1999 Buick Century User Reviews
- $2,393 - $2,589
- Great fuel economy, comfortable, easy to use A/C /heater, easy to use stereo
- Cheap fold out cupholders, only four speed automatic
Purchased As Used
I really like this vehicle. It is a little outdated, but it is still a really nice car! We got it used with 35000-40000 miles when we got it.In the winter, it drives like a champ. It got AWESOME gas mileage, the stereo is easy to use, and so is the A/C and heater. It wasn't no Porsche, Caddi, or Maserati, but still, it is a nice, fun car to drive....read morehide
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- Reliable, Safe, Gas mileage, winter driving
- Noisy interior, small seats, no cupholders
Purchased As Used
I drove this car for about a year. I was borrowing it from my Grandma. It only had about 11,000 miles when I started driving it and we returned it to her with 40,000 miles on it.
Only small problems occurred - do NOT have a key remade for this car. The original key has a small magnet on it. If you start the car up with a spare key (No magnet) the car will completely shut down, as it thinks it is being stolen. Get a new key from a dealer.
The interior is decent - cramped (I'm 6'). The seats and headrests are low, and the seats overall hurt my back. Not a good car for tall people. The back seat is even worse. The headrests go to my shoulders. Ouch!
The one REALLY annoying this about this car is that the temperature controls and the stupid cupholders rattle whenever you go over a bump. It is maddening. I could never really enjoy riding in the car because of stupid little noises. However, we had the Limited edition with a digital temperature screen and buttons, which is what made the noises I think. If you have dial temperature controls you may not have this problem. You would think a "Luxury" car would be quiet.
Also, the car had a fold out cupholder. There is literally no support. Water bottles fell out of the bottom and onto the ground near the gas pedal - unsafe! I usually just held my drinks in my lap because of this reason.
The car's performance... It's no Lexus! But for a free car I couldn't complain. It was basically like new when I used it and the engine was smooth and quiet. It had power when I needed it. Average in my opinion, but fit for the average driver. The car is super bumpy on some roads and smooth on other roads... Absorbs the bumps pretty well but it's no Cadillac.
Okay, the one GREAT thing about this car is it's winter performance. I live in Wisconsin and this car handled wonderfully in mounds of snow on winding rural roads. Never had to worry about driving around in a blizzard. More sure footed than our 4x4 Suburban. No lies. We had new tires put on before winter (regular tires, not snow tires) and that did the trick. My driveway is literally a black diamond slope and we never got stuck in the winter. Also, I hit a HUGE deer in the car going about 40mph. The hood was a little dented, but overall, the car is sturdy and safe.
The car's exterior styling is obviously a little outdated, but it's 11 years old. It looks newer than a lot of other '99 models. I could see the front end on this car, which I like because it helps me figure out where I am on the road. I'm sorry, but I couldn't help but feel like a Grandpa driving this(I'm 18)... Maybe it's because it is known for as being a Grandma car, but now Buick is back! Think of it as a retro LaCrosse - which is all the rage right now for young professionals, apparently.
Overall, this car was good to me for the year that I drove it. I knit picked everything in the car. Most of the things that bugged me about the car don't bug the average driver. Would I buy it with my own money? No. Was it a good, reliable car to drive? Yes....read morehide
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- Fuel economy, comfort, styling, reliability, ease of repair, availability of replacement parts
- Dex-Cool coolant degrades and destroys seals and gaskets if not changed regularly
Purchased As Used
Bought this car in 2005 with 65k miles. Paid $4500 (admittedly a great deal). Five years and 55k miles later, have no regrets. Still worth 80% of what I paid for it. Great value! Best car I've ever bought. During the summer, a 2k road trip is not unheard of. My Buick makes the trip without missing a beat! My car always ends up being the one taken - guess that means its comfortable! Never have to worry about being stranded - guess that means its reliable. If something does break, parts are easy to find at a wrecker yard or AutoZone Easy to maintain even for someone with limited mechanical skills (like myself). GM's extended life Dex-Cool coolant is the only complaint I have. Car would do much better with traditional coolant. Breaks down and degrades seals and gaskets (had to replace lower intake manifold gasket). Other than that, had to replace power window motors in driver side windows but AM parts are easy to find and easy to replace. May not turn many heads or beat many people off the line at a red light but police don't seem to notice it much either so the positives outweigh the negatives. GM got it right with this one!...read morehide
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