My Vw golf TDI diesel died...needed quick transportation..NOW. my husband found this emerald green 1999 buick on a sale lot...I honestly wasn't thrilled, looked like a ''granny car". Was an older couples cthe went to nursing home grandson sold the car. She had 68000 miles with a v6.....price was good....3k later she's mine. ... granny car gets granny name "Hilda.".....she has never failed to start, always gets me to and from...looks good.( needs a beauty parlor trip) carwash.........I'll keep her...insurance cheap and she's paid for! Adequate trunk space for bodies/ groceries
This was my first car, bought at 101,000. I had it for 6 years before i traded it in, it ran like a champion the entire time I had it even when I traded it in. It was my guardian angel protecting me from all sorts of things. I was hit from the side by semi truck one time, and stepped out the car without a scratch on me. I was hit from behind on a highway, I still don't have a scratch. The car was attacked and vandalized while I was in it, I ran over an attacker, and sped away. It was also my reliable soldier, because no matter what happened to it I always knew it was going to start and get me to where I needed to go. No major repairs needed. Only basic maintenance, is needed. It was because of this car; that the Buick is the only car brand I will buy hands down. Safe and reliable!! You won't be disappointed!!
bought it at 126,000 miles from an old dude here where i live in north east montana. all highway miles. thing was so quite that it was running and the only way i knew it was on was to pop the hood and see that the belt was spinning! im 20 and i love this car.
the engine isnt a brute. but the car isnt that heavy either. its got enough power to do everything you need it to do. pull onto the interstate, get on it, and before you exit the ramp your up to 75.
brakes are great. starts in -40 weather, seats you can fall asleep in (quite nice for the girlfriend also ;) haha)
its a great car. you just gotta know how cars work and keep up on the matience and it will last forever.
the noise the engine makes at wide open. it sounds way meaner than it is.
my after-market stereo. the truck is just big enough to have 2 huge 1000W RMS subs, yet still be able to carry my winter supplies, tools, jack, shovel, and the groceries.
i can get 40 MPG if i drive 55-60
the paint... its a purple that shifts to brown. confuses the cops haha
but the car is just dead reliable and SO comfy. best riding car i have ever been in.
a car like this is just fun to drive. your not going to hurt it (if you change the oil and wash/dry it after playing). you can drive it at wide open and not die, throw it in corners in gravel and it slides out predictable and controllable.
power window tracks. they are a bad design. had to replace 2 of them. really easy and cheap fix however.
the 3.1s were built loose, and they warm up to fit... so it sounds like it has lifter tick till it warms up. people sometimes point when i cold start it when its -20 out side.
engine could use an extra 50 HP... but i could say that about a 500HP engine.
i have more good things to... say ran out of room.
anyway... this is my first real car i trust to go 450 miles with. its never left me stranded, its EASY to work on, cheap parts. and its super fun to drive.
what more do you want?
I have to say, driving a Buick Century for my 16th birthday wasn't the most stylish thing, but I loved it! This car has about 150,000 miles on it and has had no problems. (just a few minor things) The gas mileage is pretty decent in this car. The seats are unbelievably comfortable. The stereo works incredibly well and is loud. Drives wonderfully on the highway, and surprisingly does good in snow, etc. Back seats are comfortable and offer tons of room. I would actually recommend this car over the car I drive now (Jeep Liberty). This was my first car and I still loved it, and I'm sure I would buy one again if I had the choice.
Inside is boring as others have stated, nothing outstanding. Bought with 42K miles on it. Does start every time. Have had issues with intake manifold gasket 2 times. $600.00 each time to repair. Some bands in tranny broke at 142,000 miles, around $750.00 to repair. Went thru tires like water thru a siv. Had to have EVERYTHING replaced including struts and mounts. Have replaced every window motor, now 2 more are out. Replaced egr valve. Seems everything carbons up quickly, just have to make sure to use a good quality cleaner every thousand miles or so. At around 60,000 miles, anti-freeze jelled up and have to have radiator replaced, heater core removed and cleaned. cruise control broken.
Seats are fairly comfortable, rides nice since everything has been replaced. Feels like a bigger car than what it is. Decent gas mileage, 31 on hiway. It's pretty much a grandpa's car, not sporty or fast.
This car should have had a recall because of the window motors and anti-freeze jelling up causing costly repairs. I have found I can by the window motors on E bay for around 45 each and another 65 in labor. My ASE mechanic stated you can use regular anti freeze in these so switched over at 60K miles and no problem. Now have 210,000 miles on it and still going. Had remote start put on a few months ago and is really great.