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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,565 miles

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1998 Buick Century seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 152009


  • 106,000 miles


I have a 1998 Buick regal with rear seatbelts that jam inside and cannot be re-extended. I have paid $200 to have the back seat removed and the seatbelts realigned so that they work. I was warned at time of repair that this was a common problem in this model car and it would probably reoccur. Despite our great care in using the realigned belts, the problem did in fact reoccur and now both rear belts are jammed again, with the result that our children cannot be properly restrained in the car and we cannot use it when traveling with them (unless we pay to have it repaired again). My mother has a Buick regal roughly the same age with similar problems.

- Paw Paw, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 192001

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,696 miles
The vehicle drifted to the left, noises seemed to have been coming from the steering, the power steering locked up, the rack and pinion had gone out and leaked, the A/C control was inoperative, the seat belt button latch had fallen and the button was missing, the wheel alignment was out of specifics, the driver door was hard to open, the panel had moved when the window was rolled down, the power window(s) were inoperative, the shifter goes in and out, the right front door exterior trim was hard to open, the passengers seat coushin was too soft and had collapsed, and the door's mirror was loose. The service dealer had found no problems with the steering. Scc

- Madeira Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both outside rear seatbelts will not pull out, vehicle has not been examined by dealer.

- Lula, GA, USA

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