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Buick Century, Sedan
#218 of 482 A funny noise
Dec 21, 2001 (6:04 pm)
I love my 2001 Buick Century, and it is running great. There is just this one little noise that is starting to irritate me. This noise would probably not be noticable on most cars. The Buick Century's interior is normally so quiet, that you hear things that you wouldn't on noisier cars.
If any body knows what the noise is I would appreciat some advice. Here is the description:
Noise: A high pitched whine.
Where: Emanates from the entire body of the car. From outside the vehicle, you have to put your ear on the body to hear it. From inside it can be heard throughout the interior, coming from no particular direction. It does not appear to be coming from the engine compartment.
When: This part is tricky. It has nothing to do with the engine speed, you can accelerate and not notice any difference. It only occurs when the vehicle has stopped moving, like when stopped for a red light. However, when you first start the engine and listen before the vehicle has gone anywhere, the sound is not there. You must travel a few yards, and then stop, before the noise starts. Also, after the noise has started (after stopping the vehicle), you can turn off the engine, and then restart it and the noise will be gone - until you move forward and come to a stop again.
I would appreciate any help. I don't think the service people can help me unless I can tell them where it is coming from.
#219 of 482 tomodel...
Dec 21, 2001 (9:09 pm)
Just an idea look around the power brake booster for a vacuum leak.
I am probably 20 feet in the ditch !!! but since there is no noise when you start the car(booster empty)brake not activated, and that you have noise when the booster is operational and in use...
The booster is bolted to the firewall, so this is maybe why you can hear the noise through the body and inside the car...
#220 of 482 high pitched noise
Dec 21, 2001 (10:11 pm)
A couple more possibilities...
Are your belts torqued correctly? Does the noise occur when the a/c is on...off?
#221 of 482 Which to buy. The 2002 Century or Impala??
Jan 26, 2002 (3:40 pm)
Am looking at both of these. Price is about one thousand difference. Both have the micron air filtration system, and that is important. Has anyone any comments about either the cars or the air filtration system..thanks
#222 of 482 Century or Buick?
Jan 26, 2002 (7:24 pm)
Man, that is a tough choice. Some people have a hangup about the century being for old people, but I'm not one of them (I'm 34). I was also torn between the two. Both are great cars. I prefer the ride of the century, but the Impala has a younger look and more room.
I don't know much about the Air Filtration. Both cars have great reliability and performance. I love the way the century doors have that solid feel when you shut them. Century will be gone soon, if that matters to you.
#223 of 482 Century or Impala..
Jan 26, 2002 (7:58 pm)
I just went through the same process. I would have liked the Impala LS but knew my wife wouldn't like the firmer ride and she really didn't like the looks of it.. I really didn't consider the base Impala. Well anyway we bought a century last week but aren't taking delivery till 2/22 when we turn the wifes leased venture in. The Century we bought was the custom with the special edition package and the upo radio option so we could have the cd player. MSRP is $22,347. Price after discount off msrp and $2002 rebate was $18640.
We bought a 95 Lumina LS in 1995 with pretty much the same chassis, motor etc. and it was a good car and have heard the Century is even better and has 15 more hp. The Lumina had the filtration system and to tell the truth we didn't notice that it did much filtering but then we have the windows down quite a bit.
One other thing I just remembered. The Impala has some reliability issues with brakes, engine cradle and steering shaft that also played a part in us choosing the Century over the Impala.
Good luck whichever you choose.
#224 of 482 Poster mentioned Century to be gone????
Jan 27, 2002 (10:38 am)
I hadn't heard anything about the Century model being discontinued. I know it sold 142K last year while the Regal was alot lower, and the Regal has never really took off, so I only heard that the Regal was going to be the one to go, given that they are both mid-size cars. Any info on this??
#225 of 482 Century discontinued ...
Jan 27, 2002 (12:45 pm)
I have read this in a couple of posts but I've also read that the century will be revamped in 2004. With annual sales over 140k I don't think it would be a wise move on GM's part to drop it.
Jan 27, 2002 (12:46 pm)
When the Regal is redesigned for 2004, the Century will be discontinued. The Regal will continue to use the W body platform, but the car will be restyled.
Jan 27, 2002 (4:08 pm)
Where did you read this? Seems like they would drop the Regal instead as the Century has more sales. Maybe they will have a lower priced Regal to take the century spot! Interesting!Have to wait to see what actually happens.