The Oldsmobile Silhouette Was a Really Weird Luxury Minivan

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Doug DeMuro

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The original Oldsmobile Silhouette was weird, quirky, and bizarre. It was also the original luxury minivan, and today I'm reviewing the Silhouette to show you what it was like. I am also going to show you the quirks and features of the Silhouette, and I will show you how the Oldsmobile Silhouette drives.
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Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro Πριν 8 μήνες
If I were to list my favorite reviews, it would include the Vector W8 and this - the 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette. It would be the only list, ever, that includes both the Vector W8 and the 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette.
Stormy D.
Stormy D. Πριν 12 ημέρες
Also they had the Pontiac version of this 9n display as a "concept" vehicle at Disney World in Florida in the mid-80s. It was the most futuristic, neato thing that anyone ever saw at the time. People were having their pictures taken sitting in it.
Stormy D.
Stormy D. Πριν 12 ημέρες
I've seen those near 20 years old, rusted out and the doors nearly falling off but they were still running so the quality couldn't have been that bad. I think they put the bulletproof 3800 engine in those at one point too.
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Flying Buzzard
Flying Buzzard Πριν 2 μήνες
Can you do a review on a 2004 honda Oddessy
Flatch Yulence
Flatch Yulence Πριν ώρα
Is it particularly unusual? 😁
Noah Pehowic
Noah Pehowic Πριν 8 ώρες
I grew up with my dad driving a 2004 Chevrolet Venture and it made the exact same door closing noise. The power door was only on one side though, despite it being a two door minivan
Kevin Flores
Kevin Flores Πριν 11 ώρες
Ummm they did not lose sales. They where just WAY ahead of time. Lol. The aliens 👽 that gave them these design where probably like these Neanderthals won’t understand that “this is the future” 😂
Chris Sullivan
Chris Sullivan Πριν ημέρα
My mom had one it drove like the Flintstone vehicle
pontiacGXPfan
pontiacGXPfan Πριν ημέρα
Is that a hand vacuum? Is that supposed to be some newfangled van?
FROY
FROY Πριν ημέρα
No flooring???
catlover 2345
catlover 2345 Πριν 2 ημέρες
i love these vans!
Tom Jones
Tom Jones Πριν 2 ημέρες
Haven't seen one in many years on the road.
Wolf Smith
Wolf Smith Πριν 2 ημέρες
My buddies and i used to take a road trip from Tucson to California's Bay Area each year in a rental minivan. One year we ended up renting a Silhouette. I loved it. Six big guys all fit, with some tetris skills being utilized for all of our gear. It had plenty of power for screaming across the desert at night for a good portion of the trip. We discovered that the odd ventlike rear windows had the unfortunate effect of stirring up and redistributing a horriffic fart when the most bovine of our group suffered gastric discomfort. We hoped to rent one the next year (fart event hopefully avoided) but by then Budget rentacar no long had Silhouettes to rent.
T B K
T B K Πριν 2 ημέρες
Doug was probably conceived in a Silhouette.
Anthony Strunk
Anthony Strunk Πριν 2 ημέρες
I remember my little brother we see these GM vans and he would sat there are those futuristic cars lol 😂
majinblack27
majinblack27 Πριν 3 ημέρες
Lol my mom had one brand new it felt like a spaceship to drive
Mills Makes on Minecraft
Mills Makes on Minecraft Πριν 3 ημέρες
so nobody is talking about the no parking sign lol
krnekej2000
krnekej2000 Πριν 3 ημέρες
Every european minivan looks like this
Sabrocina Te Cocina
Sabrocina Te Cocina Πριν 3 ημέρες
what tires size are those?
Beun007
Beun007 Πριν 3 ημέρες
YUK!!! That piece of junk hasn't been cleaned for years!!!
AMV Aggie
AMV Aggie Πριν 4 ημέρες
This makes me extremely uncomfortable for no reason
Luxury Auto Mall
Luxury Auto Mall Πριν 4 ημέρες
Doug is the type of guy to cry after sex
Heelix Ranier
Heelix Ranier Πριν 4 ημέρες
120 hp.... Yeah that isn't really enough for a minvan. I mean I had a 97 Civic with 127 HP and I thought even that was a bit under powered. Heck even the newer Ford Focuses (from 2008-2011) were a bit underpowered too (but had 140 HP).
Moto Koto
Moto Koto Πριν 4 ημέρες
Ngl I want one so bad
Max D.
Max D. Πριν 4 ημέρες
The police vehicle of the future in most futuristic movies of the early 90's.
fullyloaded one
fullyloaded one Πριν 4 ημέρες
My aunt used to have one of these. I remember we took a 3 hour road trip Sacramento to Reno, it was a great time, and the van was comfortable.
Bandguy Michael
Bandguy Michael Πριν 4 ημέρες
Doug is the type of guy to spend four minutes talking about one specific door
Amber Dean
Amber Dean Πριν 5 ημέρες
My dad has a brown one.
Al C.
Al C. Πριν 5 ημέρες
Why are some of the rear passenger seats cloth? Were they replaced or did it come like this?
valk pedia
valk pedia Πριν 5 ημέρες
i have the eu pontiac trans sport from 1995 with the l27 3800 v6 engine and its one of those cars that nobody knows what it is in europe let alone in the netherlands where i live only a few older people recognize it because they knew someone who had one or some garages that know these cars. on the technical side of things its still a somewhat easy vehicle to work on and its actually really reliable and affordable to maintane tho you have to provide ALL the informationhen you want to buy a part or have a garage or other people work on it because they simply dont care or they act like a its from a different universe aka very dumb and short sighted, but the parts are still available and failrly cheap from sensors to mechanical parts like waterpump or solenoids, in fact the first part that had to be replaced was camshaft sensor which was after 17 YEARS! and then the next part that stopped working was a transmission position sensor for around 200 euro and egr valve for 180 euro after 24 YEARS! but i only had a engine light come on when those things broke and i had to go rotterdam to an american car importer that had these cars as service vehicles to read out the codes because its obd 1 after that a water pump broke and the windshield wiper motor went out so i replaced with a motor from a junkyard in amsterdam for 30 euros who knew about this car and specializes in american vehicles and then a power steering return hose/piping rusted out luckily i was close to home when it happend i parked the car on a lot, walked to gas station bought some brake fluid and drove it back to home and 1 week i got the part wich was made from rvs instead of iron and replaced and as of now after 25 years i am reparing some rust holes in the wheel wells that where the reasoning it didnt pass inspection and a vacuum modulator stopped working on the transmission for about 80 euros as it sits right now it has 155000 km all driven in the netherlands. as for cool factor and stuff the car is cool to my friends only because its old, has a v6 wich is very rare nowadays in the netherlands and is very roomy with enough space to sit 7 people comfortable and thats the one thing EVERYBODY agrees one when come to american cars even this one, it drives very smooth relaxed supple and comfortably on any road better then any new car today i am talking people who new audis bmw mercedes and stuff who say that this car still drive better then theirs. i tried to keep the car on the road for as long as possible as original as possible and as reliable as i can because its just a experience nothing or nobody can replicate in this modern day BS tech and possibiliy for anyone that doesn't understand this reasoning or just doesn't agree with me i recommend you to watch some classic car reviews of REGULAR CAR REVIEWS doen't matter which one just listen to man he nails the sentiment and thought and feeling behind these kind of older cars or classic cars and why people still keep them and drive them.
Michael L
Michael L Πριν 5 ημέρες
It’s indeed a pioneer van
Joshua Mcpeek
Joshua Mcpeek Πριν 6 ημέρες
Sillouhett:is vibing, ........doug: the sillouhett is ugly and poor quality,.....silllouhett :
Eric Kimmy
Eric Kimmy Πριν 6 ημέρες
Jumped a green one over train tracks at about 80 , rolled it about 10 times. Walked away
ms_enj
ms_enj Πριν 6 ημέρες
3:07 “A perfect diagram of the Silhouette,” Don’t you mean a perfect *silhouette* of the Silhouette?
Per Andersson
Per Andersson Πριν 7 ημέρες
Volvo has that inbuilt child seat. They had that already for the first version of the S80 and you can still get it when you order a V60, V90, XC60 or XC90...at least in Europe
Big_Lenny v1
Big_Lenny v1 Πριν 7 ημέρες
I like it...
BMT
BMT Πριν 7 ημέρες
This is what I picture Matt Foley living in....down by the river.
K.O.P. King of the Prints
K.O.P. King of the Prints Πριν 7 ημέρες
Doug must of never been to the ghettos of america!
Rob Stark
Rob Stark Πριν 8 ημέρες
my freinds grandmother had one
valeck251
valeck251 Πριν 8 ημέρες
Would be cool to see a review on a 89/90 Turbo Grand Prix.
A Gator
A Gator Πριν 8 ημέρες
When I was a kid we had a van with the built in child seat on one side and my sister and I would fight over who had to sit in that chair because the seat (even when folded away) was stiff and uncomfortable.
Jacob Eimont
Jacob Eimont Πριν 9 ημέρες
The car seats were common in GM minivans of the time. My father had a 03 Chevy venture with one of those built in seats
Eric Reterstorf
Eric Reterstorf Πριν 9 ημέρες
I learned to drive on a chevy lumina... I loved that van it was so cool and man that van had power and u may not believe this but i could do a burn out in it with front wheel drive and i had it up on 2. Wheels on its side doing a donut in a parking lot... And after i was done with that van my grandpa had to put a $1000.00. In repairs in 1996 money... Fun van and i miss it...
CoSirenCars
CoSirenCars Πριν 9 ημέρες
21:04 Isn't burning oil a quirk & feature?
Omar Hajbi
Omar Hajbi Πριν 9 ημέρες
The Oldsmobile silhouette has a vent in the back, does that mean only impostors can drive it??
Ronak Patel
Ronak Patel Πριν 10 ημέρες
You could say the button has a silhouette of the silhouette
Milquetoast Eugenicist
Milquetoast Eugenicist Πριν 10 ημέρες
It’s a Giant’s Doorstop.
KairoWard
KairoWard Πριν 10 ημέρες
Are your tires 205 75? Or 205 70?
Imdb Truth
Imdb Truth Πριν 10 ημέρες
I saw a weird prototype for one of these as a kid at an auto-show in 1990... In this prototype version, the front portion detached from the rear portion, so you could drive the front portion around as a super compact 2-seat smart car... Then when it was time to pickup the kids, you can hitch back onto the rear portion and it became a van again...
Debbie Daly
Debbie Daly Πριν 10 ημέρες
Love 90s family cars. Did daddy Doug ever review a station wagon with the rear facing back seats? I used to love sitting there for family outings when I was a kid with my grandparents. Great memories.
Maxx B.
Maxx B. Πριν 11 ημέρες
19:27 thats how the previous owner lost the seats and the current one only got four
Todd Swasey
Todd Swasey Πριν 12 ημέρες
Show the interior engine access?
Martin Odendaal
Martin Odendaal Πριν 12 ημέρες
I kinda like the exterior design.
hugeCRSfan69
hugeCRSfan69 Πριν 12 ημέρες
it wasnt really weird, they were cool
KSN 91
KSN 91 Πριν 12 ημέρες
Who thinks this reviews are more interesting than Ferrari reviews?
rokarolla
rokarolla Πριν 13 ημέρες
Aerodynamic 10
Jonathan Snyder
Jonathan Snyder Πριν 13 ημέρες
My mom had a pontiac trans sport.... What a turd that car was, it had a problem with the windshield wiper linkage so my dad took it to the dealer to get it fixed. The van then had an electrical fire at the dealer totaling the van..
jackwgn
jackwgn Πριν 13 ημέρες
My grandma had one, but it had an iron bottom with holes underneath, no wheels, and mostly sat on the board that folds up. It was hot stuff
AhmedaRBLX
AhmedaRBLX Πριν 14 ημέρες
That sliding door sound gave me chills...
Dawn Raines
Dawn Raines Πριν 14 ημέρες
I loved the Pontiac Version. I worked at a pontiac dealer when these were new and we called them Door Wedgie vans
An2nio Transit Productions
An2nio Transit Productions Πριν 14 ημέρες
4:19 Rental car companies probably really liked that feature and advertised it for families that were flying to Disney for an example. So they didn’t have to bring all the car seats on the plane.
An2nio Transit Productions
An2nio Transit Productions Πριν 12 ημέρες
@Bartonovich52 It’s less of a hassle. Plus comfortable compared to those plastic car seats with fabric I bet. Always hated those when I was little. Wish companies expanded on the idea of built in car seats.
Bartonovich52
Bartonovich52 Πριν 12 ημέρες
Or... you just rent a car seat like we did.
Underratedtoxic
Underratedtoxic Πριν 14 ημέρες
You should do a bravada
Darinaland
Darinaland Πριν 14 ημέρες
Rmps@12е🚐🏬
MusicLover
MusicLover Πριν 15 ημέρες
Not ugly not weird I liked it and also liked the Ford F150 as well.
Nate Jones
Nate Jones Πριν 16 ημέρες
3/10 for styling? This Trekkie disagrees! grpost.info/will/tmaUpqOFon2dnbg/b-nteo
Nate Jones
Nate Jones Πριν 16 ημέρες
22:11 "[The] Next Generation"
Nate Jones
Nate Jones Πριν 16 ημέρες
I recently watched a compilation of Star Trek commercials; Leonard Nimoy was in the Oldsmobile Silhouette commercial. Honestly, I think it's fitting, since it looks like a Star Trek shuttlecraft. (Just like the Chevy Lumina minivan, btw.)
Bathroom Sign
Bathroom Sign Πριν 17 ημέρες
12:26 MB Metris: Nervous sweating
LSp8
LSp8 Πριν 18 ημέρες
My sister had a BLK Chevy Lumina APV. It had a really bouncy but smooth ride and was pretty weird but got the family around without too many issues. I used to see them alot in the 90's and remember seeing new APVs and Pontiac Transports on rental lots at airports when we traveled. I even remember my dad renting a Cutlas Supreme and my great aunt having a Cutlas Sierra. Great uncle bought a new LSS just before his stroke and died. The LSS still had a NC paper tag and plastic on the seats! Best friend had a 97 Aurora. I miss Oldsmobile!!!
Jeffery Hokanson
Jeffery Hokanson Πριν 19 ημέρες
Did I miss it but I don’t think you mentioned me of it’s biggest innovations was the plastic panels like the Fiero. I actually had a deer hit me on the highway (side panel) and it bounced off with no damage and also no panel rust for us in the northern rust belt
olfrygt2007
olfrygt2007 Πριν 20 ημέρες
"No other car has these [triangular windows]." Ahem... every Citroen Picasso ever has had these. O_o
Apocalyptic Bone-Daddy
Apocalyptic Bone-Daddy Πριν 21 ημέρα
This dude kinda reminds me of Doug DeMuro
Sean McDonald
Sean McDonald Πριν 22 ημέρες
Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
Simon
Simon Πριν 25 ημέρες
LOL I remember the commercial for the Chevy Lumina APV. They used a couple Star Trek characters to portray futuristic design 😂
Slik Rhodez
Slik Rhodez Πριν 25 ημέρες
Strange. I could go for some street tacos now.
brown buter
brown buter Πριν 27 ημέρες
he parked at a no parking spot the whole time.....
William Fleming
William Fleming Πριν 27 ημέρες
They were very good Van I love them and so that my son Brockton Crenshaw
P490
P490 Πριν 28 ημέρες
I see these all of the time in my town
KBF
KBF Πριν 28 ημέρες
Acceleration score 1 just like the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Boy the Oldsmobile Silhouette most must have been quick back in its day. The 18 through 21 Odyssey can go from 0 to 60 in 6.6 seconds. With those times it receives a Doug score of 1 just like the Odyssey So can you imagine a vehicle especially this silhouette hitting zero to 60 in under 7 Seconds. Or could I be wrong that any vehicle that goes from 0 to 60 in over 6.5 seconds receive a Doug score of 1. I never thought I'd see the day a 6-second vehicle would be considered Pokey. Back in the 80s early 90s a 0 to 60 time of 6-7 seconds woulld have been some of the quickest cars on the road. My 87 Mustang 5.0 GT which recorded a 0 to 60 in 6.6 seconds according to Road & Track. By this standard in 30 years your minivan will hit 60 in 2 seconds and this will be considered Pokey. Maybe in the future your average vehicle will do a quarter mile in seven seconds.
Zach Ury
Zach Ury Πριν 28 ημέρες
ugh. the front doors on my 2012 civic are pointy like that. I can't believe I've never hit myself in the neck with it
Dannie Fowler
Dannie Fowler Πριν 29 ημέρες
I think the ford windstar had a radical sloping shape to i might be mistaken though it was the early nineties late eighties and i was a young kid but i remember one of my teachers had a weird looking van i think it was one of those
ritik
ritik Πριν 29 ημέρες
Even this feels like a luxury after watching Mercedes metris
anthony garcia
anthony garcia Πριν μήνα
I always liked the styling of these. I think its unique. Haven't seen one of these in a few years !!
Tom Tice
Tom Tice Πριν μήνα
My friend's mom had the Pontiac version of this van. The deep dashboard was big enough to store your luggage on top of.
CalicoSkies
CalicoSkies Πριν μήνα
I remember seeing a Pontiac Transport. I first saw one in 1990 at an auto show. I actually thought it looked pretty cool.
SiqueScarface
SiqueScarface Πριν μήνα
Apparently, General Motors tried to design a very European Minivan, except for the door layout. But it seems to be quite similar to the Renault Espace of the time.
Juancarlos Alvarado
Juancarlos Alvarado Πριν μήνα
No parking sign? Jajaja
Jim Crawdad
Jim Crawdad Πριν μήνα
Was there any difference between the Oldsmobile Silhouette and the Chevy Lumina APV? I remember a family friend state that the leaf springs where fiberglass and that they had a tendency to shatter in the Canadian deep freeze that I am in.
Andrew Twigg
Andrew Twigg Πριν μήνα
My wife and I were given a free Lumina APV upon moving home from getting out of the navy. It was in mint condition too. As ugly as that thing was and a turning radius worse than a school bus, it helped us get on our feet and save for a house and a preowned Honda Odyssey touring. Night and day difference! The crazy thing was that because it was all aluminum body/doors and plastic panels, it had no deterioration or rust in the body whatsoever.
ほうじT
ほうじT Πριν μήνα
This mobile provided by 1990? That's too behind time
Marco Nesi
Marco Nesi Πριν μήνα
YOU HEARD IT HERE FOLKS! THE OLDS SILHOUETTE HAS A BETTER DOUG SCORE THAN A MERCEDES METRIS!
The Card Boy
The Card Boy Πριν μήνα
If they made it a street cleaner it would be a dust buster
Gonzag Vegas
Gonzag Vegas Πριν μήνα
I don’t know why but I like this car
Bran don
Bran don Πριν μήνα
@Doug DeMuro since you have already did the grand national and you did this minivan you should do the super rare turbo chrysler minivans they were built to compete with the dodge spirit turbo AND carry the whole family across the finish line lmao
Richard Johnston
Richard Johnston Πριν μήνα
I had a Cutlass Supreme and it was a nice car but as Doug said- haven't seen one in decades.
Caleb Hensinger
Caleb Hensinger Πριν μήνα
I vote doug interviews a designer that worked on this or any of the quirky card reviews. Id love to hear the creators mindset designing these vehicles
Gamingdude2007
Gamingdude2007 Πριν μήνα
Dacia Logan MCV 2007 year has those old cheap windows that open with a clip
spog
spog Πριν μήνα
*T H I S*
comgeek24
comgeek24 Πριν μήνα
First production minivan with a power sliding door was the 1994 Pontiac Trans Sport
Bob Pierce
Bob Pierce Πριν μήνα
SUV's aren't "cool" either. They had that perception at one time compared to minivans, but not so much anymore. It's like saying Starbucks is 'cooler' than McDonald's at this late date, with more of the former than the latter nearly everywhere. So much for the over-priced, bitter coffee chain's "exclusivity".
MrJohnash1
MrJohnash1 Πριν μήνα
Great mini van. Lost my virginity in one of those.
Chris Papa
Chris Papa Πριν μήνα
I kinda want that shirt. 🌵🌵
iron 13
iron 13 Πριν μήνα
9:12 and that's why my parents got a Mercury Villager (Think NIssan Quest, but Merc badges) because my dad will be damned if he spends a penny on a car he can't fix.
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