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2004 Buick Century

  • 2004 Buick Century Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/195
    • ENGINE
      3.1L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,815
  • 2004 Buick Century Custom Sedan

    Custom Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/195
    • ENGINE
      3.1L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,815
  • 2004 Buick Century Limited Sedan

    Limited Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/195
    • ENGINE
      3.1L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,815
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2004 Buick Century Review

Comfortable and fairly reliable.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Buick Century was first introduced in 1936 to replace the Buick Series 60. These models were large and luxurious vehicles with a classic grille and a long rounded hood leading to a curved body, slopping gradually in the rear and with the body frame covering the rear tires. These were four-door models with a front-engine and rear-drive layout. These models were the fastest Buicks made with sustained top speeds of 95 mph, for this they were nicknamed ""the banker’s hot rod.""

The first two generation Buick Century lineups were known for luxury, speed and stylish looks. Later generation models switched to more conventional body styles for the time, often described as ""plain"" by critics, if not described in worse terms as far as styling. The final generation, which included the 2004 model, is not quite so harshly criticized, but there are few, if any, features that make it stand out in a crowded sedan field.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Century

What's New

For 2004, the Buick Century added three packages: Standard, Custom, and Limited; each one has different features.

Exterior

The 2004 Buick Century has a very plain midrange sedan profile. The only feature which would hint at its brand is the logo and grille. The grille differs slightly from its more powerful Buick Regal cousin, small with the Buick logo in the center. The headlights on each side are thin and wrap around the sides of the vehicle. It is available in a handful of colors.

Interior

The 2004 Buick Century can seat six occupants with two rows of bench seating and is quite roomy, although three adults in front can get crowded. It is moderately comfortable with a simple control layout. Some features include dual-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, CD player, air filtration, and power windows and locks.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Buick Century’s 3.1-liter V-6 gets 175-hp and uses a four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is good, but nothing exciting. Handling leaves something to be desired with slow reaction times and a ""steering-a-boat"" feel to the steering wheel.

Safety

2004 Buick Century safety features include all-disc anti-lock brakes optional and side-impact driver-side airbags available on those models with leather seating surfaces.

EPA Fuel Economy

Buick Century Sedan: 18/37 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Bench seats in the front
  • Reliable powertrain

You Won't Like

  • Handling
  • Resale

Sum Up

Comfortable and fairly reliable.

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