pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,300 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
  2. replaced window regulator (3 reports)
1999 Buick Century windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1999 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 182009

Century Custom 3100 Sfi V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


I live in FLORIDA where for 10 months out of the year, you ABSOLUTELY do NOT want to be deprived of air-conditioning, especially when the power windows ALSO do NOT work and won't go down, and for about one month out of the year, you do not want to be deprived of heating, which ALSO quit working (in 2014)! More on this car does NOT work, than DOES work, and it only has 103,000 miles on it as of this writing!!!!!

- junkonwheels, Sarasota, FL, US

problem #9

Aug 172015

Century Limited 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,989 miles

My power windows on drivers and left passengers stop working. My drivers windows fall.

- asalim, La Mesa, CA, US

problem #8

Jul 262013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, WE HAVE HAD ALL FOUR WINDOWS BREAK, TWICE, AND THE FRONT DRIVER SIDE AGAIN A FEW DAYS AGO, The say its just a plastic piece that breaks, it the labor that's expense. no one is ever in the back seat, and the windows are never opened or closed yet, they break., now its the first passenger side, again. This should be a recall, they need to fix this one piece that breaks and breaks and breaks.... help.

- g.grace, Clovis, CA, US

problem #7

Mar 282013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


This is the last operating window in the car. I've had two rear windows go out a few years ago and the repairs were prohibitively expensive. (Over 500.00 for each one.) I finally just siliconed them shut. Then the passenger side window went out with the same problem. (Bad motors on the windows) Since I couldn't afford the costly repairs, I siliconed this one up as well. Now the drivers side window has failed as well. Thank God it failed in the up position. I know what the fix is but the cost of repairing every window in a car is crazy outrages, and with this economy and being relegated to a part time job, the fix might as well be on the moon. Last time I'll ever have a Buick.

- jberk, Ft. Worth, TX, US

problem #6

Apr 162008

Century Custom 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Despite the fact that I never used the rear windows on my Buick one day both of the rear windows stopped working and one of them was actually hanging down 1/2 open. After searching around for some quotes I realized right away that this is something I'm not even going to contemplate fixing. Most places wanted around $300 per window . ..honestly I don't think this car is even worth $300. In any case, I tore the door panels off and came up with a homemade way of keeping the windows up just to make sure they never fall down. I really didn't even care since I never used those windows and I though I probably never would have to. . .unfortunately I was wrong. One day I was acting as a designated driver and taking my friend home from a night of heavy drinking. He was in the back seat and suddenly got an urge to vomit. Of course he had no clue that the back windows don't work so after scurrying around from side to side and frantically trying both buttons with no success he threw up all over in the back seat. I feel like if Buick could have just made some damn windows that worked like almost every other car in this universe then I wouldn't have had to spend 2 hours cleaning vomit out of my car. Thanks Buick.

- Lorenzo F., Detroit, MI, US

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problem #5

May 112010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I've replaced all four of the window parts, one window twice by myself. The part is about 100 bucks at auto zone, fairly fast and easy to fix can be done with limited to no car knowledge.

- Roger R., Goodrich, MI, US

problem #4

Apr 172007

(reported on)

Century Custom V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Rear passenger window stopped working at 20k miles, dealer did something and it worked for 2 yrs. Then it stopped working again and the other rear windows stopped working too. Mechanic said that dealer wanted $350 for each motor assembly - total cost would be almost $1k (parts and labor). Needless to say, I don't use those windows anymore.

- Keith R., Makawao, HI, US

problem #3

Aug 212007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

It amazes me how we could send people to space but making a power window design that works well and is trouble free is out of the question. I try my best to support American car companies but this stupid nickel and dime crap has gotten on my last nerve. I removed the door panel to see why the rear window was not working to find the entire design rested on one stupid piece of plastic that held the cables together that raised the window up and down. If the pieces that held all these things together were actually made of metal, I wouldn't be seeing all of the same cars with the same problem. HEY!!!! BIG THREE AUTO MAKERS, REMEMBER THE SMALL DETAILS. IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR CUSTOMERS OVER THE LONG HAUL, WE WILL CARE ABOUT YOU THE SAME WAY!!!!!!!!!!

- Bernard R., Oxford, NC, US

problem #2

Sep 132007

(reported on)

Century 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

The only window that will work is the driver's window. A simple fix, so I thought. I assumed that it was the master switch, as there is a lockout that controls the other three windows and I assumed that the lockout was bad. I bought a new master switch, only to find out that was not the problem. Are there relays that control the windows going up and down? Perhaps that is the problem? Anyone have any ideas? I would certainly welcome any thoughts on the matter. Thanks.

- mandlebaum, Tulsa, OK, US

problem #1

Aug 182006

(reported on)


  • 59,800 miles

This car has had NO children riding in it, has less than 60,000 miles and not 1, but THREE electrical cables/motors broke within the span of 2 months, resulting in 3 windows (2 back windows) and the drivers front window not being able to be used. To fix this problem would cost approx. 375.00 PER window! NOT good!!!! Is there a solution/recall for this problem? I need to have it fixed, can't afford $1,000 :(

- almbrecht, Princeton, IL, US

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