The Oldsmobile Silhouette is a comfortable van, that gets good MPG. It has poor long term reliability though. At 119,000 miles it experienced a transmission failure. At 126,000 miles a blown head gasket (in this model mechanics recommend a rebuilt engine). If your GM van is near those miles, WATCH OUT! I'm selling it. It's value has collapsed. I lost big money on this one. I had problems with a Ford Windstar before this. So I have said one word to the "Big Three Automakers", "Sianara". I now drive a Honda!
Family comfort, reclining seats, front and side airbags.
Make your whole line up of autos have reliability like Honda and Toyota.
We have found this a very frustrating
vehicle to own. The engine and drive
train have been very good but we have
had so many other problems that we wish
we had made a different choice. Where
to start... the power sliding door is
useless. First it would not close
unless you held it shut, now it doesn't
work at all and has become a very heavy
manual door. Numerous trips to the
shop have not helped. The check engine
light kept coming on for several months
but that appears to be fixed now
(finally). The temperature senser
clearly doesn't work, the cup holders
are useless, the rubber stripping falls
off. We regret not paying the extra
money for the Toyota. Get the extended
Good engine, good traction, lots of
room, generally feels solid.
Extremely poor fit and finish, terrible
sliding door, useless cup holders.
Very poor quality control. Has cost us
countless lost hours at the repair shop.
Bought from flat Texas last year(ie low
strain on tranny). 15 months later,@
116k, the pwr slider does not work and
problem with load leveling system (both
not worth repairing). But the van is
great for those on a budget. Low
initial cost(bought at yr 5), no major
engine issues, great gas mileage for a
van, smooth ride, my two young boys
sleep well on trips! Handling is good.
Front and side airbags. Dual sliders
are great. Comfortable seats. It is a
living room on wheels. My friends have
there expensive SUV's, I have my van
Family comfort. Low cost. gas mileage,
reclining seats, antilock breaks, front
and side airbags.
Fold and go seats, side curtin airbags,
better sound system, better cup holders.
We LOVE our van! It rides, drives and
always been a dream for us. The MPG
for a van has been outstanding. We
are in it every other weekend
traveling and it has always come
through for us. We have been told by
many dealers and individuals we have a
premier van among vehicles and we
Our favorite feature has been the
overall realibility of the van. We
also love the dual sliding doors and
of course, when you are dropping kids
off at school the power sliding door
is a must have!
My husband has hated that he can't get
under the hood easily to work
on "little" things because he is a
huge "Do It Yourselfer".
Had some init probs with reliability --
GM gave us a free upgrade to 72mo/100K
$0 Deductable warranty. In shop 4x for
vid sys modules (3x for audio, 1x for
video), all were covered. Some probs
w/ oxy sensor (engine light on, low mpg)
covered under warranty. Intermit low
coolant lgt -- air bubbles in sensor
line. Comfortable ride, good perform,
lots of room inside. We have 3 kids
each gets their own seat! Traction
control is great for snow and ice -
never stuck in 5 years. Replaced weak
original headlight bulbs with prem
bulbs that are 3x as bright(but still
not as good as my '95 F-150). Just
turned 110K miles and it still drives
Video system (VCR in dash - very clean
design, not a cheapo aftermarket add
on). We use portable DVD player on
trips. Comfortable seats, air pump in
back. Good mpg (26 avg) + 25 gal tank
= super range!
60/40 split hideaway rear seats are a
must for families with 3 kids (Honda's
all or nothing design is worthless).
Ventillation system weak. Brakes could
be stronger. Weak standard headlights.