really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,400 miles

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problem #5

Jan 242011


  • miles
2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. Consumer states heated seat suddenly ignited while the vehicle was unoccupied the consumer stated when his wife opened the door to the vehicle, she was immediately overtaken by a chemical odor.

- Washington, WV, USA

problem #4

Feb 192008

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
On 2/19 I was driving home from work one night and there was a smell in the car and I thought it was the car in front of me as I kept driving it got worse. I stopped and pulled over and checked under the seats and I did not see anything, as I drove further it got worse. I then happened to look over at the passenger seat and it was smoking, and a black hole was starting on the seat. I pulled over and put some snow in the hole and it still was smoking, so I flagged someone down and got a bottle of water to pour in the hole. I called my car ins and General Motors on 2/20, my car insurance was very helpful, but GM, not! after talking to 3 different people and no one ever calling me back GM case number case file number - 71-604440275, finally on April 29th, I was told that there was nothing GM could do for me. The first excuse was that my insurance was involved they will not be handling anything, and then they said that they will not pay for anything because "there were no flames" they did offer me a $2000 loyalty voucher to use on a new car to be used in 1 year. I am picking up the car (it has been fixed by a GM dealer) tomorrow and the burned seat (to keep) and am very upset that they would not pay for the damage of $638 (my insurance deductible and a part (the part that caused the fire). I was wondering if you could be of assistance to me. I have the seat at home.

- Bethel, MN, USA

problem #3

Jan 232005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Passenger's seat scorched while being parked in the garage after the vehicle was driven. The seat heater was not on. Vehicle was towed and remained in the repair shop.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 312004


  • miles
The 2002 olds bravda driver heated seat burned through the leather lap seat. For couple of months you could smell wires burning. And your left upper leg felt like it was getting burnt.

- Blairstown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 312001

Bravada 4WD

  • miles
Driver's side power seat engaged (rearward) by itself while driving. The seat could not be returned to original position. Following this event, the seat would no longer function. It was noted that the seat heaters for the driver's side would also not function following that incident. Dealer was contacted and vehicle was returned to the dealer for repairs on 04/04/2001. While this vehicle was being serviced for this failure, a safety recall regarding suspension failure was issued and the vehicle was retained by the dealer at the request of GM (04/05/2001).

- Lakeville, MN, USA