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#14 of 31 Re: 2003 and 2005 Century Transmission issue [jburchfield]
Jan 06, 2010 (1:22 am)
I was havein the same porblem with my 2003, it would slowly accelerate up to about 35-40 and then when it goes to shift it would sit in nutral and the engine would just rev, and the next day when i drove it to the shop it drove fine and they drove it and nothing. Then eventually i carfaxed my car for the fun of it, and in it, it said that some 2003 buicks have had the problem where the 2nd and/or 3rd grear shifter, or something like that, would stick, and that it would be about a $600+ or so fix.
#15 of 31 Re: 2003 and 2005 Century Transmission issue [blade_24k]
Jan 20, 2010 (4:46 pm)
I have a 2003 buick century that I bought(for $475) with a known transmission slipping problem. It would not go into gear for several minutes after placing the shift selecter in drive. It slipped between gears and sometimes down shifted hard when coming to a stop and then pulling away. Most problems went away after it was driven for a while. The transmission shops quoted from 1600, 2200 and 4000 to repair the problem. I heard so many solutions to the problem online that I decided to drop the motor/transmission myself and replace what seemed to be the solution online that had the most concencus....replaced the the 4 solenoid switches($250 for the parts).
That solved the problem 70%. Then I tried the well advertised solution of adding a can of seafoam transmission treatment. That solved my problems up to 90% of the time. Now what? The next solution was to use dexron VI instead of dexron III because gm dexronVI says on the bottle that it can be used in older GM vehicles to prevent transmission shifting problems. So I put dextro VI in the transmission with one can of seafoam and guess what. I have no more problems. My 2003 Century has 345,000 kms(x taxi) and runs like new. I just wished I had tried the dexron VI before taking the transmission apart first.
Let me know how you resolve your problem.
#16 of 31 2006 transmission change interval
Feb 07, 2010 (10:36 am)
I have a 2006 century with 23000 miles.
The dealer said it was time for a transmission and power steering flush.
to the tune of almost 300.00
I do not have a manual or i would have checked the service interval.
Can anyone advise.
#17 of 31 Re: 2006 transmission change interval [fire51]
Feb 19, 2010 (7:15 pm)
23k is still like new. leave it alone, and find a new shop to get trusted advice. 300 bucks would put a lot of beans and cornbread on the table.
#18 of 31 Re: 2003 and 2005 Century Transmission issue [jburchfield]
Oct 12, 2010 (4:35 pm)
what this actually is, is the torque converter solenoid stuck on or open, which contributes to a P1811 code if you havent already did a diagnostic with a scan tool. but did you check the trans fluid? because its suppose to be a red color, but if its brown or black that means you got to flush it but im assuming you did also be sure to listen for a whining noise coming from the car. this means that the trans is slipping.
#19 of 31 89 Buick will not go in gear
Oct 16, 2010 (1:33 pm)
Have an 89 Buick Century 3.3L V6. Stopped at a stop sign and then car would not move. No problem before that car ran fine. Fluids are good but when you shift into any gear does not feel like the transmission engages. Anyone have any ideas I would appreciate it. kingster1999yahoo.com
#20 of 31 2001 Buick Century Slips in First when cold
Oct 20, 2010 (8:02 am)
I had my transmission rebuilt and they corrected numerous issues. A new failure has shown up recently (still under warranty, but repair shop is not trying to fix my issue). When the car is cold (ie overnight, or sitting at work on parking lot for 8hrs), I frequently notice that when in 1st and when I need a fast takeoff (ie blind curve exiting work parking lot) that the transmission will slip, then I can begin to feel the clutches start grabbing and moving me forward. It's a bit unnerving to have that happen if you really need the power. The repair shop says I need to let the transmission warm up before going. Never did that before and he's had the transmission out 3 times after the rebuild. Can you say 4 times? I've already been to BBB on the last repair, I think it's time for Dept of Consumer Affairs and small claims. Anyone have a clue as to what is wrong with the transmission? I'm ready to take it to another shop that knows what they're doing. Thanks! Joe
#21 of 31 2005 Buick Century Transmission Problems
Nov 16, 2011 (2:54 pm)
I bought this car when it had 22K on it and it now has 140K. Been very happy with it as the engine runs great and is very quiet and smooth--I often get 30mpg or sometimes even higher on the highway but have recently developed a hard shifting problem. When it upshifts I get a hard clunk as if the shift is delayed and then finally catches. I had the transmission fluid changed at a national quick service chain. Shortly thereafter the problem, which is intermittent got bad enough to take it to a local repair shop. Of course they couldn't get it to do anything out of the ordinary on their test drive but they did recommend that I put a new filter in the tranny thereby wasting the 100+ dollars I spent at the national chain as they only flushed and changed the fluid. Problem is still intermittent and mostly after the car is warm. I am just trying to get an idea of what cost the repairs might be as I may just trade the thing off if it likely going to be a major repair.
#22 of 31 Re: 2005 Buick Century Transmission Problems [pipestonesimon]
Nov 17, 2011 (10:08 am)
I apologize for your frustrations. Thank you for taking your time to explain your experience. If you would like to work with a GM dealer for your concerns please feel free to email me. If you have any questions comments or concerns please feel free to email me.
GM Customer Service
Feb 12, 2012 (6:01 pm)
I have a 2001 buick century and I have lately been having a problem where at around 30-35 mph, it feels like the car won't shift into the next gear and then after it speeds up it won't slow down or anything without me putting on the breaks, even when on hills, and sometimes it even feels like it speeds up on its own without my foot on the gas at all. Does anyone know what this could be and/or how much it would cost to fix it. I am poor and in college and I have had soooo many problems with this car that I am thinking of trading it in to a dealer and getting a different one that hopefully won't have as many problems. If this repair would cost too much I would just trade it in for something else.