The Oldsmobile Silhouette Was a Really Weird Luxury Minivan

Feb 11, 2020
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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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  • 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.

    Doug DeMuroDoug DeMuro9 days ago
    • Doug DeMuro make a video about jeep renegade please.

      The Flags that FlewThe Flags that FlewDay ago
    • review my 1999 Daewoo Matiz already. Only one in North America. I also have a Hyundai Pony.

      The KombinatorThe Kombinator2 days ago
    • Older F150s had that door point too, arrrrrrghhh that bastard hurts.

      MechotronicMechotronic3 days ago
    • @dropout0110 my gf says that to me daily... love that chic!

      ilyketyorwyilyketyorwy3 days ago
    • I'm calling it at the 5-minute mark because my girlfriend won't stop making fun of your voice so that's the end of that

      dropout0110dropout01103 days ago
  • I always wanted the original Pontiac Trans Sport version back then, but I just couldn't afford it back in those days.

    The Nude AmericanThe Nude American30 minutes ago
  • Doug: "let me come over and roast your car for a few hours"

    Zach LorgeZach Lorge2 hours ago
  • I think your videos are not long enough.. maybe you should add another 24 or so minutes.. it's not at all time consuming watching 80% of your unnecessary mouth diarrhea.. that's why I stopped watching your videos. They are longer than TV series.

    Jasko HodzicJasko Hodzic2 hours ago
  • I definitely remember the "dustbuster" era of GM vans. With that said, the only Silhouette i vividly recall seeing was a gold one with that same striping that a neighbor had in the 90's.

    tuowl05tuowl052 hours ago
  • Reminds me of the space shuttle Galileo.

    Joe LaBoreJoe LaBore3 hours ago
  • Cybertruck!!! You seen the lines on that thing!?

    Anime4Ever4lifeAnime4Ever4life3 hours ago
  • I've seen someone that owns one of these but apparently it's broken and that guy modified it by an engine swap.

    Some Random PersonSome Random Person3 hours ago
  • Is this a car review or a door review?

    Dr. BombayDr. Bombay4 hours ago
  • It wasn't the first luxury minivan, and it wasn't as weird as the actual, first luxury minivan, the Toyota Previa. ...and while I never owned a Silhouette, I did own both a Lumina APV and a Pontiac TransSport and... A Toyota Previa. The Previa was roomier. It was available with swivel quad seating, two sunroofs (one HUGE), it was a Mid-Engine, oil and trans dipstick beneath a NASA-like hatch under the driver's seat, a carpet flap and a driver seat that can flip backward. Though, there wasn't really a need to check the dipstick, because every Previa came with an oil reserve tank under the sliver of an engine hood. Combine that with available all wheel drive, front and rear air conditioning, front and rear entertainment, etc. One other thing, though really weird and basically a rolling egg, the build quality was way better than GM Minivans. In fact, many Previas broke 3 or 4 hundred thousand miles. With all this said though, I still loved both the APV and TransSport. We had kids, I liked to buy use then repeat. They were fun, enjoyable and I appreciated them as they were for what they were. I always wanted a Silhouette to add to the experience, but even back in the day, very hard to find

    Ted BernerTed Berner4 hours ago
  • Every 2 minutes I get a commercial. Thanks Doug

    Julio VaunswaJulio Vaunswa4 hours ago
  • My mother in law has a 95 lumina apv pretty much same junk different name lol

    mylesgifford8988mylesgifford89884 hours ago
  • Toyota Previa van pretty much same look, my mom's 1994 model, with mid-mounted engine

    Your NamehereYour Namehere5 hours ago
  • A family up the street from me growing up had one of sat in their driveway with a tarp over the stuck open door from 1995 to 1999...

    ΣLECTЯ0NΣLECTЯ0N5 hours ago
  • I owned a 1996 Chevy Lumina van which was a cheaper copy of the Olds but just as difficult to work on. To replace the rear plugs required dropping the engine assembly about 6". Then there was the GM DexCool fiasco. I paid the $1200 repair bill to replace all the engine gaskets and applied for a refund which ws ultimately approved...... except GM declared bankruptcy a week before the checks were supposed to go out and there went my refund. I gave it to my daughter in Colorado with 120,000 miles on the clock and the engine blew up on her way home. It was left in a junk yard in Clayton, NM.

    Jim ForemanJim Foreman5 hours ago
  • We had a 1995 it was kind of ahead of its time

    Jerry DellefemineJerry Dellefemine6 hours ago
  • Had a 98 Silhouette and was better looking had auto leveling air suspension, that also had a tire filling hose in back side compartment, electric rear vent windows 2 electric slide side doors. Mid row seats were 2 full size captains chairs. Mom put over 250,000 trouble free miles on it and we never were able to change the back 3 spark plugs. Smooth quiet comfortable well made. Just drove it to the salvage yard last year. ....Rust In Piece...

    toe cuttertoe cutter7 hours ago
  • 6:51 GM must've been like: "You guys ever heard a European police siren before?"

    a long username for my short peena long username for my short peen7 hours ago
  • Why have i seen 8 ads by 6:50? unsubscribe.

    Zoe CheddarZoe Cheddar7 hours ago
  • I've always wanted one of these

    Carmine NaugahydeCarmine Naugahyde8 hours ago
  • - has 2 children -

    D. A.D. A.9 hours ago
  • Ford and General Motors just could not find that right combination of looks and features to make a desirable minivan. Ford tried MANY times and eventually gave up. Chrysler is the only ~American company to have this market segment figured out.

    JustWasted3HoursHereJustWasted3HoursHere9 hours ago
  • Old school American car videos are the most entertaining to watch

    carlos camposcarlos campos10 hours ago
  • My dad had a 1993 Chevy Lumina apv van that look like this, man that was an ugly car 😂.

    Thomas wilmethThomas wilmeth11 hours ago
  • **SAAB did the built-in child seat too

    William SchmidtWilliam Schmidt11 hours ago
  • The front looks like the boot on a porche

    Zachariah KnightZachariah Knight11 hours ago
  • was there a RHD version?

    Paulius D.Paulius D.12 hours ago
  • stay in yo lane, this hoovie lane

    J SJ S12 hours ago
  • Cadillac of minivans!!!

  • We have a lot of them here in Virginia -_-

    stillOJstillOJ12 hours ago
  • 12:06 Theres a flying SUV behind you, that suddenly disappears ... o_O Thats an UFO from your Pontiac world, for sure.

  • Our family Chevy Venture also had the same sound with the door closing as well

    HideikaHideika15 hours ago
  • Minivans used to have only right hand side door for a particular reason and that is they didn't want passengers step out into the road, when vehicle stopped on the road side. So there was a very specific reason. You are really stupid and don't know what you are talking about, sorry Doug.

    Malcolm DavisMalcolm Davis15 hours ago
  • Check out the citroen c4 grand picasso (now they call it "spacetourer") I think you would like it it is very similar to this car and has a LOT of quirks and features. I know you don't have it in america but probably in mexico

    Louis GonivaLouis Goniva15 hours ago
  • Volvos have retractable child seats built into the seat as an option

    Louis GonivaLouis Goniva15 hours ago
  • This car looks like it is full of DNA

    C BatsC Bats16 hours ago
  • I love how this video is already over 1M views compared to something like Doug's Ferrari 599 GTO video with 865K from 2 months ago. All about priorities.

    Smudge LordSmudge Lord18 hours ago
  • Dodge Caravan FTW!

    Fred_eazy21Fred_eazy2119 hours ago
  • Doug, it’s the only GM vehicle to feature a fiberglass body other than the corvette!!!

    TheRookTheRook19 hours ago
  • In Europe this was sold, along with the V6, also with a 2.3 liter 4 cilinder gasoline engine (147hp) and *drums rolling* a 1.9 liter Renault turbodiesel with only 90hp. Just imagine how slow it was.

    Federico BezziFederico Bezzi21 hour ago
  • Shuts sliding door in G chord.

    AyieAyie22 hours ago
  • These vans came with 3.8 engine most reliable power train voted 1 St. In America, yet dropshot said crappy vehicle..

    B WalshB Walsh22 hours ago
  • Doug how's the fifty dollar autograph going, egomaniac, phony....

    B WalshB Walsh22 hours ago
  • GM Designer: *Sketches Design* GM Executive: “That won’t do” GM Designer: *Erases Design* GM Executive: *Looks At Eraser* “Genius...”

    DonDon23 hours ago
  • Nobody: Doug: THIS

    Jay Zander RileyJay Zander Riley23 hours ago
  • Why people switched from minivans to small and compact SUVs. Only full size SUVs like Suburban and Expedition and real offroaders like Land Cruiser make sense!?!

    T. A.T. A.Day ago
  • One of my college teachers in the mid 90s bought a new white Pontiac Transport. He called it the Starship Entropy because it was continually breaking.

    Born Again TorinosBorn Again TorinosDay ago
  • Doug likes weird quirky and rare cars because Doug is a weird quirky rare human... don’t get me wrong I like Doug and I’m a fan and a subscriber... I think that’s why we like Doug because he embraces his quirkyness and has built a brand and a following... so no shade over here just being a smart ass... carry on...

    Mr. HuffMr. HuffDay ago
  • A polarizing Dustbuster design Elon: "I have an idea"

    Jason TomschinJason TomschinDay ago
  • John Travolta called the Oldsmobile Silhouette"The Cadillac of Minivans".

    Rick LoeraRick LoeraDay ago
  • Kid seat is amazing

    Shatter BlasterShatter BlasterDay ago
  • Seen a 1988 Ford minivan actually driving yesterday

    Shatter BlasterShatter BlasterDay ago
  • Was popular in Toronto.

    Shatter BlasterShatter BlasterDay ago
  • Buddies parents had one. Huge ass dash! Overall not a fan.

    Shatter BlasterShatter BlasterDay ago
  • You use the word 'luxury' rather loosely. 🤔😂

    BiggitybakedBiggitybakedDay ago
  • Doug the kinda guy who isn't selling t shirts even though that would make him a million dollars in a month. Here's a signed photo instead....

    Jay KayJay KayDay ago
  • looks like the tesla truck.

    hissinggoosehissinggooseDay ago
  • I had the Lumina version until my daughter wrecked it (no injuries). I took the insurance money and bought the Pontiac version, 1994 Transport, which I had for a number of years, probably about 10 or 12. Highly reliable and comfortable. And I'm not a minivan type of person. I used it as a personal car as well as a van for my business.

    daffodildebdaffodildebDay ago

    Bob WalshBob WalshDay ago
  • it looks more like a space shuttle than a dust buster

    Mike GeaslandMike GeaslandDay ago