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NHTSA — Electrical System: Alternator/Generator/Regulator Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,632 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 262004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,264 miles


Loud humming noise from interior of vehicle. One non GM car dealership says it is a defective alternator. GM dealer says they cannot hear anything and everything is fine. Going on trip next week and afraid of not only alternator failing, but taking battery out wth it.

- Union City, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 212003

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
The alternator produced a loud humming sound. The dealer replaced the alternator three times, however the problem continued.

- Newark, OH, USA

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