The Oldsmobile Silhouette is a four-door seven-passenger minivan. The original Silhouette came on the market in 1989 as a 1990 model. It arrived at a similar time to its two sister vans, the Pontiac Trans Sport, which then became the Pontiac Montana and the Chevrolet Lumina APV, which later became the Chevrolet Venture. Over the next 15 years there were many changes for both the first and second generation.
The second-generation vehicle was fully redesigned for 1996. In the first year there were several trim levels, the base model (which didn't last long), the GL, and the GLS trim. In 1999 the Premiere trim were added. In 1998, the vehicle had a VCR with an overhead LCD screen for the passengers in the back seats. In 1999, the GLS trim was discontinued, whereas the other three carried on until the Oldsmobile line was discontinued in 2004. In 2001, the Oldsmobile Silhouette received a minor exterior upgrade that included a new stowable third-row seat and revised video system. By 2003, there is traction control standard on all front-drive versions. The GL model also receives bigger wheels. For the last year of production there was Collector's edition badging, wheels, and embroidery available.
Under the hood of the 2004 Oldsmobile is a 3.4 L V6 engine that is paired to GM’s four-speed automatic transmission. This being one of the smoothest and most responsive transmissions around.
The EPA fuel economy rating for the Silhouette 2WD minivan is 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
The interior of the minivan is excellent. The driver has a good view of the road and a comfortable driving seat. The passenger have loads of space with enough cargo room to satisfy most consumers’ needs. The center console and dashboard have easily accessible knobs. The gauges are large, easy to see, and easy to read. There are many small cubbyholes throughout the interior allowing good storage space for little things like maps and coffee cups. The Silhouette offers a comfortable ride with efficient and responsive drivability.
Oldsmobile Silhouette Features and Options
The Oldsmobile Silhouette was considered to be a luxury minivan and carried many features as standard equipment that was considered optional by the competition.
Some of these features include privacy tinted glass on the rear and side windows, fixed rear window with defogger, roof rails, remote control operation of rear window, luxury wood grain trim in the interior, air conditioning with rear outlet, RDS audio system with AM/FM, CD player and cassette, coming home device, compass, and even a computer showing average speed, fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for the remaining fuel in the tank. Also included is cruise control, display screen single rear middle, external temperature gauge, bucket heated electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seat. Both of these seats have height adjustment, floor and tilt adjustment. Also included as standard equipment are parking distance sensors for rear and radar, remote power locks including the trunk or hatch, power steering, front power windows, and also rear heating and rear air conditioning.
Oldsmobile Silhouette Safety
The Oldsmobile Silhouette comes fully loaded with safety features like four-wheel ABS brakes, traction control, daytime running lights, adjustable upper belts for both the front and rear occupants, child seat lower anchorage, pretensioner, integrated safety belt, side front airbags, rear seat head restraint, anti-theft features, head injury protection and even an energy management feature.
In the government crash tests, the Silhouette received a four star rating for both the driver and passenger in the frontal crash tests. In the side impact tests, the driver received a five star rating and the passenger received a four star rating.