NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,500 miles

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2003 Buick Century brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 142007

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The 2003 has a number of issues. 1. the lights turn off at random in the dark. This has happened on numerous occasions. 2. the brakes need to be replaced roughly every 8 months. My mechanic said the Buick Century has brakes that are not adequate for the weight of the car. Costly! 3. oil system leaks, complete breakdown. $1200 to replace the system. 4. the dials on the temp control come off. I am trading this pos off before it costs me more money!

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #2

Dec 072006

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti lock brakes, December 2006. I noticed the brakes were spongy, and a loud growling type noise when I turned. I took it to my regular mechanic, who did an inspection, and said the brakes were fine. Brake pads were in good shape, etc. I drove home, anti lock light was on. I took the car back to repair shop for test drive. They drove it for several hours no noises or spongy braking. My daughter called me & reported seeing the car flying down the road.. I told repair shop I wasn't driving 55 or greater when problem occurred. I was doing between 10- 40 mph. They drove it again at much slower speeds and recreated the problems. They recommended I replace the ABS sensor and right/left wheel cylinders. I did, it at great expense. The warning light for the anti lock brakes went out. I drove home, parked the car, and the next morning rove to work, and it happened again. The warning light was back on. Took it back to the repair shop. Everything was working fine. They could not find a reason for the problems. But, recommended replacement of the brake system. Also had to replace all four tires due to thread separation. Another customer there with this car, also a 2003 Buick Century that was having new tires put on for the same reason. The tread was separating. But no recall was issued, why? perhaps like me, most people didn't know where to report such problems, they just replaced them like I did.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #1

Apr 262005

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles
Consumer was driving the car and came to stop sign applied the brakes, they failed and vehicle went through the stop sign. Took vehicle to dealer, they checked the brakes system and found nothing. On the day that the dealer stated nothing was wrong, this happened again. Took back to dealer, left it with the dealer for 5 days. They drove the car 337 miles and found nothing. The next day while driving the brakes were very spongy. Today, took vehicle back to dealer, and it had proper brakes.

- Swansboro, NC, USA

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