NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,500 miles

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2002 Buick Century transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 122004


  • 36,000 miles


Most of the complaints on the Buick Century 2002, my car has them: 1. windows not working, only passengers' up to now 2. hard upshifts on transmission 3. mileage on the digital odometer won't show 4. volume on steering wheel never corrected so, what's being done about it?

- El Paso , TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 012006

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Transmissions on american cars are messing up too early. My friend's Dodge Caravan went out after the 36000 mile warranty, month later. Other cars the solenoid on upshifts 1-2 and 3-4 were causing harsh upshift problems on many cars. Old cars before 2000, transmissions did not fail for more than 10 years, today's model transmissions were causing problems the first 3-5 years. These problems on the 2002 Buick Century happened the last 3-5 years. 1. harsh upshifts on transmission, 1-2 3-4. 2. power windows, after 3 years, didn't work on rear windows and were to slow on the front windows. 3. steering wheel stereo controls volume was never fixed after taking 5-10 times for repairs. These were thousands of dollars I was spending for 4-5 years of driving. If nothing was done about this I will be turning Toyota, Camry. Your advice will very gladly be appreciated.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 222005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated after accelerating to pass another vehicle the cruise control would not deactivate. She tried with the brake pedal and the off switch for the cruise control it did not work. The vehicle stopped and he had to stand on the brakes. Once the vehicle stopped the rpms increased. She took the vehicle home and could feel something in the transmission. There was metal on the oil dipstick. The vehicle has not been to a mechanic for inspection and no repairs have been made. The consumer stated she was able to pull off to the shoulder. Updated 01/11/05.

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 232003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
While stopped on an incline, the consumer removed her foot from the brake pedal and the vehicle rolled back several feet. The dealer claimed that the roll back was due to the weight of the vehicle and the torque of the wheels. The dealer informed the consumer the vehicle operated as designed.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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