The Oldsmobile Silhouette Was a Really Weird Luxury Minivan

Doug DeMuro

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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    1. Doug DeMuro

      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.

      1. Sender Sean

        Only list these would work in would be like a rarest recent American cars

      2. 7MOTION98

        josh sims Corrado SLC VR6 💕 is a must considering that we just watched the freaking silhouette 😂

      3. Robby Sheperd

        Did you know that a limo coach company made several Lumina van limos? They did, I've seen one. Most bizarre sight I've ever seen.

      4. WC Hopkins

        Ever.

      5. Agastya Nadadhur

        And what about the Porsche Carrera GT?

    2. Caleb Standley

      Did Volvo stop doing the child seat?

    3. tannerin

      i have one of these right now, same year and everything. the (single) power door doesn’t work and the handle broke off which makes back access very fun

    4. Miles Osborn

      * Crashes Silhouette during test drive* Tyler: “I bought the cheapest Oldsmobile silhouette in the country “

    5. towman72gmc

      It's the Cadillac of minivans.

    6. imProveia

      I honestly love minivans in general but more so with the Dodge Grand Caravan. It's like watching The Rock taking care of toddlers at daycare right after watching one of his matches.

    7. imProveia

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="261">4:21</a> Grand Caravans used to have it. I don't think they do anymore, sadly.

    8. Mustached Ninja

      The reason why they dont build build in child seat is probably because child seat get new regulation often

    9. Lucky

      I saw one of these cars biking today

    10. TMAN13 HITT

      It looks like the buck Rodger space shuttle

    11. Patton Kesselring

      It’s the sloped armor thing, T-34 is a big tank, but the 60 degree slope meant almost no space inside for ammo fuel and crew.

    12. Patrick Kennedy

      That door closing noise sounds like something you'd hear on a Future album

    13. Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness

      it's more advanced than the Mercedes Metris...

    14. CommanderTaco

      My first car was an oldsmobile Aurora and damn was it a nice car

    15. CommanderTaco

      RIP olds

    16. GT TSI

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="203">3:23</a> the metris dosent have it

    17. Miami Sunrise

      A built-in child seat is a glaring omission from current vehicles. Its almost shocking that Oldsmobile thought of this but everyone since forgot.

    18. All Cars

      I have one now and it still works

    19. F3udF1st

      The door noise could just be resonance from the motors. Electric motors make sounds like that under certain conditions.

    20. Ted

      Makes me think of Rodney Dangerfield in Ladybugs

    21. Mateo Vázquez

      I actually kinda like how it looks

    22. Dino M

      Doug? How did you miss out on Leonard Nemoy doing a commercial on these? The car of the future where he pushes the button and the backdoor opens by itself like mmaagggiic. Don't know how to type magic like you'd say it. Anyway. It was set on a black background with stars in the back. If I remember right it also dissappeared like the Startrek spaceship did after hitting lightspeed. Then I'm sure while editing this video you noticed the puff of smoke at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1245">20:45</a> in and again at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1264">21:04</a>. Yet you made no silly comment on it. The Ford Astro van was just as ugly. Big puff of smoke at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1357">22:37</a> while you're talking about the thing sitting at a light.

    23. Chadrick Nance

      Spaceship van with a dashboard that could double as a dashboard

    24. Bruno Medina

      It is a Chevy Lumina cousin

    25. Aidan Vadala

      I feel that you should mention the fact that the van only has one sliding door due to the fact that it was not structurally feasible, Chrysler in the 1980's had actually tested this before they put out the first minivan, but it significantly weekend the structure of the van, and as we all know Chrysler was the leader of minivans in that era. So GM, Ford and the others just followed suit, and to prove this there is a documentary on KGsel.

    26. LeeJcc

      I think GM was trying to imitate the Renault Espace with these MPVs from Chevrolet, Pontiac and Oldsmobile - the seats in the Espace had to be removed and could not fold away either. You rightly pointed out that GM was trying to play catch-up in the MPV market, but you didn't mention that this range of minivans also had plastic body panels, like the early Saturns and the Pontiac Fiero - so all-in-all, it was quite futuristic attempt for 1997!

    27. PeaceMG

      They kept that little power door "alarm" too, just with a slightly different tone and pattern. My grandma has an early 2000s Chevy Venture with power closers and it does the same thing.

    28. Aul T O R Q

      I’d say the ford Aerostar looks more like the Dustbuster

    29. Mark H

      Drove one of these cross-country for spring break '94. It was awesome-- felt like I was living in the future. Unfortunately parking was terrifying because you can't see the nose.

    30. Alex Butler

      They kept the silhouette door closing noise in the older models too. Grandma and dad had the later version of the van, and that noise brought back memories

    31. Me is I

      Door stop

    32. Mike Qualls

      Door sounds like a crappy auto tuned boy band.

    33. ATONAL ENCORE

      come on doug, the door werrrrrsss open

    34. VeneaX

      Looks like the toyota previa

    35. Cosmin Chivaran

      The inside doesn't match the outside, why does the outside look way older like it's an '80s car?

    36. MSWhay14

      What's the 2nd luxury minivan?

    37. Gary James

      Indian flute doors... just wow!

    38. Rex Holes

      They were trying to imitate the Gadget Van

    39. Simply Said

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="729">12:09</a> top left corner lol

    40. John Merryman

      My college roommate’s parents had one. Weird and ugly indeed. But interesting for sure!

    41. KWP

      The engine can be rolled forward by loosening two of those mounts on the front rad support, prying forward and sticking in a temporary screwdriver or drift to hold it in position for accessing rear spark plugs, etc. Part of the service procedure.

    42. E. Andrews

      The only minivan I've seen with a botton to open the door on the pillar is the Kia Sedona 2017.

    43. Olivér

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="765">12:45</a> My Ford Galaxy has them too. :)

    44. Brandon Gage

      The Cadillac of minivans

    45. Nexus 104

      I kinda like it

    46. Scott Havens

      Might be fun to do a few shows about motor trend cars of the year.. the lemons... yugo.. etc Love the filming location.. Crack town

    47. Adam D

      Acceleration gets a 1 out of 10 😂

    48. Zack krohn

      American cars from the 90s are ugly and cheaply made

    49. Soul Plexus

      My mom had a gray one when I was six and I even remember looking at it as a child and thinking “why does this look like a space ship”

    50. VD Das

      Doug is the kind of guy to make a car review video in front of a no parking sign...oh wait <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="799">13:19</a>

    51. StraightOuttaTheTrashCan

      honestly the Toyota Previa is much uglier

    52. William Terranova

      Doug: makes a video of a McLaren F1 Me: nahhh, boring Doug: makes video of a dustbuster van Me: OH HELL YAH

    53. Turboed Dude

      That’s litteraly three of the same car <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="61">1:01</a>

    54. broma toast

      One for sale around me in decent shape for 350 dollars.

    55. Delirious Rose

      The 2003 Grand Caravan had the built in car seats

    56. Aidan Shaw

      Imagine if you LS swapped one of these

    57. Hans Peiper

      I quite like the styling, especially so at the front. I can't stand minivans of today but this one (and the other dustbusters) look quite ahead of their time imho

    58. Martin Su

      So if you read Doug's article on auto trader on this vehicle, you'd know thus vehicle actually has a blown head gasket. You can see some smoke out the back at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1263">21:03</a>. In fact, he said in the article that the owner probably already junked the car. It's a shame Doug didn't buy it consider he could've got it for nothing and own a vehicle he loves so much given he talked about in previous videos that he wants to review it so much. Read more here: www.autotrader.com/car-video/heres-story-my-day-oldsmobile-silhouette-281474979993665

    59. Elijah Diener

      I see a little silhouetto

    60. Damir Fajic

      In today, Volvo estates have child seat as the equipment.

    61. tokas 1992

      Doug the type of guy who speaks Italian while ordering risotto at Italian restaurant

    62. metubeochannel

      Looks like a Tartan Prancer

    63. Adriel 9613

      Tell me why this minivan sits better than most suvs today💀 I like the big windshields in these tho

    64. Michael McEvoy

      I drove one of these in the 90's as part of my job, moving boxes of books between libraries in the city, usually 3 times a week. I became pretty familiar with it. Base version, 120HP. It didn't need to have frills, and all these years later I think... someone should shove an electric powertrain into one of these and blow the doors off a Mustang just for skits and giggles.

    65. lizzie reynolds

      Maybe general motors swap the body from a Chevrolet and from a Pontiac remove the Chevy and Pontiac logo and put on an appropriate Oldsmobile logo

    66. DevonOnAir

      Doug, the kind of guy to ignore a nasty brown stain...

    67. blukompressor

      My moms BFF had one of these and the power sliding door was always open when she thought it was closed

    68. YanCan

      If Doug DeMuro was a car

    69. ay0hkay

      The rearward ceiling storage pocket is for CD jewel cases.

    70. Davide Cappiello

      Doug, the type of guy that Remember.

    71. RobertLidstroem

      Hardly think the "sliding-door-closing-sound" is a warning....since fingers are allready gone when the sound comes. Its just hatch in the doorlock....

    72. James Reed

      I wouldnt call it the first luxury minivan. The GMC Safari or Chevy Astro Van with conversion kits probably holds that title.

    73. James Reed

      When I was 12 in 1986 my family went to Disney. They had this (or one of the other versions from Chevy or Pontiac) along with the Lumina on display as CONCEPT cars of the future. I guess it does look like a dustbuster butI always associated it with the Space Shuttle.

    74. Doug Blas

      The built-in child seat was interesting, but it was outdated as regulations changed soon after and throughout the 90s. I don't know this for certain, but the CHMSL was probably positioned according to regulations about sight lines, not just to be quirky. The weird front windows were designed as separate triangles because the production of a windshield with that kind of curvature would be stupid expensive, especially as replacements. Decals/accent stripes were widespread then, particularly on vans and pickups. The headlight controls are pretty standard GM for the era.

    75. Norbert Golo

      One sliding door was for chassis stability as they didnt have the cage tech

    76. Nathaniel Elias

      rare now. ubiquitous then.

    77. King Tiger

      I remember in first grade my best friend’s mom had this. It was the strangest van I’d ever seen

    78. Khristian GTR

      Imagine the designer of this Minivan watching this video...

    79. Aabhash Bogati

      th(gggg)is is the.......

    80. Mello yellow

      That Ford minivan were the best not good engines but a lot of room inside..