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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,885 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 022012


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Buick Century. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The power steering was not functioning. However, the driver was able to maintained control the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Lincoln, RI, USA

problem #6

Feb 282011


  • 132,500 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Century. The contact stated he intermittently had to apply heavy force to the steering wheel in order to turn the wheel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was told the failure was resulting from the lower pinion bearings. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 132,500 and the current mileage was 133,000.

- Crum Lynne, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 042004


  • 88,000 miles
When making a left hand turn steering failed without warning.

- Cullman, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 222003

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving 60 mph, the vehicle was hit by another vehicle on the front passenger side. The consumer stated that both frontal air bags did not deploy upon impact. The driver sustained minor injuries as a result. The consumer tried to avoid the accident but the steering wheel locked up and the vehicle shut off.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #3

Oct 202003

(reported on)

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The consumer noticed that when the vehicle was being driven in cold weather conditions the vehicle was very difficult to steer. The consumer stated that the steering wheel would bind. The cause of the problem has yet to be determined.

- Bayonne, NJ, 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

Apr 131999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel is difficult to turn.

- Boynton Be, FL, USA

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