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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems

8.1

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,616 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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2003 Buick Century brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 012004

Century

  • miles

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

Problems with brake equipment on 2003 Buick Century. The consumer stated the brakes squealed. The brakes were checked and the consumer was told they were good.

- Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 282004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer complained about doors locking and unlocking while driving. The dealer inspected the vehicle several times but could not duplicate or correct the problems. The dashboard was also falling apart. The trunk popped open, the brakes were inopeative, there was a fume smell coming from the vehicle. Updated 12/13/05.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #6

Jul 012004

Century 6-cyl

  • miles
When the brake pedal was depressed the consumer experienced extended stopping distance.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 012004

Century 6-cyl

  • miles

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

The door locks failed to lock from using the remote key entry device. Also, consumer noticed that the lock button failed to unlock the doors intermittently. Inspector verified that the power door locks operated as designed. The odometer operated normally. Trunk popped open once while driving. The brakes applied and released as designed; and the the emergency brake held the vehicle properly and appeared to be properly adjusted.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 022003

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46 miles
When the vehicle was first started and the brakes were applied, there would be a loud grinding noise. After the brakes warmed up, the noise disappeared. The dealer examined the vehicle four times, but could not find the cause of the problem. The consumer reported the problem each time he had gone to the dealer. The first time, the dealer sprayed the brake shoes but this did nothing. There was nothing else that could be done.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #3

Aug 042003

Century 6-cyl

  • 9,630 miles
Upon applying the brakes there was a loud squeaking sound. Manufacturer was notified, and informed owner that this was the normal characteristic of that vehicle. Consumer was also advised that because of the material the pads are made of, there was nothing they could do. Consumer received a loaner 2003 Century and experienced the same defect with this vehicle. The brakes were previously replaced prior to the consumer purchasing the vehicle. The vehicle experienced vibration while driving. The dealer replaced all four tires.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003

(reported on)

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
When brake pedal is depressed while driving on a wet surface vehicle fails to stop, resulting in extended stopping distance. The cause of failure not yet determined.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 122003

(reported on)

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,250 miles
There was a problem with the brakes grabbing. Vehicle had been to the dealer three times. The consumer felt the brakes were still unsafe. The problem continued to back. There was a whine coming from the engine upon deacceleration sitting and stopping and then went away as soon as the gas was depressed to accelerate there was no problem. (idle was rough) the brakes squeaked and made noise when when applied in the morning.

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

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