6th Jan 2008, 14:17
I drove my grandmothers very old, but low mileage 1966 Ambassador station wagon all through college and never complained once. It was a gift as was my entire tuition. With my education completed I bought a home and a new Corvette by my late 20's as a direct result of those gifts. Looking back now none of that "sucked "as you put it. I am certain she would have been hurt if she overheard me saying that as well.
23rd Jan 2008, 11:48
Actually I had a 1992 Buick Century also and it was my grandmothers car who weighed about 90 pounds and when I got the car (115 lb. female) the seat had started to tear and eventually leaned back farther and farther. And as for the others who disliked the car, I have to agree it was terrible.
18th Feb 2008, 20:36
I have a 1992 Buick Century and have had it since 1992. I purchased it with 11,000 and now have close to 150,000. The only thing I have had to replace on it (except the usually battery, tires, mufflers and brake shoes) is the water pump and that was this year. I love it. Starts first time in the winter, still hums like a kitten and I couldn't ask for a more dependable car. I have seen several like mine in town and they are all great too. The upholstery and interior is in great condition. Transmission was checked and not 1 shaving in the fluid. It pays to take care of the car with reg. oil changes etc. PS: and I have NEVER needed it tuned up.
3rd Apr 2008, 07:27
I recently acquired a 1992 Buick Century from a reliable dealer and have had no problems with it. As above mentioned, it purrs like a kitten, idols well, has fantastic "pick-up", mint interior (still smells new!). The transmission is in great condition, brakes are fine, everything runs perfectly. I'm highly satisfied. So, suck it up and deal with it. It's better than no car, or a peice of crap Ford or something.
13th Jul 2008, 23:10
I drive a 92 Century Custom and it's awesome. I love pulling up to ricers and blowing them off the line. Good luck with that in your Bonneville.
14th Sep 2008, 08:24
I have a 1992 Buick century that idles low - high at times, then when you come to a stop it will just cut off. Last week while coming to a complete stop at a light the car wouldn't move while giving it gas, I put the car in park and again in drive and it just took off after that. I have had it do it one time since then. I took it to an mechanic and was told it was and electrical problem that would cost me $600, I then call a transmission specialist and was told it was a link in the transmission that would cost $248. My question is has anyone else had this problem/could you tell me what it is.
6th Oct 2008, 02:52
Regarding the post above me, my '92 Century did that once, too. Nothing ever came of it except that it freaked me out a little. It happened to me in the dead of winter... so maybe my situation had to do with the cold... did this happen in a cold climate?
6th Oct 2008, 02:56
I'm 20 and I love my Buick Century. I've had it since I was 16; it's my first car and I can't imagine life without it. Frankly, I don't ever want to get rid of it. I'm a student, too... so I can see what you're saying about it looking a little clunky, but it really is a fabulous car. Maybe you just got one that wasn't well taken care of?
15th Dec 2008, 19:17
My little 92 Century was my brother's company car. He liked it so much he bought it from the company. From there it went to my Mom and I bought it from her in 2001. It now has 197,000 miles on it and runs great. Gets 30 plus miles to a gallon on the highway and even got 34.7 MPG once on a 400 mile trip with a tail wind during the winter with no A/C running. Handles great, blows cold air and has great throttle response. Have I made a few repairs, of course but so far nothing major. Blows cold A/C, starts, runs and drives great. All cars should be so dependable and get such great mileage. I only hope I have this good of luck with my next car!
26th Jul 2009, 11:10
I got a 92 Buick Century for free from my grandpa with 72k miles on it in 2008. It sat for like 3 years outside.
I changed the oils and it runs like brand new. Very good pickup as well. Doesn't look so great, but it was free.
My seats and inside are fine; looks great.
19th Feb 2010, 00:46
MY first car I bought was a 92 Century Custom. I can easily say it's been the best car I've ever owned; it was pretty cheap on gas, and had a lot of give and go. If I had the choice, I'd still be driving that car right now, instead of the Contour I just bought.
19th Oct 2010, 18:12
So what I've seen from this review is that the car is the worst car ever made because it looks bad. Things that matter (ie reliability, besides the seat) are above par, but because it looks bad, the car stinks? I started my life with a 1984 Bronco which had too many electrical problems and was lucky to get 8-10 mpg (seriously!). I then moved on to a 1999 Corolla, which isn't nearly as 'cool', but much more reliable and gets 4x the gas mileage. When you're a teen/young adult, reliability counts above all else, or you'll pay for it.
As for the alternator, if you would pay a few extra bucks and invest in a better quality one with a lifetime warranty, it wouldn't have had to be replaced four times. Plus they are usually very easy to install on your own. It's not the car's fault there were problems, it's the replacement parts.
The seat staying reclined is definitely a problem, but was likely abused to be in such bad shape, especially with under 120,000 miles on the car, and that this is a very rare occurrence (notice any other Century reviews that mention this?)