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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada

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Comfortable, somewhat reliable.
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By john_alba
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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Interior is great. Comfortable long distance travel. Fun to drive. Power full engine.


Suggested Improvements

Many issues with the motor, not necessarily the motor itself, but rather the accessories for it. A/C etc.


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Unbelievably unreliable
2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By BlueBravada
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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Nice Cadillac-like ride, comfortable seats.


Suggested Improvements

Use proven technology, don't copy (poorly) what others are doing. How can power mirrors be so unreliable after so many years on the market. Recall and change lousy four wheel drive technology that Google shows has failed extensively, along with the air shocks.


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100K review
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By fladad
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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada 2WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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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!


Favorite Features

Leather seats, acceleration, comfort on long trips.


Suggested Improvements

Too late, not making em anymore. Gas mileage is bad, horrible if you go over 65. But if buy a used one cheap, it pays for a lot of gas!


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Never buy a discontinued brand!
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By Kyle
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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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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!


Favorite Features

heated seats (if they worked). climate control (if it worked) . six disc CD player


Suggested Improvements

Don't make the transfer case specific to just one year and model of a car. This one shares the same frame with a traiblazer and an envoy. Why!


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super car
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By john C
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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

heated seats, all the details (rear curb mirror adjustments, fuel mileage indicator, onstar, etc) air pump is extremely useful for a camper, biker like me used it the first week i bought it.


Suggested Improvements

headlights!, i hate them too slim for the look of the car. no grill guard i could find to cover them.


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