NHTSA — Suspension Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,500 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.

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada suspension problems

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 092012

Bravada 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


2002 olds Bravada (which we have owned since 9/2004) was being driven by my teenage son (with 3 other kids in the vehicle), as he left a stop sign, the frame of the vehicle broke loose from the body, separating the control arms from the frame and dropping the rear of the vehicle. He was traveling approximately 20mph at the time of incident. He managed to get to the side of the road where the vehicle came to rest in a ditch, a semi-safe distance from traffic. The vehicle was towed 11/10/12am to a nearby GM dealership. The estimated cost of repair begins at nearly $7000., which would exceed the vehicles value. The GM dealership, to which the vehicle was towed, has advised us not to repair the vehicle as it would be too extensive. To further that statement, the GM dealership has discouraged us to even obtain a full and accurate quote as this would take too much time for a vehicle that should never see the road again, agreeably. To quote both the tow truck driver and the general service manager of the GM dealership; "they have never seen a vehicle with an issue such as this." Repeated attempts to report this to GM have failed. In efforts to minimize personal opinions from this post, I will only say this is utterly unacceptable on the part of GM, and a safety hazard to unsuspecting customers.

- Degraff, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 012009


  • 80,000 miles
Electronically controlled air suspension does not work. The ride is rough and bouncy. There is no suspension on the back end as a result which could cause a severe accident on the highway.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #6

Oct 152008


  • miles
Worn out suspension-all four sway bar links worn out loose sockets frt sway bar bushing sloopy replace rt ft shocks, all fluid leaked out very bouncy replace front shock repl worn frt lower ball joints lt and rt note above parts were worn links and frt shocks were worn. There has been on going problems with the front end of this car.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 262008

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


While going home the other day, it felt as though my shocks went out when I drove over a little bump. When I got home, the back end of my car had dropped. My car has approximately 74,000 miles. I took it to a garage and found that the air compressor in the back end had failed.

- Cedar, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 012002


  • miles
When turning a corner or in reverse vehicle vibrates/ makes loud noises, and pulls to the right.also, vehicle hesitates upon acceleration. Dealer has been contacted.

- White Plains, NY, USA

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problem #3

Jul 082002

(reported on)

Bravada 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When making a turn, the vehicle makes a loud noise, vibrates, and slows down like it is going to stop. Dealer contacted. Cannot remedy problem. Refer to NHTSA id 01V126000 (suspension related) not reading the encoder, electrical failure-which has been reprogrammed twice and has been temporarily fixed.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 232001


  • miles
Right front side is set higher then the left side. Vehicle been to the dealer on five occasions, and was told there was no solution for that problem at this time. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Bolingbrook Lane, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 152002

Bravada 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 60 mph, vehicle started to bounce. Dealer determined that compressor assembly in the rear suspension needed to be replaced. Consumer states at the time of failure acceleration became difficult.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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