NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring: Interior/Under Dash Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,774 miles

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 262003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


The vehicle had few recalls including inoperative windshield wipers. The back wiper stopped altogether, when making turns the vehicle makes noises and the gauges on the dashboard had gone out and the tail light flickered. Recall campaign #04V046000. The passenger seat belt was inoperative.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jun 092003

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,900 miles
Vehicle loses power to dash and all components controlled from dash including windshield wipers I have taken this into my dealer and he told me they couldn't find anything wrong, but they tightened some grounds. This almost caused me to have an accident during a heavy thunder storm when the windshield wipers quit for about 15 seconds at 65-70 miles an hour a vehicle can cover a lot of distance and I was blind for 15 seconds I managed to get over to the shoulder and actually was part way in the ditch when I got stopped. Then the wipers stared up again and will work again for awhile this has happened to me atleast 8 times only once did I almost wreck my vehicle though. The clock always has to be reset when this happens. Windshield wipers were on high setting when they stopped. Dash instruments backlight went dark and gauge needles all went to zero.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #4

Dec 262002

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,410 miles


Front bumper design is dangerous. GM indicated to me that the clearance of the truck's plastic bumper is eight inches. Bumper fell off backing out of 6-8" of snow on driveway surface. Dangerous driving on winter roads with low front bumper clearance. Other: Transmission vibration. Evident when vehicle puchased on 8/29/02. AWD light appeared on and off began Dec. 25, 2002. Dealer said AWD light problem was resolved on January 7, 2003.

- Batavia, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 172002


  • miles
While driving at night and without warning instrument cluster panel lights went dark, unable to read mileage, fuel level, etc.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 282001


  • miles
On star system isn't operable dealership is aware of problem.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 172001


  • miles
Computer command control module is a system that tracks emergency vehicle, and control arm of suspension. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Garland, TX, USA

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