1987 Buick Century Reviews from North America

1987 Buick Century Limited

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

This car is reliable and safe

Faults:

I had to have the timing chain replaced.

The coil pack was replaced.

General Comments:

I really like my car. It is very roomy, and it feels like you're sitting on a sofa when in it.

It runs really smooth except when it idles.

Its gas mileage is not the best, but the car is older than I am, so it's understandable.

The weight of the car helps in the snow, but snowy hills and driveways are a little rough.

This car is good for teenagers; its top speed is 85 mph. This is good for me, because I know if it went faster, I would go faster.

Its heavy metal body, in my opinion, makes it safer than many newer cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2012

1987 Buick Century Limited V6 3.8L

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 miles
Most recent distance174000 miles
Previous carMazda MX6

Summary:

Roomy, but crappy :(

Faults:

I first originally bought this car for $700, and had understood the car would need a tune up and the mass air flow sensor fixed.

Tune up (plugs, wires, oil, fuel filter changed).

Mass air flow sensor and air filter after that.

Car still wouldn't floor for some odd reason, and check engine would not stop flashing at me (only at night or when engine was cold).

On the night when the car died and lost compression, my heat gauge kept going up to the 3/4 mark on the gauge, and then dropping down to normal a little below 220 degrees. The car died, but started right back up (no more heating up), and the car died and wouldn't start again. The car would only turn over very weakly due to engine damage.

General Comments:

I personally thought this car was pretty comfortable and roomy, but I would like to buy another Mazda or some type of import, because you can easily put over 200,000 miles on an import.

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

Review Date: 28th September, 2008

1987 Buick Century Custom 2.5

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance296000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Strong as a bull

Faults:

Alternator replaced at 120,000.

Fuel pump replaced at 193,000.

General Comments:

I bought this car when it was 10 years old in 1997. It was the most reliable car I've ever owned, next to my Chevy Celebrity.

Other than the alternator and fuel pump, I never had to replace anything except tires, in the 5 years I owned it.

I sold it in 2002, with 296,000 miles on it, and it was still running strong. The only reason I sold it was my wife and I had our first child, and we needed something bigger.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2008

1987 Buick Century Custom 2.5L Tech IV (Iron Duke 151)

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5L Tech IV (Iron Duke 151) Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles

Summary:

Great low budget cruiser

Faults:

- Replaced faulty alternator when car was purchased.

- Throttle body fuel sensor shorted out at 97K (sort of my fault)

- Replaced whorn tilt steering column (common problem on all 80's gm vehicles with tilt column)

- Placed leaky valve cover gasket at 100K.

General Comments:

- Good commuting car/cruiser.

- Decent gas mileage (26 mpg)

- Handles great in the winter and sticks to the road well in the summer.

- It's kind of a boat, but not too bad.

- Comfy and spacious interior.

- Built like a tank.

- Built with good sheet metal, so it does turn in a rust bucket.

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

Review Date: 15th October, 2006

1987 Buick Century Custom 2.5 Liter I4

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 Liter I4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90500 miles
Most recent distance91700 miles

Summary:

It's a well built car, that will last you a long time

Faults:

Nothing out of the average for the age of the car. Some connections loose under dash, but nothing bad. Just snapped them back together. There was a very minor steering fluid leak, but I ran some sealer though the system and it stopped. Nothing major though.

General Comments:

The car is a tank. It's a very well build car. It's 18 years old and it has 91,700 miles on it, so it has a long life a head of it. It's got a great engine in it. It's the 151 CID cast iron block aka The Iron Duke with fuel injection. It's got some low end punch to it. Really smooth driving car and it handles good. Seats are very nice.

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

Review Date: 16th January, 2006

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 13 reviews