Bought a fully loaded lumina van in late 93. It was the new 94 style just hitting the market. But in the summer of 96 we had a bad head on collision on our family vacation. Every one walked away with minor injury's. The police said the vans design saved our lives. So we decided to upgrade to the upper level olds silhouette we couldn't afford back in 93. But anyway we bought with leather and the whole works. 110,000 miles and 14 years later we have only needed a wheel bearing. Its fiberglass body still looks new. It's really been an amazing quality van. We would recommend this van to any family because of its reliability and especially the plastic sides. Great with kids around! Buy one!
Leather seats, steering wheel controls for the radio, dual ac/heat, fiberglass body, individual rear seats, amazing passing power even loaded down, and the outside temperature display.
The black decals on the door pillars are prone to bubble in extremely hot climates.
The Silhouette is avant garde in
styling. It is very versatile - one
can remove all five rear seats in four
minutes. It is compact and parks well.
We have used it for project hauling,
and trips to recycling. It is vehicle
that earns your respect every day.
We love the all plastic body. It
looks as good now as the day we bought
it. The engine is quiet and adequate
for the tasks. The roof rack is not
just trim: We have used it for
ladders, canoes and lumber. The ABS
brake system is an important feature.
Elimnate the door pillar decals - they
are prone to bubble. Advertise the
plastic body - No one knows about it
and it adds tremendous durability.
Wake up GMC! Out source marketing!!
We have had this Olds Silhouette for 6
years and 75,000 miles. It's a great
vehicle, and we plan to keep another
few years at least. The ONLY problems
have been: power steering seal (fixed
under warranty); power door lock
solenoid (minor); and, new AC
compressor at 72,000 miles (we use AC
constantly in our location). This van
gets 26 mpg on interstate and maybe 17
mpg in town. 1996 was the last year
for this body style, and evidently GM
had the bugs worked out. Until the AC
blew out, I was prepared to proclaim
Plastic body looks great after six
years, power door works always, nearly
flawless reliability. Perfectly smooth
or crisp (as needed) auto
transmission. Very clever removable
GM should not
have abandoned its plastic body
technology or relegated it to Saturn.
Driver's front seat should face FORWARD
(not angled slightly). With all that
interior space, why not a little more