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1996 Oldsmobile Bravada

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Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 195 Ratings for the 1996 - 2001 models.

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  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.2/10
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Taking the good with the Bad?

By on Saturday, December 06, 2008

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

"Overall I find my Oldsmobile, Bravada to be great on some aspects, and quite poor in other areas. On the "Plus-Side" I live in the north, and I will say that this SUV is great in the snow, with the 4x4, and presumed weight of the automobile. Also, I enjoy having some of the luxuries you'd find in a luxury automobile such as my Cadillac DeVille. I'm able to enjoy heated leather seats in the Bravada, I have a towing Package which is nice, power everything, and for the most part comfortable to travel in, etc... However; I've noticed as the SUV is getting older, it sure seems to be making more noices, and is just a bit louder on the road now compared to when I first purchased this Bravada. Also, that new "SmartTrak" they're using, has broken twice since I've had it. I'd much prefer being able to engage the 4x4 manually, rather than relying on a computer to do this. One more thing...I do realize it is an SUV, but I've got to say, the gas mileage is just awful!! It seems I've got to fill the gas tank all the time. In actuallity I honestly get better gas mileage in my Cadillac than I do the Bravada!! Hope this helps...!! Frank"

14 people out of 14 found this review helpful

workhorse

By on Monday, August 27, 2007

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

"This is my second Bravada (99). The first I traded had 250k miles. I bought this one with 36k and now have 167k. Have driven it everywhere in all conditions. Hauled lots of stuff and pulled a fully loaded trailer. Pretty much replaced only tires and brakes. The 4.3 V6 is indistructable. I'd still have no concerns driving anywhere in the U.S. Too bad the model was discontinuted."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Home: Repair Shop?

By on Thursday, December 18, 2008

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

"ADVICE: Learn from my mistake. If you're going to RISK buying one of these, have it checked before-hand, for the 4x4, A/C. Heat, Hub Bearings, Carborater, BREAKS, Roters, Ball-Joints, and Transmission. ALSO, I suggest you take it for a LONG test drive, because if you stay on smooth roads you won't get to experience the true bravada. Going over bumps in this thing? HANG ON, and COVER YOUR EARS due to all the noise!!!!!! PS- If you're looking for an automobile that you can get more than 14MPG, This one, is NOT for you!! ;-)"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

a good dependable vehicle

By on Sunday, May 05, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "dependable, easy to drive,comfortable, good visibi"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"responds well,easy to drive,excellent visibility"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

"It is the nicest Truck I've ever ridden in."

By on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "AWD, leather heated seats, climate control"

Cons: "5 Passenger, Lower MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a quote by my son's 22 year old friend. "It is the nicest Truck I've ever ridden in." You will not believe you are riding in a truck. It's got all the bells and whistles of a luxury car, but the power, AWD and solid secure feel of an off-the-road vehicle. You can't kill this car. It just keeps going and going."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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