1987 Buick Century LTD from North America


I'd buy another one in a heartbeat


I've had to replace the brakes, but I expected to have to do that. I didn't expect the brake line to give out while I was driving it, though, without warning.

I've replaced the tires, simply because they were kind of balding.

I've got a window gasket that's in need of replacement, and the door pins are loose.

The transmission isn't really tight, but it works. I like to think of it as a quirk, until it really becomes a problem. So far it's been consistent.

I had a fuse box problem. One of the fuses went out, and the filament stayed together. It melted some wires and it melted a hole in the fuse box. I ended up stranded, because one of the fuses it took with it was for the fuel pump.

General Comments:

Other than the above, the car has been reliable. I can live without a radio and I can live without a cigarette lighter. It starts without any trouble, and it's a good winter car. It's also a very smooth ride. It handles really well for a big-ish car. I have no complaints about the interior or the way the car runs.

The point is, the price is right. You can pick one up for less than $1000, and for that, you get reliability, if not without some routine hiccups. My car has lasted me for almost 3 years now, and I hope to see it through as many more as I can nurse it through. I wouldn't try to talk anyone out of buying one, even if my troubles with it sound like something to avoid. I haven't had any major repairs to pay for. Most of the problems I've had are due to sheer age, use, and routine maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2004

1987 Buick Century Custom Sedan 2.5L from North America


A dependable ride with power and comfort


The seals on the inside of the doors and the trunk came off.

The passenger side rear window glass and driver side window glass are loose.

The air conditioning system broke sometime in between the years of 1994 through 1996.

The alternator had to be replaced in the year 2000.

The paint has faded and chipped in some places, which have caused some rusting.

General Comments:

This car because has been very dependable.

This car rides pretty smoothly considering her age.

The body design is quite nice and she is not too large yet roomy.

A comfortable ride.

She has the power when you need it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2004

1987 Buick Century Custom 2.8 fuel injected V6 from North America


A good car for $400


Right after I got the car it broke down. I had to replace the Computer Command Controll module, which cost me $150, then I had to replace the fuel pump twice at $93 a piece. And now I need to replace the whole exhaust system because I hit a dip going 55 mph. The left front fender is bashed in from the previous owner. It has no headliner. But you can't expect a car that you paid $400 for to be perfect.

General Comments:

The car has a lot of power and is pretty reliable.

It's interior is comfortable and is pretty nice, the only problem with it is the fact that the seats don't lean back, it's a good car for a tall person like me.

It has electric door locks, but no power windows or anything like that.

The stereo is nice for factory.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2003

1987 Buick Century T Type 3.8 SFI from North America


I wish I could order another one brand new just like it was


Serpentine belt (typical) Water pump @ 70'000 miles Timing gear @ 100,000 miles Power antenna @ 150,000 miles.

General Comments:

Very quick off the line, surprised some people. Nice size, not too big, but good room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2003

1987 Buick Century Custom 4D 2.8L Multi Port Fuel Injection from North America


It is a very comfortable car, which does well what it is designed to do


My throttle body gasket had to be replaced at 200,000 miles.

My heads developed cracks at 150,000 miles.

A hole was put in the muffler at 245,000 miles.

Leaked oil at 200,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has not cost me very much money. The most expensive thing was replacing both heads, which totaled $700. However, this was my fault, because the heads are aluminum, and spark plugs should only be hand-tightened, not torqued down as I did. The car and the engine cannot be held responsible for my foolish mistake.

The oil leak is a very common problem for the 2.8L V6, and is simply fixed. I spent about five dollars for a replacement gasket, and an O-ring from a 350 Chevy. The engine has not had a leak since.

The engine is noisy when first started, but even now at over 250,000 miles, the engine idles almost silently.

When on the road, the engine is not excessively noisy, but when the throttle is opened a "bit", the engine does not sound anemic either. At that time the engine develops a deep rumble that sounds nice to the young male ear.

The transmission shifts very smoothly, except when under hard acceleration, at that time, you will feel it grab hard and lock in gear. The way that the transmission is geared, the lower gears have short ratios to combat the weight, and fourth gear overdrive provides for good fuel economy at highway speeds, unfortunately, the transmission jumps between gears if speed is held at 35 mph.

The suspension could be stiffer, and body roll at higher speeds is very apparent. However, the ride is excellent and very soft, like a luxury car should be.

The seats are incredibly comfortable, and the power driver's seat is convenient, as are the power windows and door locks. In the front, seat belts have shoulder straps, but in the back, there are lap belts only.

The interior is spartan and functional, with plenty of room between you and your surroundings for the taller among us.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2002