hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,000 miles

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1996 Buick Century steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 162008


  • 146,000 miles


I have a 1996 Buick that recently developed a problem with the power steering. The rack in the rack and pinion steering system will not allow the car to turn left. I researched this problem on the internet and found many instances of this problem with many General Motors vehicles. I contacted GM with my concerns and I was told by their representative that they acknowledge the problem is widespread with this model of vehicle, but they are not able to help with the repair costs nor issue a consumer alert of a possible danger of a catastrophic failure of the power steering in many of their vehicles. I was lucky not to be involved in an accident, but I cannot drive my car now. I wish the government would investigate the incidents I have outlined as there is a definite possibility of a fatal accident happening with all 1996 - 1998 Buick products. The problem results in complete failure to control the car while trying to turn left. If the problem would be with the power steering pump, the car could still turn, but in manual mode. This problem will not allow the car to turn to the left. This could be disastrous for someone. GM said they were aware of many problems with this but would not do anything to remedy the situation or help pay for replacement of the rack. I feel that a recall would be in order if it would save lives. You can contact me for the name of the individual I spoke with and the reference number for my complaint to GM.

- Hiawatha, KS, USA

problem #1

May 051998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering assembly on vehicle is not designed properly, turning radius is too large, steering sense is sluggish and power steering assist is not adequate.

- Plantation, FL, USA

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