2001 Buick Century Custom 3.1


Very reliable, cheap to repair and comfortable transportation


Automatic windows are a weak spot on this car. I have replaced 4 so far, easy to do and cheap on the net (get the ones with the pulleys, not just the plastic track).

Had to have the transmission rebuilt at 200,000.

Blower motor resistor at 150,000 (need to be a contortionist).

Replaced one O2 sensor.

New fuel sending unit around 200,000. It was a fairly easy and cheap job. It is accessible from the back seat area, no dropping the fuel tank.

One of 3 coils replaced at about 175,000.

Most irritating repair was having to bypass the security system when it gave up the ghost.

General Comments:

A very reliable, cheap to repair car.

Does not show its age as much as some models.

High speed cruising on vacation is great.

Made in Canada, which is kind of nice.

No rust to speak of.

Looking at other Buicks to replace this one in the next 2 or 3 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2015

2001 Buick Century 3.1 liter V6 gas


Dangerous, poor quality, reliability and no resale value


Transmission problems at 24000 km.

instrument cluster problems at 22000 km.

EGR valve problems at 30000 km.

Engine threw a rocker arm at 56000 km.

Rear brakes require adjustment every 6000 km

Driver's seat sagged and lost support at 30000 km.

Piston slap.

General Comments:

A serious lack of overall quality permeates this car. I have had many GM Buick/Olds/Chevy products, and maintain my vehicles well, but there is no amount of maintenance that can overcome the poor engineering/assembly and design of this vehicle's components. Such a disappointing vehicle, that I will never again purchase a new/newer GM product. Current repair costs on this vehicle would be 2 to 3 times its resale value, and it only has 56000 pampered kilometers (less than 35000 miles) on it! They should have let GM go bankrupt and saved future customers from economic trauma.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th April, 2013

8th Apr 2013, 16:44

Not everyone's experience is like yours. My last 4 cars have been Buicks, and I have not had any significant trouble with any of them. While they are not as comfortable as the older ones, they are nice dependable vehicles in my experience.

9th Apr 2013, 15:04

This is a very very rare exception to GM's impeccable reliability and high quality. No GM vehicle we have owned has required any repairs before 100,000 miles. A few years ago we sold a Buick (a LeSabre) that had run flawlessly for well over a quarter of a million miles.

For decades Buick has traded places for the world's most reliable car with Lexus. I'd buy a Buick in a heartbeat without a single worry. Our family has owned 3 and 5 series BMW's and C and E class Mercedes. None of them was any more reliable than the much less expensive GM cars, such as Buick.

10th Apr 2013, 11:22

Sorry, but the comments about Buick are not correct. Lexus has for years been at the top of the most reliable car list.

12th Apr 2013, 15:46

Check the facts, not Toyota ads. The Buick has traded places for number one with Lexus for two decades.

2001 Buick Century


This has been a bad car and a real black eye for GM


Power window motor replaced.

Fan blower switch replaced.

Engine replaced under warranty due to a rattle from sloppy piston sizing.

Body rust.

Brake and fuel lines are corroded, and I'm told won't last much longer; will cost $1000 to replace.

Power steering hoses leaked, and I had them replaced for $400.

Shift indicator and odometer are dead. I read that this is common in 2001 Buicks.

General Comments:

My father bought this car almost new in 2001 for a lot of money... like $20000.00, and I inherited it as a second car, and it has been quite disappointing.

The car when it runs is smooth, powerful and comfortable, and good on gas, however it has had a horrible history of repair. It had to have its engine replaced just at the end of its five year extended warranty. That would have cost 5-7 thousand dollars. The service guy said that GM bores out sets of blocks about five at a time. The first one is too tight and the fifth one is sloppy. Mine must have been a fifth one.

It rattled like a diesel engine almost from new. They did a good job fixing it and it purrs now, but the rest of the car is suffering from rot. Hoses, fuel and brake lines are all starting to leak. The fenders have been a rusty mess for as long as I can remember...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2012