2003 Buick Century from North America
I like the car, except for Buick no taking responsibility for the problem
Purchased car as Certified from a dealer in 2008 with 16,000 miles on it.
Only put about 5k miles a year on the car.
At 33K the intake gasket was leaking, took it to the dealer, was covered under warranty.
At 43K had the transmission flushed, at 44K miles had problem with engagement. The Transmission shop call it delayed engagement, and it's a common problem with the Buick Century; some type of solenoid wears out, and fluid bypasses the solenoid, causing the problem. Cost $1500 to repair.
The problem may have been there before the transmission flush, as I noticed when coming to a quick stop from high speed and then accelerating, there was a small amount of slippage, but with the new fluid being thinner than the old fluid, it made the problem worse.
Car rides very well and gets 33-34 mpg on the highway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th October, 2008
31st Dec 2014, 03:46
* There was no need to get the transmission fluid flushed.
Whoever the mechanic/shop was who did that should have known better.
I've driven used cars for 27 years.
NEVER have I had the transmission on any vehicle "flushed'....
1st Jan 2015, 09:49
Nowadays they don't even have to drop the pan with modern flush equipment. You can see the color of the fluid going from black to pink. I suspect the individual was low on trans fluid prior. Many newer cars are hard to check. I have a few that even lack a transmission dipstick to read. My Corvette and SUV have to be checked level with the engine running, removing the trans plug under the car. Needless to say that can be dangerous. I have noticed that many auto centers do not check trans fluid at all on my daily drivers. They say it lacks a stick to read. That doesn't help you much. I also tow, and flush my trans fluid due to it being more severe duty. The only cars I had experience with slippage were not done. I have been driving since 1969.