Bought this car to drive to work, and its excellent. Gas mileage is terrific, good mileage, comfortable, and very dependable. Looks could be better, but it is an older car. Body has no rust. Is a little small. But I am large. So that doesn't really count. Overall what a garret little car. Well worth purchasing.
4th Buick,1st Century. I have no major problems with any of the Buicks I have owned. Just little things that normally go wrong. Looks are OK, but it has gotten me cross country from Seattle to Connecticut twice and with unsurpassed fuel mileage, 23 mpg plus and still above 21 mpg. Car has been paid off for over 8 years now and I am amazed that car makers can't come up with anything better. Guess they don't get it.
In my opinion, the early to mid 90's versions of the Buick Century and Oldsmbobile Ciera are the closest thing to a Volvo that any domestic manufacturer has ever produced. These cars were rarely redesigned---but instead, they "evolved" with improvements to the engine/drivetrain, interior and safety features. They were internationally mid sized, 4 star safety rated and generally solid, reliable, understated transportation. Auto writers criticized GM for keeping the same basic design for so many years, but isn't this how Saab, Volvo and other European car makers approach things? The Century is a practical size, reasonably economical and with the 3100 V-6, plenty powerful for most driving.
Reliability, safety, cheap to fix. The styling is not exciting, but it's tasteful. V-6 engine performance is more than adequate, fuel economy very reasonable for size of car. Trunk space is excellent, seats are comfortable. GM, probably made over 1.5 million of these vehicles. Parts available.
Power window motors fail too often. Electrical system (power locks, etc.) should be better.
This vehicle was in the shop a lot. In
the time we owned it, we spent $2,400
on repairs. We replaced the starter,
the alternator, the radiator, and the
list goes on and on. It only had
76,577 miles on it when we bought it.
It fell apart soon after.
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