Awd Malfunctioning


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
64,550 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced automatic four wheel drive control in the transfer (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Oldsmobile Bravada drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 282008

Bravada 4.2L 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,600 miles


Fixing the problems with my Bravada's AWD have cost enough to probably alter the overall average repair dollars for this AutoBeef category! The problem began as a "binding" sensation in the drivetrain whenever I made a sharp turn, like onto a side street or in a parking lot. The vehicle would simply slow to a halt as if I were standing on the brake (which of course, I wasn't). Drive a straight line or a broad problem.

I wrote the symptoms down for the local Mr. Goodwrench service department who later diagnosed the problem as bad half shafts and CV joints in the front. Accepting that on face value resulted in a service bill of about $560, but after a week of driving, it was obviously not the right fix.

Taking the Bravada back to the same dealership resulted in a second opinion that the transfer position sensor was kaput. Accepting that second opinion on face value cost me about another $1000. Seems like enough money to cover a fix, huh?

Another 10 days of driving resurrected the same old problem. Three times is the charm as they say. The third opinion from the same shop was that the transfer case position motor was also flaky, but they were kind enough to offer me a deal this time. They only charged for the parts and wrote off the labor. Still, the third tab came to around $420.

So, three times in the shop; three bills totaling just 20 bucks shy of two grand. The AWD still seems to be working, but this is only one of several problems I've had with this vehicle in electrical and drivetrain. More to reveal under other categories!

- Michael W., Pinetown, NC, US

problem #2

Jul 012004

Bravada AWD 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

dealership would not cover it under the extendede warranty no matter how much i said it should be covered under the four wheel drive coverage area of the contract. They said the failed part was not mentioned word for word on the parts listed.

- C W., Lincoln, NE, US

problem #1

Sep 012006

Bravada AWD V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Thank god that I bought an extended warranty this problem started shortly after I bought this car. I had it fixed twice under the extended warranty they replaced a sensor and something else, then the third time that it acted up, the warranty had ran out and they wanted me to pay $600 to fix it. I blame the garage to some extent that the AWD is not fixed because they replaced cheap parts until the warranty ran out then they wanted to replace an expensive part.

- twizzlers, Julian, PA, US

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