really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,920 miles

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problem #5

Aug 162016


  • 215,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. While driving 30 mph, there was an burning odor under the passenger seat. The contact noticed that the seat was melting from the bottom and was dripping onto the carpet. The contact pulled the fuse box wires from under the passenger seat to prevent the seat from burning; however, the seat was still getting hot. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. In addition, the engine warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 215,000.

- St Robert, MO, USA

problem #4

Aug 062015

Bravada 6-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. The contact stated that the service engine warning light illuminated and the reduced engine power warning light flashed. The vehicle had a drastic reduction in speed while traveling approximately 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than twice and they were not able to replicate the failure. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V527000 (exterior lighting) and was waiting on the part for months to receive the recall repair and was unable to confirm when the recall would be completed. The approximate failure mileage was 151,000. MA 10/15/2015

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 022015


  • 108,600 miles
Traveling apx 5-10 mph down a hwy slowing down and approaching an intersection with traffic light the engine stalled/quit completely and would not restart. I had to push the vehicle with help to the side of the road. After about 15 minutes the engine restarted. This vehicle was recalled for this issue several years ago (rc 04048) and was taken to the dealer by myself on 1/21/05 as soon as I was notified of the recall. Looking at the invoice that I still have in my files today it claims a wire jumper harness and strap was installed. Seems like this fix has failed.

- Pomfret, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 122015


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose or repaired. However, the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the magnetic pick up sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Nokomis, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 242014

Bravada 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Engine stalls driving at highway speeds. Lost brakes, steering, no control of vehicle. Luckily was on small highway, able to coast to stop and have car towed. Mechanic unable to replicate problem after keeping and driving vehicle for 10 days. Searched issue online. Horrified to read hundreds of same complaint; same vehicle, same year. Horrible stories of resulting accidents. Now news full of "ignition switch failure" issues. Believe this is what happened to me. GM not offering advice and claims no responsibility. Says "too many keys on key chain." 2 keys on mine. Vehicle not on GM recall list. Bought second hand in 2011. Now too scared to drive it. Still owe $5,000 on car. Cant afford to add that to new loan. Will not sell it to unsuspecting soul who may be killed.

- Bourne, MA, USA