1986 Buick Century Custom 2.5 Liter from North America


Awesome car, very reliable


When I got the car the water pump was starting to make a noise - replaced 3-4 months later.

When I got it, the belts were also badly worn out and replaced.

The car had 69000 original miles without a tune up - performed a tune up.

Computer went at 76000.

One belt snapped and broke at 79000.

Oxygen sensor went at 76000.

Brakes occasionally lock in the rear for no reason. Brought to 3 mechanics and they could not find the problem. Common with these cars too I guess. And no farther problems.

General Comments:

I've had great luck with this car despite the occasional problems associated with a 20 year old car, and it runs awesome. I have not had any major problems and other than the brakes occasionally locking up in the rear, it drives and handles well.

By far for owning nearly two years there have been no major problems and the car seems to provide great feedback when there is a problem, which allows time to get it fixed.

The paint is starting to fade and peel, but, it has served me very well and even given me awesome gas mileage. The lowest gas mileage I've ever gotten is 20 mpg and the highest was 28mpg. For a big old car this is amazing, especially considering the amount of hills I drive up and down, and the fact it sits for the majority of most weeks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2006

1986 Buick Century 2.8 V6 from Mexico


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

1986 Buick Century Limited 3.8 Fuel Injection from North America


Great Town car and cruiser


Cooling fan sensor failed at 88,000 Miles.

Heater Core went out at 90,000 miles.

Replaced Water pump at 94,000 miles.

General Comments:

Very reliable car if you treat it good. I got it for $1800, a reasonable price. This car is great for commuting to work, or just cruising around town. I've had some problems with the driver side window motor, but other than that, the interior is in great condition! This car has more power than you think, with a 3.8 L 231 C.i. engine. It can easily peel out (which I have done one too many times).

If you maintain this car, it will perform a whole lot better. I have had few problems in the two years I have had it, costing around $700, which is not bad at all, considering the age. This car is almost 20 years old, and I have BEAT a brand new Dodge neon off the line!!!

In conclusion, this car is great if you are looking for affordable comfort, and a good car to get to work everyday. I give it 9 out of 10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2005

9th Jun 2006, 22:11

I agree, I just recently bought a used Buick Century from someone. They said they bought it brand new, so I figured it would be a hunk of junk. But surprisingly, the car was a dream. I don't know of any other 20 year old car that runs as good as this car. The interior hasn't lost it's charm and it runs like a dream.

7th Mar 2007, 04:34

I have one too, it's a buick century 1986 limited and it runs so good, that and it look better in the inside that a lot of people keep telling me to sell it, but I don't want too cause its too good, and its in the best condition.

7th Mar 2007, 10:44

I owned a 1982 century when it was new and its the reason why me and my family changed to Honda's.Anyone who had the 3.0 v6 know what a hunk of junk it was.

30th May 2007, 14:06

The 3.0 had problems, but the 2.5 four cylinder, 3.3 six, and 3.8 six were all highmilage bulletproof engines. Too bad you waste money on Hondas - a good used Century is like a grand or two.