1997 Buick Century Custom 3100 V6 from North America
Not bad, but not as good as prior and post Buick models owned
Interior A pillar moulding on driver's side was replaced.
Window sweep mouldings on three different doors were replaced due to cracking and discoloration.
Center fold down arm rest lid, the plastic underneath the cloth caved in.
Low coolant level sensor in the radiator was replaced.
Water leak on passenger floor board. Lots of silicon on the seams of the windshield cowl is a common fix for this problem.
Sold the car to a friend after 3 years with 99,000 miles. This is what they had to repair:
Driver hub bearing.
2 back window regulators (never fixed).
A/C was on its way out. Never fixed.
Shortly after that the last and final issue of the engine barely wanting to start, and when it did it hardly ran with a loud knocking noise. My guess was the timing chain was stretched, but never bothered to dig any deeper.
Junked the car at 130,000 miles.
I performed all of the maintenance and repairs during both owners.
Not a bad car at all considering this would be Buick's entry level car after the Skylark was gone. Generic late 90s styling that to me looked better than Camry, Taurus and Accord competition.
The interior was nice looking with comfortable seats and user friendly gauge cluster. Head and leg room were roomy for a mid size car. Problem was the interior fit and finish were low quality.
The handling was good and the soft ride screamed Buick.
The engine power was lacking with the 3.1 as I wasn't a fan of that engine. In the late 80s- early 90s this engine was so much better with less issues when it had the multi port injection. Easier to work on too. The 3800 V6 should have been at least an option in this model.
This car was OK with all things said and knowing the post owner's history. In the past and after this car we had multiple Buicks that were superb. The mid 90s seem like a bad time for GM vehicles and lasted up until the bail out in 2009.
The comfort level, reliability and performance of this review are based on my ownership as I explained it was sold to a friend after.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd February, 2021