The Oldsmobile Silhouette Was a Really Weird Luxury Minivan

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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11 févr. 2020




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Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro Il y a 6 jours
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.
ilyketyorwy Il y a jour
@wikiih our old "North American" cars from the 60's commonly had them. They are making a comeback here now. My 2016 FRS has small triangular windows in the front. Part of the reason why I bought it. Caracter.
Jason Hitzert
Jason Hitzert Il y a jour
Thematically you could say that neither sucked nearly as bad as you would have thought.
unixsteven Il y a jour
Built in car seat was not safe
Harshith Sadhana
Harshith Sadhana Il y a jour
i wish this van vector w8 is again created in future but powered by insane rocket booster engine s like movies show.
wikiih Il y a jour
Doug:“Giant triangular windows... no other car has this!” Me: “what?? oh, North Americans don’t know about Citroen and its Grand C4 Picasso. I get it now”
S B Il y a 10 heures
11:54 no, they had at least 3 versions of the van and the cheapest way for them to make them all look different was to have this one look like all windows so it wouldn't look like the other.
CanadaMotoRallies Il y a 10 heures
The one thing I remember most about these vans is that the centre of the drivers seat and the centre line of the steering wheel about about 4" off of each other. Just imagine driving with the steering wheel a full 4" to the right of where it should be.
The Brain
The Brain Il y a 11 heures
People these days claim they need their mini van to do 0-60 in 8 seconds to be "adequate" power. I had my 1993 Eurovan with 109hp and never had an issue driving around town. Pulled the van just fine
The Brain
The Brain Il y a 11 heures
Unfortunately, my 2016 Scion tC has the third brake light mounted WAY below the side lights (6 inches off of the ground). This isn't safe. My 2012 tC didn't have this design.
Hunter Glass
Hunter Glass Il y a 11 heures
During the Beltway Sniper situation was going on, my truck was in the shop so they let me borrow one of these. So I’m trying to get things done driving around as a white man, bald, in a white van ( the FBI Profile of the shooter). I got stopped 3 times that day. I actually liked the van. It was well kept and drove as good as a van does.
Hammer Il y a 11 heures
Okay Doug so the third cubbyhole that's on the ceiling is for tissues. Those rear seats that you said weren't foldable, those were actually foldable because they had built-in cup holders. I used to work at the Pontiac plant in Tarrytown New York before they moved. And then later on in a garage and all these three dustbuster vans as you call them were junk. By the way I've never heard that term dustbuster van before. It must have been a regional thing. I wanted to add putting a state inspection sticker on those windows we're nearly impossible. Most of us just put it on that small triangle window.
Guido Sarduci
Guido Sarduci Il y a 11 heures
This was awesome to watch. Thanks!
ADP Il y a 11 heures
Also the dash is peeling up also due to all the years in the hot sun.
Geri Giannetti
Geri Giannetti Il y a 12 heures
I really like this Van, it's original and aerodinamic. I love the Lumina APV.
A-a-ron Il y a 12 heures
My family used to have one. Unfortunately ours doesn't have automatic door and we can't close it manually either. So we would get everyone in the van and hit the gas and stomp on the brake to close the sliding door 😂🤣😂
Bearcade Il y a 12 heures
My friends parents had an old Lumina APV when we were in high school. Called it the spaceship.
MegaThunder70 Il y a 12 heures
6:38 my former neighbor had an 02 ols silhouette and it did the same thing frigging annoying
russell perez
russell perez Il y a 13 heures
The engineers of this van just stole this design from one of the kids in middle school shop class.
red headed stepchild
red headed stepchild Il y a 13 heures
This guy is a bedwetter. Babbling fool. He gives a nice detailed overview of this van .... then goes on to ruin everything with his inane babbling.. He missed the point of it all. Hey , dweeb : you cant compare an '80s mini van with todays products. FFS
Nicholas Smith
Nicholas Smith Il y a 13 heures
NHTSA struck down that child seat pretty quickly. They proved to be dangerous and new regulations were put forth to ensure no car ever had built-in seats ever again.
Walbert Marrero
Walbert Marrero Il y a 13 heures
My parents had one of these ... I kind of felt embarrassed everytime they picked me up in it lmao
red headed stepchild
red headed stepchild Il y a 13 heures
Wow ... you had parents that actually came and picked up your lame, ungrateful azz from some failed project you were involved with?? Pretty lucky. I hope you have thanked them for putting up with you all these years. PS : they were embarrassed to have to pick you up.
Big JJ
Big JJ Il y a 13 heures
I dove a high school cross country team around in this van for 3 years. Great for hauling a bunch of teenagers.
lugiasean19 Il y a 13 heures
I have grey leather silhouette seats, not in good condition though.
lugiasean19 Il y a 13 heures
I’ve never hit my head on that door
red headed stepchild
red headed stepchild Il y a 13 heures
No one ever did .... except this nit-wit. Isnt it obvious he has hit his head , more than once? Sheeeesh ,,, what a dooosh.
truckr74 Il y a 13 heures
GM’s biggest mistake was killing off Oldsmobile.
TheCarSection TheCarSection
2002 oldsmobile silhouette looks way better
lugiasean19 Il y a 13 heures
I currently own and drive a 91 Oldsmobile silhouette. I drive it to work every day. It’s grey and grey interior.
Esat'ın Maceraları
Esat'ın Maceraları Il y a 13 heures
i was going to pass, but your favorite? i cant go over it.
DexMaster881 Il y a 13 heures
4:50 Because Most of the world doesn't invade other countries so Most family's Usually have 1 car. Call it redundancy.
Guy Sirius
Guy Sirius Il y a 14 heures
chrysler lebaron video please
Matthew Casey
Matthew Casey Il y a 14 heures
I always thought silhouette, lumina, and trans sports looked like shuttle craft from Star Trek TNG.
tipton tallent
tipton tallent Il y a 14 heures
looks like the space suttle
Winnie Liu
Winnie Liu Il y a 14 heures
12:49 No the Toyota Previa has those stupid triangle pieces too
TestTubeBabySpy Il y a 14 heures
Oddly enough, the only reason I remember this van is my moms friend had one. We were going to Six Flags and we had some sandwiches in a grocery bag. I took the last sandwich and I let the bag go. My moms friend who was driving had her window open and the bag caught the wind and wrapped itself around her face while she was driving on the expressway.. She tried 3 times to pull it off and she freaked out almost killed us all. All I remember was feeling bad...and her muffled screams 🤣
Martin D A
Martin D A Il y a 14 heures
'No other van has these'...You really oughta visit France...
Martin D A
Martin D A Il y a 14 heures
Renault Espace 1984...
Tuukka Salmi
Tuukka Salmi Il y a 15 heures
Our 1997 volvo 940 has flat foldind seats
Lanciarules Il y a 16 heures
The Only time that Doug use the right side to go to the back seats, and Just because he Is obliged...
Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy Il y a 17 heures
It's beautiful for an mpvs, no idea why you think it's ugly?!
red headed stepchild
red headed stepchild Il y a 13 heures
He a moron. CLICKBAIT Thgumbs down
Aviation Direction
Aviation Direction Il y a 17 heures
21:05 great exhaust polluting California
Kathleen Smith
Kathleen Smith Il y a 17 heures does he not have a “Quirks & Features” shirt /merch on his “DougStore”
scatcom6 Il y a 17 heures
I worked at a car rental company in the mid 90s that rented these things, and.. YES ..I hit my head many times on the door. We hated them. I cant stress that enough. We HATED them.
red headed stepchild
red headed stepchild Il y a 13 heures
You were washing cars for them and couldnt figure it out? FFS ..... dang bubba , you are are thick.
Neil Hale
Neil Hale Il y a 18 heures
Looks like a Star Trek:TNG shuttle.
MoparFam 300C
MoparFam 300C Il y a 18 heures
For some reason... it looks like it's going fast like a cartoon show while parked 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
coolwhip455 Il y a 18 heures
This isn't a 1994 Toyota Celica which means its a pile of garbage and an endless money pit. Well at least according to a certain FRvidr who shall remain anonymous.
Stefan Frisk
Stefan Frisk Il y a 18 heures
Nick Il y a 18 heures
What I love more than doug reviewing old 80's / 90's vehicles is he calls it like it was in their time periods absolute garbage unlike those trendy douche bag from radwood that claim they're kewl just because they're old and now "rare" (for a good reason). #doubleflamesuiton
HWB ZALPACH Il y a 18 heures
i loved it as a child, seeing it in the streets of 90's Moscow. and i still think it is a pretty minivan, with a special charm. not ugly.
Jony Terant
Jony Terant Il y a 19 heures
A 1st gen nissan murano review would be interesting
Milo the weekend Guy
Milo the weekend Guy Il y a 19 heures
That doesn’t look very safe lol
red headed stepchild
red headed stepchild Il y a 12 heures
Stay home , hide in the closet.
paxwallacejazz Il y a 19 heures
At 60, 25yrs ain't so long ago.
Bart Meijer
Bart Meijer Il y a 19 heures
Closing the Hood.. Slam!
Matthew Caughey
Matthew Caughey Il y a 19 heures
And if somebody busted ass in that van those vent windows did not evacuate the stench very quickly and in some cases it reeked so bad you had your shirt around your nose for half an hour or more till it finally disapated
Obywatel Cane
Obywatel Cane Il y a 19 heures
European vans in civilian versions also usually only had one sliding door on the passenger side. Police had mostly on both sides. If there is an old van repainted a long time ago this is the easiest way to tell whether it is ex-police or civilian.
Obywatel Cane
Obywatel Cane Il y a 19 heures
I haven't seen such a van in traffic for a long time. It's a real youngtimer. Last chance to buy relatively cheap and in good condition. From the first or second owner.
Roxas The Nobody
Roxas The Nobody Il y a 20 heures
It reminds me of something you'd see at epcot or some other Disney park.
Thomas Il y a 20 heures
I wonder if the vents behind the head were more for window defrosting than to blow air on the driver and passengers
Obywatel Cane
Obywatel Cane Il y a 20 heures
Skoda Roomster has similarly shaped windows ;-)
dindog22 Il y a 20 heures
the Dustbuster van
wopalongcassidy Il y a 20 heures
It has terrible frontal collision ratings. The roof collapses above the wedged/pointy front doors.
enigmaPL Il y a 20 heures
I'll be honest, I actually like the idea of just one rear sliding door in a minivan. I've liked it since I was a kid, because as a kid, it felt more cozy and safe that there was only 1 opening to the cold, outside world, while you could tuck into the other insulated side, like an animal finding a corner to sit in. lol
Micael De Matos
Micael De Matos Il y a 20 heures
The Renault Espace has the trianglar windows in the front also.
vortex9232 Il y a 20 heures
Beretta headlights. Pontiac Grand Prix climate controls. Lots of shopping from gm parts bins when this was put together
Marco Fazio
Marco Fazio Il y a 20 heures
I had one. The most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. It never failed. 349k miles. It once overheated and the gauge said it was over 280 degrees. It still drove 18 miles to my home and it burned oil. The fuel door had a nest of hornets in it. Some thieves tried to steal petrol and I heard shouting and ran outside as men were rolling in the ground screaming in pain. It was so sad yet so hilarious I couldn't help but laugh. We called it the space shuttle. I slept in it many times and it was very comfortable.