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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I wish they still made this car
By midwestmrs on 03/19/12 18:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I bought my 02 Century in late 03. Have loved it ever since. Reliable, quiet, smooth comfortable ride, and has been cheap to own. Just routine maintenance. Not even a muffler. I did have the drivers side power window motor replaced several years ago. Car is now old. 160K miles, rocker panel rust, and things are starting to break. The gas guage has some kind of electrical problem. Hubby and mechanic said it's not worth fixing. It's time to replace the car. I still get 25-27 mpg. That is impossible to match in a car with this kind of comfort and quiet. I wish they still made this model. I test drove a 2011 Lucerne but the backup visibility is terrible for me. Maybe a 2011 LaCrosse or a Camry.
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Not bad
By analee101 on 06/11/11 21:56 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Ok I'm 18 so I wasn't thrilled about the looks, but I have to say as far as performance and reliability goes, I'm impressed! It has had to have several things fixed and I have had a few problems with the breaks in the past, but the car is reliable, great stopping ability and can get to high speeds fairly quickly, nothing like a souped up sports car, but its good over my work to school then back home commute. I would definitely recommend!!!
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Never again! Shame on you, GM!
By london_bridge on 01/12/11 16:18 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I treated this car better than any of my previous "rides". After 30 years on the road, I've found I get fewer & fewer miles on GM cars before parts fail. 32,000 and the Intake Manifold Gasket failed. I have a BIG problem with religiously taking my car into dealerships that will only suggest every form of maintenance except the one they know is suspicious. I'm too late for the DEX-COOL suit, but I did have a Chevy (62K) that was eligible. Submitted my documentation and rec'd a form letter that my car was a year older than it was, so it wasn't eligible. I also owned (before dealer exchanged) a Buick Skyhawk that had the same part fail at 40K before I bought it.
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200,000+ and still going
By clrm on 08/27/10 22:23 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

This car has been a really reliable one. Have had it 8 years and now has over 200,000 on it. The care is just now giving me trouble. The intake gasket has broken, a transmission valve had to be replace, the dashboard odometer has to be replaced, as well as the selector switch for the heat/ac. Most everything else has ran well. My driver's side window switch has a short in it, but I won't spend the money for the whole panel, when I know it needs only a new switch.
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5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Don't buy one!
By hedgeman1 on 08/11/10 11:37 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Every time I breathe this car breaks down. First manifold gaskets, then wheel speed sensor, then speed sensor harness, then a/c goes out then other wheel speed harness, then I have dash lights coming on like a Christmas tree on the dash! Check engine light, service engine light, abs light, traction control light! Digital odometer quit working, gear indicator no longer visible! Its one thing after another! Never ever will buy another one of these! If spent more in repairs in last 3 years then I spent for car!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
still running strong at 114K
By pbm on 03/12/10 14:04 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I wrote a review when the car had 30K and nothing has really changed as I approach 115K. I had the intake manifold gasket changed as a precaution (the 3.1 is known to leak). I had new struts installed at approximately 85K (NYC is tough on a car). This might be the best car I've ever owned and I see no problem hitting 200K.
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Surprise
By Alan Roberson on 02/21/10 09:42 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Purchased this car new in 2002 for my wife, and as our primary vehicle for out of town trips. From the beginning the brakes squealed. A knock in the front end developed within the first year...EXACTLY like the previous 1999 Century we had. GM tried but never fixed it completely. Gotta be a design flaw for it to happen on both cars that we owned. Last week while my wife was driving to work a valve spring broke...major engine repair costs. This car has been babied and the oil religiously changed every 3000 miles. We are very disappointed as we thought we'd have this car many more miles. Will keep as second car and buy a good Honda for primary.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful
The engine Buick Century Custom stinks!
By Sixinc on 01/23/10 20:06 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I bought this car from a deal in June 2007 at 52000 miles. I am now in the process of flusing out oil from the radiator that came from the engine. There is at least 1/2 pint oil in the coolant reservior. Service Engine soon ligh comes on all the time, tire low light is always on, check coolant light never goes off. The tires, coolant and engine have all been serviced. My mechanic discovered that the engine oil leaked into the coolant. The engine will freeze soon if I don't replace it soon.
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Cheap Always Means "Cheap"!
By Roborob on 12/11/09 07:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

We've tried to drive this car for two years, but I've already spent almost $1,000 in brake work, and now the famous intake gasket is screwing me out of decent trade-in value by leaking water out the tail pipe. This is a hidden leak that some drivers may not be aware of. Check all your fluids regularly. The 3.1 engine is nothing like the two previous Pontiacs we've owned, which gave no trouble at all. It does get the same excellent 27 mpg, though. Save your gas money and buy an import that will last. GM should go out of business.
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5 years later
By pbm on 12/05/08 18:52 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Buick Century Sedan Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

Review

It's been over 5 years (and about 75K) since I last rated this car and I'm still very happy with it. I now have 101K and she's running strong. Except for maintenance items the only things needed were new struts at 80K (driving in NYC can be tough). I also replaced the lower intake manifold gasket at 80K as a precaution (an $800 job) because the 3.1 is known to leak coolant into the oil eventually. I just replaced the original battery at 100K because I didn't want to chance getting stuck this winter. This car feels like 300K is doable. Mileage is still averaging about 25 mpg with over 30 on long trips. It has never let me down. A/C is still ice cold without ever being recharged.
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