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The Oldsmobile Silhouette Was a Really Weird Luxury Minivan

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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 Il y a mois
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.
WC Hopkins
WC Hopkins Il y a 5 jours
Ever.
Agastya Nadadhur
Agastya Nadadhur Il y a 5 jours
And what about the Porsche Carrera GT?
William Dixon
William Dixon Il y a 24 jours
@Spencer Hola Doug's reviews= guilty pleasure, like 80's club tunes. Would not let the wife know.
Eric M
Eric M Il y a 24 jours
I know you love weird reviews. I think you should find an early 2000's Mitsubushi Montero to review!!! Like, what happened to it anyways? They still sell the thing in other markets.
Joseph Pae
Joseph Pae Il y a 28 jours
Doug DeMuro you are the greatest man
Daniel A
Daniel A Il y a 2 heures
I can smell the inside of this car though the screen
Walter Fielding
Walter Fielding Il y a 2 heures
I can already see the Clinton/Gore sticker on the back bumper and the Beanie Babies scattered in the back seat. Meanwhile in the front an assortment Nirvana, Green Day, and Britney Spears.
Terrence Abate
Terrence Abate Il y a 6 heures
four ads? c'mon......
Peter Samuel
Peter Samuel Il y a 6 heures
the original cybertruck
Lucas W
Lucas W Il y a 9 heures
I borrowed this vehicle from a 48 year old Mexican woman who cleans hotel rooms and has 28 children
Niles Henke
Niles Henke Il y a 10 heures
Too many ads to watch your videos
Jeff Nelson
Jeff Nelson Il y a 10 heures
I'd love to see you review the Toyota Van from the 1980's. They even put an ice maker in the 1984 version
F-4 Phantom II
F-4 Phantom II Il y a 11 heures
Can someone tell Tyler Hoover of Hoovies Garage to buy an Oldsmobile Silhouette?
concubicycle
concubicycle Il y a 12 heures
That's so ugly for the 90s
The Pigs Are Rebelling
The Pigs Are Rebelling Il y a 15 heures
8:07 is that the picture from the IIHS website
Eric Capostagno
Eric Capostagno Il y a 15 heures
"incredibly rare" Not even Trump has said such a false statement.
The Pigs Are Rebelling
The Pigs Are Rebelling Il y a 15 heures
I was so glad that a Pontiac Trans Sport of that era was used in Zombieland Double Tap
7Andy77
7Andy77 Il y a 15 heures
This car is awesome. I would enjoying driving one
Ian Holden
Ian Holden Il y a 15 heures
Still love the reviews on the older cars :) but far my favorite!
PupPlementary PupPlements
why do you have this condescending tone to your voice I find it incredibly disrespectful to the people who put so much work into this
helterskelter416
helterskelter416 Il y a jour
that was like my favorite minivan when i was a kid in the 90s, and the pontiac version too.
JUSTIN NICHOLLS
JUSTIN NICHOLLS Il y a jour
childhood family car lol
Cass Carter
Cass Carter Il y a jour
My aunt had one of these when I was a teen, and I thought the thing looked like a Star Trek shuttle.
Tessa Broughman
Tessa Broughman Il y a jour
ok you lost me at weak powertrain, is has a GM 3800 series, one of the best engines gm ever made. Clearly dont know what youre talking about to ill stop watching now.
largol33t1
largol33t1 Il y a jour
Doug, for some reason, GM never openly advertised the power sliding door feature on this. I don't know why but had they made it the MAIN reason to consider their vans, I think the Silhouette and its sisters would have sold better. And another issue with this van was the front bumper was impossible to see from the driver seat so it was tricky for a mom with 2 screaming kids to park when picking them up from school. However, in my city, it did sell well under the Chevy and Pontiac badges. The Olds version was the rarest of the three. And for a vehicle that is over 20 years old, I'm impressed that the sliding door still works both by pulling the handle and pressing the key fob. I thought that it would have failed a long time ago. PS your criticism of the windows only popping out an inch is unfair. My parents have driven a 2017 Honda minivan and it had the same type of pop-open windows. You couldn't roll down the sides either while its rival Chrysler had roll down windows.
Jensen Prach
Jensen Prach Il y a jour
quirks and features, quirks and features, quirks and features. I've heard that for so long
philippeimac
philippeimac Il y a jour
Doug: some answers to your questions come from France: GM was late and distanced in vans sales by Chrysler so GM simply copied the best seller in Europe that was the Renault Espace and this is why both cars external design have similarities: the windshied with lateral triangle windows for example. On the top of that for the seats modularity, GM simply bought the rights to use the same system used in the Renault Espace under licence. Here in France, in he Espace you could reverse the individual seats and the front seats were rotating as well. Like you can see on the back of the seats, there are roudn marks to hold cups in place: when you flip a seat you get a mini table. Despite almost noone use those functionalities all Renault Espace had them and then as the Pontiac Transport as well as it used exactly the same system.
itsme123669
itsme123669 Il y a jour
I believe that furthest back compartment on the ceiling is a CD holder.
Robert Bennett
Robert Bennett Il y a jour
Does the crash test rating the same as the 2000 version
Chuck Finley
Chuck Finley Il y a jour
My Oldsmobile 93 Cutluss Cruser is still going strong.
Adam Muhammad Nadzir
The Hyundai Veloster among 1990s minivans besides the Toyota Previa.
urbansustainability
urbansustainability Il y a 2 jours
How is a square in a square not integrated? I would kill to have so many buttons in a new car today.
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This GM design was about the ugliest, most visually offensive line of cars yet to come out of GM's bottomless pit of automotive vomit. In their day, these were known as Anteater Vans with creepy, crawling neon caterpillars for tail lights. How about a review on a subject you consider flawless and in really good taste, like the 1984 Yugo? Anything but this modern flotsam you keep attaching legendary attributes to, PLEASE!
Recyclops
Recyclops Il y a 2 jours
The rear looks like old airplane seats
Larry Boysen
Larry Boysen Il y a 2 jours
90's repeat of the 1935-36 Chrysler Airflows!? Reminds me of a Beachcraft cockpit!
sukh singh
sukh singh Il y a 2 jours
Side front window looks like you are a fighter pilot
Blazing Curve
Blazing Curve Il y a 2 jours
My dad had one of these. It was pretty damn reliable. Had it for awhile.
Mxniie
Mxniie Il y a 2 jours
dang my wifi sucks.
How to win. Facts.
How to win. Facts. Il y a 2 jours
Wack yo head. All I recall
datrux
datrux Il y a 2 jours
The built in kids carseat is a good idea.
Tomas Tamošiūnas
Tomas Tamošiūnas Il y a 2 jours
4:48 umm no... seat alhambra, ford galaxy, volkswagen sharan has this feature too. First and second gen, idk about third
Curbjaw
Curbjaw Il y a 2 jours
As soon as you said rare I was like "Yeaaaah those things were juuuuunk". We had bought a low mileage used one, and the first trip into the mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky, blew the engine. Went to see about getting an engine swap, and it was SO expensive because they have to take the body off to get the engine out. There was a saying at my old factory job, give an engineer a great idea, and they'll find a way to ruin it.
tlarson91119
tlarson91119 Il y a 2 jours
I forgot about this vehicle. My Dad bought one of these when I was just a kid and we had it for a little while before it ended up being sold. I dont even think we had it that long because I barely remember it. The vertical tail lights just stick out to me and that's what I remember mostly about it.
T. T99
T. T99 Il y a 2 jours
Relative to the Tesla cyber truck
Francisco Fernandes
Francisco Fernandes Il y a 3 jours
How about doing a review on a 1987-93 mustang?
Tomaž Šuštar
Tomaž Šuštar Il y a 3 jours
12:53 Doug, you parking guru!
Dan Rust
Dan Rust Il y a 3 jours
I love the built in carseats - great idea that mom's today would still love. But i can see the hesitancy from auto makers, seeing how every year the previous year carseats and baby carriers/cribs always seem to be recalled over safety issues. And on the styling standpoint, the sloping front end has come back - look at Tesla's SUV and Truck!!! At the end of your video you said that General Motors never really recovered their van market after the Chrysler van came out - and that is so true!! The Grand Caravan is still on the market, and the Town & Country was replaced with the new Pacifica. I think the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are probably more popular but the FCA van products are still selling relatively strong in their segment! RIP to the van segments of the past, I'm sure we will see them again in another 20 years! lol
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The way GM is going, they may not even be here in twenty years.
Pat Ball
Pat Ball Il y a 3 jours
Man I love the olds eighty eight.
RINGS dhat
RINGS dhat Il y a 3 jours
Is this car awd or fwd
CamdenBloke
CamdenBloke Il y a 3 jours
My mom's Pontiac Montana (minivan) had a power sliding door. I found it really annoying. It was also only on one side. The one my parents had, in the back seat driver's side, besides the air/heat there was also a control for the stereo with headphone ports. If the rest of the car was in cassette mode, I could control the radio and listen through headphone ports and vice versa. It was weird if I was listening to the radio in the back on a road trip and suddenly the channel would change because my parents had switched to the radio and decided to switch stations.
EMTOHIO
EMTOHIO Il y a 3 jours
I thought I would add a bonus, to your video regarding the Child Seat. On a Modern Ambulance the Back seat next to the Front Radio Section, Known as the Captains Chair, Typically has a Built in Child's Seat. Much like this old van. Very Helpful when you have a Sick mom or dad and they have a small child that need to be transported with the patient. You can place the child there in a secure seat and have them out of the way and secure when caring for there parent in the stretcher.
Ernesto Paz
Ernesto Paz Il y a 3 jours
My family used to have one of these lol the door fell off in traffic once
Mohammed Khaleel
Mohammed Khaleel Il y a 3 jours
This car was amazing back in the day... we had one and loved it...
IndeedBeni
IndeedBeni Il y a 3 jours
I remember thinking this car did look cool and futuristic when i was about 7.
Calypso Ellingson
Calypso Ellingson Il y a 4 jours
There’s a lot of these around where I live
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That's why housing is so cheap.
Austin Martín Hernández
It's the ugliest minivan I've ever seen before.
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Fortunately, you're not alone. Most of America agrees with you.
Manish Patel
Manish Patel Il y a 4 jours
Volvo offers a built in car seat.
villegas24
villegas24 Il y a 4 jours
All these weird 90s american cars are basically my childhood.
Darth News
Darth News Il y a 4 jours
If doug were a car salesman back in 1990, he would've sold the shit out this. They would still be a company.
Darth News
Darth News Il y a 2 jours
@Make America Great Again - DUMP TRUMP! Goddammit. Why is everyone taking things so literally these days 🤦‍♂️
Make America Great Again - DUMP TRUMP!
Oldsmobile was not a company. It was a division of General Motors.
keithc728
keithc728 Il y a 4 jours
The dust buster of the car world
coleman deitz
coleman deitz Il y a 4 jours
It was a thrown together van that GM did to try to copy Chrysler and it was junk my parents friends had one and stuff just fell off of it like door handles and body trim. Compared to Chrysler or was junk sorry but it was But I did like your video it was cool to see that old van again
coleman deitz
coleman deitz Il y a 4 jours
My parents had a 1995 Plymouth voyager mini van that had the child seats built into the second row seat. Also Chrysler offered power sliding door as well I do believe
Stormrider
Stormrider Il y a 5 jours
I’m still waiting for the “luxury” part that this involved.
PlayboiPedro
PlayboiPedro Il y a 5 jours
Kids these days don’t remember when the back windows didn’t open
Captain Geronimo Clawz
Captain Geronimo Clawz Il y a 5 jours
Doug said "Most of these vans have fallen apart over the years" That is really true.
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As these dreadful excuses for an automobile died out, property values began to return to what they had been before this trash littered the highways. Same thing happened with that POS Cube car from Japan.
Joe Cole
Joe Cole Il y a 5 jours
Did Doug suffer a stroke or something? Why does he talk so slowly in his videos now?
Dio Sadplzno
Dio Sadplzno Il y a 5 jours
My parents have a pontiac transport and gave it to me when i got my drivers license here in Finland. Me and my friend call it the partybus and spaceshuttle. Even thou it looks funny its a really nice car.
Stuart Aaron
Stuart Aaron Il y a 5 jours
One of the GM "dust buster" minivans.
Sabina Sztymonova
Sabina Sztymonova Il y a 5 jours
Check the smoke coming out of the car at 21:04
Savana Moon
Savana Moon Il y a 5 jours
We had one of these when I was a kid. It was a POS
Elsa Diamond
Elsa Diamond Il y a 5 jours
That is the ugliest car I've ever seen in my life. Who designed that?!
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Probably the same dork who designed the 1961 Plymouth, the 1949 Nash and the Japanese Cube.
70Kenny
70Kenny Il y a 5 jours
I used to call this the “Oldsmobubble.”
mistier
mistier Il y a 5 jours
I see Bravadas and Aleros everywhere in my small town. They're decent vehicles apparently.
mistier
mistier Il y a 2 jours
@Hakeem Sd70M Real good engine! Now's definitely the time to buy a car since prices are likely gonna drop
Hakeem Sd70M
Hakeem Sd70M Il y a 2 jours
@mistier Absolutely! I'll be llooking for a 1997-2005 Park Avenue very soon with the legendary 3800 V6, some good ol' Detroit Iron!
mistier
mistier Il y a 3 jours
@Hakeem Sd70M Definitely! GM made some good vehicles.
Hakeem Sd70M
Hakeem Sd70M Il y a 3 jours
You're right, GM vehicles from this era were pretty reliable. It's just silly import-car fanboys that say otherwise.
Marcus Svean Flaten
Marcus Svean Flaten Il y a 5 jours
plastic de Luxe
DWDrummer
DWDrummer Il y a 6 jours
Hold on dude... your scores saying that this car has the same amount of features as the Mercedes Benz Metris?
Remorseless One
Remorseless One Il y a 6 jours
I like Doug’s reviews. That being said, Doug is fucking annoying.
Logan P.
Logan P. Il y a 6 jours
This should be preserved for the future because it's just so weird and needs to be remembered.
SupraGuy2jzgte
SupraGuy2jzgte Il y a 6 jours
Ahhhh my first car lol I was embarrassed whenever I drove it but it got me back and forth to my first job at a call center with no issues lol
Angel Hernandez
Angel Hernandez Il y a 6 jours
You are a clown...😂😂😂👍
David G
David G Il y a 7 jours
All those GM minivans were weird.
John Lee
John Lee Il y a 7 jours
Somebody please tell me the difference between this car and the other 2 he mentions in the beginning (Chevy Lumina and Pontiac Transport) and fill me in why this was mocked the dust buster but the others weren’t!!!! I honestly see no difference haha
Al Moreno
Al Moreno Il y a 7 jours
Please keep beginning your videos with “Thisss...is the so and so...It makes my day quite frankly! Lol
Bush Pilot
Bush Pilot Il y a 7 jours
I had a Chevy Lumina for 10 years and I loved it. It was easy to drive and I never had any problems with this magnificent engine.. Yes I changed the spark plugs once and the water pump but that was it in ten years. my family loved it too.... really good minivan.
Hasaan Wright
Hasaan Wright Il y a 7 jours
That car seat feature is something they should bring back in cars
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