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 DeMuro11 חודשים לפני

    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. Trevor Lozo

    Trevor Lozo7 ימים לפני

    Hey I have a 1996 Pontiac transport that is in really good shape for the year read only has 132,000 km I’m located in Canada

  3. spaceAlien Rissley

    spaceAlien Rissley28 ימים לפני

    Lumina apv had fold in sewts

  4. spaceAlien Rissley

    spaceAlien Rissley28 ימים לפני


  5. tedmongel

    tedmongelחודש לפני

    @Kanwar Brar And yet 9 months later he’s still gaining viewers...

  6. Eddie TheMan

    Eddie TheMan5 חודשים לפני

    @Charlotte Bingham Are u a Billionaire? Wtf are u talking about, are you insane? You want people lose their money, is that what you want? I tried every of those trading Systems and none of them worked I lost my MF money there and that's it, no money making like crazy only money losing like nothing..

  7. Music4TheSoul

    Music4TheSoul8 שעות לפני

    GM lost a lot of money on lawsuits for these vans, I remember seeing a small car sitting on top of one, it drove up over the hood and straight through the windshield decapatating everyone in the van.

  8. Hirsch nope

    Hirsch nope8 שעות לפני

    Had a 95 Jetta, it had a passenger air bag instead of a glovebox.

  9. Patrick McCarron

    Patrick McCarron9 שעות לפני

    Basically a Space Shuttle on wheels - lol

  10. Steve Sosebee

    Steve Sosebee9 שעות לפני

    I drove my Trans Sport to Yosemite at the end of December and it handled the heavy snow storms with cable chains very well with 6 people aboard !!!

  11. Steve Sosebee

    Steve Sosebee9 שעות לפני

    I had a 96 Pontiac Trans sport with the 3800 V6 because we had 5 kids , it ran great and had no problems the 2 years I had it. I leased it. So I bought a 98 Pontiac Bonneville, it was a good car too with the 3800 V6

  12. Simon Johansen

    Simon Johansen15 שעות לפני

    I love the styling, it looks like something from Blade Runner or Total Recall

  13. Taylor Guziewicz

    Taylor Guziewicz15 שעות לפני

    at 8:02 Doug had a flashback to the Cyber truck

  14. Chris

    Chris19 שעות לפני

    That storage compartment on the roof with the strap was for CDs. Most GM trucks, SUVs and minivans and maybe even some cars had those.

  15. Paul Jensen

    Paul Jensenיום לפני

    Styling by "Star Trek The Next Generation".

  16. S

    Sיום לפני

    15:03 this just gave me an extreme wave of nostalgia

  17. My New Life

    My New Lifeיום לפני

    i sold my brain and brought bitcoin!

  18. JL

    JL2 ימים לפני

    Really? Forgotten in the car world? This thing was so ugly it will never be forgotten.

  19. PTC

    PTC2 ימים לפני

    the sound of the door is similar to the sound snake charmers play

  20. Dale Belseth

    Dale Belseth2 ימים לפני

    Work rented these three at a time. We called them space vans. No love lost on them. Most hated was the long nose and dash on the Horizon. One of the tech's left a generator running and closed the rear hatch. Burnt the crap outta the interior door panel.

  21. James McGogan

    James McGogan2 ימים לפני

    I love the no parking sign in the background

  22. william andersen

    william andersen2 ימים לפני

    Had one for 10 years, gave it to my son and bought the Chevy version. Kept that for 10 years, too.

  23. claimed4all

    claimed4all2 ימים לפני

    When you flipped to the back of the brochure, I saw the Olds Aurora. That’s a car I would love to see you reviews, the late 90s Aurora, a car ahead of it it’s time. We had one in the house growing up. A non supercharged northstar V8, rack & pinion steering, an almost impossible to work in cramped engine compartment, for example, the starter is internal in the motor. And most important, the styling. Like the doors the opened with no frame around the glass. Just an amazing car for its time. Pretty solid tech onboard too with the built in computer for car stats.

  24. Random Acts of Video

    Random Acts of Video3 ימים לפני

    I know someone that owned one and there was nothing luxury about it.

  25. Victor Urbina

    Victor Urbina3 ימים לפני

    Is it weird that i want one now??? Lol

  26. downsouth420

    downsouth4203 ימים לפני

    I remember my first encounter with a power sliding door. It was a 99 Pontiac minivan, and it damn near took my brother’s arm off. It was kind of neat, though. Anyway, the styling was a service GM provided for parents of teens by assuring them their teen would get no action from the opposite sex when they are stuck driving one of these to go out.

  27. Marc Stanga

    Marc Stanga4 ימים לפני

    You should review the Ford E150 with the travel package. My dad had one and they were awesome

  28. Daniel Staggers

    Daniel Staggers5 ימים לפני

    Funniest thing I ever saw, was a Lumina, you remember they were all smooth, stopping at a red light covered in snow. All the snow slid forward and broke both huge windshield wipers clean off while they were running. I laughed so hard I cried. You're laughing just reading this. LOL

  29. Train Man

    Train Man5 ימים לפני

    The front window is like the Concord,........... or a city bus, it was fun to drive!!

  30. Train Man

    Train Man5 ימים לפני

    I owned one of these for like 2-3 years loved it.....drove it to Florida a few times on Vacation and it had high rear running lights and people would follow those lights for hundreds of miles at a time, I own a Tahoe now and the upper rear panel remind me of the Silhouette. The first time I waxed the front fenders, it waxed up weird, I realized the fenders were plastic, I had never seen a car made of plastic, it totally freaked me out for a long time.

  31. Frank Velik

    Frank Velik5 ימים לפני

    It was a bad vehicle history.

  32. catalina reed

    catalina reed5 ימים לפני

    The tall playroom focally interfere because observation chronically stretch vice a possible pantry. neighborly, fascinated hail

  33. Sam L

    Sam L6 ימים לפני

    Door clears throat* Plays tiny tower elevator noise

  34. YoungBlaze

    YoungBlaze7 ימים לפני

    This is that car you draw when you are 10

  35. A B

    A B7 ימים לפני

    I assembled door panels for one summer in the early 90s at a GM supplier for these, Luminas and Trans Sports. Quality of the materials was typical el cheapo plastique.

  36. Zwihter

    Zwihter7 ימים לפני

    Mandalorian theme door. lol

  37. lloydjv

    lloydjv7 ימים לפני

    Freaking hilarious.

  38. The Diecast Kid

    The Diecast Kid7 ימים לפני

    There is a red one by my house and it is pretty mint

  39. Kyle Rechenberg

    Kyle Rechenberg7 ימים לפני

    It looks like one of those white plastic kitchen radios from the 90s

  40. Emulated Excitement [Mountain State EAS]

    Emulated Excitement [Mountain State EAS]7 ימים לפני

    My families 2002 chevy astro had the one sliding door. Not powered though.

  41. Hella Rice

    Hella Rice8 ימים לפני

    I see one every now and then, same one but an old guy drives it all over

  42. Seth Arehart

    Seth Arehart8 ימים לפני

    ummm The car had 6 stripes

  43. T747

    T7478 ימים לפני

    I love minivans

  44. Alex OJ

    Alex OJ9 ימים לפני

    it honestly looked kinda cool

  45. mst3kanita

    mst3kanita9 ימים לפני

    bless this van

  46. Z N

    Z N10 ימים לפני

    You have to admit, General Motors made some delightfully quirky and unique cars in the 90s. Some of them high quality, some of them Pontiac’s and Silouettes 😆

  47. Volvo v90 t8 TE R-design

    Volvo v90 t8 TE R-design11 ימים לפני

    ah shit now i want to one of these

  48. MephistophelesMXi The explorer

    MephistophelesMXi The explorer12 ימים לפני

    Silhouette in roids = Pontiac aztek

  49. Fatty's World

    Fatty's World12 ימים לפני

    Just imagine jumping your super moto up the hood and windshield. #GTAFANTASY

  50. Nozyspy

    Nozyspy13 ימים לפני

    i love how the centre row has *3 completely different looking seats*.

  51. Hendrik Hufert

    Hendrik Hufert13 ימים לפני

    Why do americans always need so much horsepower when there´s only 70mph allowed all over the country ? 120hp seems like enough for such a van.

  52. David Thomas

    David Thomas13 ימים לפני

    Doug at 21:09 : the van actually drives pretty well **One second later** Van proceeds to nearly kill Doug

  53. Jannis de Reu

    Jannis de Reu13 ימים לפני

    Kinda reminds me of the older Renault Espace models and Citroen C8... Both pretty useful but also kinda weird

  54. Stephen Parr

    Stephen Parr14 ימים לפני


  55. Dan James

    Dan James14 ימים לפני

    When you showed the key, WHY ON EARTH did you say "the perfect diagram of a Silhouette" and NOT "A perfect silhouette of a Silhouette"? For shame, sir!

  56. Frank John

    Frank John15 ימים לפני

    Also known as Chevy lumina

  57. BertoD103

    BertoD10315 ימים לפני

    Oh Christ. We had the 1996 Pontiac version. So many memories.

  58. Johnny Watches

    Johnny Watches15 ימים לפני

    Our first minivan was the Lumina APV variant and a favourite family hauler of ours. Plastic body and over engineered sub frames were my favourite quirks of this family of dust Busters. Sparks plugs were a pain to change. These are sought after now because the bodies never rust and if rust checked or proofed, they last forever. However, we moved on to the Euro Suv diesels after.

  59. nwelsh84

    nwelsh8417 ימים לפני

    Doug sent me. After watching the 2020 Dougies.

  60. David Schoonover

    David Schoonover17 ימים לפני

    This is the exact color/pkg Silhouette that we drove from MI to Daytona for spring break back in '92. Thanks for doing this video just for the memories!

  61. NYOB0001

    NYOB000117 ימים לפני

    I bought the Pontiac version. My parents had the Olds version. This design beat the boxy Chrysler version for me. I enjoyed it. Never had any problems with mine

  62. Timothy Cote

    Timothy Cote17 ימים לפני

    Doug find a Warner Brothers edition Chevy Venture they came with tvs and vcrs and other features....the emblems were the WB with Buggs Bunny

  63. logan holmberg

    logan holmberg18 ימים לפני

    Still better than a metris!😅😅😅😅

  64. Repo ManND

    Repo ManND18 ימים לפני

    My mom had one identical to this growing up..

  65. Geoff Krikorian

    Geoff Krikorian18 ימים לפני

    Design always reminded me of the shuttle craft in the Enterprise

  66. Maha Elluri

    Maha Elluri18 ימים לפני

    I bet you could use it as a ramp if you lower it a lot like I mean a lot

  67. Eric Beaudoin

    Eric Beaudoin19 ימים לפני

    To make this review more authentic Doug should have borrowed a few nieces and nephews to scream and cry in the back while emptying the contents of their snack cups onto the carpet.

  68. Ebonie Fu

    Ebonie Fu19 ימים לפני

    The green grey grieving hearing recurrently surround because relish relevantly increase to a flaky alarm. sick, determined quilt

  69. niazuma

    niazuma19 ימים לפני

    Actually, I recall some recent Volvo models that had a built in child seat. I'm not sure if they are still doing that though.

  70. World Peace

    World Peace19 ימים לפני

    Nobody: Doug: General Motors is playing ketchup

  71. Aidan Semski

    Aidan Semski20 ימים לפני

    I like the minivans from this era. They look like the front of a bullet train, I think that makes them cool

  72. thrice1987

    thrice198720 ימים לפני


  73. Ryan Wells

    Ryan Wells20 ימים לפני

    also this car has an A pillar, a B pillar, but also C, D, and E pillars

  74. Ryan Wells

    Ryan Wells20 ימים לפני

    I wish it was that awful champagne color

  75. Ian C

    Ian C20 ימים לפני

    I would love to drive this van

  76. Cody Howery

    Cody Howery20 ימים לפני

    Doug: ...a perfect diagram of the Silhouette... Me: A silhouette of the Silhouette, if you will.

  77. Mr. Ying Yang

    Mr. Ying Yang20 ימים לפני

    I had a transport vans back in 1992, and it turn to be a lemon and a piece of shit van...

  78. SaraSpruce

    SaraSpruce20 ימים לפני

    “The Cadillac of minivans” Now imagine if GM had actually slapped a Cadillac logo on one of these

  79. blaliberte11 blaliberte11

    blaliberte11 blaliberte1117 ימים לפני

    hell no! 😂😂😂

  80. Nathan Maxtro

    Nathan Maxtro20 ימים לפני

    It looks like a monorail with wheels.

  81. William Jordan

    William Jordan20 ימים לפני

    My Volvo has a booster seat built in

  82. José Antonio Martínez

    José Antonio Martínez20 ימים לפני

    Thats the soccer mom og

  83. Dandy Andy

    Dandy Andy21 יום לפני

    Wow, what a beauty! no joke, I love it!!!

  84. English 101

    English 10121 יום לפני

    The only reason they're rare is because all of them are in the junk yard.

  85. Tom Mattin

    Tom Mattin21 יום לפני

    It's mad how big American engines are in comparison to their power. To us Europeans, a 3.4L v6 is huge! These would have a 1.8l 4cynl with that same power

  86. A H

    A H21 יום לפני

    Um this van isn’t ugly, especially compared to cars today. I like car designs with purpose. Cars now all look like they all have same shape with only difference is a sticker on them

  87. Willem Van Riet

    Willem Van Riet21 יום לפני

    Doug is a ligit comedian! “I hope u value that storage area more than your life coz GM certainly did”

  88. Mike Tucker

    Mike Tucker21 יום לפני

    Interesting. There is at least 2 88s, a 98, Ciera, and Auora all in my small town. Kinda funny

  89. majormadmax1

    majormadmax121 יום לפני

    The 'No Parking' sign is almost in every shot!

  90. David Rye

    David Rye21 יום לפני

    I helped build those vans at the Doraville, GA assembly plant. Quality was a joke.

  91. younghex

    younghex21 יום לפני

    Had to watch this video after the 2020 dougie awards

  92. José González

    José González21 יום לפני

    This is the first video I watched in 2021

  93. Empire State

    Empire State21 יום לפני

    20:43 Anyone notice the smoke coming out of the tailpipe?

  94. Jason Carpp

    Jason Carpp21 יום לפני

    What I don't like is how American car makers chose to wait for the Government to legally require certain safety features before installing them. Why would they do that? When it comes to occupant safety, you'd think it'd be common sense. 🤔

  95. Jason Carpp

    Jason Carpp21 יום לפני

    I remember when this was sold. I found it way more attractive than Chrysler's minivans, the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager. Why it wasn't popular is beyond me. I would've bought one if I didn't already have a car.

  96. Joseph G. Hotto

    Joseph G. Hotto21 יום לפני

    Doug probably wrote a song entirely made from the sound the minivans closing door makes

  97. Luqman Mohhamed

    Luqman Mohhamed21 יום לפני

    Congratulations oldsmoblie you won the doug awards

  98. Arnav Koditkar

    Arnav Koditkar22 ימים לפני

    Better then the ommini

  99. Josh Allen

    Josh Allen22 ימים לפני

    I had an aardvark lumina apv for my first car at 16. It would do nasty j hook burnouts posis. Good reverse donuts too. Tore that transmission out quick. Sold to a junkyard lol 25 years ago. Now my kid tears his shih up and I wonder why

  100. dopestar1975

    dopestar197522 ימים לפני

    Get that laugh under control.

  101. kelly robinson

    kelly robinson22 ימים לפני

    It’s in get shorty they call it the Cadillac of minivans

  102. ItalianStalionFarmer

    ItalianStalionFarmer22 ימים לפני

    It looks like it should have wings and a plane tail

  103. AlphaTrooper12

    AlphaTrooper1222 ימים לפני

    There not as rare as they seem, in my neighborhood, one of my neighbors has a 92' Oldsmobile Silhouette, and its still running strong.

  104. Maple Leafs

    Maple Leafs23 ימים לפני

    I recall the Chevy Lumina when it first came out it appeared space age. The van was awesome with a ton of room and its massive red lite dash and it was good on fuel. Car were better and cheaper in the 90's! Sick of all the 4 cylinder under powered over priced trash of today! Can not buy a car with a v6 any more.

  105. Zazoo Kluk

    Zazoo Kluk24 ימים לפני

    Those contact pieces on the sliding door would get oxidized over time and the connection would be wonky after a while now they just use direct wiring from the door to the body of the car which eliminates this problem.

  106. Zazoo Kluk

    Zazoo Kluk24 ימים לפני

    What about the AMC pacer and gremlins cars?