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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
143,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace gauge cluster (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. specialist solder connector back together (1 reports)
2002 Buick Century accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 012008

Century Custom V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250,000 miles


I can't see the gauges, or gear shift lights. It is frustrating not to know exactly how many miles is on this car. I am trying to sell it and people don't want to buy it without knowing the mileage.

- , Paducah, KY, USA

problem #3

Jun 222011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

This is the third dash cluster in this car, they last about 50k miles then fails again. The part is over $800 a whack plus labor over $300. The electrical system in this car royally sucks. Everything fails. The worst part is everything is switched on the ground leg. This makes finding the problem a nightmare. Poorly engineered from a repair stand point in all areas.

I will NEVER buy a GM product again because of this car and the attitudes of the dealerships I've dealt with.

- , Duluth, MN, USA

problem #2

Sep 012013

Century Custom 3100

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

GM has electrical problems. This surprises nobody. You can only fit so many gadgets in a small space and cut costs so much on electrical components before bad things happen. The car also had reading lights in rear-view mirror that would stay on even with car off, burning the plastic reflectors inside (too much heat from these bulbs = bad design). I disconnected the electrical and ripped out bulbs to fix.

You can expect these issues from Ford and Chrysler as well. Buy a new foreign car. They are made to higher quality standards. Not necessarily designed better, but definitely built with high standards. Unfortunately, my 2000 Mitsubishi Galant has a rough ride which contributes to my headache issues, otherwise I would have kept it. I also own an old 1988 Ford truck and yes it has many issues as well. They are easy to fix usually, because it is really old.

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 152011

Century V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

the lights do not light up on the odometer and the lights that indicate park, drive, reverse. This is a safety concern and should be recalled.

- , Fairhaven, MA, USA

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