1989 Buick Century Reviews

1989 Buick Century Limited 3.3 from Germany

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

It is a great American car for 6 passengers

Faults:

A/C compressor did not work any more.

Alternator.

Water pump.

Shock absorber.

General Comments:

As I bought the car in 2002, I had to renew a lot. The bulbs behind the odometer and a few bulbs in the radio, driver's seat belt, brake light in the window. The roof, trunk and hood needed new paint a few years ago, since the paint disappeared/went off.

I also cleaned the whole car with its carpet. I also added weather stripes on the doors, as the models from 1993 have.

The seats are very comfortable. The car is fast and quiet inside. Twice we drove from Berlin to Brussels (850 km) in one night without any problems at 130 km/h.

Sometimes we drive on the German autobahn with 180 km/h, but not for a long time, since it is not a race car. But at a speed of 150 km/h, it is still very comfortable.

The 23 year old car has no rust, and I will keep it for a long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2012

1989 Buick Century 3.3 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance161000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

Reliable, affordable, quick, comfortable transportation

Faults:

These cars require ball joints regularly.

The weather stripping comes loose a lot.

The headliner falls down on aged cars.

Needs undercoating in Canadian winters. Confirmed rust areas:

- rear sub-frames

- dog legs/wheel wells

- fenders aft of the front wheels

- trunk shock towers

- wheel wells

- inner quarter panels

Other than routine maintenance, this car has no other faults.

General Comments:

This car is awesome for reliability.

The 3300 engine and transmission are bulletproof. I've owned the similar '91 Olds Cutlass Ciera with same engine and tranny, which still runs perfectly, has plenty of power at 349k and doesn't use a drop of oil, just rusty now. Bought the '91 for $750, and drove it five years until it needed too much.

Always run synthetic oil in these cars, and change it at every 10k; they'll run forever.

Cabbies say that the 3300 engine will run a million miles with a 500k tranny change.

Has a big trunk and seats 5 people very comfortably.

This car will cruise at 145kph all day long, and will lay a strip 20 feet long!

Mileage is around 25-27mpg combined.

Many parts are compatible between the '91 and the '89. The '89 Century has same running gear as '91. Brakes are the same size. Parts are cheap and readily available.

These cars are pretty comfortable as well and pretty quiet inside. Seats aren't the greatest, but then again, none of GMs seats are very good.

I love these cars! The great thing is that there are granny's out there who have these cars that are in perfect shape with low kms... 200k+ is like brand new for these cars. Everyone that I've talked to loves these cars, and many times, the seniors don't want to part with them because they've been so reliable. The fellow that I bought my '89 from really, really didn't want to sell it to me... the car was perfect! But his kids convinced him to buy a Honda...I felt bad for him.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2010

1989 Buick Century custom V6 3.3 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

Great Solid, safe, reliable, fun car

Faults:

No major problems ever happened with this car. The only repairs made were regular maintenance that you would expect from any other car. Nothing major, and nothing that was expensive. However I must have patched and replaced the muffler twice, but that is most likely due to the harsh winters and the salt covered roads of New England that would cause more than normal rust. In New England, any car over 10 years old is considered old because cars just do not last as long around here with our winters and salty roads.

I love this car and would buy another one in a second, but the only major complaint about his car was the power windows. I wish I never had power windows. As power windows get old they are terrible. Three out of the four windows broke within 6 months, leaving the drivers window the only functioning window.

General Comments:

A great car that is not at all under powered. This car is comfortable and has a very reliable motor and transmission. This car is also very solid. This car was in an accident involving a Mitsubishi that ran a stop sign. The frame beams in the bumper destroyed the other car leaving it completely totaled and in need of a tow, while my Buick had just a small crack in the fiberglass and still in perfect running condition.

The car did very well on gas and was a truly fun car to drive with a lot of character. They just don't make cars like this anymore. A truly 1980s tank with great quality and character.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2008

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 22 reviews