2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette - GLS FWD
Pros: Outstanding sound system, handles well, lots of options.
Cons: Engine needs more horse power,torque and better milage.
Advice: Look at Ford. Chrysler still has Transmission problems.I've owned 2 Dodge Grand Minivans, 3.3L and the 3.8L engine, 27 mpg highway both engines. Both engines outperformed the 3.4L Olds in all areas. At 8K mi. this 2003 Silhouette GLS 3.4L V6 gets 18 mpg. city, 22 mpg. Highway, with or without cruise control on. With 4 adult passenagers it lacks power on hills and for passing. It's loaded with about everything but a DVD player. Even with the towing package, including self adjusting rear shocks, my friend at the Transmission shops warns me he won't tow anything with it. Considering the lack of power I would agree. That would really work the drive train. Front cup holder blocks access to some controls. Third row seat is hard to get to. Have not had to return to dealer for problems. Aquired this van in an estate sale, had 1.5k miles. Over all looks and features are good but I don't think they are any more outstanding than other U.S. built Van in this price range.
2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette - GLS FWD
Pros: Great Gas Mileage for the size.
Cons: Needs a tread on the bumper - gets scratched too easily taking cargo out.
Advice: Get the GLS packageGreat value. Feature rich vehicle. Very luxurious interior. Backup sensors are a must for a van like this. My wife is an amputee (sans her left arm), the automatic side door is very helpful when handling kids. Gets awesome mileage. We get about 20-23 around town and 28-32 highway. Looked at the Nissan and Honda - couldn't justify the high price for limited value. The Venture is a cheapened version of the same. Too bad GM is shutting Olds down.