NHTSA — Visibility: Windshield Wiper/Washer Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,652 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 062009


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 04V046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. The contact stated that after repairs, the windshield wipers would shutter abnormally as opposed to wiping smoothly across the windshield. In addition, the wipers would also sporadically fail completely in the middle of the windshield. The vehicle was repaired at a local mechanic shop. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000 and the current mileage was 78,000. The VIN was not available.

- Edwardsburg, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 082005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever the windshield wipers are on delay - they drag across the windshield. So far, I have cleaned the windshield thoroughly with alcohol, window cleaner, and vinegar, as well as the garage has put new wiper blades on, and supposedly replaced the wiper motor due to a recall.. all to no avail.

- Chambersburg, PW, USA

problem #4

May 042005

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada build in July 2001. The consumer contacted the manufacturer twice, and they told him both times that this vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall 04V289000 due to VIN. Afterwards he contacted the consumer reports, and they sent him a copy of complaint and a copy of the recall notice, the recall copy consumer received said that the built dates of October 2000-2001 were included; his vehicle was built in July 2001. Consumer' vehicle S was not experiencing a similar problem as mentioned in the recall. His vehicle. Also, incident date was the date the report was sent out.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Oct 212001

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Consumer has had multiple, reoccuring problems with new vehicle since first purchased in October 2001. Car has been returned to dealer more than 12 times in 18 months and has placed significant burden on the owner. Vehicle now has new major mechanical problems with both the engine and transmission. Although the vehicle is still under warranty, the large number of persistent problems classifies this vehicle as unreliable and, more importantly, unsafe. Owner has contacted dealer regarding a replacement vehicle (lemon law), however the dealership has directed the owner to the maker company (GM/Oldsmobile). The maker has responded by insisting that the warranty was designed for such problems and they have referred the owner back to the dealer for continual repairs. In other words, neither the maker nor their representative dealer is willing to assist the owner in resolving the situation. The dealership has since closed due to owner retirement, as well. More than five complaints have been issued to the maker from the owner by either phone, electronically or mail without any positive feeback from the maker or any attempt to rectify the situation. Note: The incident date listed here is simply the purchase date - all incidents have been continous and on going since date of purchase. 2 windshield wiper failures repaired under warranty 1st at 3,973 miles 2nd at 11,660 miles.

- Washington, DC, USA

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problem #1

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

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