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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  1. Doug DeMuro

    Doug DeMuro7 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  2. The Kombinator

    The Kombinator14 цагийн өмнө

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

  3. Mechotronic

    MechotronicӨдрийн өмнө

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

  4. ilyketyorwy

    ilyketyorwyӨдрийн өмнө

    @dropout0110 my gf says that to me daily... love that chic!

  5. dropout0110

    dropout0110Өдрийн 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

  6. dropout0110

    dropout0110Өдрийн 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

  7. Maples01

    Maples01Цагийн өмнө

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

  8. Bill Campbell

    Bill CampbellЦагийн 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!

  9. Philip Jnz

    Philip JnzЦагийн 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.

  10. Greg Wilczynski

    Greg WilczynskiЦагийн өмнө

    Built in baby seat!! Holy shit. Why hasn’t this been adopted these Days

  11. North Ga Prepper

    North Ga Prepper2 цагийн өмнө

    looks like the front end of a Disney Monorail, and thats why its cool!

  12. CBR Guy

    CBR Guy2 цагийн 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.

  13. jamesthemechanic

    jamesthemechanic2 цагийн өмнө

    That third overhead compartment with the strap is for CD cases.

  14. Joseph Weisbrod

    Joseph Weisbrod2 цагийн өмнө

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

  15. Joseph Weisbrod

    Joseph Weisbrod2 цагийн өмнө

    Sheesh my car from 1941 has more power!

  16. vaderundershorts

    vaderundershorts2 цагийн өмнө

    First luxury minivan? Has there ever been a luxury minivan?

  17. woof beast

    woof beast3 цагийн өмнө

    Cadillac of mini vans

  18. Darius Jonsson

    Darius Jonsson3 цагийн өмнө

    you could rear-end a motorcyclist and launch them 400 feet in the air

  19. Pex_the_Unalive Drunk

    Pex_the_Unalive Drunk3 цагийн өмнө

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

  20. Justin Mabe

    Justin Mabe3 цагийн өмнө

    0:00 Felt the wind off that one haha

  21. Davey Sanchez

    Davey Sanchez3 цагийн өмнө

    Doug, I love watching your stuff. Very informative and entertaining. Wishing you doubly the success - Davey

  22. Francis Marino

    Francis Marino3 цагийн өмнө

    *Cyber Van reveal!!!!*

  23. Pex_the_Unalive Drunk

    Pex_the_Unalive Drunk3 цагийн 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.

  24. Posey McQueen

    Posey McQueen3 цагийн 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! 😹😹👍👍👍

  25. Nair Byad

    Nair Byad3 цагийн өмнө

    2 minutes in, i was asking myself "is this the guy who owns a ford gt?"

  26. Justin Angle

    Justin Angle3 цагийн 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.

  27. Ad

    Ad4 цагийн өмнө


  28. xevious2501

    xevious25014 цагийн өмнө

    look like a star trek shuttle craft

  29. crownvic interceptor

    crownvic interceptor4 цагийн 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 .

  30. Big Noob

    Big Noob4 цагийн өмнө


  31. PandasEatingCheese 11

    PandasEatingCheese 114 цагийн өмнө

    Looks like a van I'd draw in 3rd grade😂😂

  32. Ty Thornburg

    Ty Thornburg5 цагийн 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 MNgos videos of TransSport and Montana crash test...IIHS, I believe).

  33. King Austin

    King Austin5 цагийн өмнө

    20:21 I actually have a cutlass supreme coupe (bottom left)

  34. Paul Whitehead

    Paul Whitehead5 цагийн өмнө

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

  35. Eric Phillips

    Eric Phillips5 цагийн өмнө

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

  36. J T

    J T5 цагийн өмнө

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

  37. J T

    J T2 цагийн өмнө

    @Jane Appleseed yup, lol! I should clarify he got this van & she got the nice car.

  38. Jane Appleseed

    Jane Appleseed2 цагийн өмнө


  39. Ultra

    Ultra5 цагийн өмнө

    plot twist: all the cars he reviews are in his own collection, he owns them

  40. Caleb Hohneke

    Caleb Hohneke6 цагийн 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

  41. Tony Wellington

    Tony Wellington6 цагийн өмнө

    what an atrocious piece of SHIT this thing is

  42. Mustang Mark

    Mustang Mark6 цагийн өмнө

    What's weird is reviewing an oldsmobile silhouette...

  43. gmott2010

    gmott20106 цагийн өмнө

    I had one of these when I was a teenager, I loved that space shuttle!

  44. GIT-FO

    GIT-FO6 цагийн өмнө

    10:47 - burns a little oil, eh?

  45. loving me some outdoors

    loving me some outdoors6 цагийн өмнө

    We used to call this hideous things, "windshield vans"

  46. samuraimonkey

    samuraimonkey7 цагийн 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.

  47. Gabriel Gonzalez

    Gabriel Gonzalez7 цагийн 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?

  48. fredutrecht

    fredutrecht8 цагийн 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.

  49. sek929

    sek9298 цагийн 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.

  50. Rolodex Propaganda

    Rolodex Propaganda8 цагийн өмнө

    That van hard 🔥🔥🔥

  51. Guy Mathers

    Guy Mathers8 цагийн өмнө

    This is what the Tesla minivan is going to look like.

  52. dean reynolds

    dean reynolds8 цагийн 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.

  53. Turtle Head

    Turtle Head9 цагийн өмнө

    It's a lumina van

  54. visionsofpromise

    visionsofpromise9 цагийн өмнө

    Before the cyber truck, there was a cyber van

  55. Paul W

    Paul W9 цагийн 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.

  56. Brian Fisher

    Brian Fisher9 цагийн өмнө

    This van reminds me of the Monorail from Disney World...

  57. dll1183

    dll11839 цагийн 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.

  58. clomads

    clomads9 цагийн өмнө

    Please review an Aerostar!!!!!

  59. Seegal Galguntijak

    Seegal Galguntijak9 цагийн өмнө

    Again, the Renault Espace also had these triangular front side windows.

  60. Seegal Galguntijak

    Seegal Galguntijak10 цагийн 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:

  61. Seegal Galguntijak

    Seegal Galguntijak10 цагийн 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.

  62. Pulseczar1

    Pulseczar110 цагийн 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.

  63. Saturday Projects

    Saturday Projects10 цагийн өмнө

    Reminds me of the late 90's Chevy Montana Van.

  64. Joelwee1028

    Joelwee102810 цагийн 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.

  65. 480JD

    480JD10 цагийн 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.

  66. Fully Restored

    Fully Restored11 цагийн өмнө

    Doug the type of guy to get more excited over a minivan than a Ferrari

  67. bloodycardinal

    bloodycardinal11 цагийн 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.