Electrical System Problems of Buick Century - part 1

Buick Century owners have reported 51 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system 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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2000 Buick Century 1
Failure Date: 02/13/2018

Defective odometer readings, gear indicators disappeared. The odometer reading disappeared, and the gear indicator disappeared on instrument cluster. I have no way to read my odometer, nor do I know what gear I am in, prnd21. Now I can accidently be in reverse and not even know it. This is an extremely dangerous situation, and there should be a recall on this. Mechanic charges $100. 00 to fix, and also states they can insert any odometer reading that I would like to have. This should be illegal. I no longer have a valid odometer reading for my yearly inspections, or if I were to sell my vehicle. I could drive in 1st gear and burn up my transmission and shut down in the middle of the interstate and cause a serious accident or be run over for dead stopped on roads. My instrument panel has not had an accurate fuel guage reading in years, it comes and goes. I have been able to figure out gas usage by mileage, now that is no longer possible. I must fill up weekly just so I know I wont run out of gas. The car only has 55,000 original miles on it. This is just not right. I extremely upset about this and dont know how to get it fixed properly and covered from the dealerships. You should have a lifetime warranty on your odometer reading and knowing what gear you are in. Please advise and look forward to hearing from you concerning this very serious safety issue.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 2
Failure Date: 03/05/2017

Intake leaking antifreeze - cost too much to repair for me. My only car to get to work. Replacing bearings today for sticking back brakes. All interior accessories are broken; cosmetic mirror, ashtray, center console, passenger windshield wiper stripped motor, 1 window working. Still owe on car but cannot fix everything. Any help ????.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 1997 Buick Century 3
Failure Date: 02/15/2017

Engine compartment fire.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 1999 Buick Century 4
Failure Date: 07/01/2016

1) need headlight adjustment instructions for a known recall. 2) every door window motor in the Buick failed on each window preventing the windows from lowering if in the up position or prevented the windows from raising if in a lowered position. The windows had to be duct taped shut in order to prevent rain from entering the vehicle cab and the failures happened over 2015 to 2016 and each had to be replaced with new motors. There are large numbers of Buick owners across the internet complaining about this issue but I don't believe Buick ever issued a recall but I believe they should have. If this isn't a recall, it should be because of the large number of vehicles experiencing this known failure. The closest Buick dealer to us is sam leman Chevrolet Buick, 1040 west center st. , eureka, IL. 309-467-2351.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Buick Century 5
Failure Date: 01/22/2016

When driving at night all lights go out, interior and driving lights, resuming when clicking bright light switch. Driving at 65 mph.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Buick Century 6
Failure Date: 01/19/2016

I had driven my 2003 Buick Century at least halfway into a parking space in a parking lot when it suddenly lurched forward like a bat out of hell, leaping up over a curb on an upward slope, swiping a cement lightpost on the left, crashing into another car across its left front, bumping down over a curb, then crashing up and over two more curbs. With divine help I was able to avoid other cars and steer it to a stop, then drive gingerly into the original parking space. Since I was originally in the process of slowing to a stop, my right foot was on the brake at all times. I had never heard of many automakers' infamous "sudden unintended acceleration" manufacturing defect and had no idea what was happening as the car went from 1 or 2 mph to full throttle instantly. With both hands grasping the steering wheel while the car jerked violently, I was unable to shift into neutral, as I was attempting to avoid other parked vehicles. I emerged with no broken bones, but the car was totaled. Because I am a "little old lady," the insurance company deems me "l00% responsible," in spite of my clean driving record. But "sudden unintended acceleration" fits my scenario to a tee.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Buick Century 7
Failure Date: 01/26/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Buick Century. While driving approximately 60 mph, the low beams stopped working and hindered the contact's visibility while the vehicle was in motion. The contact had to hold the switch to get the high beams to remain illuminated due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the multi-function switch on the column for the lights needed to be replaced, including prematurely deteriorated ground wires. The dealer stated that the parts were to be ordered, but were not yet available for them to provide a specific date of when the part would be available to complete the repair. The contact left the vehicle at the dealer until the part was available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Buick Century 8
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?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 9
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 Buick Century 10
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 11
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?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Buick Century 12
Failure Date: 04/08/2014

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

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Buick Century 13
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 1999 Buick Century 14
Failure Date: 03/05/2014

I never was informed of any recalls on my 1999 Buick Century. Now I see all the advertisements on television, in the paper, online that the car can burn up. Brakes, steering, ignition. Which was repaired for 400 dollars. My engine warning light is on constantly, and they can't find what's going on. Once, it just completely stopped.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Buick Century 15
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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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 16
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 2004 Buick Century 17
Failure Date: 05/01/2013

The gas gauge is not accurate even through it says no fuel it still has plenty in the tank. The car reverse up and goes on its own without using the gas pedal and when you put the brakes on it shutters. The windows don't work very well anymore.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 18
Failure Date: 02/21/2013

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

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Buick Century 19
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).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 1999 Buick Century 20
Failure Date: 10/31/2012

The contact owns a 1999 Buick Century. While driving various speeds, the shift gear board and odometer lighting failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to fountain Buick (8701 s orange blossom trail a, orlando, FL 32809) where it was diagnosed that the instrument panel lights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Buick Century 21
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 2001 Buick Century 22
Failure Date: 08/01/2012

The drivers window will go down when you put key in ignition right before you start vehicle. After it goes down you must wait 10 seconds or so and you can put window up. This is the exact same issue my 2007 chevy trailblazer is being recalled for. But the Buick Century is not on the recall list.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2000 Buick Century 23
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2000 Buick Century 24
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 25
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.


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