1983 Buick Century Limited Sedan 3.8V6 from North America


"Sandy will always be in our hearts forever."


During the first few years of owning the car, it was fine. Then once it turned 10 years old, major things happened to the car.

General Comments:

My wife and I bought the car brand new in 1983. It was like a sand beige color with burgundy interior. It had all of the power buttons in it. It did have the deluxe wheel covers as well on it.

At first, we began to really like the car. All 3 of our kids, who are now grown up and have kids of their own, liked the car as well. The car was very roomy, very comfortable, and lots of power while on the road.

The reason for getting rid of the car? Well, with all of the problems that we had with it once it turned 10 years old, we felt it was time to get rid of it. We made the foolish mistake of trading it in at the time for a brand new 1994 Ford Taurus. Now that was a big mistake!

There are times when my wife and I wish we could have just had it fully repaired so that we could still enjoy driving it. However, we do indeed miss the car that we called "Sandy".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2006

11th Sep 2006, 10:53

Buick Centurys were not available with a 3.8 liter V6 in 1983. Your car either had the 2.8 Liter or 3.0 Liter V6, or else it is a newer model.

28th Mar 2015, 21:56

This owner was lucky to get 10 years. I bought ours brand new also.

At 50,000 miles the transmission had to be replaced.

I replaced three rack and pinion steering mechanisms; the second one lasting only two weeks.

Bad rust around the windshield within the first year.

I had to constantly fight GM to fix the many problems with this lemon disguised as a car. GM was not very cooperative.

The CV joints and front brakes were also a major problem.

Finally got rid of it at around 70,000 miles. I bought a Nissan and have never looked back. General Motors will never get another cent from me.

1983 Buick Century Limited Sedan 2.5 Liter EFI 4-cyl from North America


Love it!


Water pump.

Transmission at 366,000 miles.

A/C recharged twice.

At least three complete exhausts.

Not much besides normal maintenance.

General Comments:

Never thought I'd see one of my cars run this long. It runs like a new car, and isn't too terribly rusty yet.

All the original electronics work.

Gets up to 34 MPG on the highway sometimes. Hardly burns any oil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2000