really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,935 miles

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1998 Buick Century engine problems

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 072006


  • 59,721 miles


Brought vehicle to dealership for brake inspection. Was informed the lower intake gasket was leaking coolant. Had it replaced by dealership on 03/07/2006. On 06/28/2010, the same issue seems to be re-occurring. Should an intake gasket need replacing 2X's under normal driving conditions?

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #3

Apr 112009


  • miles
Buick Century should be included in the recall list.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #2

Feb 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,020 miles
After noticing a few drops of dexcool coolant on the garage floor, I checked the reservoir. It was empty. I checked for leaky hoses or clamps, then noticed that around some gasket I could see where coolant was obviously oozing and some had pooled in a recess in the engine mold. Anyway, I refilled the reservoir with dexcool and took the car to a local repair shop before doing any damage. The repair bill came to over $900. The car is only 5 years old and it needs a new intake manifold gasket, how absurd. After surfing the web, I find that others have had fires and blown engines from the same problem. We were lucky, but my wife and daughter travel the local highways alot, what if they ran out of coolant while driving and the engine siezed, possibly causing an accident or at least stranding them. (3.1L V6)

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 222003

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 60 mph, the vehicle was hit by another vehicle on the front passenger side. The consumer stated that both frontal air bags did not deploy upon impact. The driver sustained minor injuries as a result. The consumer tried to avoid the accident but the steering wheel locked up and the vehicle shut off.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

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