Buick Century owners have reported 22 problems related to brake hoses, lines/piping, and fittings (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Buick Century based on all problems reported for the Century.
Brake line failed on rear brakes. Lost all fluid in motion on highway rust on brake lines.
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Total brake failure, due to brake line corrosion. Fortunately happened first thing in the morning while only about 1000 feet from home and while driving at low speed was able to safely stop.
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Applied brakes for the stop sign and the pedal went all the way to the floor. As it turned out the brake line had rusted out and fluid was lost.
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The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle failed to stop when the brake pedal was engaged. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the front passenger side brake line rotted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred on all four brake lines. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.
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Was driving with my 2 young boys, needed to stop and the brakes became very spongey. Pulled vehicle over and noticed brake fluid coming from the rear of the vehicle. Upon further investigation found a brake line rusted through.
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Backing out of the driveway my brakes went straight to the floor. Luckily I was able to apply the parking brakes to stop the vehicle. After inspection, the brake lines have completely rotted out causing a rear brake line to burst. All four brake lines have now been replaced.
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The contact owns a 2001 buck Century. The contact stated that while traveling 25 mph, the driver depressed the brakes and smoke started to emit from the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the brake lines failed and needed to be replaced due to corrosion. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 53,000.
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.
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Brake failure, front brake line corrosion (rust through) resulting in complete loss of brake fluid. Thankfully no accident resulted. Correction required new brake line replacement and replacement of lost fluid, etc this failure is the same type which occurred to our 2000 Buick Century. In that car first the front brake line failed (like the 1999 did), and about a year later the rear brake line failed with the same corrosion problem. The incident happened out of state and the repair shop manager stated "this has become a common problem and that he has replaced many failed brake lines.
When stopping for a red light the brake pedal suddenly went most of the way to the floor and the car ends up in the intersection due to longer stopping distance. Upon inspection, the metal brake line from the abs unit, running across the firewall to the right front wheel, has completely rusted through. All the brake fluid blew out of the brake circuit when the line ruptured during the stop. Upon further inspection, two other steel brake lines and the steel fuel feed line are about to rust through and fail as well. I have never seen brake and fuel lines rust through like this! nine years old. The first brake line mentioned runs along the fire wall, right behind the exhaust manifold, as such, it has a fiber heat shield wrapping around it for about two feet and this is where the worst rust occurred, conveniently hidden from sight. I suspect the heat shield material held moisture, leading to the rust. When discussing this problem with a mechanic at the gm dealer, he said, "I see this all the time. " I know corrosion resistant materials are available to prevent this. I have never seen this happen on all the foreign cars I have owned. To make matters worse I am told that the only way to replace the brake line is to drop the subframe that holds the drivetrain, at a cost of about $1200, since the line is one of the first things to go on the body at the factory!.
-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.
My brakes stopped working because all the fluid suddenly drained out of the system and it is reported to me by a dealer that this is due to corrosion of the brake lines on my 1998 Buick Century. I am told that the brake lines need to be replaced and that makes sense to me, however, it would seem that this may be a safety problem beyond my car. Why would Buick use materials in a brake line that would corrode so badly that it would fail in only 11 years when the car could easily last much longer than that? I now have my car in my garage with no brakes. I will be looking for someone to repair my brake lines but thought that if this is not unique to my car someone would like to review their condition before I have the car repaired. Thank you.
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Brake lines on 1999 Buick Century rusted out, resulting in complete loss of braking. Brake lines are severely rusted in most locations in the rear of the car. Fuel filler line is heavily rusted, as of yet there is no leaking from this defect. Location on long island new york is not a heavily salted area.
Loss of brakes 1st instance 9/4/2008 lost brakes. Problem found corroded brake lines front. 2nd instance 9/17/2009 lost brakes. Problem found corroded brake lines, rear.
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Century. While approaching a stop sign at approximately 15 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor when depressed. She drove the vehicle to the dealer and they informed her that all the brake lines had rusted and needed to be replaced. The dealer is currently replacing all of the parts. The current and failure mileages were 107,000.
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.
: 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.
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Century. While servicing the vehicle, the mechanic noticed that the brake line had rusted and brake fluid was came out. There were no warning indicators. The mechanic replaced the brake line. The contact stated that he previously owned a 1997 Buick Century with the same failure. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage is 28,500 and failure mileage was 28,000.
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).
In stop & go traffic on highway went to stop for 8th or 9th time that morning and brakes failed and caused me to rearend another vehicle. Upon further investigation, there is about a 6" section of brake line that is completely rusted through. Same place on both sides at a bend. Rest of the lines are pefectly fine. This should not happen on a carr that is only 3 ears old and has 9000 miles on it. The defective part of the line is not in a place where it can be attributed to any cause other than defective material. (no rubbing, no sitting in dirt or salt, can't be hit by flying debris, etc).
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.
Anti lock braking system heats up, the brake line heats and melts, causing the no fluid to braking system. Brakes are now damaged to point of total replacement at a cost of approx. $1,000. 00.
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|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
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|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
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|Brake Drum Wheel Cylinder problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||