While the early design GM vans were
ahead of their time with aerodynamic
design, the rewards paid back in fuel
efficiency and road handling. After
10 years, I have experience no major
mechanical problems other than normal
wear. The van has transported soccer
babies, soccer kids and towed
Bought the van brand new - after 9
years I have been very statisfied.
Zero mechanical problems - only thing
I have had to do was basic maintance
(tires, brakes, LOF etc). No
breakdowns vs. friends who had
Cavan's. The plastic / composite body
is great for Western NY winters where
Rock Salt destroys car bodies. This
car still looks great.
The dustbuster look isn't for everyone
but the areodynamics work well to
provide pretty good gas mileage.
Power is good (180 some horses) for a
Handling is very good for a minivan.
In December 1994, we bought our van
from an elderly couple who had bought
it earlier that year. It drove great
until a 5 hour trip in the hot sun
made it break down. That was in 2002.
We got it fixed and then in 2003 we
started having problems again. The
engine is going, and our mechanic said
it is on it's last leg. It's 10 years
old with 136,000 miles. I'm surprise
that it is still running after all of
these years and all of the harsh trips
it has been through.
I bought a Silhouette Oldsmobile and I
enjoyed it. It help up really well in
the interior and exterior. Both the
interior and exterior designs are
great. The Silhouette was a great van
for my family, and it should be one
for yours. I got a great van. There is
no other van around that has the same
sporty looks as ours.