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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Buick Century body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 272006

Century

  • miles

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

The paint on my car keeps chipping off and the brakes have been replaced three times.

- Dayton, OR, USA

problem #4

Jan 092001

(reported on)

Century

  • miles
I am unclear whether I should only report "safety" problems to you, and am not sure this would be such a problem. The design of this vehicle is such that there is a black plastic part which hangs down below the front bumper (looks like a mud flap but it is stiff). A Buick dealer repair facility told me this flap is for adequate air flow to the engine. The flap is so low that normal driving (hitting the smallest bumps in the road, going up or down driveway entrances or any uneven surface causes the flap to scape on the pavement making a loud griding sound. It is annoying to say the least, and I am not sure what would happen if it were to hit at high speed. Would it just crack off" be driven into the engine compartment" I believe this is a poor (if not unsafe) design and that a remedy should be available. The car cannot be driven under normal circumstances. A day does not go by where it does not scrape. If this is not something you can relate to GM, please let me know so I can contact them directly. Thank you.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #3

Mar 302000

(reported on)

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When using driver side sunvisor it covers up 1/3 of the rear view miror, blocking driver's view. Dealer has been contacted. Valance under the front of the car repeatedly hits bottom and scrapes the road at minor dips. Owner also concerned about safety of the doors automatically unlocking when vehicle is placed into park.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 251998

(reported on)

Century

  • miles
The design of the dashboard being constructed in two sections causes a reflected line to glare onto the windshield causing poor visibility.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Century

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The unusually low design of the front end causes vehicle to touch the ground.

- Glendale, CA, USA

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