1999 Buick Century Limited 3.1 from North America


This is an AWESOME car!


The only major problem was the transmission that I replaced at 215,000. I bought one at a local junk yard for $75.00, and had a tech I found on Craigslist install it! Total cost for this; $350.00!

The ABS as well as the traction control were out when I got it - never fixed it - never bothered me!

General Comments:

This car has been the best car I have ever owned, and I plan on buying another just like it! This car has the usual lifter noise of the 3.1 motor when you first start it - no worries! It's NORMAL from what I have seen (They will quiet down as the car warms up).

280,000 miles, and I never have to add oil between changes (every 4000 miles).

Bang for the buck, I would take this over any Japanese car maker any day of the week!

As an added bonus, it looks like a senior citizen's car (you can fly below the radar!) ;)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2011

6th Sep 2012, 17:59


I was driving 108 miles round trip just to work every day in this car. Stop and go traffic in the cities, with straight freeway on the way home. This car has around 315K on it currently. The AC is out and the front end makes A LOT of rattling noises! (My mechanic said the front end is worn out!) I am not sure whether or not I will fix the front end or not - hard to let the best car I have ever had go! Still don't need to add oil between changes! These 3.1 motors either last forever, or die really early it seems!

The intake gasket started leaking pretty bad at 290k, so I threw "Iron Tite" head gasket sealer in her and she has been running fine since! It will be a very sad day when she makes her final journey to the scrapyard!

1999 Buick Century Custom 3.1 from North America


A great car, but DO NOT OVERHEAT!!!


Hard shifting, whining when hot.

General Comments:

I just purchased a used 2000 Buick Century with 35000 miles. When I test drove the car before purchasing, the car ran and drove flawless, but upon my return home from the dealer, I got stuck in the typical Staten Island expressway traffic, and the car began to shift terribly, and I heard the annoying whine of the tranny; at this point I felt like OMG, I just got screwed!!

After cooling off for a while, I began to research the problem, and learned about the diag code P1811, and all of the other owners who were having the same problem.

I started with the easiest and cheapest fixes first, and I believe I have solved my problem and hopefully it will fix yours.

I checked my air filter, and it was bad so I purchased a new one. Upon trying to install it, I noticed the assembly of the breather tube to airbox didn't look right.

There is a rubber coupler that joins the tube to the airbox; the coupler has a small tab that needs to be set into a notch on the breather box. If it isn't, the car will not run correctly. It will run hot and could also be responsible for changes in intake pressures, At least this is what I think. And after correcting the setup of the intake, my car is running at 1 hash mark below halfway on the temp gauge, before it was at half. And my shifts are whisper quiet and smooth as silk. There was a video on youtube showing the proper installation of the assembly on youtube however I cannot seem to locate today.

Hope this helps.

By the way, my previous vehicle was a 1998 Buick Century, which we drove for 12 years, and gave my family great service til my wife overheated it and cracked the head. Great cars, but never ever over heat them. If the car is hot, shut it down and take a cab.


Brooklyn NY.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2011