ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here.

NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And Linkage: Column Shift Problems


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

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Buick Century transmission problems

transmission problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1998 Buick Century:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 111998


  • miles


Gear shift indicator is difficult to shift into the selected gear. Had accident involving dump truck backing into vehicle because could not shift quickly enough tp avoid collision. Afterwards, gear shif tfailed to operate properly on several other occasions.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Jun 081998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls in reverse for no reason. Vehicle also shifts erratically when put in any gear. Consumer states that when the vehicle is in any forward gear and upon stopping and putting the shift lever into reverse, the vehicle is not engaged in reverse and does not respond when depressing the gas pedal, consumer states that he has to move the shift lever around and back into reverse for it to engage, this has been an ongoing problem and the dealer has worked on this problem 3 times, just recently the dealer replaced the shift control cable and everything seems okay for right now.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

Not what you are looking for?