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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 201999

Century

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine was damaged and had to be replaced when oil filter fell(?) off the engine and car was driven 2+ miles with no oil in engine. Car stalled and was restarted 3 times. At no time did the oil warning light indicate a problem! dealer said engine was damaged and must be replaced but would not be covered by warranty because engine had been operated without oil. It cost me about $4,000 for a new engine. On several occasions the car will not move when reverse or drive are selected until the selector is moved in and out of other positions. This has been an annoyance only.

- Elkview, WV, USA

problem #4

Dec 211998

(reported on)

Century

  • miles
Oil is leaking on the driver's side of the engine towards the firewall, cause unknown. Dealer replaced the leaking lower intake manifold gasket, and resealed oil pump which has not remedied the problem.

- Chesaming, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 071998

Century

  • miles
Vehicle has ongoing problem with engine stalling. Vehicle has been inspected/replaced some parts, and problem still occurs. Dealer informed, they cannot find the problem.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 071998

Century

  • miles
Vehicle has ongoing problem with stalling. Vehicle has been inspected and parts replaced. However, stalling still occurs. Dealer informed, problem cannot be found.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 081998

(reported on)

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls in reverse for no reason. Vehicle also shifts erratically when put in any gear. Consumer states that when the vehicle is in any forward gear and upon stopping and putting the shift lever into reverse, the vehicle is not engaged in reverse and does not respond when depressing the gas pedal, consumer states that he has to move the shift lever around and back into reverse for it to engage, this has been an ongoing problem and the dealer has worked on this problem 3 times, just recently the dealer replaced the shift control cable and everything seems okay for right now.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

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