20th Sep 2006, 17:42

I have a 2000 Bravada and it is stuck in 4 wheel drive all the time, there are no indicator lights to let you know. Looks like I will have to sink more money into this lemon. I've had all the problems listed above, and even had a fuel pump replaced. I've only got 88,000 on this SUV.

20th Oct 2006, 12:40

My Bravada is also stuck in 4wd. I've brought it to 2 mechanics who don't know how to fix it. Does anybody have any insight on this?

14th Mar 2007, 18:51

I have also had all of the same problems with my 2000 Oldmobile Bravada and am very disappointed with it. I recently had the transfer case changed out (which only cost about 1500...sarcasm), ball joints (upper and lower), heater core, same type of fuel problems leading to the supposed bad gas, and now I have this clicking like the dad gum turn signal is on all of the time. I changed out the relay and still get it all of the time. I am just to the point where I want to get rid of it or blow it up... Thanks GM for the quality vehicle that you produced.

26th Nov 2007, 12:22

I have all of the above problems. my ball joints idler arm, the whole suspension systems off. I get that turn signal click all the time. my wheel still shakes even after having more than half the suspension replaced including new tires. that car is anightmare. the heat goes in and out. I hear a popping noise when I make sharp turns it skips bad. horrible car. I wish there was a recall on that defected car it really sucks.

11th Jan 2008, 13:58

We also have a 2000 Bravada and with minimal maint we have over 90K mile on it, I fixed the rough idle by cleaning the throttle body, the shake in the transfer case was fixed by the dealer changing the transfer case fluid, the ball joints were just replaced at 90K and we didn't know they were bad till we got new tires and tried to get it aligned. I am replacing the idler arm now and really haven't noticed it being sloppy, but the alignment guy said it was a little worn. We have not experienced any of the other problems listed. The Bravada is an all wheel drive vehichle it is always in 4wd. Overall it has been a very dependable car that I use to tow my boat with and my wife would not let me get rid of it if I wanted!

9th Apr 2008, 21:44

I have had all of the same issues mentioned above. Mine is now at 180,000 plus miles, I'm not sure how much longer it will last. For the most part I've replaced all of these problems and have not yet taken the time to replace the door pins. However, both front doors need it badly. The only thing that was not mentioned above is that the back door wind shield wiper has now gone too. Yes, it is possible to drive the SUV until 200,000 plus miles but I'm not sure that I will be one of them. If I had to do it over, I would have not bought the SUV.

30th Apr 2008, 03:16

I have a 1997 Olds Bravada that is just now sitting at 162,000 @ 120,000 miles, and from what I gather, well taken care of.

The engine : from what one mechanic stated' was rebuilt?, the windshield wipers, back wiper, heater (only when it wants to?) cruise control, front drive shaft/ (so called smart trek. LOL...)

I replaced the alternator, front end,thermostat, had the heater core flushed once before, etc, does not work. etc.

Cannot hurt but to ask, does anyone have any advice as to how to fix @ least the heat and the wipers before either I or this car meets with a timely/ untimely fate? :) Besides buying a new car right now.. LOL.?


23rd Jul 2008, 21:17

'99 Bravada 180,000 plus, Bought new and replaced:

Rear wiper

Idler arm


Idler wheel on drive belt

Fuel pump

Door pins

Hot/cold door in heater core

Many front bearings

Turn signal clicks

Clicks on right turns

Plugs 2X

Cap, rotor and wires 2X

Transfer case now non issue after several fluid changes

But, looks and runs like new car. Interior impeccable as well as not a spot of rust.

Other than the fuel pump (dealer) and front bearings (myself), I can't complain for 180,000 safe, non-slip driving.

Original exhaust and Bose still sounds great!

2nd Aug 2008, 20:08

Ditto Eric's comments. Smart Track is supposed to be 2WD until there is a demand for 4WD, at which time, 4WD kicks in. My 2000 Bravada has not done this for the last 20,000 miles and slow speed turns (either forward or reverse) are very jumpy and jerky telling me the 4WD is engaged but the differential action is not happening.

23rd Aug 2008, 16:16

I have a 2000 Bravada Smart Trak. The 4 wheel drive has not worked since I have owned the car. Today I put all 4 wheels in the air, and placed the car in drive. All 4 of the wheels turned like they were supposed too. I don't know why it won't work when I need it. I would be interested in any advice you may have.


17th Oct 2008, 16:35

Rather then replace your doors because of worn pins, go to the parts store and get a pin and bushing set for about $5.00 per door. They also have a spring compressor to remove the spring.

If they're worn into the hinge itself, have them spot welded and redrilled.

Most cooling systems problems are due to the GM DEX-COOL Antifreeze. They claim it's good for 50,000 miles. "NOT". If you look in your radiator most of you will find that it has turned to a rusty colored mud. Quick fix - drain flush every 2 years.

Whoever sent in about the transfer case fluid, THANK YOU.

I was going to take a look at that this weekend.

2nd Nov 2008, 17:10

I changed the Auto Track II transfer case oil in my 2000 Bravada and could tell a big difference within the first mile.

I thank you again for letting me know about this quick fix and saving me about $800.00.

14th Dec 2008, 00:50

I have done a decent amount of work to my friend's 97 Bravada over the past 2 years, as it's had every problem listed here and then some (thanks for being a good trouble shooting source) - the latest issue is the ridiculous rolling idle issue. The vehicle gets around 11-14 miles to the gallon - has a rolling idle and can't seem to climb a hill on the highway at anywhere over 50mph. His check engine OB2 codes read out bad O2 sensors like they always have, but it seems like a bigger issue - MAF maybe fuel pump whines a little? Any advice would be great. Thanks again.

25th Dec 2008, 15:58

Just replaced transmission... $2200.00 at 120,000 miles, multiple transfer case fluid changes previous, new front end at 90,000, fuel vapor sensor failure... black tape over check engine light; cheaper than dropping entire gas tank to replace.

Should have known better, but got good deal at time, glad they stopped making this one, and it seems all of GM and rest of car manufacturers are going to the woodshed.