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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    1. Doug DeMuro

      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.

      1. Justin Jordan

        Doug I would love a review of the DeTomaso Pantera

      2. daniel bohorquez

        the las roof compartment is for CDs the s10 deluxe 4x4 93 blazer has the exact same thing, my father had one and it is til this day one of the best cars he ever had

      3. The Flags that Flew

        Doug DeMuro make a video about jeep renegade please.

      4. The Kombinator

        review my 1999 Daewoo Matiz already. Only one in North America. I also have a Hyundai Pony.

      5. Mechotronic

        Older F150s had that door point too, arrrrrrghhh that bastard hurts.

    2. Kipp Miller

      90’s Buick lesabres had the non functional side windows on the front.

    3. sir

      This is the time I will stop saying this

    4. Larry Meade

      I love my space ship van I have the 1994 Pontiac transport with the 3.1 liter v6 I had it since 2003 it still runs great it out lasted my 2004 Ford explorer

    5. Magnoler Riccardo

      in Italy it was sold under the Pontiac brand

    6. Edward Garcia

      0:22 completely forgotten ?? I didn’t even know it existed.

    7. Hunter Heath

      No car makers put child seats in cars these days. Volvo am I a joke to you

    8. Alan Rogers

      The Oldsmobile Silhouette, the Chevrolet Lumina, and the Pontiac Trans-port were basically triplet designs with some maker specific features. The concept was a wonderful design for Pontiac which got "GM'd", [reaf "cheapened"], into what you could buy. It started out as a feature-complete offering, but by the time they were on the sales floors, they had been stripped of everything cool, which left a hint of the original design.

    9. Frank Rizzo

      Turd!

    10. Alan Rogers

      My cousins from Cleveland, Ohio had TWO of them. A HIS and a HERS. [His was red, hers was white.]

    11. Gryf Ketcherside

      Say what you like about the front end, it looks a lot like a Japanese Bullet Train, and that’s not a bad thing.

    12. Phil Howard

      I had one in the 90s

    13. hockeyzythebest

      I'll buy it. Here's $100.00

    14. Schizy Moonstar

      Yesss the dustbuster vans

    15. Roger Skagerström

      Discount Renault Espace :P

    16. Lewis Lack

      The auto sliding door I first experienced was on a Honda Stepwagon - a Japanese Domestic market vehicle that didn't get exported to the US or UK. But I have one and it is a great door system.. until it goes wrong! Yes I have fixed one. :)

    17. Noukz

      I truly hope someone does an EV conversion on one of these, I'd be even more giddy about it than Doug was here :-)

    18. Matthew L'Herault

      My wife's 95 Ford Windstar has the built in car seats

    19. Matthew L'Herault

      In the 90s minivans had only one sliding door

    20. Jason Novak

      I cant believe this car's video has gotten 1 million + views in less than 10 days...

    21. Darren Embry

      GMC took a similar stylistic approach to the front end of this thing with city transit buses (the RTS) and motorhomes in the 1970s! It simply cannot be improved upon.

    22. Corgi Pop

      My mom, who had no opinions of cars. She felt that her 1988 Dodge Grand Caravan was a "better" car than her 2001 Jaguar and said she should have kept it until she died.... Given those beliefs, she still cringed every time she saw this Olds or the similar Chevy and proclaimed that they looked like Ant Eaters.

    23. Timothy Bess

      If these things had side-mounted engines, they'd look like the shuttlecraft from Star Trek TNG.

    24. Brandon the Mainline Diesel

      Hey Doug! Go overseas and review an Odyssey Absolute! That'll be epic.

    25. Mark Webster

      Ugly... speak for yourself bud. It’s perfectly 90’s. Drove this beast all the way till 2008. I’m no GM fan but it was a pretty great van.

    26. Brandon the Mainline Diesel

      My dad had the second generation! Much better than this version.

    27. Youssef Mrabet

      I think Volvo offers (or at least offered) optional child seats or as they call it “booster cushion"... But it fits only older children!

    28. Rob Ignatov

      We had a Lumina which I rolled onto its roof. It held up great. We then bought a Pontic Transport which had the 3.4 litre. It was much nicer and looked nice. They were much more comfortable than any Dodge/Chrysler minivan I drove from that era. Plus you forgot the tell people they were Fiberglas sand never rusted like the other minivans.

    29. Log Cabin Man

      I wanted one so bad in the 90s!!!! They are cool!!!!

    30. Erdem Enveroglu

      İt's a europeans popular trend setter van Espace's big copy. But I like quirky cars.

    31. dalesworld

      Capatin Picard did the voiceover for the TV commercial. Wait - that was the Pontiac Transport - which is the same thing.

    32. john gotti

      When you think what kind of car would suit doug this is it! 😂😂

    33. Ahsan Ahmed

      Literally parks in front of no parking 🤣🤣😂

    34. Red Mustang 1976

      Makes me think about those European minivans like the Renault Espace or Renault Scenic.

    35. Paul Bowland

      Hey Doug... How did you get your job reviewing automobiles for a living? I wish I had a job like yours. Good job reviewing these automobiles! 😎😎😎

      1. oussema trabelsi

        He used to work for Porsche as a salesman, then started writing some articles in car enthusiast websites, he did some vidoes on USsel and they took off.

    36. opb

      Doug, please do review on a Nissan NV 3500 hd van.

    37. anything7441

      Worst voice for speaking EVER.

    38. Ronnie871

      I had a 96 Cutlass Supreme. Seriously the best car I’ve ever had. I miss Oldsmobile!

    39. itsnotme07

      Oh I remember....I worked for Avis Rent-A-Car back in the mid 1990's. Mostly driving other "shuttlers" around to move cars from A to B and back to A, sometimes C. haha. Anyways, some days, the "Weird minivans" from GM were often the choice, unless there was a Dodge Grand Caravan around. I didn't mind them....quirks and features for sure HA!

    40. Dave

      My dope dealer had one, she used to cook meth in the back

    41. ApolloSynths

      We had the next generation of the Silhouette (the rounded one like the Chevy Venture), and that door noise was always weird. The first time we got it home, I distinctly remember hearing it and wondering if someone was playing the flute loudly. What a weird and unreliable van

    42. teampenn2007

      Why?

    43. Jessie Harbin Jr.’s Dashcam

      My mom‘s best friend had a Pontiac transport minivan just like this. It looked like a giant Dustbuster LOL!

    44. Leigh Clarke

      Is a quirk/feature also the haze following the car, that looks suspiciously like burning oil?... 🚙💨

    45. Leigh Clarke

      Cool t-shirt Mr DeMuro!

    46. AbbieDoobie

      That noise was also on the Transport, I had flashbacks as soon as I heard it.

    47. Da Bruiser

      My favorite minivan hands down. Old babysitter had one of these when I was a kid.

    48. middlesiderrider

      In the early 2000s two friends and I borrowed one of these vans from one of said friend's older brother, and drove it from Coggon Iowa to Iowa State University in Ames. It was a bit of a drive but we had a good reason. My friend Mike had won a vintage arcade machine on eBay. The game was called Chelnov Atomic Runner. We picked it up from a college student at Iowa State and loaded it into the back of the van. It fit great. The van cruised the highway great. And one of our other friends still owns the game.

    49. Justin Jordan

      Doug I would like a review of the DeTomaso Pantera

    50. bhirmiz

      Its was designed to be like a plane and plane cockpit

    51. tchouzebra

      In ejrope we had the same vehicle sold as a pontiac name was TranSport

    52. TheMongex

      I think this mini van was sold in Argentina as the Chevrolet Lumina... rebadging?

    53. Pekka Kilpeläinen

      No other car has those triangular front side windows? How about Citroën C4 Picasso?

    54. Bill Olsen

      4:24 Hey! The kid now has his own ashtray next to the built-in child car seat!

    55. Ratzfourtyfour

      This guy gets 1M views on an Oldsmobile Silhouette vid. Geez how does he do it.

    56. parker gordon

      Nobody: Oldsmobile Silhouette power sliding doors: WOOOOOooooOOOOOOOooooooOOOOOOOOoooooOoOoOoOoOoOoooo

    57. RENOVATIO

      To me it is not ugly at all

    58. TheDis Beat

      Previa was top dog in minivans lol

    59. BOB ROTHWELL

      Has anybody said here ,"It's the Cadillac of minivans" ? From Get Shorty

    60. tr v

      I borrowed my pastors Lumina van for a weekend back in the day. They honestly don't drive all that bad.