NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,942 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.

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2001 Buick Century electrical problems

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2001 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 102014


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Buick Century. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted, but the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who could not determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #6

May 032013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Century. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the panel lighting failed to illuminate without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was not available.

- Madison , WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 012012

Century 6-cyl

  • 103,595 miles
The drivers window will go down when you put key in ignition right before you start vehicle. After it goes down you must wait 10 seconds or so and you can put window up. This is the exact same issue my 2007 Chevy trailblazer is being recalled for. But the Buick Century is not on the recall list.

- Mcadoo, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 142005

(reported on)

Century 6-cyl

  • miles


Consumer 2001 Buick Century electrical and cooling are defective. Master window switch lock stuck, anti freeze leak, coolant light remains on, front and rear lights do not work. The dome lights and back up lights, and tag light were all inoperative. The consumer stated all the bulbs were changed, however it didn't resolve the problem. The intake gasket leaked.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 232005

(reported on)

Century 6-cyl

  • miles
Defective electrical master lock unit: Left front door. Anti freeze leaks, coolant light stays on, lights are defective etc. The front and rear turn signals, brake lights, dome lights, back up lights and tag plate light were all inoperative.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 042003


  • miles
Consumer had her automobile for a short period of time, and a lot of things had gone wrong. Electrical system malfunctioned/ visor light stayed on all the time/ back windows would not go/ brake caliper was not sealing/ front brake rotors were pitted, that was what the mechanic told her, and the suspension system had to be replaced. She stated all of the above have happened to vehicle which had a low mileage. But all of these things were repaired. But she was not worried, what else was going wrong.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 202003

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gear shift indicator does not illuminate when first starting the car and in a dark surrounding such as a car port or garage, it's impossible to see what gear has been selected. I fear that even though caution is used, there is high potential for an accident because the wrong gear was selected. After a couple of minutes the light does come on and all is normal. Is this a design problem or is there a defect in the car's electrical system?

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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