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1994 Buick Century 63K miles #5354856 02/19/20 08:33 PM
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Whats up everyone,

Picked up a 94 Buick Century Custom 2.2L with 63k on it. It was originally my Wife's Grandmothers who purchased it new. It then became my MIL's spare car but she never really drove it and it sat in the garage most of the time. It's the ultimate old lady car that is white with red interior. Got it to use as a work/ spare car.

It has only been driven 200 miles in the past two years. I changed the oil last in 2018 with GTX and Fram. It is in near perfect condition.

To make it ready to be daily driven again at least a few days a week i'm going to do the following:

Oil & filter
Trans fluid & filter
Coolant & thermostat
Fuel filter
Pcv valve

Had new brakes, plugs & wires a few years ago.

Only repairs that need to be done is two new tires and it needs a valve cover gasket.

Have I missed anything? I'll put up a few pics here in the next few weeks!


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5354866 02/19/20 08:43 PM
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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5354868 02/19/20 08:46 PM
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I'd throw shocks and struts at it.

Rockauto has some front struts for $15 and rears for $10 on closeout.

Check the transmission's TV cable for proper adjustment-- they usually loosen up causing delayed downshifts.

I'd suggest a 1/16" hole in the top of the flange of the t-stat, I had issues burping my BIL's cavalier with said motor.

Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5354888 02/19/20 09:20 PM
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Sweet! I'm probably one of the weird ones, but I've got a soft spot for A-bodies.

Sounds like you've pretty much got things handled. I would flush out the brake fluid, as well. It's definitely absorbed some moisture over the years. By near perfect, do you mean rust-free? Getting brake bleeders open will be key to flushing out that old fluid.

Besides that (and your list), it sounds like you've got an awesome commuter! I take it it's got the 3T40 transmission? Bulletproof. 2.2 OHV? Bulletproof (just don't overheat it).

Somewhere around 2004ish my dad picked up a 1996 Cutlass Ciera with the 3100, 4T60. It had 36k miles on it at the time, and the original engine had been replaced around 16k due to massive internal coolant loss. It was dark blue, with a medium blue faux-cabriolet top. Not vinyl: cabriolet. Fake folding roof cover snaps and all. I had lots of fun at the drive in movies with that front bench seat... but I digress.

I have to admit, my favorite A-body would have to be the Pontiac 6000. What I wouldn't do to find a clean, barn find STE AWD model. Kind of like this:



STE AWD


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5354929 02/19/20 10:07 PM
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Had a 84 Century T Type 3.8 SFI that it was quick compared it`s competition We would have kept it but for a problem that took a year and a half to get resolved.


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5354953 02/19/20 10:39 PM
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Serpentine belt and change the power steering fluid. Not that turkey baster nonsense, a true flush out. Check water pump for leaks/noise once you get it going. Check heater hoses and radiator hoses. If original, after 25 years they've done their job, time to change them.


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5354956 02/19/20 10:40 PM
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I was always a fan of GM A bodies. I had a 1988 Pontiac 6000 with the old 2.5 iron duke.
Had 200k when I got rid of it. Just to rusty to keep driving, needed timing gears.
Those pushrod 2.2's were great engines, I had 2 of them. Just dont overheat it, as the heads will crack if you get them too hot.
On a car of that age, I would probably replace radiator hoses as a precaution.


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5354973 02/19/20 11:16 PM
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I have had several of the old GM "A" bodies. Pretty decent car for that era. Tune up, belts, hoses, drop all fluids, check the tires closely and drive it.


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5354998 02/20/20 12:01 AM
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The 2.2 is probably the best engine put in those cars. Easier to work on than a transverse V6 and probably gets better gas mileage as well smile

Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: 14Accent] #5355027 02/20/20 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by 14Accent
Sweet! I'm probably one of the weird ones, but I've got a soft spot for A-bodies.

Sounds like you've pretty much got things handled. I would flush out the brake fluid, as well. It's definitely absorbed some moisture over the years. By near perfect, do you mean rust-free? Getting brake bleeders open will be key to flushing out that old fluid.

Besides that (and your list), it sounds like you've got an awesome commuter! I take it it's got the 3T40 transmission? Bulletproof. 2.2 OHV? Bulletproof (just don't overheat it).

Somewhere around 2004ish my dad picked up a 1996 Cutlass Ciera with the 3100, 4T60. It had 36k miles on it at the time, and the original engine had been replaced around 16k due to massive internal coolant loss. It was dark blue, with a medium blue faux-cabriolet top. Not vinyl: cabriolet. Fake folding roof cover snaps and all. I had lots of fun at the drive in movies with that front bench seat... but I digress.

I have to admit, my favorite A-body would have to be the Pontiac 6000. What I wouldn't do to find a clean, barn find STE AWD model. Kind of like this:



STE AWD


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5355100 02/20/20 06:27 AM
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This place will be your new friend: https://www.a-body.net/forums/forum.php

We own a 1990 Century with the Iron Duke motor as a destination car we keep at the beach, 75k miles and a surfboard rack on top.

There are plenty of sleeper upgrades like bolting on a thicker front swaybar from the "dustbuster" minivans which were the Chevy Lumina APV, Oldsmobile Silhouette or Pontiac Transport, it will corner like a BMW 3 series. Lots of GM 15", 16" or some 17" wheels also fit these cars. LKQ has tons of these wheels for cheap. Have fun!


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: MuzzleFlash40] #5355145 02/20/20 07:41 AM
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Change the brake fluid.

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Originally Posted by 14Accent
Sweet! I'm probably one of the weird ones, but I've got a soft spot for A-bodies.

Sounds like you've pretty much got things handled. I would flush out the brake fluid, as well. It's definitely absorbed some moisture over the years. By near perfect, do you mean rust-free? Getting brake bleeders open will be key to flushing out that old fluid.

Besides that (and your list), it sounds like you've got an awesome commuter! I take it it's got the 3T40 transmission? Bulletproof. 2.2 OHV? Bulletproof (just don't overheat it).

Somewhere around 2004ish my dad picked up a 1996 Cutlass Ciera with the 3100, 4T60. It had 36k miles on it at the time, and the original engine had been replaced around 16k due to massive internal coolant loss. It was dark blue, with a medium blue faux-cabriolet top. Not vinyl: cabriolet. Fake folding roof cover snaps and all. I had lots of fun at the drive in movies with that front bench seat... but I digress.

I have to admit, my favorite A-body would have to be the Pontiac 6000. What I wouldn't do to find a clean, barn find STE AWD model. Kind of like this:



STE AWD


I also really really like these cars. I had a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Brougham with the all cast iron multi point 2.8L a d a 4T440 transmission. The car was killer in the snow, rode well, drove well, it did everything well honestly. I would own another in a heartbeat.

I had several friends with these with the Iron Duke, 3.3L and even a few friends lucky enough to have a 3.8. Just good simple, easy to work on with cheap parts, reliable cars.


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: Nick1994] #5355226 02/20/20 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Nick1994
Serpentine belt and change the power steering fluid. Not that turkey baster nonsense, a true flush out. Check water pump for leaks/noise once you get it going. Check heater hoses and radiator hoses. If original, after 25 years they've done their job, time to change them.

Exactly what I was thinking . Replace the rubber items under the hood ( hoses & belt / belts ) . Flush the coolant , too .

How is the battery & cables / clamps ?


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Re: 1994 Buick Century 63K miles [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5355283 02/20/20 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
The 2.2 is probably the best engine put in those cars. Easier to work on than a transverse V6 and probably gets better gas mileage as well smile




Yeah, I had one in a cavalier. Pretty reliable engine.

I think head bad head gaskets are pretty common, but really easy to change on this engine.

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