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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Oldsmobile Bravada Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 270 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada

  • A powerful new engine, slick styling and a fully optioned interior make this one of Olds' best products in a long time. Too bad it's headed for the chopping block with the rest of the lineup.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Plenty of power, improved handling and ride quality, roomy cabin.

  • Cons

    No third seat, slow steering.

  • What's New for 2002

    Olds brings out a new Bravada that's dramatically improved over its predecessor. A roomier interior, refined suspension, unique style and an all-new inline six packing more power than most competitors' V8s highlight the changes made to Oldsmobile's luxury ute.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Comfortable, somewhat reliable.

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Vehicle: 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

My mom got this car at about 75K. Off the bat, the rear air compressor didnt work and it sagged, so we switched to regular shocks. At about 100k the Engine coils started messing up, have had to change 3 so far from the 6 i have to change since apparently they dont last very long. I have since gotten this car now that I left for college about a Year ago. The A/C doesnt work on it anymore now, it shakes every time i turn on the A/C and sometimes the engine even turns on. Bad compressor. The car currently has an issue that when it very cold in the mornings it will give a "reduced engine power" light and a check engine light. Recently i have noticed the engine is not that good of quality.



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Unbelievably unreliable

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Vehicle: 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Nice vehicle as far as comfort and ride, but unbelievable amount or repairs required. Right off the bat was sent letter from GM saying sorry, forget to line the piston cylinders, so engine may fail at any time. Warranty was extended on that engine part only, too bad it wasn't the entire car. Four wheel drive system has self activated and permanently locked four times, requiring an approx 2000 repair. Air shocks in rear deflated to the ground daily for years, but dealer couldn't diagnose (or "duplicate") the problem until the warranty expired (new air shocks- duh). Water pump died several times. Expensive bearing repair in front cost 2000. Auto mirrors had a mind of their own.




100k review

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Vehicle: 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada 2WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Bought mine New in 02. I'd give this an 11 on Comfort and Performance. Regularly drive this 120 miles for work and its a better ride than a Lexus. Acceleration is great and turning radius is tight. I am on the original brakes at 100k! Eight yrs in Florida sun and the ac is still going strong. Had to replace the air suspension bags in the rear. Buy parts online and find a truck specialty shop to install, it's half the dealer cost. The eng is strong but has always been too loud. Had strange elec problems and replaced a box, think it was body control module. The depreciation is horrible, but this makes it a GREAT used car buy! Will keep this until 200k!




Never buy a discontinued brand!

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Vehicle: 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Bought this car with 80,000 miles. Needed a car that was not so low to the ground because of my back. Wish I would have bought an old 9 Taurus. This car has fallen apart on me, the transfer case got a hole blown in it. So now its going to cost me $1700 dollars to replace, not including labor. I cant drive it because the drive shaft is laying in my garage and now I have no car because I'm on a fixed income. I will never buy a discontinued brand again. The devil in mechanical form!




Super car

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Vehicle: 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

this is my first SUV, it is awsome to drive although i quickly found out how much Gas an SUV will run through. the only problems are the gas and the ride. the ride is smooth and awsome, although on longer trips i soon get annoyed by the slight sway of the vehicle. any pothole, bump, or crack in the road causes the car to sway mildly. the wind roar isnt any thing to brag about either. as for exterior it is good, just like a trailblazer which i love. the headlights are ugly but it doesnt matter to me. i love this car, it is luxurious yet competitive. great car.




About the air bags

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Vehicle: 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada 2WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I am writing about the rear air suspension air bags. Just replaced mine at 91000 miles. Dealer wanted $744 not incl compressor. I had a truck shop that specializes in raising suspensions and custom jobs install them for $125..Now my Bravada doesnt hav sagging rear end anymore!



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Full 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Review

What's New for 2002

Olds brings out a new Bravada that's dramatically improved over its predecessor. A roomier interior, refined suspension, unique style and an all-new inline six packing more power than most competitors' V8s highlight the changes made to Oldsmobile's luxury ute.

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Talk About The 2002 Bravada

2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Discussions See all Started By

bct41551
bct41551
04-30-2014
I have a 2002 bravada. The dash says "unknown driver". Fan motor woks, radio works, seats work. Windows do not, locks do not, and it will not turn over. Help please!...


bryancos
bryancos
01-11-2002
2002 Triplet owners: For those who aren't already aware, there's multiple forums here for the 2002 Envoy/TB/Bravada owners, which makes finding parts and accessories a challenge. It took a whle to re...


grbeck
grbeck
12-09-2000
Regarding the lack of Bravada advertisements, it could be that Olds is not using "teaser" ads for the Bravada because it is scheduled for release before the Trailblazer, Envoy and Rendezvous...



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