NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,250 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Bravada fuel system problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 282012


  • 163,000 miles


Subject: Gross mechanic error, possible fire / explosive situation while in palm bay fl, I had my fuel filter changed at tire kingdom for about $90. Their mechanic installed a fuel filter that rattled / defective and he destroyer the fuel line it mounted to. The tire kingdom mechanic, threw out the plastic fuel filter bracket and brake line holder because it was too rusty. I was told this a week later by the manager. I lost about two tanks of fuel getting to atlanta, ga. I stopped for lunch and noticed a 4 foot circle of fuel under my Bravada. I looked under the vehicle and couldn't believe what a hack job tire kingdom did. My vehicle could have caught on fire and blew up!! there should be fines for such a gross incompetence and causing a dangerous condition. If the fuel would have sprayed on the exhaust pipe the vehicle would have caught on fire. To get me home a local garage, in atlanta Georgia, fixed it temporarily so I could make it home, with tie traps, new filter, repaired fuel line and O-ring. I am out about $446. I have contacted the tbc CEO & senior staff at tcb Corp and exec's at tire kingdom, over the last 7 weeks by E-mail & mail and certified mail. Tire kingdom manager by phone & mail. I do have the defective parts, pictures and bills! I was not given the discarded bracket assy.. I have not been able to drive my Bravada in the last 7 weeks for fear it could blow up. I need to have my Bravada put back to it's original state with the proper fuel filter and brake line bracket assy. This is a very serious problem because my vehicle was able to spray / leak two full tanks of gasoline across two states. You cannot just throw away parts because the mechanic think they are too rusty. Plastic brackets do not rust. I was unexceptionally and inexcusable.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada. The contact stated that the water pump seems to be failing. The repair was covered twice under warranty. During springtime, the vehicle would overheat and the contact would smell antifreeze. The fuel pump failed last year and the dealer stated that it is only under warranty for 12,000 miles. Other mechanics stated that a water pump should last almost the lifetime of the vehicle. The contact stated that this failure has occurred three times. She has not contacted the manufacturer. The vehicle does not qualify for her state's lemon law, however she will call for verification. The VIN, engine size, and # of cylinders were unknown. The current mileage is 103,000 and failure mileage was 45,000.

- Altuna, IA, USA

problem #2

Jul 242003

Bravada 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The vehicle I have is an Oldsmobile Bravada has a 60000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. The gas pedal was sticking so I took the vehicle in to get it fixed. The dealer (martin Buick Oldsmobile, the service manager at martin name is joel my invoice number is 370127) called me later and said the repair was not covered under warranty. They said they had to clean the throttle body and it was a normal maintenance item. After reviewing warranty book and owners manual (neither book mentioned cleaning the throttle body as a routine or normal maintenance item) I asked for a phone number at GM to ask them about it. The number I was given was 1-800-442-6537. I first talked to a dianna hause and after giving me a service number 1-122877550 she called the dealer while I was on hold. After resuming the conversation I was told by her that the dealer said it was a normal maintenance item. And GM would not cover it under their warranty. I then asked to speak with her manager. Annie gulosh answered she said that GM did not have any specialists and they relied on the dealer to tell them what is normal maintenance. As a mechanical engineer cleaning the throttle body does not seem to me as a normal maintenance item. The real problems I have are first: When a GM wants to stop or avoid paying for the warranty service on a vehicle they can just say the problem was just a normal maintenance item and therefore just deny the claim for service and this would make my or any one elseS warranty useless. And have they done this to other customers. The second problem is this specific problem with the gas pedal sticking is a safety problem. The service manager at martin said he has seen the same problem on many cars. This seems to be a something that needs to be a recall item and a permanent fix to all of the cars or at least GM should send a notice to all of the owners of this safety problem.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 012001


  • miles
While driving can smell fumes in car. Consumer has had same problem with 1999, and 2000 vehicles.

- Norrisburg, TN, USA

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