Buick Century

For 50 years, the Buick Century has upheld a standard of reliability and trust. Though it’s hardly a vehicle for the enthusiast of the trend-setting road, the Century is well-loved among conservative buyers who appreciate longevity, comfort, and safety.

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Buick Century Origins

The Buick Century was created by the Buick division of General Motors as a new line of full-size performance vehicles. The vehicle enjoyed 50 years of production, starting in 1936 through 2005. Buick enthusiasts still purchase used Century models though they are more than 7-years-old vehicles.

The 1936 Buick Century was introduced as an improvement to the previous year’s model in engineering and design enhancements as it replaced the Series 60. This production run lasted until 1942 and then reappeared for four more years in 1954. In 1973, General Motors redesigned all of its intermediate models and replaced the Skylark with the Century.

Production continued until 2005 with the last redesign created in 1997. The four-door sedan was the only style offered since sales for the station wagon declined. This final Buick Century model was nearly identical to its sibling, the Buick Regal, with the only differences seen in the trim and engine. The Century was the lower-priced model of the two and was eventually identified as Buick’s entry-level vehicle after the 1998 Skylark officially left the production line. The Buick LaCrosse finally replaced both the Century and the Regal in 2005.

About the Buick Century

The Buick Century was known for reliability and quality in its class. With the trusted General Motors name behind its brand, the vehicle enjoyed over half a century of production.

Though the Buick Century was known for its reliability, it was also equipped with many high-performance features. The brand also offered luxury and limited editions with custom trims, leather upholstery, and special edition packages.

The latest Buick Century high-end models offered standard features such as a V-6 engine, keyless entry, dual zone climate control, power windows, and power locks. Passenger and driver airbags became standard as well.

Although the Buick Century name was associated with safety and reliability, it never attempted to compete with the latest automobile trends. It focused its brand on providing vehicles that were affordable and reliable with performance and luxury options. The Buick Century was the car any given consumer could bring home to his or her mother. It was known for pleasing the consumer who was interested in longevity and reliability more than refinement and trendy offerings.

Buick Century Features

The latest model Buick Century to grace the roads was manufactured in 1997. This model was a midsize sedan with a 3.1-liter V-6 engine producing 160 horsepower. The performance underwent a slight upgrade in 2000. It also offered the latest safety editions such as antilock brakes, traction control, front side airbags, and OnStar.

The 2005 Buick Century offered no surprises with its average dynamics and a strict track record of reliability. The model was popular among mature buyers and appealed to conservative shoppers who valued quiet comfort, safety, and reliability over performance and the trendy bells and whistles.

Buick Century Evolution

The first Buick Century models (1936-1942) were enhanced models of previous vehicles. General Motors married a shorter wheelbase with its powerful eight-cylinder engine. These cars were the fastest Buicks manufactured during this time period with max speeds topping out at over 95 mph.

Buick redesigned its cars in 1954 to perform better than its discontinued predecessors. A station wagon, the Century Caballero (1957-1958) was introduced during this time, although it did not meet expectations and was eventually discontinued in 1959. The California Police could be seen driving the reliable hybrid of the Special two-door sedan coupled with the Century powertrain and trim, a unique model unavailable to the general public.

The Buick Century made a comeback in 1973, replacing the popular Skylark. The Century GS coupes (1973- 1975) were popular models due to their high performing V-8 engines, a feature that was later replaced by a more fuel efficient V-6.

The late 1980s was a successful time for the Buick Century. The popular vehicle was offered in three designs: sedan, wagon, or coupe.

The vehicles engine was replaced with a 2.5-liter inline-4 in 1990, followed by a 2.2-liter engine in 1992. Optional V-6 engines were available for a price. The driver airbag and anti-lock brakes became standard features in 1994.

As of 1996, the Century endured its last redesign and resembled the Buick Regal. The half century long Buick model was finally put to rest in 2004; however, used vehicles are still being sold to conservative buyers who appreciate the reliability and longevity of the Century model.

Select a Buick Century Year

2005 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

The 2005 Buick Century provides a sedan model with some nice features.

2004 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

The Buick Century was first introduced in 1936 to replace the Buick Series 60.

2003 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

A slowly dying trend, but one that is still captivating the hearts of Buick buyers is the three-occupant front seat of the 2003 Buick Century.

2002 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

The 2002 Buick Century is the entry-level car for the Buick brand.

2001 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

The 2001 Buick Century classifies as a midsize sedan in its fifth year of production.

2000 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

The 2000 Buick Century is a midsize car manufactured by General Motors and sold by the company’s Buick division.

1999 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

Buick is known for putting out reliable, no-nonsense sedans that are relatively low frills and low thrills.

1998 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

1997 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan

The 1997 Buick Century is a front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan that is designed specifically to appeal to older consumers.

1996 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The 1996 Buick Century is available in both a four-door sedan model and a station wagon.

1995 Buick Century

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The 1995 Buick Century offers a vehicle that's a solid, well-equipped sedan and is just shy of near-luxury territory.