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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Buick Century AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 182004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


1998 Buick Century custom. I burned out my 3rd A/C blower motor resistor since 2001. This time the harness started melting exposing bare wires and smoking. An inspection revealed that I came close to having a fire. A call to the GM dealer found that they are sold out of the pigtail needed for repair. The part must be in substancial demand. I was advised that it would need to be special ordered from the factory. But they were unable to give a time frame. They were also aware of the frequent resistor module burn outs. I have saved the old wire and resistor if needed for inspection. I did notice that the newest modules are designed differently. This did not prevent the high speed wire from burning.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 012002


  • miles
The circuit board that regulates the temperature control does not work. This problem in the beginning was intermittent but we never reported it until some time between Jan. 2002 to present. They claim that the board is defective but it would cost us aroung $ $500 to be replaced. We believe that a car with less than 35000 miles should not have this problem.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #3

Mar 021998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner compressor failed.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 081998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner condensor failed.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 161998


  • miles
Climate control switch failed.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

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