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2003 Oldsmobile Bravada SUV

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Oldsmobile Bravada Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 275 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada

  • With nearly identical models available from GMC and Chevrolet, we don't see any compelling reason to buy the soon-to-be-discontinued Bravada.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful engine, long list of standard features, plush highway ride.

  • Cons

    Too soft in the corners, resale value likely to plunge quickly.

  • What's New for 2003

    Oldsmobile quietly added a two-wheel-drive model to the Bravada lineup last year, making it a bit more attractive to those who don't need the foul weather capability of all-wheel drive. This year 2WD Bravadas get standard traction control while AWD versions now feature a coil spring rear suspension. The previously standard air-spring setup is still an available option on AWD models. Side airbags have also been moved from the standard equipment package to the options list while the standard 4.2-liter engine has been given a 5 horsepower bump.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



11yrs old and still going

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Vehicle: 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

118,000 miles and still a nice truck to own. For me this one was the best. Previously owned a 1999 & 1992 as well.




Peice of crap

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Vehicle: 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I hate this car! I have had so many problems..... Transfer case motor went 3x, brought it back to dealer, turn signal didn't work. Bad ground, The front differential seized up and stopped me dead in the road. Had to flatbed it back to the dealer.The replacement costed $2,000. Sway bar links went bad in the front and back.replaced the back ones. Fronts still need to be replaced. The cam shaft positioning sensor went bad making the check engine light come on.That needed to be replaced along with two tires, tie rod end, and a thermostat housing to pass inspect. $600 for that. Now the trans. is slipping, pass wheel bearing going bad, front breaks are bad, and there's a strange rattle underneath.




Not just another trailblazer

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Vehicle: 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I will forever miss the Ninety-Eight, Rocket 455, Bravada and the Olds empire entirely. This is an underrated SUV that rarely gets mention as a result of its relatives from Chevy and GMC. You'll never ever mistake this for a Trailblazer if you've driven them both. A luxury AWD SUV that fits the wallet nicely. Despite claims, resale values remain superior to its brothers.




Excellent truck

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Vehicle: 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased new in 2002 and have 75k miles on it. Original brakes and tires. Just past inspection 12/08 in Virginia. I have towed boats and trailers. No problems, no rattles, no electrical issues (except replaced headlamps). I can't imagine what more you would want. Purchased this truck because Oldsmobile only had 6 options everything else is standard in 03 plus 60 mo zero financing. Excellent product.




Short of being perfect

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Vehicle: 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

We have enjoyed our Bravada excepted for a recurring transmission slippage that gives you the sensation to go over a bumpy road as the vehicle starts to accelerate. There is also a loud metallic noise that I have not been able to find the origin. It sounds like a loose hatch door, or loose braking caliper or an heavy piece of metal rattling when on bumpy road.




Good ride, but not dependable

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Vehicle: 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I love the ride of this SUV, but I have taken it to the shop numerous times in the past 1 1/2 years for electrical problems. I am going to have to trade or sell it.



Full 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada Review

What's New for 2003

Oldsmobile quietly added a two-wheel-drive model to the Bravada lineup last year, making it a bit more attractive to those who don't need the foul weather capability of all-wheel drive. This year 2WD Bravadas get standard traction control while AWD versions now feature a coil spring rear suspension. The previously standard air-spring setup is still an available option on AWD models. Side airbags have also been moved from the standard equipment package to the options list while the standard 4.2-liter engine has been given a 5 horsepower bump.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
/
  • 19
  • highway
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