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2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Review

A great buy for brand enthusiasts who want to cherish a piece of the history.

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Overview

In 2004, the Oldsmobile reign was coming to an end, making any model a hard sell. Although the 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada stood apart from others in its class, many consumers still opted for the GMC or Chevrolet counterparts. For its last year of production, it was sold in a single trim package that featured minimal updates from its predecessor. Expect to find a low resale value, since Oldsmobile is no longer in production, but luckily many replacement parts are still available thanks to the similar TrailBlazer. Consumers can also expect to find a quiet ride coupled with a somewhat powerful engine and decent fuel economy.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Bravada

What's New

The 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada brought about minimal changes, due to the brands slow fade from the marketplace. For its final production year, it mimicked many of its original highlights with a few bells and whistles to keep it current in terms of technology. Looking back, one of the most noteworthy upgrades would be the optional satellite radio and the already present OnStar communication system. If consumers are hoping to grab a piece of Oldsmobile history, it's a midsize SUV that continued to offer a powerful engine and comfortable interior appointments.

Exterior

The 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires. It’s available in six color, including Polo Green, Light Tarnished Silver, and Jewelcoat Red to name a few. It also boasts a rear liftgate door along with cargo features, including a trailer hitch and wiring. It reaches a height of 74.5 inches with a length of 191.8 inches, making it a decent midsize SUV in its genre. With a roof rack and 80.1 cubic feet cargo capacity, it can easily transport a family and many belongings from point A to point B.

Interior

Throughout the interior, the 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada is on par with other midsize SUVs. It can comfortably seat five with several luxury appointments, including leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Consumers can also take comfort in the OnStar communication system while listening to the expanded channel selection of Satellite radio or music from the CD changer. It boasts a remote keyless entry, anti-theft system, and power locks. Some optional features include a back seat DVD entertainment system along with heated front seats and larger CD changing equipment.

Performance & Handling

Although there is not much to say about updates to the 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada, many positive points can be noted on the performance and handling. The 4.2-liter, six-cylinder engine climbs to 275 ft-lb of torque and also reaches 275 horsepower. The ride is smooth and comfortable, with the air suspension providing adding benefits. The quiet drive is also appealing to families with small children and those who simply want a peaceful driving experience. It was designed and built with many similar GMC and Chevrolet parts, so upcoming repair issues should not be a problem.

Safety

The 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada comes standard with a wide variety of safety features ranging from four-wheel ABS brakes to traction control to rear door child safety locks. It also features a post-collision safety system and the NHTSA crash test ratings reached a full five stars for both side-rear seat and side-front seat protection. A noteworthy three stars where achieved for all other categories, including the front-passenger, front-driver, and rollover resistance. It includes standard automatic headlamps, daytime running lights, battery warning, low oil level warning, and service internal warning in addition to over a dozen other highlights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Bravada: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Optional Satellite Radio
  • Nostalgic Oldsmobile Style
  • Comfortable Interior

You Won't Like

  • Minimal Updates
  • Lack of Competitive Edge
  • Minimal Trim Packages

Sum Up

A great buy for brand enthusiasts who want to cherish a piece of the history.

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