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1998 Buick Century windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 262000

(reported on)

Century

  • miles

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

Under certain conditions, condensation collects on the outside of the windows reducing visibility through these windows to near zero and making it impossible to see approaching traffic. The glazing materials around both windows (weatherstripping) do not make contact with the surface of the windows during raising or lowering. Therefore, the condensation cannot be removed from the exterior of the windows without exiting the car and manually cleaning the surface. For example, when the condensation collects while I am traveling on a highway, it is necessary for me to stop on the side of the road, get out of the car, and clean the surface of both windows in order to proceed safely. The dealer was first notified of this defect within 60 days of my purchase. At that time, I was advised by the dealer's repair shop that the windows were not aligned properly and that adjustments were made to correct the problem. The shop reported that the corrections were made to correct the defect, but the defectb was not corrected. I have taken the car to other dealers and returned to the original dealer on several occasions during the past two years in an attempt to have the defect corrected. Each time I have received a different response. In September 1999, I notified the manufacturer (Buick division of GM) of this and other safety defects, but I did not receive a response. Late last month I returned again to brown's Buick to seek repairs, and I have now been told that the windows are operating as designed. I believe that the failure of the window systems and related materials to clear the condensation that periodically collects on the exterior surface creates a safety hazard to me and to others on the road. Although the manufacturer and the dealer have had several opportunities to correct the defect, no correction has been made.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 021999

(reported on)

Century

  • miles
Ppg, the manufacturer of the 1998 and 1999 Buick Century windshields is manufacturing the windshileds with a latent defect, which causes the windshield view to be hazy when driving directly into the sun. It appears that the laminate layering between the glass sheets has failed. I also noticed this same defect on a 1999 Century as well. Dealer was notified and confirmed the defect but General Motors customer zone rep was unwilling to proceed further. The defect will probably not cause any accidents, but may impair or distort a person's clarity of view, when driving into the sun.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 021999

(reported on)

Century

  • miles
Ppg, the manufacturer of the 1998 and 1999 Buick Century windshields is manufacturing the windshileds with a latent defect, which causes the windshield view to be hazy when driving directly into the sun. It appears that the laminate layering between the glass sheets has failed. I also noticed this same defect on a 1999 Century as well. Dealer was notified and confirmed the defect but General Motors customer zone rep was unwilling to proceed further. The defect will probably not cause any accidents, but may impair or distort a person's clarity of view, when driving into the sun.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 281999

(reported on)

Century

  • miles

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

When the wiindow is rolled down the inside of the door comes into the driver. When the window is rolled up, it will jerk /am and pull the door to its normal condition. The dealer has been notified.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #3

Jun 101998

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On a sunny day the front windshield reflects the whole dashbroad which causes poor visibility. Also, the front and the back windshield cloud up very badly from bright light and going into a darker area. The dealer is not able to detect a problem with the windshield.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

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problem #2

Jan 191999

(reported on)

Century

  • miles
Driver experiencing glare in windshiled.

- Palmer, AK, USA

problem #1

Oct 191998

(reported on)

Century

  • miles
The windshield angle and design results in vision being obscured due to reflection.

- Pilesgrove, NJ, USA

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