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Buick Century

The Buick Century has a lot to offer. It is comfortable, received good safety ratings, has above average fuel economy, and since it was originally designed in 1932 as a performance car, has power in its roots. lists information about the Century, including make and model details, safety ratings, features, and proprietary data tied to a specific vehicle. 

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Used Buick Century: In Depth


The Buick Century was produced from 1936 - 1942, 1954 - 1958, and finally 1973 -2005. It has been through many major design changes throughout its long history. Buick Century trims include a coupe, sedan, and station wagon. From 1936 to 1958 the Buick Century was classified as a full size car and from 1973 to 2005 it moved down one category to a mid-size car. In 1993 the coupe trim was dropped and the last redesign for the Buick Century came about in 1997. This is the year that the station wagon model was discontinued, leaving only one model, the four-door sedan. After this redesign, the Century and Buick Regal, were nearly identical, distinguishable only by differences in trims and engines.  

The Buick Century is a good and reliable car at an affordable price. There is plenty of room--the Buick Century offers 6 passenger seating. This makes it a good choice for an older person or couple on a fixed income, a family, and a college student.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Buick Century gets high marks. It is estimated that the 2005 Buick Century gets 18 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. The fuel consumption is comparable to other cars with V6 engines. 

The Buick Century has a lot to offer in terms of accessories. Some of the accessories include air conditioning, audio anti-theft protection, cargo area light, clock, fade courtesy lights, door ajar warning, low fuel level warning, remote power locks, power steering, remote control remote trunk/hatch release, driver and passenger vanity mirrors, and a ventilation system with microfilter.

The Buick Century is not a fast car or a flashy car. It is a reliable, comfortable car and suits someone who is looking for good transportation with low maintenance costs. 


The Century has gotten good reviews for safety and offers many different features. Some safety features for the Buick Century include built-in child restraints, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, antilock brakes, side airbags, and driver seat-mounted combination head and torso airbag. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Century a rating of "Acceptable" for moderate overlap front in case of collision.


In 1959, Buick renamed the Century the Invicta. 


Vehicle Overview

Number of Service Records Century

Carfax Facts

The Buick Century has an average of 7.6 service records, such as oil changes or tire rotations. 51 percent have more than 5 service records. A high number of service records can be an indication of a well maintained vehicle. 

Average Odometer Reading

Carfax Chart

If you are looking for a Buick Century with no more than 100,000 miles, start your search with the 2005 model year.


2005 Buick Century Specifications

  • 3.1 liter V-6

  • 18 city / 27 hwy mpg

  • Front-wheel drive; rear-wheel drive
  • 4-speed 4T60-E automatic; 4-speed 4T65-E automatic

  • 175 hp @ 5200 rpm

  • 109.0 inches

I went to a small repair shop and saw two Buick Centuries. Boy was I happy I used CARFAX; the mechanic turned out to have changed the odometer after the engine was installed. I did NOT buy the Century based on information from CARFAX.

—Mike Bodine