2004 Buick Century V6 from North America
Very good buy for the money
There is a squeak in the steering wheel when first moving the vehicle in the morning;
Also, the front brakes squeal when first moving.
The front seats, non power, are extremely comfortable especially for long highway runs.
Finding a place for the driver's left foot when running under cruise can be a tedious process.
As in all new cars, the ashtray is well concealed and hard to find and use.
Excellent standard radio, good reception, and the standard CD player does not skip tracks on rough pavement.
The one problem we are encountering is the high door sill. I have a bad left leg and it is becoming harder and harder to get into the vehicle with any grace.
This car did what it had to do while I was away from home on a remote assignment; it provided my wife with reliable, comfortable, efficient transportation (albeit a bit boring).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th October, 2008
A little update on our Century - it has been in service now for 7 years, was bought with 9700 km on it, and other than a squealing front brake problem, which was resolved, it has only been to the dealership for regular checkups.
We change the oil at regular intervals and it keeps on ticking.
Now at 74,000 KM and climbing.
Not a problem except for the brake thing, resolved by the dealer.
No wonder GM discontinued it - too good a car, and doesn't make enough in needed repair work!
Does need a new set of tires, though. A little worn to get through another Canadian winter.
I think the history of this vehicle shows what indoor parking can do to prolong vehicle life.. Now if there was only some way to put rubber bumpers on the pillars in the parkade... the back corners wouldn't be so scraped.
I'm curious how your brake issue was resolved. I have a 2005 Park Avenue with 37,000 miles, and have dealt with an ongoing squeal from my front brakes as well. I finally had it looked at Friday, and the dealer removed some rust from my rotors free of charge. It seemed to help, but did not eliminate the squealing completely.
After two trips the dealer replaced the front rotor under warranty; the first two times they just cleaned it with air pressure.
No squeak since.
My brakes are squealing again quite frequently. Mine only do it when I apply the brake. My car is long out of warranty, so I think I will just live with it.
Latest update: now at 90,000K.
In its life with us, this car has cost a little over $1,000 in total maintenance excepting oil changes, filters, and tires... just keeps on ticking. Not bad for 11 years of ownership!
In terms of cost, the best car I have ever owned.