Buick Century owners have reported 17 problems related to high/low beam switch (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.
2003 Buick Century headlights go out while driving. The lights would come back on by flicking the dimmer switch. Extremely dangerous. I was informed it could possibly be the body control module or dimmer switch.
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The contact owns a 2005 Buick Century. The headlights have been shutting off during the night. The failure has occurred four times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that a new dimmer switch was needed. The manufacturer stated that the dealer would cover half of the repair costs. The contact feels that he should not be charged at all because this is a safety hazard. The current mileage was 69,000 and failure mileage was 68,977. Updated 4/23/08.
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While driving home from work one evening recently, I attempted to dim my lights for an oncoming vehicle and was shocked to find I had no low beams. I only had highbeams. Had to replace the dimmer switch, which of course operates everything else. About a month ago, my lights went out for about 30 seconds, then no problems until I lost my low beams.
At times when use the dimmer switch on my 2003 Buick Century, the head lights go our completely. When I reflick the dimmer switch, the lights will come back on, this proposes a dangerous situation, esp. If one doesn't know that reflicking the switch will solve the problem. The situation is even more dangerous in the late twilight, which is what happened w/ my wife. She drove several miles before arriving home, completely unaware that she was driving w/o headlight. I just retrieved my Buick from the repair shop, where they installed an entire unit for me at a cost of 500. 00. More than likely this problem has occurred with other Century owners. The repair cost was bad enough, but the situation could have been deadly, if I had not detected the problem and had it repaired.
While operating vehicle at night I went to use my high beams, low beams operated fine. However, when I activated high beams, all headlights went off, causing me to rapidly slow down and pull to side of road. As pulling to side of road I turned off the high beams, and low beams came back on. This happened several times. This obviously very dangerous. I took car to a car repair shop, and they advised me to check for any vehicle/equipment recalls. I tried looking for recalls ,but could not find any. Repair shop was insistent that we checked with you before they do any work because it might be covered if a recall was issued. The consumer stated wants to know the status of his complaint.
- the contact stated that while driving the 2002 Buick Century at any speed on the road at night the headlights go off without any warning under all road conditions. Occasionally, the contact would turn on the high beam and toggle to regular beams so that the lights would turn on. The failure happened intermittently every evening. The body control module was replaced, but the lights still turn on and off. The contact was refereed to eq muffler to find the problem. The vehicle still had not been repaired. Updated 02/27/07.
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Headlight high beams would randomly turn off leaving no visibility for night driving. This occurred on several occasions. Switching back to low beams provided light. Brought vehicle to gm dealership and it was unable to duplicate the problem. Dealership suggested that a remedy might be to replace the multi function switch or blinker switch. This replacement was done on 12/11/06 at a cost of $682. 02.
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph on the highway and using the dimmer switch the headlights shut off. There were no warning signals prior to the incident. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, who determined that the headlight switch, the high beam and low beam switch needed to be replaced. Updated 10/17/2006 - this problem occurred intermittently.
Bright lights quit working when driving, resulting in total darkness when driving at night, until dimmer switch was activated. Local Buick garage replaced entire dimmer unit from steering column. (switch 2. 485).
: the contact stated while switching the headlights from low beam to high beam they temporarily go out. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer determined the headlight dimmer switch was faulty and offered to replace; however, the contact declined.
The contact stated the high beams did not work on the first attempt. He had to switch back to low beams and then the high beams worked when switching back. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who determine d the electrical dimmer switch and relay was defective. The mechanic stated the part could be burning up and should be replaced because all of the lights could go out in the future. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time.
The contact stated while driving at night the headlights went out. She had to engage the dimmer switch several times in order for the headlights to work properly. She took the vehicle to a gm dealer, and the dealer replaced the dimmer switch. This did not correct the problem. The vehicle was taken to another dealership. They performed a diagnostic test which did not detect anything. The dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. No further repairs or corrections have been made at this time.
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After having the low beam recall done the low beams are even worse then when I started. The recall bulbs are less affective then the origionals witch are nothing to brag about. Hi beams are not affected. I will be replacing with after market type bulbs on my own.
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The contact own a 2003 Buick Century. The contact was driving 35 mph when the headlights failed sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who advised replacing the dimmer switch at the contact's expense. The vehicle was not under recall. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 12/30/10 updated 01/07/11.
Consumer stated that vehicle is unable to switch to low beam and consumer is forced to have high beam on while driving. Dealer notified. Ts.
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There was insufficient light when low beam light was on, causing poor visibility which amost resulted in 2 accidents. Dealer has adjusted low beam light twice, but defect still exists.
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Daylight running light design is against alaska state law, design allows the turn signal/parking lamps to be lit when ignition switch is on.
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|Exterior Lighting problems||
|High/low Beam Switch problems||
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|Turn Signal Switch problems||
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|Hazard Flashing Warning Light Switch problems||
|Headlight Concealment Device problems||
|Turn Signal Flasher Unit problems||