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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,685 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Oldsmobile Bravada engine problems

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 012011

Bravada 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


The car shuts off suddenly and all of the gauges light up. The car must be restarted, sometimes multiple times. This presents a danger as the car may suddenly lose mobility on a highway. It seems that this may be related to multiple postings on the internet that claim this symptom is caused by a voltage spike to the computer generated by the air shocks. This car was built September 1,2001 and was supposedly included in a recall but the dealer claims that there is no recall on this car and if it was repaired under the recall, once the repair is done it is impossible to find it on the GM computers and the recall would then not be in effect for this vehicle. If it was repaired and the problem still exists, these vehicles should be removed from the road.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 072006

Bravada 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,700 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was at the car wash in 2003 there was a water leak on the passenger side. The right power window would not rollup or down and this occurred intermittently. The dealership could not duplicate the problem. Two-three weeks ago while trying to get the window to roll down, the engine died suddenly without warning. This was the third time the engine died suddenly. The first was while driving 60 mph on a dry highway. The vehicle was towed to the dealership who could not duplicate the problem. The second time, the vehicle restarted after sitting a short while on the side of the road. The cvcs boots on the front wheels blew and were replaced twice. The headlights were replaced three times.

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #8

Aug 172004

Bravada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,500 miles
Vehicle stalled while driving 50 mph. Then, vehicle restarted and driven to the dealer, who informed the consumer that they could not duplicate the problem.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #7

Nov 062004

Bravada 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


While driving 50-55 mph in traffic vehicle stalled. Dealer was contacted, and informed the consumer that this vehicle was not covered under any recall.

- Newbury, NH, USA

problem #6

Jun 302001

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
While driving at 50 mph the vehicle stalled on the road. After the vehicle sat for several minutes it was restarted. This problem occurred four times since ownership of the vehicle. The dealer examined the vehicle, but could not find a code for the problem.

- Rockvale, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 092004


  • 34,000 miles
Intermittently vehicle stalled. Then the all the dashboard lights comes on. Vehicle was towed to the dealership. The cause of stalling was not yet determined.

- Columbus, PA, USA

problem #4

May 132002

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Vehicle shuts off while driving.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #3

May 032003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles
Engine suddenly stalled when starting to apply throttle. On three occasions the engine stalled and required a restart after pulling into heavy traffic situations. Dealer has been unable to solve problem and refuses to provide replacement transportation until problem is resolved.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 012001

Bravada 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,250 miles
The all wheel drive has fallen twice in a year. Also stated that while driving on the snow the all wheel drive failed to respond which it caused an accident dealer was contacted and stated that the problem has been fix so there is nothing to worry about but consumer does not feel safe on the vehicle. Ts dealer checked and reset wheel alignment to specs. Inspected driveline and front end. Consumer also stated vehicle does not have steady idle. GM currently working on idle concern. Windshield moulding on passenger side coming off and replaced. Brake pedal fades at stop and cluck inside right rear door panel. No problem found. 4X4 light stayed on. 4WD switch replaced.

- Zephyr Cove, NV, USA

problem #1

Jun 062002


  • miles
Consumer states while driving the vehicle and without warning the vehicle would shut off. Then vehicle would not restart until a hour.

- Pemberville, OH, USA

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