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Great for dogs and camping! by Japhy from Kansas on 09/01/2010. Trim: 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada, Owned 3 years.
Pros: I love the heated seats and the cargo room. With the back seats down, I was able to camp in it with an inflatable mattress. I've hauled lawnmowers with it, moved large items like mattresses and furniture, and pulled trailers with no problems. Back windows roll all the way down, and the tint has held up well. The interior and paint can handle some abuse. At 160k I have small crack in the dash vent, that's it! I take a boxer pit mix to the dog park and my doors have minimal claw scratches, and the leather has held up to claws also. A good value after depreciation, especially if you are mechanically inclined and can perform basic repairs. Do not pay more than $3000 for it.
Cons: Be prepared for a hot ride. A lot of heat is generated from the SmartTrak, and the ac is a problem. I bought mine with no ac - the repair was estimated at $800 at a local shop. I had a fuel pump go out - $1500. I had to replace a pitman arm - $350. The driver mirror can create some road noise in windy conditions. The console cup holders are a bit shallow and your cup can dump on a fast turn. Washer fluid tank either has a leak or an evaporation issue, it runs out quickly. In wet or snowy conditions you might hear a whoopie cushion sound and have some slight pulsing when breaking. My mechanic said it was common with the smarttraks and not really something that needed a repair.
Overall review: I love this truck, but I would love it more if gas was under $1.00 a gallon again. An average fill up costs me $30.00 and lasts about a week around Lawrence.
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Great SUV by Bruce J on 07/03/2002. Trim: 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada, Owned 2 years.
Pros: I like the safety factor, the comfort, the heated seats, the stereo system, Automatic 4 wheel drive is great in bad weather.
Cons: A little underpowered, has a bit of a truck ride, Gas Milage is low
Overall review: This vehicle is a great car for the wife, safe and predictable. The trade of safety for gas mileage is worth it
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1998 Oldsmobile Bravada by A CarPoint Consumer on 07/23/2001. Trim: 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Very comfortable and nice to drive. Some transmission problems at 35,000 which were corrected with an adjustment. I will purchase this vehicle when my lease expires.
Cons: Paint could be of better quality. Hood chipped excessively
Overall review: Very good quality SUV with superior looks.
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BRAVADA # 1 by chris in albany ny on 03/06/2001. Trim: 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: very good handling on any type of road conditions and smooth quit riding......heated leather seats are great!
Cons: not a thing!!
Overall review: This vehical is great,best suv i ever had
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2nd worst vehicle next to the Pontiac Sunfire by Dewy on 03/05/2009. Trim: 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada, Owned 9 years.
Pros: The ONLY thing about this vehicle that my wife and I enjoy are the heated seats, and even they get to hot even through clothing in the winter even on low setting.
Cons: Passenger side mirror broke off only after a few months of ownership. On second engine already and the tranny is slipping between 1st and 2nd geer shift. Plugs are a pain to get to inorder to change. Back seat is impossible to get in and out of if your over 5' tall. Smart Trac AWD isnt good in the snow due to the fact its only good if your stopped. If your already in movment you dont have all wheel drive... since smart trac is only active while your sliding on ice, loose gravel and such.
Overall review: This vehicle never ..NEVER should have made it to the market!!!!!!!!
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