NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,277 miles

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada brakes problems

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 072004


  • 42,000 miles


Intermittently throttle sticks in the up position. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The consumer stated that he was driving and the vehicle lost power and the brakes failed. The consumer stated that the container holding the windshield washer fluid allowed the fluid to leak. The container was repaired.

- Ely, MN, USA

problem #3

Feb 052004

(reported on)

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,109 miles
The 4WD stopped operating during inclement weather and caused the vehicle to fish-tail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer five times for this problem. The mechanic informed the consumer that there was no remedy for this problem. The vehicle had the tendency to spin wheels/fishtail and would slide uncontrollably. The dealer informed the consumer that there was a problem with the all wheel drive and that when the fix is found, there may still be a posiibility that the problem will return. The service dealer was unable to duplicate the problem with the all wheel drive light. The boot was found blown while being lifted at the service dealers garage, the gauges (fuel and temperature) read "high." The consumer was told that the problem the AWD light was due to the encoder motor, there was a whine noise when the vehicle was in motion, the ground coroded and the transfer case actuator was inoperative do to the AWD, when the AWD light would come on the vehicle would shut off intermittently and the transfer case control module was replaced and the body control was updated, and the front pads were worn out and the rotors were rusted and pitted.

- Daisytown, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 252003

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle has faulty mirror would not hold setting, and was reprogrammed. The brakes squeak when backing. The engine light would come on intermittent. The back tailgate door and the back passenger squeaks. The radio goes out, the door locks and unlocks at will, the seat has malfunctioned, and cannot lock the passenger doors from the master control on the drivers door. Scc

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 112002

Bravada 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
On 12/11/02, I was driving my 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada in rush hour traffic and was traveling in the passing lane going at a speed of 70 mph when my speedometer dropped to 30 mph and my brake pedal was to the floor of the vehicle. Unable to accelerate. The dashboard displayed : service brake system and contact onstar displayed also. I, somehow, merged to the right lane of the expressway and at this time, my brakes were still to the floor and the speedometer was continuing to decline. Steering was difficult. I was able to get off the road, but the car stopped itself without me applying brakes. I put my car in park and the car at this time was stalled. I tried to restart the vehicle but was unable due to the car being "dead". I contacted the GM roadside assistance toll-free # to notify them of my problem and they supplied me with a # to refer to in case a tow vehicle did not arrive. Approximately, 30 minutes later a tow truck arrived and my vehicle was towed to yark Oldsmobile. I spoke with the service manager- anthony and he documented my concerns and told me that my car would be serviced and they would let me know what the issue was. I also told him the other problems with this vehicle included: Rear suspension defect 7/2001, loss of brakes in 8/2001, car failing to start and needing towed or jumped 3 times since 8/2001. On 12/12, the service dept contacted me and told me that there were several fault codes...one being a faulty speed sensor. They pulled several codes: C0236-circuit failure vss and C0237- a communication error. I told service that I also had several issues with the electrical system and jim stated they would look inot it but it is hard to find an electrical problem because it is such a big system. I was instructed that my car was able to be picked up on 12/13/02. I did so at that time, but I am not satisfied and do not feel safe in my vehicle. Yark is aware of above.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

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