Buick Century Reviews from Mexico

1986 Buick Century 2.8 V6

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Faults:

Well, a lot of things had done wrong with it.

Power steering never worked on this car - we always drove it like that. It's extremely hard to do such a thing, but it transforms your arms :).

Rust, rust and more rust.

Inside materials fall off easily.

Engine leaks oil.

At first the car worked perfectly and nothing went wrong. Everything started to go wrong after I started abusing it.

After 150k or so, the windows don't roll down, just small issues.

General Comments:

This car is unbelievable. I bought this car in Oklahoma and took it to my native Mexico. Like I said, it was perfect for the first year, then I started to abuse the car. And with that I do mean abuse.

It's not a 4X4 car, but this piece of crap has crossed arroyos and has gone up hills most trucks won't dare to. It is not fast, but wow this car has taken such a beating that if Buick would know, they would buy it from me because it would make them so proud. I've raced it on dirt roads! Going 50-60 mph on a dirt roads is extremely dangerous, but it's so much fun. I have used to crash into my friends car at slow speeds, but you do that and see if you like the result.

It is reliable for a Buick and it seems they are well made. I wish carsurvey had a way to upload pictures so people could see how bad this car looks... really ugly. We nicknamed it "el punk-o-mobil" cuz we are punks and we are extreme! And this old car showed us that Buick has balls.. old... but balls after all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2006

1985 Buick Century LIMITED 2.5 GAS

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 GAS Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired45 kilometres
Most recent distance147625 kilometres

Summary:

The best buy I've ever had

Faults:

After 20 years, the windows roll down slow.

It needed tires (white-wall) four times.

Also, the shock absorbers were replaced three times, the second with normal units because the air-system from the factory was (and still is) very expensive.

One valve-job in 2004.

Tail lenses replaced in 2004.

General Comments:

This is my first and only car.

I bought it new when I was 24, and I try to keep it in the best condition.

Air conditioning began to leak gas this summer.

In Mexico, this model is not regarded as Buick, but "General Motors Century".

It has a soft ride, almost as that of a full-size car.

The materials used in this car are of good quality; they still look as new, and I have complements from other drivers when I pull into the gas stations in regards the looks and general condition of the car.

I would like to paint my Century with the pattern used by Buick back in 1957, as a Road-master.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st October, 2005

1989 Buick Century Limited V6 3.3L MPFI

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission V6 3.3L MPFI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired133200 kilometres
Most recent distance138754 kilometres

Summary:

A granpa car that still out runs some newer cars

Faults:

Problem:

The transmission cover had a small crack and oil was leaking.

Solution:

A small soldering job. (about US$200).

Problem:

Leveling system wasn't working properly.

Solution:

Changed the sensor. (about US$50).

Problem:

The car started to "kick" when accelerating and shifting from first to second gear.

Solution:

Fuel Injectors needed to be replaced.

Problem:

I almost "sunk" the car on a storm (almost 50cm./19in. deep).

Not an actual issue of the car, it was entirely my lack of experience and foolishness.

Obviously, the engine didn't start anymore.

The air filter was soaking wet.

The battery was dead.

Water got mixed with oil inside the engine.

Solution:

Some electrical parts were changed, I don't know which ones, the air filter as well as the engine and transmission oil were changed.

The engine started as soon as the battery got replaced, even before the oil and the other parts were changed, fixed or replaced.

General Comments:

It has lots of power, specially to pass and step roads.

All the issues listed before aren't a big deal if you consider this is a 12 year-old car.

It may appeal your grandpa or grandma, but it can get you comfortably to your destination (and quite fast).

I've drive this car on a highway up to 180Kph/110mph, and it felt rock steady.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st October, 2001

21st Oct 2005, 16:38

This guy looks really satisfied with his car, although I think that the speed he states is not accurate, but anyway, this is a great car for a great value.

23rd Oct 2005, 03:43

To the poster of the first comment, no aggression intented: Do you refer to the 110mph claim, or the "rock steady" claim? Most GM's, even 89's, have a governor at 125mph (I assume that one had it), so the Century can indeed achieve that speed, if that's what you mean. As for the "rock steady" claim, my 92 Olds is very steady at 105mph (fastest I've had it), and could probably get to the governor with no problem or loss of stability.

11th Apr 2006, 09:05

Cars built in Mexico aren't required to have governors, but the thing could probably hoist itself to 115 if given enough room. Today the governors are based on the tires included on that model... usually 108mph for normal GM passenger cars, and 99mph for std trucks.

11th Apr 2006, 11:20

I don't think being built in Mexico (assuming you are talking about a car destined for America) has anything to do with governors as much as lawyers. As you point out, if the car can outrun its standard tires there will be lots of lawsuits floating around.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews