I bought a 1998 Olds Bravada which worked OK until about 60k miles. It now has 88k miles and it has been nothing, but trouble since hitting the 60k mark. I have gone through two transmissions, every possible gasket that can leak has leaked, and today I am on my way back the dealer after discovering a puddle of pink fluid on my garage floor under the engine.
Warranties were useless and I had to pay for everything. Each transmission was two weeks in the shop and $2000.
I will never, ever, buy another GM product. Go bankrupt guys, and learn a lesson on how to treat customers.
My 98 Bravada is a pile, but it also has been a brute. It looks the same as the day I bought it, but looks are deceiving, the tranny is thrashed, the electrics and heating work when they feel like it, and I'm fed up. I've decided to strip the vehicle and turn it into a rock crawler with Ford Bronco parts.
We are in the same boat with our daughters 98 bravada. Just a month ago we replaced the rear rotors and now just this week we are having to replace the fuel pump which is going to cost close to $700.00. When will it end!
I had the Same Problems everyone else was complaining about Except I got wise and traded the car before I had to replace the transmission. I was told It was in the Process of going South.
Wow. I had to put my two cents in. I was shocked by the other reviews. We bought our 98 Bravada used in 2002. It had 45,000 miles is now just shy of 100,000 miles. We have drove the heck out of the thing and we love it. Only routine maintenance and some problems with the thermostat. I guess we lucked out with this one.
I purchased a 1998 Bravada from a friend. The first thing that I replaced was the fuel pump. It failed because the gas set so long in the tank and rusted the parts. This led to clogging of the air intake and poor fuel performance. I cleaned out the carburetor and fuel injectors and it actually worked. I am going to have to replace tires due to poor alignment, but that was my fault. My A/C compressor did not work when I bought it, which my friend neglected to tell me. I believe that it is very expensive though and the only person that can change the freon is a certified dealer. It is a nice riding and looking car and has over 100K miles on it. I am fairly satisfied.
My husband and I own a 1998 Olds Bravada as well. Just last night the alternator died and left him stranded while he was on a business trip. A couple weeks ago we had new brakes and rotors put on. That was the third time in about 2 months that the brakes were worked on.
It really seems like every single month we have it in the shop for one reason or another. The wipers quit working properly long ago, and we now have a “split” of some sort which allows us to use either A/C or heat, but not both. We have to get under the hood and switch it over to heat when it’s chilly in the mornings, and then switch it back to A/C in the afternoons when it’s warmer.
A part of me still loves the thing, because it’s the car we rode around in through college when we were dating. But the bigger part of me hates it. If the alternator gets fixed today, we’re going to try to trade it in this weekend.
I have to agree with the majority of your posts. I bought a 1998 Bravada used. I guess that is the proper word to describe it, USED.
It has never left me stranded, but the heat only works when you get someone under to hood to make the vents stay open, then you can't breath in there when its warm out because you can't turn the thermostat down. It stays on HOT all the time. I also have problems when my tack hits 3 grand, the motor starts cutting out and spitting and sputtering.
I bought a 1998 Bravada 6 months ago and it has been nothing, but trouble since, now the transmission has gone out, believe I will go back to Fords, sorry Oldsmobile you left a bad taste in my wallet.
I have a 98 Bravada and it sucks. One day it all just started going down hill. Wheel bearings, ball joints, rear wiper motor, and of course the tranny. Hopefully all of this will be saving me some money in the future, because I am forever done with GM.
I have a 98 bravada and have experienced about 85% of the problems others have posted here. I am very unhappy with this vehicles mechanical track record, especially after seeing others with the same parts problems. Found this site tonight while searching for my second new ignition switch in 18 months. Can't afford another dealer install again so I'll do it myself. Hopefully my 2nd tranny will last a few more miles.
Bought a 98 Bravada from my mother with 75K miles on it. She had said the transmission was slipping. I have had to change the serpentine belt and the alternator. The rear windshield wiper will not dispense fluid. The AC must have a freon leak because hot air comes out of it. I am debating whether I go through with fixing the transmission or not.
I owned a 98 Bravada and it was the biggest piece of $%#*&
We started with the alternator, then the fuel injector went bad, passenger wheel hub, wiper motor, idler arm, blew hot air, had oil leak, (common GM problem I'm told) I could had a new BMW with the payments, plus repairs!!
It was very unstable; it felt like it was going to tip over even after new shocks, tires alignment.
Finally my wife lost control and flipped 3 times, and I believe a tie rod let loose. Please be careful; these are dangerous trucks!
I have a Dodge Durango that is great; it never feels unsteady on the road. I drive a Ford Explorer at work, and they also don't drive like this piece of $%$#
We should all sue these people!! I'm lucky my wife didn't die in this evil beast!!!
I found this thread back in 2005, just after I purchased my 98 Bravada off of eBay. I wish I did research before I took possession of it.
One of the first things that happened was that the front wiper motor died. Over the next two years (and 40k miles) I had the alternator and the mass air flow sensor go. This whole time I was worried about the transmission, having read all these comments.
Well, last week (at 109k miles) my transmission went. I just don't have the money at the moment to fix it, and I need to get to work, so I'm pretty much screwed. I hadn't traded in it in sooner because, as others have said, it is a really nice vehicle. Very comfortable, roomy, but not one of those excessively large SUVs. While I try to beg and borrow money from friends, my Bravada is sitting in at my mechanics.
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