NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,769 miles

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2000 Buick Century brakes problems

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2000 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 012011

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Buick Century. While driving slow, the contact stated when she applied the brakes, her foot extended directly to the floor. The dealer diagnosed that the brake line was covered with rust and there was no brake fluid in the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 71,000 and the current mileage was 71,390. Updated 9/27/11 updated 10/07/11

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 122010


  • 95,000 miles
-the contact owns a 2000 Buick Century. While driving approximately 10 mph the brakes were applied and the vehicle failed to slow down until repeated force was applied to the brake pedal. In addition, there was brake fluid leakage coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the mechanic stated that the brake lines were corroded and the entire brake lines were replaced. The failure mileage was 95,000. The current mileage was unknown.

- Lebanon, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jan 012010


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Century. She stated that upon taking her vehicle in for state inspection, it was found that the fuel and brake lines were corroded. There were no recalls on the vehicle and no repairs were made to corroded components. The failure and current mileages were approximately 82,000.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #4

Nov 232006

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,170 miles


Brake warning light came on after entering interstate highway. Lost all brake fluid. Had to repair brake line as it was corroded at the bends in the line.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #3

Sep 152006

Century 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
: the contact stated while applying slight brake pressure at 5 mph on a city street, the brake pedal went all the way down into the floorboard and the vehicle crashed into the rear of another vehicle without warning. The contact was wearing a seat belt, but minor injuries were sustained. Minor damage was sustained to the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who determined the brake lines were corroded. The vehicle was exposed to extreme winter weather and road salts. The manufacturer was not notified. A police report was taken.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 192005

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,214 miles
The consumer complained about a brake failure. The vehicle was slowed down at 5 mph when the consumer lost his brakes. The pedal went to the floor. The brake line rusted through by the dripping of the air conditioner. The brakes were fixed by an independent mechanic. The dealer gave the consumer the manufacturer's phone number. The manufacturer stated that this vehicle was out of warranty and offered no help at the consumers expense. (12/08/05)

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 222004


  • miles
On a 2000 Buick Century the crossover brake line from the ABS unit to the right front brake caliper is placed against the sound deadening spongy material on the firewall, held in place with a bracket, directly under the master cylinder. This car lost all brake fluid when the steel brake line rusted through at the point of contact with the spongy material. It appears that on this low mileage car, 21,000 miles, insufficient driving time may lead to any moisture not having enough heat/time to evaporate. This has left constant moisture in contact with this steel pipe.

- Locust Grove, VA, USA

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