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#88 of 272 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Drivetrain issue
Jun 22, 2006 (4:12 am)
My name is Pete and I'm new to this forum, but not to Oldsmobiles. This is my fifth Oldsmobile. I just sold a nice 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30.
Anyway, I now own a 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD. With the exception of not having the option to choose 2wd to 4wd or A4wd, I'm very happy with this vehicle.
I do feel that there is a problem with it. When you are at a stop light and then start to accelerate (On both dry and wet pavement), you can feel a light 'bucking sound'. It sounds like its coming from underneath the vehicle. When you give it allot of gas, you can then really feel it.
I had the service department look at it and they couldn't hear or feel anything.
Now with that said, is this a normality of AWD vehicles? or did someone else have the same issue and if so, what did they do to correct it?
Thank you for your answers.
#89 of 272 A true story
Jun 26, 2006 (4:29 am)
I grew up in Detroit, GM vehicles in family since the 20's, family has more than 80 years employment by GM.
-Bought 1998 Bravada (fourth Old's), brand new, loaded, absolutely a marvelous vehicle, leather great, radio fantastic, brakes best ever.
-Probelms abounded, back to dealer second day, ac sensor failed
-End of week back for noise in right front wheel 'a' frames, dealer refused to inspect until 1k miles
-By end of first month, vehicle returned once a week for component failures
-Right front end was missing two 'a' frame nuts (factory), extremely dangerous, we were lucky
-Back for numerous front end alignments, would not hold alignment for more than five days, dealer never could fix
-3k miles trany replaced
-15k miles engine replaced along with the trany again
-15k miles front transfer case replaced
-some other problems within first six months, battery failure, ac freeze up, crunching noise when turning, master cylinder failure, fuel pump, right front wheel bearings, sensors, circuit cards, reprograming, drive train problems and the list goes on
-vehicle spent more time in shop than on road in first nine months
-motor replaced at 15k miles failed at 25k miles along with trany number two
-vehicle returned per 'lemon law' at 32k miles after being parked for four months during litigation, motor #2 was going away, unsafe to drive
-drive from home to dealer, 18 miles, engine blew up and destroyed trany number three
Observation, service area was packed nearly everyday with warranty work on Cad's, Old's, Buick's over basic oil changes and basic service
Net result, bought a new sedan from another manufacturer and it only goes back to the dealer for oil changes and basic service requirements
I agree, the Bravada is a really nice vehicle, only if it could be reliable, you either love it or hate it, it's either a good one or a pain in the keester. We'll NEVER BUY GM products again, NEVER.
By the way, the fuel pump and the 'mouse' house can be bought for half price and half the labor, but not at the dealer.
#90 of 272 Re: 2002 Olds Bravada Steering/transmission problem [valorr]
Jun 30, 2006 (5:24 am)
For those people who had their Bravadas serviced to correct the tight steering issue as outlined in the GM Bulletin, what did you have to pay to get this problem fixed?
Just purchased a 2002 used Bravada w/ 70k on it. Love it thus far, but I did experience the turning issue once.
#91 of 272 Re: How to fix a 98 Bravada turnining signal flasher and relay? [lindalulu]
Jul 06, 2006 (9:55 pm)
Did you ever get an answer to this question?
I'm having the same problem and thought I would check here first.
#92 of 272 Re: 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Drivetrain issue [florenzano]
Sep 05, 2006 (6:12 pm)
Peter, Hello. I have a very similar problem (exactly)as you mention. Have you had any luck finding out the problem on yours?
Mine is a 2003 with 35,000 miles.
#93 of 272 Re: 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Drivetrain issue [pedro8]
Sep 06, 2006 (3:08 am)
The dealership and everyone who I've spoken with who owns a Bravada between the years of 2002 - 2004 have the same issue. Its actually normal because its the all wheel drive transferring the power to the front wheels under hard acceleration.
Anyway, I'm selling my Bravada if you know of anyone who is interested in it. The vehicle is being sold for $16,500 because I decided to buy a new truck. The Bravada is in pristine condition.
#94 of 272 Re: 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Drivetrain issue [florenzano]
Sep 06, 2006 (6:27 pm)
Pete, Thanks for the info. Did yours do this since you bought it? Did you buy it new?
I don't know anyone at the moment looking for one. If you have it on cars.com or ebay, let me know and I will pass the info on if something comes up.
#95 of 272 2002 OLDMONBLIE BRAVADA-IGNITION-SERVICE BRAKE SYSTEM
Sep 08, 2006 (12:58 pm)
HI BRAVADA OWNES, I WAS WONDERING IF ANY OF YOU HAVE HAD EXPERIENCED ANY PROBLEMS WITH THEW IGNITION AS ,WHEN YOU STICK THE KEY IN ,IT WONT START,AND ALSO IF YOU ALL HAD ANY THING WRONG WITH THE BRAKE SYSTEM, WHEN I STOPP AT A STOP SIGN OR JUST STOP, THE LIGHT FOR THE SERVICE FOR BRAKE SYSTEM SERVICE KEEPS COMING ON.THNKS
#96 of 272 Re: 2002 Olds Bravada Steering/transmission problem [atfdmike]
Sep 12, 2006 (10:40 am)
I know this is an old message, but I was wondering if the p/n listed here in the bulletin (12378508) for the Transfer Case Lubricant is the "new" fluid that should correct this issue on a 2002 Olds Bravada. (Since I'm a complete novice...is Transfer Case Lubricant the same as Differential Fluid?) I just found out that the price for the encoder motor is $485 plus 1.5 hrs labor to replace and reprogram the encoder. If the fluid really does fix it, then I will do that, and I just wanted to make sure this was the p/n to be used.
#97 of 272 What is going on?
Dec 05, 2006 (1:11 pm)
I have a 2000 Platinum Bravada and guess what...issues. I have replaced both(L/R) front HUB assemblies twice. The sunroof for some reason has come off track, but closes. When it rains water gets stuck in the rear roof area and sloshes around inside some where. I get the same binding/stalling sensation when cutting the wheels in forward and rev. at low speed. Don't get me wrong the vehicle has 110,000 mi. and I love it, but I feel like whenever I fix something another problem pops up . The latest problem is a pretty bad vibration occurring between 65 and 80 mph. IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS TO HELP WITH ANY THIS PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS.