1999 Buick Century

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$18,855

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1999 Buick Century

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

2 trims

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1999 Buick Century review: Our expert's take

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Versus the competiton:

Expect the 1999 Buick Century Limited to get more attention now that Oldsmobile will drop its cousin, Cutlass, which was built off the same platform, after the ’99 model run.

The only drawback was the wife’s comment, “It’s an old-people’s car,” made when her husband was behind the wheel, not when she took command.

Century offers more room and more comfortable seats than Sonata or Accord, though a little trickery was used in back. The rear seat butt bowl is very deep. As such, your legs are forced closer to you to provide more rear-seat legroom without being scrunched against the backs of the front seat. Clever.

The 3.1-liter, 160-h.p. V-6 in Century is livelier, of course, than the Accord’s 4 and even the Sonata’s 170-h.p. V-6 because there is immediate response to the pedal. The mileage rating is 20 m.p.g. city/29 m.p.g. highway.

Like Accord, Century offers ABS as standard, but Century adds traction control to help move into the intersection without hesitating when the pavement is covered with slop.

Smoother, quieter ride than Sonata or Accord, with crisper steering response.

Base price is a respectable $20,145, or more than $700 less than Accord.

Standard equipment includes daytime running lamps; remote keyless entry; tire air-pressure monitor; speed-sensitive power steering; tilt steering; 15-inch all-season radials; air conditioning with cabin air filtration system; dual heated power mirrors; power windows/locks; AM/FM stereo with clock; and two features you can quickly grow to appreciate–lock-out prevention in which the power door won’t lock if you leave the key in the ignition and “starter grind prevention,” which disengages the starter if you forget the quiet engine is running and turn the key again, so you don’t experience the embarrassment of listening to metal grind.

Unlike the Accord, there were a number of options, including a prestige package for $1,800 that upgrades the sound system to include cassette/seek-and-scan/controls in the steering column; cruise control; automatic dimming rearview mirror; rear seat armrest with cupholders; dual climate controls; and power driver/passenger seats; $625 for leather/vinyl seats; $375 for aluminum wheels; $75 for a body stripe; and $200 for a CD player with next/last tracking and automatic tone control; plus $560 for freight.

So, unless you can do without some of the gadgets, Century is a larger, roomier machine with the benefit of traction control, which, in the case of the test cars, ran about $2,000 more than Accord.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 3.9
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Like driving the most reliable coach down the road

The Bench Seat in the front is a blast from the past and just as comfortable as the big back seat. The trunk is HUGE and all four of the Firestone tires are new. The engine is the best V6 Gen. Motors ever made and the gas mileage is great. 18/20 Hwy. The heat and AC always worked great and never had a problem with the transmission. They do not make these kinds of cars anymore. It is like owning a piece of pristine history.

4.0

Car defines "Practical Vehicle" no disappointment

One of the best cars I've ever owned in terms of value. It never once failed to start. Repairs and maintenance are low cost. Appearance is reasonable. Power and handling are adequate. It's comfortable and roomy and has ample trunk space. The only actual repairs the car ever needed were the driver's power window, one wiper arm, and the harmonic balancer. Each of these repairs were easy to do and replacement parts were not expensive at all. I also did many maintenance type tasks,(brakes, belts, spark plugs and wires, wiper blades, headlight, tires, battery, oil filter), and replacement parts were always economical and readily available. I had the windshield replaced the day after I bought it and that was cheap. This is no race car but it certainly doesn't lack power. I can't claim that it's fun to drive but it is very easy to drive and it's got enough power and handling capability to take the stress out of driving. It's not a "cool" car but it's very inconspicuous. I bought it from a private party about 4 years ago for a great price. It's been a very reliable daily driver for me and basic liability insurance was delightfully low cost. For a 2-wheel drive vehicle, it does pretty good in winter weather. I've driven it in 10-12" of snow several times without any major problems. My circumstances require me to drive a truck now so I've decided to sell my Buick to an old friend for $100 less than I paid for it 4 years ago. (I could easily get twice what he's paying for it. Yes, I got an incredible deal when I bought it!) It's nice to be able to sell it to a friend with confidence that it will serve him well. It doesn't leak any fluids, will pass the emissions test with ease, and the check engine light is not going to illuminate the day after he buys it. I've reluctantly sold cars to friends in the past and ended up fielding technical support calls until they got something else. No worries with this one.

4.4

Car is a TANK

This car is like a big couch with wheels, get through snow with 0 problem also a humongous row of back seats & trunk. 20 years old but I still use mine daily Crashed mine when I first got my liscence and totaled a ford ranger but I only lost a headlight and front bumper & 0. injuries. If you find one for a good deal, just get it.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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