2000 Oldsmobile Bravada AWD 4.3 Vortec V6 from North America
A Good Value--Comfortable and Durable
- The Check Engine light is continuously illuminated. Codes indicate a faulty gas gauge and secondary air pump (very common issues on this vehicle).
- The transmission leaks fluid from the front seal. A new pan and gasket did not correct this issue.
- Tires (Uniroyal Laredo) are unevenly worn and leaking air. A replacement set of Dunlop Radial Rover RVXT would improve the ride and handling of this vehicle dramatically.
I purchased my previous vehicle, a 1986 GMC Jimmy S-15, for use primarily in the snow. The truck was very dependable, comfortable, and easy to maintain. It developed a fuel leak, however, and my mechanic offered to buy it above blue book value. Being without a winter vehicle, I decided to purchase the Bravada in August 2004. I was impressed by its sound handling, comfortable ride quality, and large cargo space. (Due to the high center of gravity of this vehicle, it is crucial to maintain proper tire inflation - 26 PSI makes the truck feel buoyant and clumsy; 38 PSI makes the truck feel secure and "tight.") The 4.3L V6 provides great off-the-line performance, but highway passing power is only adequate. The SmartTrak all wheel drive system performs well in the snow and mud, and I have yet to get stuck. (Have this system inspected by an Oldsmobile/GM dealer before purchasing--the units seem to fail prematurely). The seats are comfortable, featuring power lumbar and six adjustments, but I am not impressed with the constant plastic creaking noises on the interior. Pieces feel like they are breaking with each road bump or door close. Overall, the vehicle performs well and is easy to operate and maintain. I just wish it had as few electronics as my 1986 Jimmy!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th December, 2006