2002 Buick Century Reviews

2002 Buick Century Custom 3.1 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

Too many things go wrong

Faults:

Valve lifters need to be done.

Gas gauge is not working properly.

All service lights are on.

A/C only works on high.

Hub bearings need to be done.

Catalytic converter needs to be fixed.

General Comments:

It's a very good car, but manufactured so poorly, it has a lot of things that go wrong with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th October, 2010

2nd Dec 2011, 10:23

These are mostly simple fixes, minus the valve issue you had.

Wheel bearings go after 100,000+ miles.

The climate control is just a blow motor resistor issue; max $40 part where I live, brand new.

The service lights are all interconnected, so since you have an ABS issue with the wheel bearing, it turns off the traction control, and also turns on the service vehicle soon light on. Fix the bearing and they all go out.

The gas gauge, although a pain, is just the float that has been replaced. $20-30 for just the float (takes some looking around to get though).

Your cat should not needed "fixing" as they are not fixable. If they are plugged, then it means you have had something foreign run through your engine, causing it to plug up. I'd check other stuff, as you could wreck a new one too, should you change it.

Centuries are great cars, good on gas and comfortable, and the problems they have are all minor (except the valve issue, but that's never gone bad on mine). Every car has its faults, and on most cars, their faults are lot more pricey than these cars.

2002 Buick Century 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89450 miles
Most recent distance89550 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A good car with certain parts and components that were poorly engineered

Faults:

ABS went out on it 5 days after I purchased it. Turns out MANY people have the same problem with this car when I checked fixa.com!

ABS light and Service Engine Soon light comes on sometimes and then turns back off. Nobody seems to have a good solution to the problem. If you find one please e-mail me at evermontking@gmail.com. I will update this with any working solution I find. Until then I'm driving it with bad ABS.

The stereo works, but only the passenger side door speakers have sound.

General Comments:

This car handles like a boat, so give yourself room when turning.

The cabin is very roomy and plush, with all the amenities we look for in a car.

The car is not the best on gas, but it's OK.

The car is fast up to 70 MPH, but then after that it slowly accelerates.

Steering wheel is made out of spongy rubber that feels weird, and cannot be cleaned to look new again. Material looks like it's deteriorating faster than it rightfully should.

Fabric in the seats is good, and cleans up nicely.

Car has a little shake to it when I go above 75, and it makes me feel like something is loose or off balance.

Feels like you're floating when you drive it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th May, 2010

18th Nov 2011, 14:49

OK, so I still have this car (I am the reviewer), and I must admit it has been good to me.

The ABS light that comes on is due to a sensor for the brakes being a piece of crap. I've talked with many people who know much about this, and they all say don't worry about it, because it doesn't mean my brakes will fail, and they have been 100% correct for the last year or so.

I put aftermarket 20 inch rims on it and the shaking stopped, and it looks GREAT.

I put a TV in the dash and new speakers, and they WORK GREAT. The stock was crap.

I've put 15 thousand miles on it, and it's still running tough at 100,000 miles.

My only complaints are the steering wheel deteriorating (I put a cover on it and it's fine), and the ABS and service engine lights coming on. There are 2 service engine lights that can come on. The one on the left is in reference to the ABS, NOT THE EMISSIONS SYSTEM. IGNORE IT. Should the service engine light come on the right, you should have it checked out because it has to do with your engine.

This car is a good car with a few minor glitches. Also, it is known to have the air intake manifold gasket go bad, causing your car to seem as if the head-gasket were blown. This is an easy fix, and not as serious as a head gasket! Once you replace it with an aftermarket gasket of good quality, you will have a solid car again.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 10 reviews