mileage on the previous title. This car had 231,600 at purchase and I turned 234,000 tonight (had to drive from PA to TX, a nice 2-day speed-racer-wannabe-hurry-up-festival so I could get to work last Thursday). So those of you who say GM cars are crap, well, they must be Scotsmen, because GM cars are one of the few non-Scottish things that aren't crap.
#203 of 482 Buick Century
Jun 04, 2001 (7:24 am)
I have a 94' Century that just went over a 100,000 miles. Pretty reliable car! The only maintenance thus far on this vehicle was brakes, alternator, and regular fluid changes. I even took this car to the Republic of Panama for three years.
#204 of 482 Buick Century
Jun 18, 2001 (1:59 pm)
Hi! I bought a 1996 Buick Century awhile back. Had 77,000 miles on it when I purchased it. Has a 3.1L V6 in it, and it's got most all the options you could get (less leather seats/cd player/aluminum wheels) This being the first front wheel drive, fuel injected car I've ever owned, I'm very pleased with this car. It rides good, handles well and that V6 churns out more ponies than the 2barrelled V8 I had in my first buick century (vintage 1973) Have had no problems with it whatsoever. Was much cheaper than most of hte cars I was looking at and was more economical. And given Buick's reputation as a reliable car and it being of quality, I bought it. So anyone who challenges the quality/reliability/reputation of a Buick, they obviously haven't owned one or driven one before. They're great cars!
#205 of 482 1996 CENTURY ROUGH IDLING
Jun 24, 2001 (6:06 pm)
I have a 1996 Century that idles very eratic for the first 30 to sixty seconds. The car has 72,000 miles on it. The idle speed varies from very fast to very slow. After about a minute it smooths out. Can anyone give me advice as to what the problem might be? Other than the poor idling, I like the car very much. It is a car that we inherited from my wife's aunt so I don't know much about the maintenance history of the car. The car rides great and the seats are very comfortable to my back. Can anyone also tell me what the horsepower rating is for the 3.1 liter V6 in the 1996 model year? Thanks!
#206 of 482 98 Century, problems with power windows
Jul 20, 2001 (7:31 pm)
Has anyone experienced problems with the power windows in the current generation Buick Century? My parents own a 98 Century w/38K miles on it, and they are having problems with the power windows rolling down, but not coming back up. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes for them to start working again, sometimes hours, one time it took 5 days.
Anyone know a solution for this?
I have a 99 Olds Intrigue that has had the same intermitent problem before, but it hasn't happened for at least a 3-4 months.