February 7, 2011
The overall value of the Oldsmobile Bravada (basically a loaded Chevy Trailblazer or GMC Envoy) is excellent comfort and ride quality. The interior is equipped with leather, heated seats, dual power lumbar support for driver and front passenger and complimented by the premium ride suspension which makes you feel you are in a long wheel base vehicle like the GMC Yukon XL! The smooth ride really makes any drive comfortable, this is a Premium Luxury Sport Utility vehicle. The automatic dual air temperature selectors are really nice, my wife does not have to keep slapping my hand for turning down the heat, I like it cool she likes it much warmer. The kids liked having their own heat and air controls in back as well as separate radio controls with headphones. The Bravada provides good fuel economy for the size of the vehicle and it's ability to pull 4,000 plus lbs. I get an average of 15 in the City and 19-20 on the Highway depending on which way the wind is blowing. I have done all the required maintenance on the vehicle and I have not encountered any large expenses for repairs. Changed tires 2 times in 100,000 miles, oil changes, 3 coolant changes, 3 tranny flushes, 2 fuel filters, brakes and rotors, mostly just normal required maintenance. I did have to replace the liftgate handle-strap inside the back of vehicle, it just broke off one day...and a couple of light bulbs in vehicle. I have been very happy overall with the Bravada, it pulls my boat, very comfortable going anywhere and it has been a very solid performer. Writing a review actually makes you think pretty hard about what you really have. Guys...make sure you get your wife a Valentines Present early, with a card, roses and chocolates.