Exterior Lighting Problems of Buick Century

Buick Century owners have reported 24 problems related to exterior lighting (under the exterior lighting 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   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2000 Buick Century 1
Failure Date: 05/15/2019

Our daughter was nearly killed by a driver with their lights off. Many drivers of late model cars are not aware that their lights are off because their dash is lit and their driving lights are on. There are no alerts telling people their lights are off!!!!! our seat belts make noise, if a car door is open it alerts us. I have observed that approximately 10-20% of cars on a street or freeway are driving with their lights off. This is a major problem and needs to be solved. This is the second time I have complained with no result. If there is no action I will be filing a class action lawsuit in the name of my daughter against the ntsb to demand action. Please respond.

See all problems of the 2000 Buick Century icon-go-page.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2000 Buick Century 2
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.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 1999 Buick Century 3
Failure Date: 02/04/2018

Dec 17,1999 manufacturer recall numbern990093 NHTSA recall number99v356 recall statusrecall incomplete summary these vehicles do not conform to the requirements of fmvss no. 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. " the vertical head lamp adjusting device may not be calibrated properly. Safety risk driver visibility may be impaired increasing the risk of a crash.

See all problems of the 1999 Buick Century icon-go-page.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 4
Failure Date: 04/13/2016

When driving at night head lights just shut off briefly. It seems to do this on dims or brights. I see a lot of similar complaints and I don't see any recalls. They come back on, but I can't seem to determine if they come back on from messing with the switch or if they just come back on by themselves. I'm not sure if the taillights go out as well but if they do that's a hazard for those coming up behind on highway at 65 mph. This is clearly a safety hazard that needs to be addressed!.

See all problems of the 2003 Buick Century icon-go-page.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 5
Failure Date: 03/03/2016

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the low beam head lamps were activated but failed to illuminate. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,000. Oo.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 6
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.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2000 Buick Century 7
Failure Date: 01/01/2016

I keep getting my air bag warning light coming on, the abs, and the check engine soon light, they wont go off. The fuel line that goes into the gas tank /neck leaks when gas gets pumped into it. The odometer mileage display p. R. N. D. L. Wont work and neither will the temperature gauge indicator for the climate control gauge.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2002 Buick Century 8
Failure Date: 10/15/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Century. The contact stated that the interior and exterior lighting intermittently failed without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000.

See all problems of the 2002 Buick Century icon-go-page.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2002 Buick Century 9
Failure Date: 08/12/2014

When I bought my 2002 Buick Century in 2003, I asked the dealer to turn off the drl on the car. They insisted they could not because of manufacturer & highway safety laws, but said I could contact the mfg. But that it required much paperwork & an extensively satisfactory reason for this to be done, so I quit asking. Once again I have decided to try to get the drl on my car turned off, since it seems to cause so much confusion to on coming traffic when I am signaling to change lane or turn. I contacted Buick & got customer support rep, that had no idea what drl even is, & declined to escalate my case up. At best she told me to go to a dealer. So the dealer tells me to go the the mfg. Then the mfg tells me to go to the dealer. Can you do anything to help me? all I want is to drive my car without the parking lights on! I thought it was illegal to drive with parking lights on.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 1999 Buick Century 10
Failure Date: 08/30/2013

The contact owns a 1999 Buick Century. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph at night, the head light failed. The contact stated that he attempted to turn them back on but they would not activate. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,248. The VIN was not available.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 11
Failure Date: 06/12/2013

Bright lights won't stay on.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 12
Failure Date: 06/12/2013

Bright lights won't stay on and sometimes if you can get them to come on they will go out while driving. Was on a city street and turned right , they went off. Since then you can hold the bright light switch, but when you turn loose they goes off.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2001 Buick Century 13
Failure Date: 05/03/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2001 Buick Century. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph the panel lighting failed to illuminate without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of incident. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. No VIN number was provider. St.

See all problems of the 2001 Buick Century icon-go-page.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 14
Failure Date: 12/25/2010

03 Buick Century headlamps go out while driving seems to be occurring with high beams 'still early in diag have not repaired yet { great christmas gift }.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 15
Failure Date: 06/01/2010

All lights (ext and control panel) will suddenly go out. If I quickly flick the light control lever they come back on. This is an intermittant problem but quite un nerving! I have seen no recall or service bulliten.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 16
Failure Date: 01/18/2009

My lights go out when I try to switch from dim to bright. I feel that this could be a big safety issue while driving at night, so I don't switch to bright lights in fear that my lights wont come back on.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2000 Buick Century 17
Failure Date: 07/04/2008

The contact owns a 2000 Buick Century. While driving 50 mph, the interior and exterior lights flashed on and off. The contact stated that the multi-function switch, which controls the lights for the vehicle, failed. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 50,000 and failure mileage was 47,000.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 18
Failure Date: 06/25/2008

Whenever I have attempted to use my high beams, I lose all lights, which is extremely dangerous, especially since I live in a mostly unlighted rural area with many curvy roads. I haven't replaced any parts since I've heard estimates are in the $700+ range, and I cannot afford the expense. . . I just do not use the high beams at all for fear I'll lose all lights. I still don't feel safe that the lights won't just cut off anyway. I inherited the car in 2008 and noticed the problem right away. This problem occurs every single time I try to use the high beams. I've research the internet and realize there is plenty of documentation that many others have the same problem. This is obviously a manufacturer defect and should be a recall item before a death occurs. Trust me. . . If I filed a lawsuit, there is plenty of evidence that this is a manufacturer problem and that they are aware of this potentially fatal problem, especially for those who buy the vehicle used and are not aware of the problem.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 19
Failure Date: 03/23/2005

Purchased on 2004, used, the 2003 vehicle has consistently had the head lamps go out when in highbeams are activated. The dealer said this is a short and said it would cost me to fix them and this happens to many of these vehicles. Major safety issue when you are driving at night and the lights go out. Clicking the low beams on turn the lights back on. Since this seems to be a known issue, why is there. To a recall on this? this happens while the vehicle is in motion at all speeds. (only in the dark, since this is when the high bea,s are used!).

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2003 Buick Century 20
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

One of the taillight bulbs in my fiance's car needs to be replaced more frequently than it should be. I thought the issue might be particular to the car, but I have noticed while driving that other late-model Buick Century's have the same non-functioning tail-light, so I believe this must be a mfr. Defect.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 1997 Buick Century 21
Failure Date: 05/13/1997

Day time running lights failed. Mgm.

See all problems of the 1997 Buick Century icon-go-page.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 1998 Buick Century 22

The head lamp light switch failed.

See all problems of the 1998 Buick Century icon-go-page.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 2002 Buick Century 23

The reverse lights and tag light stopped working due to fraying of wires near trunk hinge. Fraying also cased the "trunk/door" light to illuminate on dash until repaired. Cheap plastic covering did nothing to prevent fraying from contact with trunk hinge. At 3000 miles, had to go to dealer three times to have steering column replaced due to loud noise when wheel was turned. Sun visors are hard to use, they hit rearview mirror when adjusted. Inadequate even when used. Very loud popping sound on driver's side at times under brake pedal. Good car otherwise.

car image   Exterior Lighting problem of the 1999 Buick Century 24

When starting vehicle the gear selector light comes on but when vehicle is in motion the light goes off and stays off for long periods of time. Can't see what gear vehicle is in. This happens intermittenly. Dealer contacted please add VIN#. Nlm.



Switch Make:
Switch Model:
Fuel Economy of Century Vehicles
Century Service Bulletins
Century Safety Recalls
Century Defect Investigations