1971 Buick Centurion 2-door 7.5 Liter 455 Cube V8 Stage 1 package from North America
A big, comfy cruiser with big personality and character to match
Over the years, many minor maintenance issues, mostly due to age and neglect.
Since 1975, 2 alternators.
2 water pumps.
A/C compressor and evaporator, converted to the new freon last year.
Rebuilt differential a few years back due to leaking/contamination.
Valve cover gaskets several twice.
Rear main engine seal leaks.
May do an engine rebuild soon.
She's big, bold and powerful, dark blue with a black vinyl top and those stunning authentic Buick chrome wheels. My pride and joy for 35 years now.
The car has never seen snow or salt, and I always try to keep it out of the rain as much as possible.
I bought the car in 1975 because of the foolish emission standards the government was forcing on automakers, and they were trying to promote cars like the Chevette and Pinto. I wanted to own a car with character, style, and power. Not a tin can, throw away econobox. My car still had close to 300 horses, versus a pitiful 205 in 1976 Electra.
The car still runs and drives like a cloud, though time has roughed it up just a bit. The body is still solid, but the paint is faded. I know it will be costly, but as I have time I will have it repainted to its original glory. It doesn't have all the new fancy gadgets but at least I can work on it myself without hooking it to a computer. The air conditioner will frost my windows if I turn it down to low.
The interior is as comfortable as any Buick made today. I used seat covers for most of the car's life to keep them from ripping and tearing, which was pretty common in older cars. The headliners on these old ones don't seem to sag like the newer (late 1970's-1980's) ones.
The big 455 V8, if driven conservatively, can achieve close to 18 MPG on the long trips. Keep in mind the car was designed for comfort, style and power, not fuel economy. The motor in this car is bigger than the motors in most modern pickup trucks or even school buses. If your right foot is heavy, you will pass everything but the gas station, and you will know your tire salesman on a first name basis.
A few years back, I got rear ended by a Toyota Camry. My trailer hitch took out his radiator and nearly demolished the front end of his car. My rear bumper now has two tiny dings and a few scratches as a result.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th April, 2010