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Buick Century, Buick, Electrical, Engine, Sedan, SUV
Apr 30, 2009 (7:02 pm)
I have a 2000 Buick Century. I went to the Buick dealership here in VA to get my car inspected (a requirement in VA). Turns out that I had 11 bulbs out, didn't realize this but I replaced them all the next day. I brought in back to the shop the next Friday and they told me that I still had 2 lights out, my front side markers (I replaced them the first time). Turns out there is some sort of electrical problem thats not allowing them to light up. Does anyone know how to wire this or have had this problem before?? I would like to do it myself, because I am pretty handy...... Any help will be appreciated! Thanks
#458 of 592 2003 Buick Century 4 Dr Sedan
May 03, 2009 (7:52 am)
HELLO ALL AND THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY RESPONSES I GET ON THIS QUESTION!!....
I ABSOLUTLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT VEHICLES AND THAT IS BAD BECAUSE I NORMALLY END UP GETTING SCREWED WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING ONE. I FOUND THIS SITE AND HOPEFULLY YOU ALL WILL PREVENT MY NEXT BLUNDER...(IF IT IS ONE)....
I AM CURRENTLY LOOKING AT A 2003 BUICK CENTURY 4 DR SEDAN, VERY NICE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR (NO BODY DAMAGE NO SEAT/STEERING WHEEL/ DASHBOARD/ CONSOLE DAMAGE) BUT IT DOES HAVE 104227 MILES!! THE DEALER IS ASKING $4376.00. I KNOW I CAN TALK HIM DOWN IN PRICE BECAUSE IM PAYING CASH...IM HOPING TO DROP HIM TO THE 3000.00 OR LESS, BUT FIRST I NEED TO KNOW IF THIS CAR IS EVEN WORTH BUYING?? ANY SERIOUS PROBLEMS KNOWN WITH THE CAR?? THE ENGINE IS A ( 3.1L V6 12V MPFI OHV ) I COPIED AND PASTED BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS EITHER. ALSO, THE CAR IS A 4-SPD AUTOMATIC. IF ANYONE HAS ANY OPINIONS/ADVICE ... OR CAN TELL ME TO WALK AWAY OR GO AHEAD ... OR EVEN TO KEEP GOING WITH IT, BUT TO DROP THE PRICE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
#459 of 592 2003 Buick Century - transmission?
May 03, 2009 (8:01 pm)
I am looking at a 2003 Century with 60,000 miles on it and took it for a test drive. The car is in absolute perfect condition and is a "steal" for the price. The Engine sounds and feels great. I was about to go back and buy the car but then I went up a fairly steep hill. The car felt like it was misfiring but it was clearly not the engine. It seemed like it was a transmission issue - like it was slipping. It would go through all the gears but at certain times I was able to replicate the "slipping." I am not a car expert, but I know enough to make my way around them. Is this something that sounds common on a Century?
#460 of 592 Re: 2003 Buick Century 4 Dr Sedan [skerr032006]
May 23, 2009 (10:56 pm)
GMC last year lost a class action suit having to do with its coolant and how it affected the gaskets on the engine. I don't understand all the details, but I know that I had to pay over $600 to replace the intake manifold gasket because of the coolant issue. Fortunately I got some of that money back after I joined the class action suit. I bought it with a little over 100,000 miles on it. Great car, except for that one little detail. You might be just fine buying it, but I'd find out about its repair history if I were you.
#461 of 592 Re: 2003 Buick Century - transmission? [ds4281]
May 23, 2009 (11:07 pm)
Based on what you've described, I had a similar problem recently. And sadly, it was the engine. I can't say for certain what the problem is with the car you're looking at, but the same symptoms in my car meant I had to replace the engine. I was not happy. We were coming up on 140,000 miles when it started to get real bad. After replacing the engine (there were metal filings in the oil in the old one), it still didn't pick up real fast. Turns out the catalytic converter was clogged, too, causing backpressure. The mechanic said that might have contributed to the engine failure. I'd have them check the backpressure before I put any money down.
Another word of warning with the 03 Century. GM lost a class action suit involving this car and a number of others. It had something to do with their custom coolant DEX Cool. It didn't get along with the gaskets very well. If I understand it right, the coolant ate the intake manifold gasket. Or something like that. I'd look at an '04 if I could find one. '03 was the last model year for that particular engine in the century.
#462 of 592 Re: 1998 Buick Century Digital odometer [joejb]
Jun 02, 2009 (8:12 pm)
Joe, ( or anyone else) did you fix the problem with your odometer light not working. I am having the same problem. All other lights work except odometer & gear selector light. Turning the headlight switch dims lights but still doesn't bring the odometer light back on.
#463 of 592 Is it costly to repair the speeedometor on a 1998 buick century
Jun 04, 2009 (9:29 am)
#464 of 592 Problem starting.
Jun 15, 2009 (6:17 am)
When I go to start it sometimes it does not crank. The lights and everything else work just fine but it won't even attempt to start. All I here is a click sound, thats all. I recently had the ignition lock cyclinder replaced because I was told that was the problem but it still acts up. It runs perfect, I did notice when it sits for a couple hours to overnight it'll start, but I drove it from Indi to Illinois and when I turned it off and tried to restart it it would not start. Any answers to this problem would be greatly appreciated.
#465 of 592 Re: Problem starting. [need_help]
Jun 17, 2009 (9:26 am)
Sounds like the solenoid on the starter is going bad.
#466 of 592 Re: 2002 Buick Century [qwerty57]
Jul 04, 2009 (7:29 am)
yes the contacts go out often and the only fix ive found is to get new switches at an auto parts store that match size and use. I got lucky and found some now they work good. the originals were all made by the lowest bidder.