1999 Buick Century Custom from North America
Affordable and comfortable family car if you buy it used
I have had a few small problems with the car and one more serious problem. I just had the intake gasket replaced by the dealer for $750 after turning down all the extra repairs they tried to tack on that would have put the price well over $1000. All other repairs were minor enough for me to repair myself (although I'm a little more mechanically inclined then most). I had to replace a leaking water pump, thermostat (that's a pretty big job on this car), and the heater resistor switch. The blower motor somehow got some moisture in it and shorted out for a while. I cleaned it up and had my 5 year old son dry it off with the hair dryer for 15-20 minutes (He loved it), then it worked again.
I bought this car because it has plenty of room for the family, It has a VERY comfortable ride, and most importantly, it was cheap! I guess that's a drawback if you're buying a new model because it has a low resale value. I paid $6500 dollars when it was 4 years old with 60,000 miles. It was a good deal, but since I've owned GM products in the past, I'm watching the odometer move closer to the 100,000 mile range and I'm getting a little nervous.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st April, 2005
17th Apr 2005, 18:22
If they are as good as 1992's, they will go 250,000 miles!
26th Aug 2006, 16:54
I bought a 1999 Buick Century, new. It drove great for six years with minor problems. However, in 2005 & 2006 the car began to stall. This would happen when I turned it off, ran an errand,& then tried to drive off. The car would begin to shudder & then stall. I took it to the Buick dealer twice & they could find nothing wrong with it. I found that if I let it set for approximately 15 to 20 minutes (at the most overnight) the car would run for another month with no problem. This is nerve wracking, especially when I buy gas. I don't know whether it will stall or let me drive off.