2000 Buick Century Custom 3.0 from North America
Very comfortable, but too many things go wrong with it, and its very tight engine space to work on
In the first month I had this car, the hard shifting occurred. Fortunately it was still under 30 day warranty. The GM dealer fixed it by replacing the control solenoid valve in the transmission. It would have cost me $270 to fix, but the warranty took care of it. I still have the info on the bill order... it says codes P1811, P1189. Part# 10478146 - Valve Sol 4.265. I called them again before trading this car in for a Nissan, they said it would cost around $350 to do this job today.
The tranny was good until last year. It started doing to hard shifting, high whining. Had to shut the car off and on again to fix the issue temporarily.
I changed the fluid and the reverse went out on the Buick, so I just got a new car to not mess with this one anymore. Spent way too much time on it.
Ever since I got this car, the radiator was always gunked up with I don't know what, but it was always nasty stuff. This caused an ongoing problem with the heater in the winter and overheating in the summer. Never fixed the darn problem.
Car also had the Throttle Position Sensor replaced due to high idle. That fixed that problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th April, 2010
18th Apr 2010, 08:47
The gunk in your radiator was probably caused by GM's Dexcool coolant.
18th Apr 2010, 10:09
"Ever since I got this car, the radiator was always gunked up with I don't know what, but it was always nasty stuff. This caused an ongoing problem with the heater in the winter and overheating in the summer."
Sounds like the head gasket was gone! Good thing you got rid of it when you did, that is a pricey one! 3.1L engines in the Century are junk...