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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

6.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,286 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 042008

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The drive train needs replacing at 64K miles. The car is basically in constant 4WD, which makes turning at slow speeds very difficult without lots of gas and it is noisy. This car is too young to be facing this type of issue and with low miles (usually 100K for this sort of thing).

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #6

Feb 202006

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,500 miles
When making sharp turns (parking space or driveway) front tires bind/catch. Excessive acceleration is needed to continue moving the vehicle forward or back. Vehicle comes to dead stop when moving slowly and turning. Took the vehicle to the dealership and they recommended flushing the transfer case, were going to charge too much, so had it done elsewhere. The problem just continued and seemed to get worse after that was done. Also makes a loud moaning sound when turning. Gas mileage has greatly diminished. Getting under 250 miles/tank now. Very unsafe and dealership service department seem dumb to what's happening. If unable to determine problem, could cause rapid wearing of tires. Have taken it to several places now 4 times since taking to original dealer service center. I'm not even convinced this is a problem with the AWD system. Maybe differential" or cv joints" I don't know, but that's why I trust service technicians.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #5

Jun 162003

Bravada 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Received notice from GM concerning my 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada, alerting me to the possibility of engine failure due to a cylinder sleeve defect. GM's proposals is to extend the warranty. This is completely unacceptable, as a safety issue, we all know the inherent dangers of an engine destroying itself at 65 mph. Please check into this, before people start getting killed. The vehicle's AWD drive would not engage until the vehicle reached 25 mph. The consumer indicated that this fact was not mentioned in the owner's manual or any of Oldsmobile's ads.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #4

May 282003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The all wheel drive system remained engaged while trying to make sharp turns, causing drive train to bind and vehicle to stop forward motion unexpectedly. This has happened on multiple occasions but is intermittent. Vehicle has been to dealer for repair four times without the problem being resolved.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 132003

(reported on)

Bravada

  • miles
The vehicle jerked, then slid and became stuck in the snow.

- Ramsey, MN, USA

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problem #2

Jan 102003

(reported on)

Bravada

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer feels the all wheel drive on the vehicle is not safe in snowy conditions. When attempting a turn in the snow the vehciles back end starts to spin. Also when accelerating up a hill, the rear wheels slip.

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #1

Nov 012002

Bravada

  • miles
Consumer states that the odometer is not functioning properly. It is recording more mileage that is being driven with the vehicle.

- Naples, FL, USA

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