1997 Oldsmobile Bravada

  • 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada Base Wagon

    Base Wagon

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      4.3L V6
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1997 Oldsmobile Bravada Review

Less than dependable.

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The 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada is not the best vehicle in the line. As a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with only one model option, there is also only one engine and one transmission option available. Unfortunately, both have had several reported problems. However, the 1997 Bravada is loaded with equipment, has an attractive rugged SUV design, comfortable seats, a powerful engine, and a quality sound system. Although there are some bright spots with the Bravada, many drivers turned to the competition to get a more dependable vehicle for the same price.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Bravada

What's New

The 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada's split tailgate is changed to a top-hinged tailgate, making loading and unloading cargo much easier. A new power sunroof is available as an option, and an overhead console is added to the interior. The rear brakes are changed to disc brakes from the previous drum brakes of earlier versions, improving the Bravada’s brake performance.


The 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada comes with fog lights, a rear window defroster, and rear wiper to improve visibility. The wheels are 15-inch alloys, and a roof rack can be installed to expand cargo capacity. Moreover, the exterior rearview mirrors are power remote adjustable.


The 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada comes equipped with front bucket seats and rear split-bench seats with a maximum seating capacity of five. All the seats, the shift knob, and the steering wheel are trimmed with leather. Reading lights are available as a convenience feature for the passengers. Seatback storage and a full overhead console give space to store gear in the interior, and the air-conditioning is automatic and includes ducts under the seats for the rear passengers. The audio system comes with a cassette player, an equalizer, and six speakers.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada is equipped with a 4.3-liter, V-6 engine and has a lot of low-end torque that moves the heavy vehicle with power and efficiency. The four-speed automatic transmission has smooth and quiet shifting. Despite the heavy body, the Bravada has minimal body lean, and drivers have reported that the balance is better than competitors.


The 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada gets a four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) that reduces the chance of sliding when the brakes are applied. The only airbag listed is a driver’s front airbag.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Bravada: 16/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Power
  • Smooth and quiet shifting
  • All-wheel drive
  • Leather trim
  • High quality audio system

You Won't Like

  • Only one airbag
  • Significant problems with the engine and transmission
  • Moderate problems with brakes and accessories

Sum Up

Less than dependable.

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