Bravada

flowergazerAugust 21, 2006

Bravada owners, I am receiving a 98 Bravada with 78,000 any day, The problem I started reading reviews and it doesnt sound good,anyone with positive experience?

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earthworm

The reviews ?
Do these people really know what they are talking about ??
Any vehicle of this age and mileage will need maintenance..
Not doing this maintenance in a proper and timely fashion will lead to troubles - particularly on European vehicles....but no problem with American motor-vehicles, TTBOMK..

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 11:08AM
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johndeere

Probably reviews written by import lovers.There are a lot of Blasers and Jimmys on the road.Same thing and I dought there would be that many if they were bad.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 2:22PM
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quirkyquercus

I'm trying to be objective as I can.
Go to a friendly mechanic shop in your area. Not a dealer but a place that has been there for a while servicing all kinds of vehicles and ask them frankly what common problems are with that vehicle.
It is my belief that domestic vehicles are not made as well as some other brands such as honda and toyota where flimsy plastics are not found, but longer lasting, more efficient and durable engines are. The reviews really don't lie I'm afraid. But I wish you the best of luck with the Brevada. Every now and then someone tells me about their domestic with $150k miles and never been in for service. Maybe you will be able to tell me that some day. To which I will reply... "It must be defective" ;-)

    Bookmark   August 27, 2006 at 11:22PM
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thecarguy

The 4.3 V6 (used in the Blazers, Bravadas, Jimmys, Sonomasa, S-10s, etc.) is a very durable engine and should have no troubles lasting 200,000+ miles. My father has owned a 97 Sonoma with this engine since new and currently has 197k miles on it. The engine still purrs along like a well oiled machine. It's leaking some fluids, the transmission is slipping and the body is falling apart... but this truck has had a rough life. It's been used as a hardcore WORK truck for the past 9 years. It's driven through floods, pulled four oak trees worth of stumps and limbs after the hurricanes, hauled MANY loads so big and heavy the back bumper was dragging the pavement, has been off-road, etc. It's also been in quite a few fender benders. The biggest problem, really, has just been the usual GM part replacements. Alternators, starters, fuel pumps, etc. seem to be short lived. This does affect reliability, as these parts tend to fail at the most inconvenient of times! For someone like me who does a lot of long distance highway traveling, I can't chance the possibility of a premature part failure. But for what the truck was used for, it wasn't much of a problem. A quick trip to the local auto part store and some basic tools gets you back on the road. There have been a few more minor problems that seem to be the result of poor design/engineering on GMs part... such as the intake plenum and heater core (?) both of which leaked coolant. The heater core caused the coolant to actually leak into the cabin. I had never heard of this happening before, but apparently it's not too uncommon in these vehicles. The intake plenum was leaking coolant into the engine, but luckily we caught it in time. Otherwise, I'd say it's been a relatively solid little truck! As many times as the engine has been run to redline, had coolant leaked into it, been flooded with water and a lack of maintenance at times... it still fires right up and runs flawlessly. Hope this helps!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2006 at 10:41AM
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quirkyquercus

Ok... the "usual GM part replacements" is what I deem unacceptable.
I don't have the patience for that crap. The engine may last a million miles but there is built in obsolescense in domestics and how many times that little yellow light comes on.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2006 at 1:25PM
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thecarguy

Ok... the "usual GM part replacements" is what I deem unacceptable.
I don't have the patience for that crap. The engine may last a million miles but there is built in obsolescense in domestics and how many times that little yellow light comes on.>>>

For the record, Honda and Toyota both use Delphi (GM supplier) components on their V6 and larger engines. Only the 4-cylinders use the (longer lasting, IMO) Denso parts. Apparently Denso doesn't make anything suitable for a larger engine.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2006 at 5:05PM
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quirkyquercus

If that is true then somehow they are making the cars last longer. I don't know what else to say. Although I do have a 4cyl T100 with 150k mi that has never been in the shop other than a starter which I replaced myself about 10k miles ago. Even with that I didn't get a check engine light, I just noticed it was going.
Just hauled 3/4 ton of dirt and rocks with that truck with load range C tires and didn't complain one drop.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2006 at 10:18PM
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