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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,317 miles

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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 062014

Century 6-cyl

  • 99,285 miles


I first noticed the engine shutting off in January of 2014, especially going down a hill. The engine shuts down at different speeds and the air bag light stays on. At first I thought that there was moisture in my gas tank, but after filling up a couple of times and putting in some gas dryer, the problem continued. I usually shift to neutral and start the engine while the car is still moving. I took my remote and other keys off the key ring. It still shuts off the engine with just one key in the ignition switch, but not as much. Can you tell me how I can remedy this problem with my 1998 Buick Century" will this be at my own expense"

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #4

Sep 022008


  • 112,300 miles
Dash board light where the mileage shows. Cannot see anything, the light suddenly went out and cannot see miles on car. Also, automatic button to push seat back and forth is not working. I consider this a safety factor because the seat is pushed up to close to the front.

- Dayton, OR, USA

problem #3

Sep 102002

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Front day-time light/signal sockets are overheating and burning the plastic parts of socket & bulb. Replaced bulb+socket produced the same results within several weeks. Dealer does not want to investigate unless paid. GM says car out of warranty. Burning smell was detected about two years ago but couldn't locate the source, only after the flasher failed. Bulb was still functioning but the electric contacts did not function.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 212003


  • miles
The vehicle experienced a problem with the gear shift due to a faulty electronic system problem.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 131998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In rainy weather conditions the windshield wipers became inoperable, cause unknown. In addition, while driving on highway vehicle went completely dead due to short in electrical system.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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