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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,600 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 202005

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,500 miles


This is serious. Cruise control just takes off. 1. going 60 mph with cruise on and when cruise opens throttle it just keeps on speeding up. 2. come to a full stop at a red light and then drive without touching cruise control kicks in and runs away again- on a residential street. I got to reading and there are lots of reports about this including reports of dealers not being able to solve the problem.

- Mc Donald , TN, USA

problem #5

Mar 272006

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving with the cruise control on, the vehicle accelerates out of control. The only way to stop the vehicle from accelerating is to manually turn off the cruise control. This happens intermittently and at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer; the cruise control module was replaced. The vehicle was driven for a short period of time when the cruise control stopped working. It was taken back to the dealer; upon inspection the cruise control cable at the throttle body came loose. The cable was reconnected and the cruise control worked temporally. The vehicle is now having the same problem as before with the acceleration of the cruise control. Updated 04/11/06.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jan 022006

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
: the contact stated after setting the cruise control the vehicle accelerates to unknown speeds. There is no pressure applied to the accelerator when the problem occurs. The problem continues until the cruise control button is turned off. Although the problem was intermittent at first it continues to worsen. The vehicle has not been inspected.

- Raymore, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 282004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving 50 mph, the consumer engaged the cruise control and the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and pulled over. The cause has not been determined at this time.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The cruise control failed continuously, which resulted in the vehicle accelerating to high speeds. The dealership replaced the lever, but the failure recurred.

- Little Orleans, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 022003


  • 35,600 miles
Had the speed control function on while driving 65 mph. Vehicle suddenly accelerated to 90 mph. Brakes were applied to decelerate vehicle, which deactivated the cruise control. Had taken vehicle to dealership, where mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Topmost, KY, USA

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