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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

5.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,085 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.

2001 Buick Century transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 142007

Century

  • miles

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

Brake system / ABS braking system failed/ ABS light illuminated. Replaced ABS hub system.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #12

Nov 132006

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
2001 Buick Century with 25,000 miles, needed to have entire transmission replaced. Some slippage a week before, then two stop signs, slippage, then horrible grinding. When mechanic tore down transmission, shards of metal were found. Word from the shop was that they had never seen this model at 25,000 miles, usually see this model around 40,000 miles.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #11

May 162006

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,108 miles
2001 Century transmission problems. While coming out of a parking lot, the consumer discovered the vehicle would not move forward.

- Dorothy, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 302004

Century 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

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

Transmission slipping. Hard shifts in all gears. Transmission had been rebuilt at dealership in November 2002 after it had totally went out at 46000 mile and going out again at 83000.

- Effingham, SC, USA

problem #9

Nov 102004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling out of a driveway a loud clanking noise was heard coming from the front. Also, dashboard light flashed on and off intermittently. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the bearing sheared off the transmission. Battery and transmission needed to be replaced.

- River Forest, IL, USA

problem #8

Jul 192004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
While driving vehicle stopped accelerating. Then, started shaking. Vehicle was towed to the dealership. The bearing between the sun gear failed, and caused sun gears to strip, creating metal contamination through out the transmission. The sun gear assembly and transmission were replaced.

- Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 112004

Century

  • 25,000 miles

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

While driving uphill transmission down shifted. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Defiance, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 272001

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When vehicle is on a hill in drive gear, vehicle will roll backwards, unless brake is applied.

- Conover, NC, USA

problem #5

May 282002

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When changing gears vehicle really feels rough. Consumer can feel transmission moving like something is broken..when in first and reverse gear the vehicle will not hold on grade at idle. The engine races and disengages itself from the transmission and thunks into gear. The engine feels funny when resuming acceleration from coast speed as though it is moving on mounts. The engine feels as if it will cut off. There is a whine from the engine compartment. The engine cabin containers are impossible to open. Steering column and casing gives slight movement during acceleration and braking. This was partially corrected by replacement of the ball joint tie rod end (right side). There are exhaust fumes being emmitted into the cabin. Possible defect with the catalytic convertor. The oil drain plug shows signs of leaking. Also, the brakes seem under powered. Consumer would like information of possible recalls on parts mentioned above, also the windshiled washer fluid disappears after filling.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 112002

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states when engine is on and on an incline in drive, consumer has to keep foot on brake or vehicle will roll backards. When coming up to a stop at a stop sign vehicle rolls back until you press brake, and when vehicle is in reverse it will go forward, dealer stated this was normal.

- Eagle River, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 272001

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine starts - brake pedal does not depress, gear shift indicator moves on prndl indicator but transmission does not appear to engage - cause - improperly sealed. Jan 04 2002 - with milage of 7199 - transmission seemed to lock P after putting in parks then trying to take off park again - cause : shift lever clearance too tight. Replaced part #26056013 whick took 2 weeks to replace. This was 2 problems on a new car both involving the transmission which seems very unusual.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 092001

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle cannot be parked on a incline in a nose down position due to the fact that automatic transmission in reverse can not hold weight of vehicle, once the car started and emergency brake was removed, consumers foot had to be applied to gas pedal, and one to brake pedal in order to keep car from moving, dealer has been contacted, and stated that was normal, two weeks after purchase problem occurred, resulting in a thousand dollars damage done to vehicle.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 302001

(reported on)

Century

  • miles
When vehicle is on an incline it will roll backward when brakes are released. Dealer has been notified.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

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