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Buick Century, Sedan
#3 of 482 Try OLDS INTRIGUE INSTEAD.
Jul 15, 1999 (7:31 am)
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.
#4 of 482 Try a Regal
Jul 16, 1999 (11:06 pm)
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.
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.
Jul 21, 1999 (3:17 pm)
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 www.carpoint.msn.com 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.
Jul 23, 1999 (6:08 pm)
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.
#7 of 482 And the winner is...
Aug 10, 1999 (9:35 pm)
Thanks everybody for your comments. After test driving Buick Century and Regal, and then Nissan Maxima I bought the Maxima.
#8 of 482 You did good
Aug 11, 1999 (8:51 am)
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?
#9 of 482 Maxima'99
Aug 11, 1999 (6:53 pm)
Got Maxima'99 GXE AT for $18,3K which I think is a good deal.
Aug 11, 1999 (11:35 pm)
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!
#11 of 482 Baluba
Aug 12, 1999 (7:23 pm)
That is a good deal for a Max, happy motoring.
Aug 28, 1999 (9:17 pm)
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.