2003 Buick Century 3.1L from North America
Buick should have replaced all 3.1L intake gaskets for free in a recall
Found out after I got the car, both rear window motors were bad. Seller was a relative and said one was bad, but was not aware both were bad. I replaced them, and then the front two window motors went bad less than 3 months later!
I drained the radiator fluid and it had engine oil in it! I had to replace the intake gaskets with updated gaskets to correct the oil in radiator fluid issue. Every intake gasket on every 3.1L Century is bad because of the poor intake gasket material design!
The transmission bangs into gear and I have not had time to fix the transmission. That is a solenoid issue and is another common GM issue!
The alternator was making a horrible noise and I replaced that too. The issue was the bearing was bad, because after I took it off the car, you could barely spin the bearing. I am a GM and ASE mechanic, and all this work I mentioned, would have cost someone in the $3-$5k range!
I got this from a relative that brought it in for service when the advisor recommended it. The issues were not a result of lack of maintenance, but poor quality parts. I would have been upset if I had paid $25k for this brand new car, and after 36k miles, had to pay out an additional $5,000 for all the repairs GM has been aware of for years and refuse to correct!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th September, 2015