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Electrical System Problems of Buick Century - part 1

Buick Century owners have reported 40 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Buick Century 1
Failure Date: 07/26/2014

Pulled out of gas station to enter street and noticed headlights were not on. Pulled out the head light switch and nothing happened. I pulled back on the bright light switch and the lights came on. Mechanic had told me to try this since this same thing has happened before. Last year, I took the car to the Buick dealer for something else, but I brought up having a diagnostics run to see if it would show anything about the light problem. They told me that it wouldn't show up. Now I am afraid to drive this car at night. I have read many letters on the internet regarding this problem. Gm should fix this problem. It would cost about $700. 00 to get the switch replaced at the dealer. Does someone have to die if the lights go out while driving?.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 2
Failure Date: 07/15/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Buick Century. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the engine stalled . The vehicle was taken to a dealer mechanic and diagnosed failure of the electrical system. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. Lb.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 Buick Century 3
Failure Date: 06/10/2014

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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 4
Failure Date: 04/17/2014

When I put key in ignition to start car, the position of gears goes dark. If I jiggle the key, or turn it back (very slightly) the panel lights up momentarily. It is scary driving with no indication of which gear I am in. I was told it was the cluster?.

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Failure Date: 04/08/2014

The car locks itself whenever it feels like. Will happen if the engine is on or off.

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Failure Date: 04/03/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. The contact stated that the vehicle was turned on and the contact indicated that after shaking the key ring the vehicle suddenly turned off. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Buick Century 7
Failure Date: 10/09/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Buick Century. The contact stated that while the independent mechanic was test driving the vehicle at 25 mph, the vehicle stalled. The technician was able to restart the vehicle. However, the failure recurred. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,900. The VIN was unavailable. Pam.

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Failure Date: 08/07/2013

The odometer cluster lights go out and sometimes come back on for a few minutes and back off while driving. Therefore you can not see mileage and the shifting of gears. The dealer recommends sending it back to the factory for 2 weeks while they repair it at a cost of $ 2000. 00 or drive the car without repairing.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 9
Failure Date: 02/21/2013

While driveing at night, headlights and dash lights completly shut off!.

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Failure Date: 02/21/2013

This is an addendum to complaint/odi #10499646. . . This was the scariest experience of my life, driving alone in darkness, at 55mph, and without warning, headlights & dash just shut-off !! no other vehicles on road to help light my way, couldn't see anything, almost ran off the road & got killed, only had this car 10days!! thought I got a good deal too, but now I'm stuck with a car I can't drive at night. Spoke directly with gm customer relations specialist on 3 separate occasions, who sent me to their gm dealership for inspection. After gm rep spoke with their dealership, they decided due to the age of the vehicle, and mileage, they're not responsible to assist!! I cannot understand, nor will I accept, how this situation could be anything other than a "safety issue"!! numerous complaints filed on this same vehicle, and many having the same problem, just floating around out there, waiting for the next poor, unsuspecting buyer. I will never purchase another gm product, and I will also do everything in my power to discourage "anyone" I know from doing so. They won't stand behind their defective product, which is now my problem. As I told the gm rep, I can only imagine how many people have not lived to tell "their" story. . . (no response from them on that comment).

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Failure Date: 08/13/2012

When using turn signals car dies, all the dash lights flash and click. If I pull over and put the car in park it restarts and drives fine until I try the turn signal again then the same thing happens. I also had to disconnect the emergency brake sensor or else the same thing happens. Flashing, clicking and car dies. Now, whenever car is in gear, constant dinging and it will drive fine but I cannot use the turn signals.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2000 Buick Century 12
Failure Date: 09/14/2011

The instrument cluster indicating what gear the vehicle is in has quite working. This is a digital l. E. D. Indicator that also displays the vehicles mileage and odometer reading. Checked around and five other Buicks all had the same issue. You have to guess at the gear you are in and there is no way to tell what the odometer reading is.

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Failure Date: 09/05/2011

The electronic odometer and automatic transmission display has gone completely dark. With indicator dark, the following are impossible to determine on the vehicle. A) automatic transmission indicator - for vehicles where the transmission shift lever is mounted on the steering column (like mine), other than counting the number of clicks of the transmission lever up or down, the vehicle operator has no idea if the vehicle is in drive, neutral or reverse. This is a major safety hazard because the vehicle operator may inadvertently leave the vehicle in neutral or in gear and not know it and leave the vehicle unattended. B) vehicle mileage -- there is no way to determine how many miles the vehicle has been driven. There are numerous instances on the internet describing this problem.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 14
Failure Date: 07/12/2011

Electronic odometer light failed. Therefore one can not read the odometer. From talking with the service tech at the Buick dealership in anderson, indiana he said it is a common occurance. Sounds like a problem that should be covered because of a defective part. He told me the cost to get a new odometer to is around $250 to $300. The odometer still operates it just can not be read because the led light went out. The led light can not be replaced according to the technician the whole unit has to be replaced.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 1996 Buick Century 15
Failure Date: 05/15/2011

Driving towards a stoplight and the brake pedal went to the floor on a 1996 Buick Century. Pumping gave only partial rear braking. Drove to friend’s house (during which the brakes worked normally the whole way). We pulled the driver side tire and discovered that the fibrous finely woven tube cover (fiberglass?) to the extremely thin and fragile wires to abs sensor looked burnt. Cutting it off we discovered the wires inside had shorted out. When we cleared the short and individually wrap insulated the wires, the abs warning light then came on. A gravel skid test revealed no abs at all. We found that dead shorting the wire to the sensor with a jumper wire will cause the abs warning light to go out, but obviously disables the abs. We replaced the sensor (which requires that the whole bearing/stud assembly to be replaced), and then the abs light went out. A gravel skid test revealed the abs working fine and he says the normal braking is now better too. Some research reveals that the abs detects no tire turning during a skid via the sensor, and releases hydraulic pressure to the brakes until the tire is detected by the abs as turning. We think that when a short to the sensor occurs, the sensor can’t detect the tire turning again and thus the abs unit never stops bleeding fluid pass the brake (and the initial short may even set off the abs without an actual skid occurring - that is without the sensor ever sensing a tire not turning). Anyone having random near-total or total loss of brakes on this type of vehicle might do well to examine the wires and terminals leading to the abs sensors - and replace suspicious units (we paid about $90 for a unit from a common auto parts chain). A gravel skid test might also reveal an abs system not working even though there is no abs warning light lit. Replacing the bearing/stud/abs sensor assembly is moderately hard.

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Failure Date: 01/12/2011

In January of this year my 2003 Buick Century began with panel lights flashing on and off at various times making the guages and speedometer impossible to read. Very expensive estimate to fix. Then in February was driving home at night and the abs light came on. Took to shop and they couldn't get it to do it. After third time had it repaired. Took whole driver side wheel assembley to get sensor $500. In March driver side window began going up and down by itself. Took it to shop and they are unable to find a problem. The car only does it when the panel lights flash on and off. Bad vibration in the car around June. Had all four tires replaced and new brakes and rotors. On August 4, 2011 vibration started again, then started a popping noise in the front end when starting and stopping. Car vibrates so bad you can not hold steering wheel at 45-50mph. This pop and vibration is now coming from front right side. Not sure what it is yet.

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Failure Date: 11/10/2010

The internal panel lights go off when I turned on the head lights. I could no longer read my gauges or speedometer. The head lights still work but I feel this is the same complaint that many on the internet have complained about with there head lights going off. When will mine stop working? this problem has existed with Buicks since 1998 and I consider very dangerous problem. The dealer wants almost 700. 00 to replace the dimmer switch the car is a 2003 Buick Century.

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Failure Date: 09/15/2010

Intermittent headlight failure. On several occasions, the headlights have turned off for no reason or warning. This includes the dash lights. This has happened approximately 6 times in the past two years resulting in an extremely dangerous situation. Four of the instances were on roads with no streetlights - an interstate highway, and winding country roads. The only remedy seems to be to move the turn signal lever, both up and down, (turning the cornering lights on - providing a much needed source of light), and back and forth, as if turning the high beam lights on and off. Eventually, the lights seem to come back on. Pulling and pushing the dash mounted light switch on and off does not affect the situation. When mentioned to the local Buick dealer's service writer, he had no idea what I was talking about or how to approach the problem.

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Failure Date: 12/21/2009

On three gm vehicles that I know of (02 Century, 05 Century, 06 grand prix) the headlights will go out on high beam unexpectedly. Replacing the headlight high beam switch fixes the problem. The 06 grand prix was still under warranty but the dealer refused to correct the problem. They said that until the switch fails completely they will not replace it. Going 70 down the interstate at night and suddenly no lights is not very safe. I know my vehicle (02 Century) was high mileage but the other two are not. The dealer not fixing the grand prix that belongs to a friend of mine kind of ticked me off.

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Failure Date: 11/26/2009

1) while driving on a narrow, curvy, hilly two lane road in the dark I attempted to turn on my high beam headlights as I was having trouble seeing which way the road ways turning. When I click the high beam switch my headlights went out totally and I could not see the road at all. The high beam switch on this car is the general motors multifunction switch mounted on the steering column. I went off the road narrowly missing a large boulder and tree. 2) I had trouble getting the headlights to come back on. My car now only has low beam. The multifunction switch must be fiddled with and operated many time to try to gets the headlight to come back on. If I try to get the high beam headlights to come on the headlights go out and I must play with the switch to have the lights come back on. This is a dangerous situation when you need to travel narrow hilly roads in rural areas without any road lights. When the headlights go out you become surprised and need a second to understand what has happened. In that second you become a little dis-oriented as you are trying to get the lights to come back on and trying to stop. The failure is still there as I am trying to get it in for repair. 3) I will have the car in for repair in the next few day and will ask for the faulty switch back. I have a friend with Chevrolet impala who told me he had the sand problem with this general motors multi-function switch. It is the same switch in his car as mine.

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Failure Date: 06/11/2009

Faulty instrument cluster on 2003 Buick Century. Other general motors vehicles with similar problems were recalled and fixed, but Buick has not. Cost to replace exceeds $600.

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Failure Date: 05/10/2009

I have a 2003 Buick Century v6 while driving at night my lights go out it is very scary and dangerous I would like to no the problem as I have read that there has been others with the same problem also if I hit the dimmer switch they will come back on but then go back off.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 1998 Buick Century 23
Failure Date: 09/02/2008

Dash board light where the mileage shows. Cannot see anything, the light suddenly went out and cannot see miles on car. Also, automatic button to push seat back and forth is not working. I consider this a safety factor because the seat is pushed up to close to the front .

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Failure Date: 05/01/2008

I was driving on the highway at about 4:00 am, when the lights suddenly went out, and I did not even have park lights. After about a half hour I was able to get the park lights to work and go on to our son's house using only my park lights. Then I finally got the lights to burn enough to finish my trip using low beams. The high beam would just go off and only the low beams would work. This has happened many times since then. I have had to replace the combination switch for the lights twice, and at this time,it needs to be replaced again because I cannot get the right rear signal light to operate. I have been told I need to replace the entire combination switch again. This is a very expensive repair to have done. Have there been many more reports of this dangerous problem of suddenly having no lights and having to have the whole combination switch replaced. Is there a recall for this problem with the electrical system?.

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Failure Date: 04/01/2007

When I switch to high beams my headlights go out completely. They only go back on when I switch back to dims. This is a common problem and I don't understand why you haven't owned up to it and had a recall.

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