really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,300 miles

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problem #10

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

problem #9

Feb 052014

Bravada 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Was driving and lost control with inability to steer. Steering wheel locked up. I stopped immediately and found that steering fluid was draining from my car. Took it to the body shop & they said the steering pump blew. Im glad I wasn't traveling faster and that no one was struck.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #8

Jan 042012

Bravada 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Power steering went out...

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #7

May 232011


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. The contact was driving 20 mph and attempting a left turn when the steering wheel locked abnormally, causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle and crash through a fence. The contact was not injured and immediately after the crash, the steering wheel unlocked. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the failure and the manufacturer informed the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the dealer was unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Marystille, KS, USA

problem #6

Oct 192004

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
While driving, the steering wheel started rocking back and forth without warning. The driver applied the brakes, the pedal went to the floor. The driver was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and skidded into a concrete barrier head on. Both frontal air bags did not deploy. The driver and passenger sustained injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company. Please fill in additional information. Vehicle did not skid but was taken quickly and sharply to the left into the median and impacted a curb like barrier damaging vehicle. However vehicle was not totaled. Thought to have experienced a blow out but not confirmed. Problems with steering was also evident.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #5

Mar 072004

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When making a sharp turn to the right or left the Bravada when act as if you are using the brake when you turn sharp into a parking spot cause the truck to stop. I think that it is putting too much pressure on the cv shaft that may cause damage soon. Once when the truck was running in park it act as if it was going to stall for a sec. I had just parked and left it running, and walked to other side when it happen on April 9 2004.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 292003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
While driving 55 mph it was difficult to steer the vehicle. Service engine light illuminated, and the engine stalled. Dealer could not duplicate or determine the cause of the problem. 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada experienced problems with vehicle being difficult to steer. The service engine light illuminated on the dash and the engine stalled. Vehicle would not start back up so it had to be towed to the dealership. Dealer could not determine the cause of the problem.

- Junction City, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 032002

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
I have an olds Bravada AWD 2002 that has a steering problem. When I turn hard right or left or back up and turn hard rt or lt there is a shutter in the steering. I have called olds and they refuse to acknowledge there is a problem. I have researched this problem and it appears that it is coming from the transfer case. Other olds owners have described the exact same conditions. It happens at low speeds with sharp turn.

- New Iberia, LA, USA

problem #2

Oct 222002

(reported on)


  • miles
When turning into a shopping center, and without warning, the steering bound up and a loss of power almost caused consumer to almost hit another vehicle, there was a very heavy vibration and pounding coming from the front end of the vehicle, the steering was erractic and a loud grinding noise was coming from the bottom of the vehicle, the vehicle was towed to the dealer.

- Brecksville, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 252002

Bravada 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving steering locks up. Unable to steer. Contacted dealer. Consumer stated that when steering locks up on turns, its causes loss of control of vehicle, especially in and out of driveway or parking lots.

- Depew, NY, USA