13th Oct 2009, 14:37
I have a 2000 Bravada 140,000 miles, bought new by my mother, daily driver till she got her Suburban 4 years ago.
Currently Smart Track won't engage, it tries to, but never works for more than half a second...
Also last year my rear suspension was sagging, and the car's overall ride was very rocky and felt unsafe. Since I brought it back out for the coming winter, I haven't noticed the rear sagging, but it is still very rocky.
Anybody got any ideas?
10th May 2010, 13:37
This car was a complete nightmare when I went to college. As soon as I inherited this SUV, I spent probably close to $10,000 in repairs and tows in the last 3 years. The transmission went at about 118,000. This I had to buy rebuilt and with a warranty, which ran me over $3500. The rest I replaced the distributor, distributor cap, radiator, axle x4. Rotors, fuel pump (2x in a year and a half), door hinge, windshield wipers every year, tires every year, CBG valve, gas cap x2... I'm sure the list goes on. I stopped keeping track.
The crazy thing is that the interior and exterior look beautiful! No rust at all! GM needs to step it up. I just traded this thing in and the dealership told me that the $900 they gave me towards my new car (Hyundai Sonata) was a gift. They told me they could not believe that I was driving this vehicle because it was unsafe. They said that I was lucky the axle didn't completely break on me for the fifth time because it has that same problem again. Also, the computer went. What a nightmare!
I would never recommend this vehicle... it's no wonder they don't make them anymore. It is very unsafe, and unless you have a lot of money -- you'll never be able to afford the maintenance.
14th Jun 2010, 00:41
I own a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada, I have replaced the fuel pump twice within six months. Four months later (today) my truck shut off on me at an intersection, when attempting to start it nothing happen just continuously turns over. At one point, it did start but when I pressed the gas paddle it cut off. I'm not sure if it's the timing or it's the fuel pump again, however, I do have a "Check Engine" light on.
If anyone have experienced this or a similar occurrence, please share with me your remedy for a solution.
23rd Jun 2010, 17:20
I own this truck as well. My car takes a long time to start. It used to stall on hot days. I think your problem might be a cheap part, and there was no test for it. It is called the crankshaft sensor. There is a big story online about this part causing people to waste time and money on tune ups, ignition mods, cam sensors etc. I put money on it being the crk sensor, so easy to put in. Good luck. Does the fuel pump whine sounds like mine? It is failing, but won't die, and I don't change fuel pumps if they still work.
30th Jul 2010, 23:03
Are you serious? You think you can just fill the tank and change the oil on a car or truck without replacing parts? Then don't buy a car, ride a bike and hope that don't break. Even shoes wear out.
I recently purchased the lovely Bravada, 180,000 miles, still goes straight down the road. Kinda upset on the speed limiter at about 100mph. What wires to cut and splice to cut that off? How fast will this tank go? Anyone really know?
What about slipping in a Chevy 350 under the hood? They are good for a million miles, but will it fit just like they do on the S-10's, or are the mounts different?
4th Nov 2010, 11:46
I have owned my 2000 Bravada for few years now.
I did common repairs like fuel pump, all ball joints, door pins. I've got the "jumping" front end now. Feels like my Wrangler when it's in 4 wheel drive. Does draining transfer case fluid and flushing it really fix this? I thought it was the cv shafts, but when I changed all 4 ball joints last night the shafts felt fine.
Please if anyone has info let me know. I love this truck and want to fix this issue.
29th Dec 2010, 20:05
I have had my 2000 Bravada stop at a light and do the same thing. Are you sure it's the crank sensor runs lean with multiple misfires on the code?
14th Mar 2011, 20:06
My 2000 Olds Bravada has given me a bit of grief too - I had to replace heater core, transmission, idler and pitman arms, and now the front differential (driver side).
I still love it, especially the heated seats here in Central NY. Will try pulling the 4WD fuse to eliminate the "stuck in AWD" action. I can always put it back in the winter.
17th Mar 2011, 20:20
Sounds like the fuel regulator. My 94 S10 Blazer did that, and it was the fuel pressure regulator and the EGR valve was getting plugged with carbon. Replaced the EGR gasket with one that had wire mesh covering the hole. This fixed the surging problem.
11th May 2011, 09:54
I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada. The differential went out. I couldn't find a used one. The guy rebuilt it and it seems to work okay, but the trail arm bushing is missing on the passenger's side. Where can I find one?
23rd May 2011, 16:03
You mentioned that you changed the ball joints on your Bravada yourself and my husband was wondering how difficult a task this is to do.
I have a 2000 Bravada and have been advised that we need to replace the upper and lower ball joints at a cost of around $1100 ($500 for parts & $600 labor).
Thank you in advance for your help regarding this matter.
1st Jun 2013, 20:28
I have a 2000 Bravada with 150k miles. Had a ton of stuff done to it over the years.
It's been a great vehicle, but recently it stalled on me. Stayed back up, hit the gas, then it stalled again. Battery was drained so I replaced that and had my alternator tested. Now that I have power, which I did not due to a dead battery, it won't start. It tries to turn over, but to no avail. Any ideas what it could be and how much it would cost?
1st Mar 2014, 19:42
I changed the transmission in my 2000 Bravada. The truck started just fine before that, but after changing it, it will not start. Any advice?
12th Nov 2014, 00:48
I was reading about the problems with the key getting stuck; there is supposed to be a little hole in the steering column that you can put a pen in and it's supposed to release the key.
31st Dec 2014, 02:31
Bought a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada recently for 1,500 with 148,000 miles on it. No rust, and the interior is mint. Boy I didn't know what I was getting into. Granted it's nowhere near new, but whoever had it didn't take very good care of the engine.
The problem I am having, that nobody can figure out, is that it surges when cruising at a steady speed on the highway. Did a scan on it and PO300 came up, multiple misfire. I don't know either. Has anybody else had all the sensors checked? Cleaned the fuel system, new fuel filter, fuel pump and plugs. HELP PLEASE.
12th Jul 2015, 15:54
I have the same problem, try to change the fluid with Lucas, or try the new fluid GM said to replace it with, this may help. If not, it's probably the module, but mine does it when it gets hot or driving it a little while. Also the second gear kicks after it gets hot as well; they claim that may be a worn solenoid in the trans, so I have some problems as well; seem to be common problems with Bravadas...
24th Aug 2015, 06:24
I have a 97 Bravada and had all kinds of problems with it until I cured the grounding issue for the fuel pump. After the grounding issue was solved, it became a whole new vehicle for me and I have been more than pleased ever since. Do yourself a favor and make sure the circuit to the fuel pump is good and grounded; this also fixed some issues I had with a lagging four wheel drive. Sounds crazy but true. Good luck.
10th Mar 2016, 06:14
I also own a 2000 Olds Bravada.
So far the fuel pump went out, then the radiator went, changed the bad spider injector, all ball joints and tie rods, all new tires, idler and pitman arm, front differential was replaced, both CV axles and front bearings were bad, door sags and pins were changed twice already!
Rear wiper works when it wants to, heat comes through vents when heater isn't on, A/C recharge only lasted about 2 weeks, all 4 shocks and both sway bar links had to be replaced, frost plugs leaking coolant, and worst of all the infamous crow hopping and binding issue that most of everyone here is familiar with plagues mine too!
And that all within a year of owning the turd!!!