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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems

7.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,526 miles

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada engine problems

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #19

Jun 062011

Bravada

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. The contact stated the vehicle intermittently stalled after driving the vehicle for a short period of time at 30 mph. The vehicle had to be turned off and on before resetting independently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted who advised that they should take the vehicle to the dealer for the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Deerfield , IL, USA

problem #18

Nov 152003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
It's the same as the rest of the complaints. While driving car at any speed just completely stops for no reason and without any warning. I bought this nice 2002 olds Bravada for my wife and now she & the kids have been stuck in the middle of traffic on major intersections 4X4's needing to be towed into the dealership. Dealership acts like they want to help and trys to fix problem put new computer in. Each time this happens several months go by and then all of the sudden it happens again. Stalled out at a major intersection without warning with two kids in the car and my wife in a panic for her life and for the kids. There have been tons of complaints some say it's the motor but GM isn't doing anything just extending the warranty on the SUVS. When this happens and somebody dies from it I guess then GM will stand up and have to do something. I don't want this to be my wife and kids. This is a lemon. These cars should not be on the road not only are they a danger to my family but to anybody else out there on the road that is behind or in front of these cars. Peoples lives are at risk here and it's not to be taken lightly. What kind of law suits is GM wanting to get involved in before they make this right" these cars are a ticking time bomb just waiting to happen at anytime anywhere without warning. I need answers and a quick fix now not when somebody dies! I traded our Jeep in for this newer Bravada so my wife and kids would be safe in a nice new SUV. Ends up they are not safe at all in this SUV their lives are in danger everyday because they are having to ride in that SUV everyday. Think about your loved ones riding around in this Bravada how would you feel... would they be in it or in some other SUV" but what is our option we are stuck paying for this SUV that is a lemon and ticking time bomb. That may kill my family and a lot of other peoples families. We need to get this issues resolved asap peoples lives are on the line here. This is not a joke.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #17

Apr 292004

(reported on)

Bravada

  • miles
Dangers on our highways regarding 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. GM sent all of the owners of this vehicle letters declaring that these models may have fatal engine defects. GM refused to repair and or replace these defective engines. GM's cure was to extend the warranty.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #16

Oct 222003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

Olds Bravada stalled while driving at highway speeds (50-55 mph), lost of steering and brakes. Engine would not start for approx 20 minutes. Tried calling olds 1 800 number for assistance and number out of service that day (Sunday). Vehicle was partially on roadway. This is one of many problems with the auto, mirror, heating, rear window washer blade, gauges not functional, engine replacement (piston ring problem). I would have to say that this is the most problematic vehicle that I have ever owned.

- Parma, MI, USA

problem #15

Jan 132004

(reported on)

Bravada

  • miles
Dangers on our highways 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. Fatal engine defect. GM refused to repair the vehicle(s) and will only extend the warranty.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Oct 082003

(reported on)

Bravada

  • miles

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

2002 Oldsmobile Bravada unsafe vehicle. The consumer stated that all 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada owners were notified by the manufacturer in June 2003 of recall notice 003019. The notice stated that the engine may be defective and subject to total and complete unexpected failure. The consumer believes that Oldsmobile Bravada shouldn't be allowed on the road until the original engines are repaired/replaced. The consumer requested an update on 4 related investigations.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #12

Aug 152003

(reported on)

Bravada 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Oldsmobile Bravada engine is defective. The consumer received a recall noticed which made him very weary about his vehicles' engine. The consumer complained to everyone in GM and was only be offered a longer warranty.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 212001

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Consumer has had multiple, reoccuring problems with new vehicle since first purchased in October 2001. Car has been returned to dealer more than 12 times in 18 months and has placed significant burden on the owner. Vehicle now has new major mechanical problems with both the engine and transmission. Although the vehicle is still under warranty, the large number of persistent problems classifies this vehicle as unreliable and, more importantly, unsafe. Owner has contacted dealer regarding a replacement vehicle (lemon law), however the dealership has directed the owner to the maker company (GM/Oldsmobile). The maker has responded by insisting that the warranty was designed for such problems and they have referred the owner back to the dealer for continual repairs. In other words, neither the maker nor their representative dealer is willing to assist the owner in resolving the situation. The dealership has since closed due to owner retirement, as well. More than five complaints have been issued to the maker from the owner by either phone, electronically or mail without any positive feeback from the maker or any attempt to rectify the situation. Note: The incident date listed here is simply the purchase date - all incidents have been continous and on going since date of purchase. 2 windshield wiper failures repaired under warranty 1st at 3,973 miles 2nd at 11,660 miles.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #10

Jun 022003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Manufacturer warning 003019 of June 2003 discribes possibilty of sudden, unexpected and complete engine failure this greatly devalues all 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada all owners of 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada are in danger of being stranded any time, any place. All owners of 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada are in danger of being killed in the traffic accidents that will be caused, when this engine fails in high speed traffic--engine stops, so does power steering and power brakes. Oldsmobile refuses to repair/replace this defective engine. Oldsmobile notice 003019-June 2003. Why am I not getting a response from NHTSA "??????"

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 082003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

Official notice from Oldsmobile 003019, dated June 2003. Operative main paragraph, word for word. This letter is intended to make you aware that some 2002 model year Oldsmobile Bravada model vehicies may expierence a cracking of an engine cylinder bore liner.his will cause engine noise, poor performance, and/or stalls with no engine re-start. End of paragraph.his is a disguised discription of complete, sudden and unexpected catistrophic engine failure. GM's only proposal is to extend warrenty. Warrenty won't protect my family, when this engine fails in busy high speed traffic. Please respond.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #8

May 262003

Bravada

  • miles
Consumer states vehicle shut off while driving at 65 mph. Dealer notified.

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 162003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I received a notification from Oldsmobile that my vehicles engine has the potential to produce a cracking of the engine cylinder bore. If it happens I am to take the car to a dealer and the engine will be replaced. If this happens the car will be immobile. How am I to do this" the notification was not a recall but rather a policy letter. Why wasn't this car recalled and the engine inspected to determine if this was beginning to or had the potential to happen" dealer plead ignorance.

- Canaan, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 162003

Bravada 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Notice from GM, concerning 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada, of possibility of complete engine failure with no warning and unpredictable. No offer to repair known defect. Suprise complete engine failure along with possible destruction of steering and/or brakes not an acceptable option.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 192003

(reported on)

Bravada

  • 5,000 miles
While driving vehicle will stall out without warning.

- Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Dec 262002

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,410 miles
While backing out of the driveway, the front bumper had fallen off. The all wheel drive light was intermittent, there was a vibration in the transmission when accelerating-(could not duplicate), and the service engine light soon had come on. Scc

- Batavia, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 012002

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,400 miles
Consumer stated the engine stalled without warning, dealer was not unable to duplicate problem or determine cause. Ph scc

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 222002

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,168 miles
While driving without warning the vehicle stalled, the consumer was forced to pull the vehicle over onto the shoulder and out of traffic. The dealer has been notified.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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