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Buick Century, Sedan
Aug 01, 2000 (7:38 pm)
I bought a 2000 Century last October and for the first 2-3 months the left cornering lamp worked when I used the left turn signal as it should.
Then it suddenly stopped working. I took to the car to the dealer where I bought the car and the Service manger told me that the functionality was not there on the driver's side - only on the on the passengers side where it was needed more. He led me to believe I "imagined" it was working before.
I went to the Buick website (buick.com) - did a search on "cornering lamps" and it returned a hit
with that item listed under the Safety featues.
I e-mailed the info to the web-based service department covering the feedback from Buick's website and received a e-mail back from this gentleman who claims he cannot verfy that the 2000 Century has dual cornering lamps and recommended I see the dealer. I then called 3 area Buick dealers and the Sales or Service managers could not tell me either. So, any 2000 Century Custom owners out there who can tell me if they have both lamps and both lamps are functioning properly? I cannot believe I cannot get a straight answer from anybody associated with Buick on this issue.
#94 of 482 Does anyone know?
Aug 05, 2000 (1:39 pm)
I'm getting ready to purchase a vehicle, most likely a 2000 Buick Century Ltd. I've used Edmunds and Kelly Blue to get invoice $ amounts, but the dealership has something listed I can't find. "Does anyone know what 'Vehicle Enhancement Protection Package' is? It's not listed in the brochure, nor is it listed anywhere that I have searched through here. Please respond quickly.
#95 of 482 Probably just semantics...
Aug 05, 2000 (3:18 pm)
"Vehicle Enhancement Protection Package" sounds to me a lot like some type of paint protection that you don't really need.
#96 of 482 Re# 94 Vehicle ENHANCEMENT Pkg
Aug 07, 2000 (12:28 pm)
It's BS - another dealer add-on trick to add profit to their bottom line.
Years ago, I went back to pick up a car I ordered two days earlier. I had not signed any paper work but had negotiated the final selling price.
In the meantime they (Lenihan Olds in NJ) added a cosmetic canvas top to enhance the look of the car and add $450 to the my price. I was ticked and they thought they had me because that car was what I wanted. I left and went elsewhere.
I was very disappointed but wound up buying an identically equipped car (sans top) with a different interior color from another, more honest dealer. I suggest you do the same. If they're trying to con you before you even buy the thing - imagine what lies ahead in terms of service and everything else.
#97 of 482 CORNERING LAMPS
Aug 11, 2000 (11:01 pm)
had our 2000 se century for 3 months now,7000 miles.not a problem with it.wife loves the room and the ride.there is cornering lamps on BOTH sides.with the fold down seats we can carry just about anything.gas milage could be better but LOVE this car.
Aug 16, 2000 (1:59 am)
We just bought a 2000 Buick Century Custom. We are very happy with the size and feel of the car. However, two weeks after purchase, the car has developed a "pinging" noise that comes from the underside of the car. It happens when the car is idling as well as after turning the ignition off. It happens whether or not we run the air conditioning. The dealer has told us this is "normal." I've never had a car do this or heard this is "normal." Has anyone had a similar problem? know of the solution?
#99 of 482 Re: Pinging Noise
Aug 17, 2000 (2:32 pm)
Glad you like your Century. My wife's grandmother has one and it is a very comfortable car. The pinging noise you hear is most likely the same noise I hear from my Olds Intrigue. Quite normal when the exhaust system is cooling down. The converter really makes the exhaust system extremely hot while running and you can hear the pipes "ping" as they contract and cool. It tends to be more noticeable when the car is new. Nothing to worry about.
Aug 17, 2000 (3:59 pm)
thank you ratox for your quick reply. i'm glad we don't have to worry about this...
#101 of 482 Buick Century Equipment
Aug 22, 2000 (5:01 pm)
Bought a 2000 Century Custom this past July. Has anyone gotten the power driver seat and the 'manual lumbar' on the passenger side as listed on the window sticker? My Toyota Cressida has manual lumber support so I was excited about it. Except Buick messed up and did not put it on mine as listed on the window sticker. Dealer's trying to get Buick to do something about it.
Also, the website and the brochures indicate there's supposed to be a hood light; car doesn't have it and the dealer says it hasn't been done since 1997! Has anyone had one? Buick says they don't have to put it in since 'specifications can change without notice'. Three years is a long time to update the specs! Very arrogant responses I've gotten from Buick on these two issues.
Customer service and respect is certainly lacking. Is anyone else encountering this type of treatment from Buick?
Fit and finish leaves me wondering how smart a buy this was. If Buick can spend more time on quality, they wouldn't have to constantly offer confusing rebates.
Car rides good so far. Dealer service sucks, though; no spare door key and when I finally made an issue out of it, they gave me a spare door key that opens nothing.
Aug 23, 2000 (9:57 pm)
I can't believe Buick still has such problems delivering a car with the equipment listed on the sticker or requested on an order! My Dad ordered a 79 Buick Century wagon from the factory. He ordered it with a special tow package and sport package. Some of the things he ordered were not on the car, but he did not realize it until later on, long after anything could be done about it. I believe it lacked some heavy duty items that were supposed to be included with the tow package, like a transmission cooler and heavy duty radiator. Mistakes like that are ridiculous and downright pathetic, not to mention it should be considered stealing since he did pay for the items he didn't get. Buick needs to get their act together or face dissatisfied customers taking their business elsewhere. In the age of computers, their is no reason why Buick should make a mistake on an order or lie about what is in the car.