2001 Buick Century Limited 6 cylinder 3.1L from North America


Disappointing version of a once reliable product


We purchased the car used from a reliable dealer in Houston. We had the Carfax report, maintenance records and even had the car professionally inspected at our expense. The cruise control was not working at the time, but this did not concern us as it was an it town "grandma's" car.

Soon the ashtray began rattling and would slide out on its own.

The instrument cluster plastic cover rattles.

The instrument cluster is erratic in operation, dimming and unreadable at times.

The A/C vents louvers broke on two of them, the little piece that broke off is loose behind the panel and therefore you cannot open and close the louvers.

The A/C knob was broken, but I fixed it with some epoxy putty, still both knobs operate in a clunky fashion.

Right front windshield wiper does not fit correctly in the resting or off position and rattles.

Left rear passenger side window motor went out at 41,000 miles.

Transmission went out at 28,000 miles at a cost of 3,200 dollars.

ABS/ trac off /service vehicle soon / light began going on and off, took it (many times) in and can't find anything mechanically wrong. Codes says excessive wheel speed variation and sensor short or open circuit. Did repairs as per Buick service bulletins to no avail.

Noisy engine at start up.

Clunk in right rear brake, when braking at low speed, had inspected find nothing out of the ordinary.

Radiator build up of gunky brown foamy substance, car is infamous for dex-cool problems. I have to flush and replace coolant yearly as a preventative measure.

Cabin air filter is not a good filter system at all, as instead it simply stores and recirculates whatever it has collected. There was a musty smell that came from it when we purchased the car so we had it replaced and within a month the same smell was back. I began driving with the windows open and the "vent" setting to blow out the smell before I turned on the A/C or heater. Now with the window problems I'm trapped.

General Comments:

The car drives smoothly enough, but has way too many serious as well as annoying nagging problems. Many seem to be electrical in nature, such as short in ABS system and Instrument cluster. All are expensive to diagnose and repair.

We bought this car to replace a 1997 Buick Century that was totaled in a wreck. Whatever the next car we buy is it will not be a Buick or a GM product, they deserve to go bankrupt for building poor quality products and dumping them on (once but no longer) loyal customers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 2009

14th Feb 2010, 19:42

I agree with you; I had the engine block break on the car, so we traded it in for a new car. But the rest was good.

2001 Buick Century Limited 3.1 liter V6 SFI from North America


Very reliable and comfortable car


The only thing that has ever gone wrong with the car was a speed sensor on one of the wheels went bad.

I was not able to diagnose this problem myself and it cost about 300 dollars to fix (275 dollar part cost).

General Comments:

Very nice interior, leather seats.

Very reliable car just over 100000 miles and only one minor problem. No leaks of any kind ever.

Gas mileage is good for this size of car. I average 26 mpg. I am not willing to drive an unreliable or smaller car for the sake of better gas milege.

Only thing to be desired is more performance (as you get with the 3800 engine in some other models).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2008

2001 Buick Century Limited 3.1L from North America


Very comfortable, but unreliable


Where do I start? This is one of the most comfortable cars I have ever owed.

But as far as reliable, no way.

Intake manifold gasket; $200 doing it myself.

Rear stabilizer bar; $120.

Transmission $2200 dollars.

EGR valve $100.

Now my wheel sensors.

Trading it in. Just in the last couple months I've stuck probably about 3500 dollars. I'm a G.M. guy too. But I would say if you own one, sell it, they're all lemons.

Not to mention the thing is a ticking time bomb if you know what I mean. Love that piston slapping in the morning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th February, 2008

26th Feb 2008, 09:34

Just because you have had bad luck with it doesn't mean that you can call them all lemons. Everyone that I have ever talked to who has had one of them has said that it's a really good car. Plus, reliability is also determined by how well you take care of the car. So either you did get a true lemon or you drove the crap out of it. I have one, would buy 5 more if I could. Buick's are AWESOME!!!