2002 Buick Century

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Key Specs

of the 2002 Buick Century. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    175-hp, 3.1-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2002 Buick Century Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Developed from the same basic design as the midsize Buick Regal, the four-door Century sedan has more conservative styling and appeals to an older group of buyers. Although sales dipped by nearly 9 percent during 2000, to 143,085 units, the Century has been a long-time rival of the full-size Buick LeSabre in the race to be the most popular Buick model.

Exterior
Although its styling is related to that of the jauntier Regal, the Century has a different grille, rear styling features, body trim and wheels. That makes it relatively easy to tell the two apart at a glance. Both Buicks are four-door sedans and ride a 109-inch wheelbase, but at 194.6 inches long overall, the Century is a little shorter than the Regal. Both models are 72.7 inches wide and stand 56.6 inches tall. Painted aluminum wheels are now available in a special Appearance Package.

Interior
Other than the Century’s bench seats and six-passenger seating capacity and the Regal’s sportier front buckets, these cars’ interiors are very similar. Both the Custom and Limited versions of the Century have a three-place front bench seat with a folding center armrest that includes storage space. Front buckets are available only as part of the Touring Package for the Custom Special Edition.

Standard equipment on both models includes dual-zone air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, cornering lamps, an AM/FM radio, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The Limited sedan adds va...
Vehicle Overview
Developed from the same basic design as the midsize Buick Regal, the four-door Century sedan has more conservative styling and appeals to an older group of buyers. Although sales dipped by nearly 9 percent during 2000, to 143,085 units, the Century has been a long-time rival of the full-size Buick LeSabre in the race to be the most popular Buick model.

Exterior
Although its styling is related to that of the jauntier Regal, the Century has a different grille, rear styling features, body trim and wheels. That makes it relatively easy to tell the two apart at a glance. Both Buicks are four-door sedans and ride a 109-inch wheelbase, but at 194.6 inches long overall, the Century is a little shorter than the Regal. Both models are 72.7 inches wide and stand 56.6 inches tall. Painted aluminum wheels are now available in a special Appearance Package.

Interior
Other than the Century’s bench seats and six-passenger seating capacity and the Regal’s sportier front buckets, these cars’ interiors are very similar. Both the Custom and Limited versions of the Century have a three-place front bench seat with a folding center armrest that includes storage space. Front buckets are available only as part of the Touring Package for the Custom Special Edition.

Standard equipment on both models includes dual-zone air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, cornering lamps, an AM/FM radio, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The Limited sedan adds variable-assist power steering, cruise control, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power driver’s seat, heated mirrors and a cassette stereo system.

GM’s satellite-based OnStar communication system is standard on the upscale Limited and the Custom Special Edition, and is a factory-installed option for the base Custom sedan. Trunk capacity totals 16.7 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A 3.1-liter V-6 engine produces 175 horsepower and drives a four-speed-automatic transmission. The higher-performing Regal, by comparison, holds a 3.8-liter V-6.

Safety
Antilock brakes, a tire-pressure monitor and traction control are standard. A side-impact airbag for the driver’s seat is included with leather upholstery, which is standard on the Limited and optional on the Custom Special Edition sedan.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Latest 2002 Century Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Old car

by If cTskill from Wilmington on June 21, 2018

Good at first.now lots of problems.fuel pump brakes ,now car won t start.electric problem fuel gauge don't work. Suspensions problems.a gas eater.time for a newbie Read full review

(5.0)

Just bought it, but I'm in love!

by Grateful76 from Waukesha, WI on May 13, 2018

If you want a smooth ride, solid engine, spacious interior and trunk, consider one of these! I have driven sedans for years and years at a time, I just found my next car to keep and maintain for years ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Century received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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