Harmonic balancer on drive shaft pulley disintegrated at about 110000. $150 to fix.
Many alternators - at least 5. I always put them on myself since it is extremely easy and accessible, and had lifetime warranty on them from Autozone so no big deal.
A/C compressor pulley bearing started squeaking at 113,000 and it cost $175 to replace.
Electric fan replaced several times, but much like the alternators, I did this myself and used lifetime warranty parts.
Driver seat bolt loosened up and until I discovered it, was a nuisance (constant knocking and movement in the seat).
Until car is warmed up, transmission sometime does not go into overdrive in cold weather (50 deg F or less). But here in Florida, it is warm enough year round to not be a hassle.
Currently, squealing noise coming from engine compartment which varies with engine speed.
Very reliable car.
Even though it's tow capacity is 1000lbs, I have towed a 19' boat (total tow weight about 3000lbs) a total of approx. 50 miles, and pulled the boat out of the water about 10 times, all without any failure with the car, except an alternator during 1 tow (seemingly heat related - after that never ran AC while towing). Also have towed a Uhaul trailer (approx. 1000lbs) about 500 miles with no problems (not running AC).
Even at current mileage, car runs like a top- very smooth. I still rely on it to commute 50 miles + per day.
25th Jan 2003, 12:17
I owned my 1990 Buick Century Limited since 1996. After almost 6 years and 70,000 miles, my buick is still going strong.
I have took long road trips over the years. I put over 5000 miles on a road trip from Atlanta to New Mexico and back. And I also drove it up and down east coast several times, average 2000 miles each trip. The car has been extremely reliable over the years. I only had one break down over the high way shortly after I purchased the car in 1996. It was the Alternator. And after that, I had to replace the alternator almost every two years. Yes, I am using the Life Time Warranty parts as well, but this is annoying. Since it is no guarantee when it will quit. It seems to be heat related, and now I moved to Canada, hopefully I will not have to replace the alternator again.
I do oil change and front brake pat replace myself. I am trying to get a hand on working on the paint. Since I drove it from Georgia to Toronto last year, the paint has took a hit in the cold weather. The paint peeled off at a spot on the rear center of the roof, about 4 by 6 inches. For the first time since I bought my buick, I had to replace the rear brake and had my rear drums rotated. So overall, it has been a real low maintenance car.
This winter in Canada is pretty cold, currently the daily temperature is around -15 C. Although my car does not have a block heater, it starts every morning without problem. However, I can notice the engine noticablly takes 3 or 5 seconds more to start. I have been driving it in some extreme heat in New Mexico desert and now I am driving my very same Buick in the dead cold Canadian winter. And I am convinced my car and its 3.3 sweet V6 will give me a smooth ride under any weather conditions.
Well, I love my car, although it is not as stylish as some new ones. But it does not hurt my wallet that much either. If you would like to contact me for any info, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.