1994 Oldsmobile Bravada vortec V6 from North America


A Luxury bargain in the used SUV category


As I have only had the vehicle about a month, nothing major has gone wrong. I bought it from an older gentleman who was meticulous in the car of the vehicle. The only problem that I have found is that the controls for the side view mirrors did not control the mirrors. I took apart the switch and found that a wire was loose. This is understandable in a 10 year old vehicle. The one complaint about the cockpit portion of the vehicle is that there is not a safety on the rear glass. The switch to unlatch it is just below the lighter and is easily hit by mistake which will allow the rear glass to open at any time.

General Comments:

The handling of the vehicle has been great. It was bought to be driven on the beach and handles the task in an excellent fashion. No need to lower tire pressures or stop to change in and out of 4 wheel drive. Which is good in inclement weather.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2004

20th Jun 2005, 19:19

The rear window release button is a big problem for me to. The print on the button has worn off and people riding in the passenger seat often push it just as they say "whats this for", causing me to mutter things I can't mention here, pull to the side of the road, walk around the vehicle and slam the window closed.

25th Apr 2006, 19:12

There is a relay under the dash on the right side of the steering colume that controls when you can open the rear window. It is kinda small and has three wires. Try to replace this.

1994 Oldsmobile Bravada Vortex V6 from North America


A Luxury SUV with many luxury repair bills


Within four days, the wipers quit. That took four trips to the dealer to fix. The wiper relay system has never worked right since. I have had to fix the air conditioning and the heater core. The ERG sensor has been fixed twice. After still having problems with the ERG sensor, I discovered there was a recall. I contacted dealer to no avail. I then called the 800 number given for GM and was promptly scheduled to have my ERG sensor fixed, only to waste my time leaving work to go to the dealer to be denied. After calling GM again, I was informed this campaign had been expired. I also have replaced rear CV joints, the starter, and the digital dash. The braking system is hit and miss. And now at almost 87,000 miles, my headliner is coming down. My rear view mirror has been the cheapest thing to fix.

General Comments:

This vehicle has terrible electrical problems.

The paint and clear coat are in need of being redone.

It rides nice, when you can get it to run.

This is the most expensive vehicle I have ever owned if you include what it has cost to insure and repair just to keep it on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th October, 2003

7th Jan 2004, 12:48

I can't believe I actually traded my 1995 Saturn SL for a junker like the Oldsmobile Bravada. I have had the thing 3 months and have had it back to the dealer 4 times already, twice for the same problem (the heating system). I agree with many others that GM should have had a recall on this vehicle for the heater core and and blower a long time ago.