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2000 Oldsmobile Bravada Review
Great ride but unreliable everywhere else.
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The 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada is the result of a major redesign that took place in 1998. This is practically the same vehicle, but with a few added bonuses. This year sees the refinement of the Vortec engine, new color schemes, and some new standard features. One thing the Bravada has going for it is its sheer luxury. However, the shiny features cannot hide shoddy build quality, as well as a lack of power in comparison to the competition. Although there is a lot to love about the 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada, there is also a lot to hate.
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Bravada
The 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada offers a few new tricks. The GM OnStar communication system is now available as a dealer-installed option. Special color treatments for the vehicle are also available, including a jewel coat option. A Platinum edition color scheme adds pewter colored lower body cladding.
The Oldsmobile Bravada used to have the option of a flip-up or flip-down tailgate as well as the option of two or four doors. These options are no longer available. The 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada is only offered as a four-door vehicle. The exterior styling is very similar to that of the GMC Jimmy or the Chevrolet Blazer. The 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada does gain a unique grille and a special headlamp. The bumper also receives special trim and some unique body cladding. Standard exterior features include fog lights, roof rack, rear window defogger, tinted glass, intermittent windshield wipers, power windows, privacy glass, a rear window wiper, and auto daytime headlamps.
The interior of the 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada has many options. The vehicle does come with large bucket seats equipped in the front portion of the vehicle. The rear bench seat has a 60/40 split and sits three passengers. Rear legroom is a bit cramped at 36.3 inches, meaning larger passengers should call shotgun right away. One thing the Bravada has going for it is the interior. The leather seats are some of the most comfortable offered on an SUV. The controls on the instrument panel are easy to see and use, although the cheap plastic feels like it might break with the slightest push. The sound system is really impressive, giving off enough sound to hide the constant rattling of the shoddy build.
Standard interior equipment includes bucket seats, a garage door opener, keyless entry system, lighted entry system, overhead console, tinted glass, clock, tachometer, leather seating, anti-theft alarm system, cruise control, power steering, tilt steering wheel, leather trim on the steering wheel, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, privacy glass, and an amazing audio system. Optional features include a power moonroof, heated front seats, a CD player, power driver’s seat with memory options, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and an optional Bose audio system and OnStar communication.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada comes equipped with a big, 4.3-liter, V-6 engine that produces 190 horsepower. This is the same 12-valve engine used in a variety of SUVs, including the GMC Envoy and the Chevrolet Blazer. It is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The transmission system is connected to the SmartTrak system. The SmartTrak system recognizes when there is a need for two-wheel or four-wheel drive.
The 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada's 4.3-liter Vortec engine is greatly refined. It runs quitter and is a lot more reliable than in previous years. However, the horsepower did not receive a boost, keeping it from competing with the V-8 engines offered by the competition. It does compete off-road given the SmartTrak system, but the competition offers similar vehicles with a V-8. The braking system has four-discs, but this feels mushy, which is great for off-road adventuring but not so great within city limits.
The 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, and fog lights. The NHTSA gave the 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada four out of five stars for passenger safety, but only three out of five stars for driver safety. The Bravada did receive five out of five stars for all side impacts. The IIHS was not impressed with the 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada crash tests. It gave its worst rating, ""poor,"" for head/neck protection, leg protection, safety cage protection, and bumpers.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great all-wheel drive
- Comfy seating
- Great ride
- Well-equipped features
- Stereo system
You Won't Like
- Terrible on-road
- Rattling build
Great ride but unreliable everywhere else.
If You Like This Vehicle
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