The Oldsmobile Silhouette Was a Really Weird Luxury Minivan

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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  • 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.

    Doug DeMuroDoug DeMuro9 өдрийн өмнө
    • review my 1999 Daewoo Matiz already. Only one in North America. I also have a Hyundai Pony.

      The KombinatorThe Kombinator2 өдрийн өмнө
    • Older F150s had that door point too, arrrrrrghhh that bastard hurts.

      MechotronicMechotronic2 өдрийн өмнө
    • @dropout0110 my gf says that to me daily... love that chic!

      ilyketyorwyilyketyorwy2 өдрийн өмнө
    • I'm calling it at the 5-minute mark because my girlfriend won't stop making fun of your voice so that's the end of that

      dropout0110dropout01103 өдрийн өмнө
    • Hey Doug my girlfriend and I are watching your videos and she just said that she can't stand you. Take that for whatever it's worth have a great day

      dropout0110dropout01103 өдрийн өмнө
  • Oh the airbag worry, how the hell did anyone survive cars without such safety devices.

    Maples01Maples01Өдрийн өмнө
  • A good friend had the same era Lumina APV. Not only did he comment on not being able to do any meaningful work under that hood, he often joked about there being so much room under the front window, he’d be able to put both his kids there on the dashboard!

    Bill CampbellBill CampbellӨдрийн өмнө
  • I saw one of these at a junk yard a while ago and immediately was like "what in the fuck is this thing" Just caught my eye out hundreds of junked cars lol.

    Philip JnzPhilip JnzӨдрийн өмнө
  • Built in baby seat!! Holy shit. Why hasn’t this been adopted these Days

    Greg WilczynskiGreg WilczynskiӨдрийн өмнө
  • looks like the front end of a Disney Monorail, and thats why its cool!

    North Ga PrepperNorth Ga PrepperӨдрийн өмнө
  • Just by thinking that my Renault Mégane is from 96' too, makes me look at that minivan as vernacular and... bad for its time.

    CBR GuyCBR GuyӨдрийн өмнө
  • That third overhead compartment with the strap is for CD cases.

    jamesthemechanicjamesthemechanicӨдрийн өмнө
  • Oh my gosh that door closing sound brings back so many memories. Reminds me of going to preschool with my friends mom

    Joseph WeisbrodJoseph WeisbrodӨдрийн өмнө
  • Sheesh my car from 1941 has more power!

    Joseph WeisbrodJoseph WeisbrodӨдрийн өмнө
  • First luxury minivan? Has there ever been a luxury minivan?

    vaderundershortsvaderundershortsӨдрийн өмнө
  • Cadillac of mini vans

    woof beastwoof beastӨдрийн өмнө
  • you could rear-end a motorcyclist and launch them 400 feet in the air

    Darius JonssonDarius JonssonӨдрийн өмнө
  • 19:00 I'm pretty sure those seats fold flat, look at the cup holders built into their backs...

    Pex_the_Unalive DrunkPex_the_Unalive DrunkӨдрийн өмнө
  • 0:00 Felt the wind off that one haha

    Justin MabeJustin MabeӨдрийн өмнө
  • Doug, I love watching your stuff. Very informative and entertaining. Wishing you doubly the success - Davey

    Davey SanchezDavey SanchezӨдрийн өмнө
  • *Cyber Van reveal!!!!*

    Francis MarinoFrancis MarinoӨдрийн өмнө
  • Styling of 3!? How!? It wasn't ugly, it was beautiful, agressive like a Badger and futuristic! Like a Lamborghini mated with a minivan, like a shuttle on Star Trek! If it's speed matched it's styling...would you still call it ugly? And they sold well & are still daily drivers in places like Iowa...yup...the fictional birthplace of Captain Kirk.

    Pex_the_Unalive DrunkPex_the_Unalive DrunkӨдрийн өмнө
  • This was awesome!👍👍. I remember going on a college road trip in 1997 with some classmates to our first “conference” 8 hours away and one of my classmates drove us in her parents’ Silhouette! Considering my parents NEVER bought new cars (i.e. I took my driving test in my mom’s 1980 Cadillac Brougham),, I did indeed feel like I was riding in new car luxury! 😹😹👍👍👍

    Posey McQueenPosey McQueenӨдрийн өмнө
  • 2 minutes in, i was asking myself "is this the guy who owns a ford gt?"

    Nair ByadNair ByadӨдрийн өмнө
  • We had a 99 shilouette. it had the small tv screen that you could hook stuff up to. I remember on road trips we would hook up our n64 lol.

    Justin AngleJustin AngleӨдрийн өмнө
  • classic

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  • look like a star trek shuttle craft

    xevious2501xevious2501Өдрийн өмнө
  • Doug Demuro. All you do is cut down vehicles you don't like and praise vehicles you like.. well maybe i like that car and you dont. i have watched everything you post and you are a joke just a jay leno wannaba, half the the stuff you talk about is total bullshit .

    crownvic interceptorcrownvic interceptorӨдрийн өмнө
  • 5:00

    Big NoobBig NoobӨдрийн өмнө
  • Looks like a van I'd draw in 3rd grade😂😂

    PandasEatingCheese 11PandasEatingCheese 11Өдрийн өмнө
  • In 1990, my graduation year, the 3 GM vans debuted. I positively loved these vehicles, namely the Silhouette and TransSport. Listed it in my "senior year memory book" as my favorite car. They were, unfortunately, underpowered until 3800 V6 was introduced for the vans. The 3.1 liters were subject to transmission issues, too. I had a college professor who owned a red Silhouette. Because he had seen my personal car was ALWAYS clean and shiny, he asked I detail his. I remember the most difficult part was CLEANING THE WINDSHIELD! AHHH! I very much liked the 1997 versions of the Van's, too. Their crash test results, being kind, were positively terrible (watch MNproject videos of TransSport and Montana crash test...IIHS, I believe).

    Ty ThornburgTy ThornburgӨдрийн өмнө
  • 20:21 I actually have a cutlass supreme coupe (bottom left)

    King AustinKing AustinӨдрийн өмнө
  • Qould have made a great cabin for a cab if it was sealed off from the back with a bullet resistant wall

    Paul WhiteheadPaul WhiteheadӨдрийн өмнө
  • Minivans and vans didn't have double rear doors for a while because there was a crash test problem they needed to resolve.

    Eric PhillipsEric PhillipsӨдрийн өмнө
  • My uncle had one. He got it after the divorce. The windshield was amazing it was so long. Rip uncle Tim!

    J TJ T2 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Jane Appleseed yup, lol! I should clarify he got this van & she got the nice car.

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      Jane AppleseedJane AppleseedӨдрийн өмнө
  • plot twist: all the cars he reviews are in his own collection, he owns them

    UltraUltra2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had a luxury Chevy Lumina van back in high school/college (Pretty much the same vehicle)....I loved that van hahaha. Took it on many road trips with my friends who also loved the vehicle. There was just something special about that van. We called her the Ghetto Beast. I miss you Lumina

    Caleb HohnekeCaleb Hohneke2 өдрийн өмнө
  • what an atrocious piece of SHIT this thing is

    Tony WellingtonTony Wellington2 өдрийн өмнө
  • What's weird is reviewing an oldsmobile silhouette...

    Mustang MarkMustang Mark2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had one of these when I was a teenager, I loved that space shuttle!

    gmott2010gmott20102 өдрийн өмнө
  • 10:47 - burns a little oil, eh?

    GIT-FOGIT-FO2 өдрийн өмнө
  • We used to call this hideous things, "windshield vans"

    loving me some outdoorsloving me some outdoors2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had a book when I was younger that showed cool ass passenger car setup like train passenger cars linked up to this van. Would've been a nightmare on the road.

    samuraimonkeysamuraimonkey2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Doug; the dust buster vans were not the only GM minivans. Did you forget that GM also had the Chevy Astro van / GMC Safari?

    Gabriel GonzalezGabriel Gonzalez2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I have had the Pontiac 1994 version that is very similar to this one. The car had a 3.8 V6 engine with LPG installation. I drove 145.000 km without any problems with normal maintenance. New price in the Netherlands with LPG was around 38.600 (!) euro's. It was the fastest (0-100kmh) minivan available at the time, and what I can remember he drove backwards really fast ;-) I found the automatic level control behind a plus. Downside was indeed the tip of the door and the strange position behind the wheel. Nice car, had fun with it. Sold it after 4y for 18.500 euro's Thanks for the review.

    fredutrechtfredutrecht2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Literally burst out laughing at how deep the dashboard is. I'm not as tall as Doug anything that would have fell down there would be lost to time.

    sek929sek9292 өдрийн өмнө
  • That van hard 🔥🔥🔥

    Rolodex PropagandaRolodex Propaganda2 өдрийн өмнө
  • This is what the Tesla minivan is going to look like.

    Guy MathersGuy Mathers2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I bought a used 98 chevy version with the Buick 3.8 and auto air shocks, loved it made many trips to Florida with it ,and the best part was the plastic lower panels , never any rust, wish I still had it.

    dean reynoldsdean reynolds2 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's a lumina van

    Turtle HeadTurtle Head2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Before the cyber truck, there was a cyber van

    visionsofpromisevisionsofpromise2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had a 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette from 2007 though 2013. and I had quite a few problems when I had it. I never did like the way they were built when they were first introduced. They looked like they were manufactured from another planet. I didn't like the way the engine was set up, it looked like everything was compacted into the vehicle.

    Paul WPaul W2 өдрийн өмнө
  • This van reminds me of the Monorail from Disney World...

    Brian FisherBrian Fisher2 өдрийн өмнө
  • There's another quirk that Doug didn't mention about the "Dustbuster" triplets: They have a galvanized steel spaceframe supporting exterior body panels made from composite plastic, like a Saturn or a Pontiac Fiero.

    dll1183dll11832 өдрийн өмнө
  • Please review an Aerostar!!!!!

    clomadsclomads2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Again, the Renault Espace also had these triangular front side windows.

    Seegal GalguntijakSeegal Galguntijak2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Actually, the Renault Espace had that design since 1984: Although I like the MK2 Espace even better, with its cute "wrap-around" style side mirrors:

    Seegal GalguntijakSeegal Galguntijak2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I remember we had the Pontiac Trans Sport minivan in the early 90s, and I loved the wedge shaped form of it. It looked so pretty, only the Renault Espace came close to it.

    Seegal GalguntijakSeegal Galguntijak2 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's funny how Doug doesn't think anything is stylish if it has too many straight lines. He seems to forget that people don't all like the same thing, and that certain things were in style during different time periods. There were probably a lot of people that thought this van was stylish. Beauty exists only in the eye of the beholder.

    Pulseczar1Pulseczar12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Reminds me of the late 90's Chevy Montana Van.

    Saturday ProjectsSaturday Projects2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Ah, the dust buster van! My family had a 1995 Silhouette for years, as did some friends of ours. The weird power door noise always creeped me out as a kid. My parents eventually traded it in for a 2002 YukonXL.

    Joelwee1028Joelwee10282 өдрийн өмнө
  • The built in carseat was a cluster, worked at a bodyshop, lady came in had a minor accident, insisted the child seat be replaced because thats federal law or at least a standard practice for insurance companies. Naturally it was crazy expensive and the van totalled out.

    480JD480JD2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Doug the type of guy to get more excited over a minivan than a Ferrari

    Fully RestoredFully Restored2 өдрийн өмнө
  • A few details. The built-in car seats - afaik some Volvos had them, though I'm not sure if they still use the design. The triangle windows in the A-pillars - the Renault Espace has had them since the 80's.

    bloodycardinalbloodycardinal2 өдрийн өмнө