NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,008 miles

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2003 Buick Century engine problems

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2003 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 102010


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. Whenever the contact examined the engine she noticed that the oil level would continually drop after having an oil change. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the engine manifold was leaking. The current and failure mileages were 46000.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 052008

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Buick Century. An hour and fifteen minutes after parking the vehicle at his residence, the contact was informed that it was on fire. He noticed flames coming from the engine compartment. The fire department was called and a report was filed. The fire quickly spread throughout the contact's home before the fire department could arrive. It took approximately one and a half hours to extinguish the fire. The home and carport were severely damaged. The vehicle was destroyed and the home was condemned due to the fire. There were no injuries. The fire department stated that the origin of the fire was the engine compartment. The failure and current mileages were 48,000. Updated 01/08/09

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Apr 262004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,784 miles
My 2003 Buick Century started running bad so I took it to a dealer and they found that the bolts holding down the rocker arms had stripped out of the head. The vehicle was 2000 miles out of warranty and GM would only agree to pay for parts, I had to pay $1276.46 for labor. To me this is a manufacturing defect in the parts and I should not have had to pay for anything.

- Cleves, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 122003

(reported on)

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,250 miles
There was a problem with the brakes grabbing. Vehicle had been to the dealer three times. The consumer felt the brakes were still unsafe. The problem continued to back. There was a whine coming from the engine upon deacceleration sitting and stopping and then went away as soon as the gas was depressed to accelerate there was no problem. (idle was rough) the brakes squeaked and made noise when when applied in the morning.

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

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