1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Consumer Review: More minuses than pluses

1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette - Consumer Review

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Premiere Passenger Minivan (3.4L V6 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
More minuses than pluses
By Evanob on


1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Premiere 4dr Ext Minivan


The car performed well in the first 4 years.
The car developed a head gasket leak
which allowed engine coolant Dexon to leak
into the engine oil. The problem was
misdiagnosed and eventually the crank
shaft broke at 70,000 miles. We had to
replace the engine. GM paid half -- out of
warranty. We had frequent trouble with the
power sliding door.

Best Features

Space and comfort. Loved the built-in air pump.

Worst Features

Needs to be made more reliable. GM should stop using Dexon engine coolant which mixes too well with oil making diagnosis of a coolant leak too difficult.
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