The Oldsmobile Silhouette Was a Really Weird Luxury Minivan

11. 02. 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 DeMuroPřed 9 měsíci
    • 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.Před měsícem
    • 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.

      Stormy D.Stormy D.Před měsícem
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      Charlotte BinghamCharlotte BinghamPřed 3 měsíci
    • Can you do a review on a 2004 honda Oddessy

      Flying BuzzardFlying BuzzardPřed 3 měsíci
  • I saw one in my city

    GamingWithDanGamingWithDanPřed 18 hodinami
  • That sliding door closing is funny!

    tom Ledbettertom LedbetterPřed 22 hodinami
  • We had the Toyota previa until we watched the dateline episode in which they crash tested them and my mom traded it in for a Volvo 740 turbo a pretty blue one that we still own. B

    Stewart StarlingStewart StarlingPřed dnem
  • Volvo has built in booster seat!!!

    Stewart StarlingStewart StarlingPřed dnem
  • Anyone else notice the no parking sign? Doug is a badass so he does it anyway

    Jay KJay KPřed dnem
  • 14:43 it's for CD's. A jewel case fits perfectly one way.

    Gregory WeberGregory WeberPřed dnem
  • Kids like A sloping roofline like GLE coipe Legends like a sloping windshield line like the silhouette

    Galactico 999Galactico 999Před 2 dny
  • These were the shit , my buddy had one

    Jito Gee 420Jito Gee 420Před 2 dny
  • Looks like the Toyota Previas distant cousin.

    The cat snail thingThe cat snail thingPřed 2 dny
  • Wait, many many vehicles of all types have that triangle window. My mazda Cx7 has this. Caught me off guard that he said that.

    John RatrayJohn RatrayPřed 2 dny
  • Just discovered this van a couple weeks ago. Saw it pulling into the Walmart parking lot and couldn't believe my eyes! I've temporarily abandoned my quest for a sub 150k mileage 90s station wagon to pursue this unusual beauty!

    Eric HinesEric HinesPřed 3 dny
  • It was called the Vauxhall sintra in the UK and there’s like 15 on the road

    Rubycupid MbRubycupid MbPřed 4 dny
  • On the subject of weird rear light configurations, I always thought the Peugeot 206's single, central, bulbous oval rear fog lamp was really unusual. It looked like it shouldn't be on a real production car.

    Ben JamesBen JamesPřed 4 dny
  • Let's name the car off its worst feature.

    boRn_N_DA_80sboRn_N_DA_80sPřed 5 dny
  • Hey Doug I saw so many silhouettes in Calgary

    Lava mini gun RLava mini gun RPřed 5 dny
  • I wonder what it's drag coefficient is

    hambo747hambo747Před 6 dny
  • Is this the same as a Chevy Lumina?

    Zam1FearZam1FearPřed 7 dny
  • My dad and stepmom had one of these. It was a good car believe it or not lol. I have a bunch of good memories from this minivan.

    IndeclineIndeclinePřed 7 dny
  • I've NEVER heard of the term "dust buster van" before. I was around when these minivans came out and loved them all. My family had a first year Lumina 3.1 Euro and it was awesome. The design is not ugly at all. It was a fresh new look for the future when all other cars were boxy and pathetic.

    RedLP5000SRedLP5000SPřed 7 dny
  • Doesn’t Volvo do the built in car seat?

    iialmonxxiialmonxxPřed 8 dny
  • My parents had a gold 2000 silhouette and for 1999 2000 it was nice. They finally got ride of it 2 years ago

    antfbiantfbiPřed 8 dny
  • I cannot believe I'm watching this. LOL

    Vernon Paige Jr.Vernon Paige Jr.Před 8 dny
  • The first fold flat seats were offered in the 1995 Honda Odyssey.

    Kevin HoffmanKevin HoffmanPřed 9 dny
  • Go search the crash test for these and the generation after this! Fucking scary how garbage these were

    John SmithJohn SmithPřed 10 dny

    HellicksonHellicksonPřed 10 dny
  • i like the styling actually

    media CCmedia CCPřed 10 dny
  • I thought that when you said the seats don't fold down that you were going to say that they do thing that the Metris does where they just slightly tilt forward.

    William ErenhouseWilliam ErenhousePřed 11 dny
  • It’s not wired its catastrophic

    Graham TunnicliffeGraham TunnicliffePřed 11 dny
  • It is not ugly.

    Chris DragottaChris DragottaPřed 12 dny
  • Christ, thought the top of the RV was an AC unit on the van for a minute.

    mynameisraymynameisrayPřed 14 dny
  • I want to keep watching this review but the slow talking and over annunciating is just unbearable.

    Bashel BashBashel BashPřed 15 dny
  • What’s luxurious about that?!??

    Juan Pablo Correia EcheverriaJuan Pablo Correia EcheverriaPřed 15 dny
  • As a child, I hated seeing these vans lol

    Suki Szn.*Suki Szn.*Před 15 dny
  • If I hear about its power sliding door one more time... So help me god 🙏 😂😂

    James DunkleyJames DunkleyPřed 15 dny
  • 21:05 increasing your carbon footprint

    C RC RPřed 16 dny
  • Man it's just something about that early 90s "curves and edges are the answer" that I love

    Preston PetersenPreston PetersenPřed 17 dny
  • The dustbusters were built in Tarrytown NY. The quality was so bad initially but got markedly worse when the workers were told the plant was closing. They kicked in doors and left beer cans in the hollow doors before they put the panels on. Ironically NY state paid to have all the conrail bridged heightened to allow the two level car carriers. And then they told NY state that they were closing the plant after only one year. This plant had THE WORST safety and quality record at the time. The production was moved to Doraville GA for the new model. I had a friend who was in charge of security and told me it was a SCARY place to work. There are now condo complexes overlooking the Hudson river. They did preserve the lighthouse which was off the coast of the plant and they were going to tear it down but the town saved it. These vans were pure crap. As were most of the GM offerings for the time.

    Ann HanoverAnn HanoverPřed 18 dny
  • Here in Uruguay I drive a 2015 Chevrolet Prisma LTZ and it has the 3er brake light similar to this minivan

    Juan VillalbaJuan VillalbaPřed 18 dny
  • I loved these and the aerodynamics

    Bryan McKnightBryan McKnightPřed 18 dny
  • It looks like a renault espace ..

    zanathad shortszanathad shortsPřed 18 dny
  • I suppose the original idea of only one sliding door came from the idea that it’s safer to have the kiddos hopping onto the side walk rather than the street.

    T ANT ANPřed 18 dny
  • 😀😀😀vents blow you from behind

    Ibrahim MohamedIbrahim MohamedPřed 18 dny
  • You can literally find hundreds of cars with triangular windows at the front in the UK, it’s not rare.

    The Pigs Are RebellingThe Pigs Are RebellingPřed 18 dny
  • Hey Doug, a nice touch to your show would be to mention any movies that these classics appeared in at the time. Cheers

    Erik SimmonsErik SimmonsPřed 18 dny
  • I had Chevy Lumina APV 3.8 1993. And loved it very much. Great car!

    David MemarnishviliDavid MemarnishviliPřed 19 dny
  • The fob has a silhouette of the silhouette. The sad part is how long GM sold a version of this under Pontiac and Chevy.... I seem to remember Transports being sold into the 2000s.

    ShaneShanePřed 19 dny
  • I still have one of these in 🇲🇽 and I’ve thought about restoring it to its original brand-new look.

  • the 1998 vauxhall zafira has fold flat seats, only 2 years after that van

    TotalmenteMatiTotalmenteMatiPřed 19 dny
  • We rented one in the early 90s and drove from LA to Barnaby in Vancouver, B.C. We were fully loaded but it had good handling while negotiating the Grant's Pass in Oregon.

    ScooterBob44ScooterBob44Před 20 dny
  • Oh hey, a Lumina!

    JoeyJoeyPřed 20 dny
  • 9:05 solution to this problem that only Toyota was willing to implement with the Previa: Move the engine to the middle of the car. Unfortunately, by solving the problem that way, it created another: it just made engine access a lot harder. You could access the dipstick, but not much else.

    Damilola AkanniDamilola AkanniPřed 21 dnem
  • I can see why that was forgotten about!

    Keeping It FurryKeeping It FurryPřed 21 dnem
  • doug amazing seeing you doing odd cars. also who thought the thumbnail was the to pimp a butterfly

    ozilthebeast moheozilthebeast mohePřed 22 dny
  • Neighbor had one, after 10 years there was only half of it.

    samsamPřed 22 dny
  • 10:10 lots of cars have pointy doors, including my camry. It's a bad design choice. It's actually markedly more pointy and dangerous than the Silhouette front doors.

    Brave LadderBrave LadderPřed 23 dny
  • Зараз Сітроен випускають схожі авто модель С4 Пікассо.

    Данс ТрансДанс ТрансPřed 23 dny
  • Man the sound this van made when it hits the pot hole brought back alot of memories. It used to be normal for GM cars to make that horrible noise. 🤯

    Omar RamirezOmar RamirezPřed 23 dny
  • AND count:417

    MrSomebunnyMrSomebunnyPřed 23 dny
  • Ah the nostalgia I got when you mentioned the Aerostar. My dad owned one growing up, that thing was ✨quirky. I hope you review one some day.

    SquidPlasSquidPlasPřed 23 dny
  • Chilli Palmer said they were the Cadillac of mini vans.🤷‍♂️

    John BrownJohn BrownPřed 23 dny
  • 10:13 Only Americans.

    Zero CoolZero CoolPřed 23 dny
  • Now that you mentioned Ford Aerostar...oh boy.....gaves us a few good years..but well..fords didn't last long in those times. WE used to have a Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4 door..that thing was sweet.

    CharliegoneCharliegonePřed 24 dny
  • Honda Pilot has built in car seat

    RaR RARRaR RARPřed 24 dny
  • The amount of commercials is killing the vibe of the video.

    Henk KokHenk KokPřed 24 dny
  • I think it's a Lotus of minivans.

    Marcin UrbanekMarcin UrbanekPřed 24 dny
  • i remember when i was a kid i used to pronounce the name of this minivan shuwuetty lmao 😁😂😃🤣😄😛 then my babysitter corrected me once when we were at a bowling alley and told me the correct pronounciation haha 😅 i'll never forget it

    TylerTylerPřed 25 dny
  • "It is the Cadillac of minvans." - John Travolta

    Dick ZuckerburgDick ZuckerburgPřed 26 dny
  • Is it particularly unusual? 😁

    Flatch YulenceFlatch YulencePřed 26 dny
  • 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

    Noah PehowicNoah PehowicPřed 26 dny
  • 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” 😂

    Kevin FloresKevin FloresPřed 26 dny
  • Is that a hand vacuum? Is that supposed to be some newfangled van?

    pontiacGXPfanpontiacGXPfanPřed 27 dny
  • No flooring???

    FROYFROYPřed 27 dny
  • i love these vans!

    catlover 2345catlover 2345Před 28 dny
  • Haven't seen one in many years on the road.

    Tom JonesTom JonesPřed 28 dny
  • 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.

    Wolf SmithWolf SmithPřed 28 dny
  • Doug was probably conceived in a Silhouette.

    T B KT B KPřed 28 dny
  • I remember my little brother we see these GM vans and he would sat there are those futuristic cars lol 😂

    Anthony StrunkAnthony StrunkPřed 28 dny
  • Lol my mom had one brand new it felt like a spaceship to drive

    majinblack27majinblack27Před 29 dny
  • so nobody is talking about the no parking sign lol

    Mills Makes on MinecraftMills Makes on MinecraftPřed 29 dny
  • Every european minivan looks like this

    krnekej2000krnekej2000Před 29 dny
  • what tires size are those?

    Sabrocina Te CocinaSabrocina Te CocinaPřed 29 dny
  • YUK!!! That piece of junk hasn't been cleaned for years!!!

    Beun007Beun007Před 29 dny
  • This makes me extremely uncomfortable for no reason

    AMV AggieAMV AggiePřed měsícem
  • Doug is the type of guy to cry after sex

    Luxury Auto MallLuxury Auto MallPřed měsícem
  • 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).

    Heelix RanierHeelix RanierPřed měsícem
  • Ngl I want one so bad

    Moto KotoMoto KotoPřed měsícem
  • The police vehicle of the future in most futuristic movies of the early 90's.

    Max D.Max D.Před měsícem
  • 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.

    fullyloaded onefullyloaded onePřed měsícem
  • Doug is the type of guy to spend four minutes talking about one specific door

    Bandguy MichaelBandguy MichaelPřed měsícem
  • My dad has a brown one.

    Amber DeanAmber DeanPřed měsícem
  • Why are some of the rear passenger seats cloth? Were they replaced or did it come like this?

    Al C.Al C.Před měsícem
  • 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.

    valk pediavalk pediaPřed měsícem
  • It’s indeed a pioneer van

    Michael LMichael LPřed měsícem
  • Sillouhett:is vibing, ........doug: the sillouhett is ugly and poor quality,.....silllouhett :

    Joshua McpeekJoshua McpeekPřed měsícem
  • Jumped a green one over train tracks at about 80 , rolled it about 10 times. Walked away

    Eric KimmyEric KimmyPřed měsícem
  • 3:07 “A perfect diagram of the Silhouette,” Don’t you mean a perfect *silhouette* of the Silhouette?

    ms_enjms_enjPřed měsícem
  • 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 least in Europe

    Per AnderssonPer AnderssonPřed měsícem
  • This is what I picture Matt Foley living in....down by the river.

    BMTBMTPřed měsícem
  • my freinds grandmother had one

    Rob StarkRob StarkPřed měsícem