Headlights Problems of Buick Century - part 1

Buick Century owners have reported 65 problems related to headlights (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   Headlights problem of the 2004 Buick Century 1
Failure Date: 12/21/2017

Headlights went off while driving on interstate at night. ( I may have flashed my high beams to signal a truck that it was safe to change lanes before this happened. Interior lights still working when this happened. Nothing I did would bring headlights back on. Very dangerous problem!! car mileage approximately 62,000. 12/21/2017 date.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Buick Century 2
Failure Date: 09/03/2017

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. While driving 35 mph, the headlights failed to respond. The local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 132,704.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Buick Century 3
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   Headlights problem of the 2005 Buick Century 4
Failure Date: 10/09/2015

A few times in the last 2 years the headlights have turned off while driving for no reason. Once while I was in the car with a friend who also owns a Buick the issue occurred and he told me his car had been recalled for the same issue. I contacted Buick, who denied any knowledge of the issue, they referred me to my local Buick dealer who was aware of the problem but indicated my model was not one that had been recalled. As gm said they had no liability, I paid my local Buick dealer to diagnose the issue, which they determined was a faulty headlight sensor. The part was replaced at my expense on July 1, 2015. 3 weeks ago the issue occurred again, driving on a dark country road the headlights went out. I contacted gm again, they assigned a file # 8-1631489873 but assumed no responsibility, again telling me to deal with my local Buick dealer.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Buick Century 5
Failure Date: 09/11/2014

When I turn on the high beams the headlights will occasionally turn off completely, instead. To turn back on the vehicle's headlights I have to pull the high beam lever back and forth multiple times. When attempting to turn back on the headlights I engage the hazards so that other vehicles can still see me on the road.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Buick Century 6
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Headlights turned off while driving. No headlights or brights only available.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Buick Century 7
Failure Date: 10/27/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the headlights suddenly failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Buick Century 8
Failure Date: 03/05/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. While driving various speeds, the plastic headlight covers caused a haze over the headlights, which prevented them from illuminating correctly at night. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed by the technician to clean or replace the plastic headlight covers. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Buick Century 9
Failure Date: 02/15/2011

While driving at night my headlights stopped working and then turned back on, this morning as I left for work the headlights did not come on at all, the brights only worked if I held the bar back as it would not stay on by clicking it. After reading all of the problems with this there needs to be a recall on this serious problem. What can be done to make sure this gets taken care of?.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Buick Century 10
Failure Date: 10/20/2010

Driving in the dark with high beams on, the headlights went out completely, had to activate low beams to get lights back on. This is happening frequently.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Buick Century 11
Failure Date: 07/01/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Buick Century. The contact stated that the headlight bulbs were positioned too close to the plastic cover lens causing the plastic cover to fog. The failure would cause reduced visibility of the roadway and the contact believed the failure could potentially cause a fire. The dealer advised they were not able to assist with the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 72,617. Updated 12/21/10 the consumer stated the transmission was slipping, the rotors, tires and seat belts needed to be replaced. Updated 12/3/10.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Buick Century 12
Failure Date: 09/01/2009

Turn brights on and radio/clock light goes off. No headlights on during day driving, radio/clock light randomly goes on and back off. Head lights briefly gone off during night driving 3 different times only for maybe 5 seconds, but it only takes a second for a deer or object to appear at night or a car ahead braking suddenly. Speedometer back light does not illuminate for night driving. Trac off and anti lock warning lights continuously stay on, I have had my brakes replaced throughout the years of owning the car since October 2007 and the warning lights do not reset themselves as they should, they continuously stay on since 2009. I am tired of dealing with all of these electrical and lightening issues with this car. I have tried to find gm recall for these problems. Please tell me where and how I can have these defects fixed.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Buick Century 13
Failure Date: 10/30/2008

2005 Buick Century headlights turn themselves off while driving. This has happened on three separate occasions . I believe a faulty high low beam switch is the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Buick Century 14
Failure Date: 02/15/2008

The contact owns a 1999 Buick Century. He received a safety recall notification in February of 2007. The dealer repaired the vehicle. The contact stated that the lights on the vehicle are now dim. The contact felt that the dealer should be responsible for the repair. The current and failure mileages were 125,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Buick Century 15
Failure Date: 12/12/2007

Headlights on my 65,000mi 2002 Buick Century just quit and then come back on. This problem has occurred 4 four times. The other times it appeared as though I misclicked, but the last time I had to pull over and click the dimmer switch 30+ times. This is a real safety issue and I barely was able to stop in time from 55 mph. The outer headlights are only on in low beam and the inner only on high beam. There are 4 headlights this can't be right all 4 should be on in high beam setting on. Need to check on this headlight operation issue, but felt I should pass this on that these gm models do this.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Buick Century 16
Failure Date: 11/19/2007

Sometimes when you turn high beams on head lights will go off and you will have to play with dimmer switch to get the lights to come back on.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Buick Century 17
Failure Date: 07/26/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Century. While driving 65 mph, the headlights on the vehicle shut off. The lights remained off for two hours before illuminating again. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of failure. The current mileage was 57,000 and failure mileage was 55,000. The consumer stated the lights malfunctioned 4 times at night and the dealer does not know what is the problem. Updated 09/05/07.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Buick Century 18
Failure Date: 02/15/2007

- the contact stated that the 2004 Buick Century headlights turned off while driving the vehicle. On 02/15/07 at 30 mph on a rural highway the headlights blinked off and on, and then they went out again and stayed off for about 1/2 mile. The contact stated that the current odometer reading was 33,800 miles. On the next day he took the vehicle to the Buick dealership and they replaced the dusk dawn sensor. After the repairs he drove the vehicle, and the next night the headlights turned off again. The contact hasn't driven the vehicle since the last event with the lights turning off. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer, and was given case# 71-495164830.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Buick Century 19
Failure Date: 01/15/2007

- the contact owns a 1998 Buick Century. During January 2007 the contact noticed that the head lights were not on while driving. The contact tried to turn them on with the on off switch but that did not work. The high beams would turn on while holding the lever, but the normal head beams lights did not. The contact explained that after moving the light lever the normal headlight beams turned on. A month after the failure began the head lights completely stopped working on 2/25/07. The contact was going to take the vehicle to the dealer and have it inspected. The contact believed that this failure was too soon for a vehicle with an odometer reading of 119,000 miles and about 9 years old. The failure mileage was 118500.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Buick Century 20
Failure Date: 10/07/2006

Headlights went out approx. 4 times over a 30 min period. This is the second time this has happened. The first time they went out once for about 15 seconds. This time they were out long enough for me to have to pull off the road.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Buick Century 21
Failure Date: 11/01/2005

: the contact stated the headlights occasionally failed to remain illuminated, leaving the contact stranded without light while traveling at night. This has occurred at least six times in the last year, currently happening about every other week. The service dealer could not identify the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Buick Century 22
Failure Date: 11/01/2005

The contact stated the headlights turned off without warning. When this happened the contact was able to turn them on with the manual switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, but they were unable to diagnose the problem. The lights went out while at the dealership. They suggested the multi-function switch should be replaced, although they were not sure this will correct the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Buick Century 23
Failure Date: 08/02/2005

Contact stated when turning bright lights they will be on bright for a while , then the headlights will go off and vehicle will be in total darkness until she clicing back to the regular headlights. This happened just about every time she put on bright lights. She has been having this problem over a year and she had complained to the dealer and because it was not under warranty it would cost $118. 00 an hour to diagnose the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Buick Century 24
Failure Date: 12/22/2004

While driving, the headlights would shut off without warning intermittently. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The cause was not determined. The dealership replaced the mulitfunction switch. They did not find the problem, however they replaced the switch as a possible cause of the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Buick Century 25
Failure Date: 12/06/2004

While driving at any speed headlights shut off intemittently. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.



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