"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...!!
"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."
"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!! ;-)"
"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."