The Oldsmobile Silhouette Was a Really Weird Luxury Minivan

  • Published on Feb 11, 2020
    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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  • Doug DeMuro
    Doug DeMuro  7 months ago +2542

    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.

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    • Flying Buzzard
      Flying Buzzard Month ago

      Can you do a review on a 2004 honda Oddessy

    • boomkittyFX
      boomkittyFX 2 months ago

      what about bmw isetta and vw thing?

    • Eddie TheMan
      Eddie TheMan 3 months ago

      Same as Pontiac Trans Sport

  • Andrew Twigg
    Andrew Twigg 30 minutes ago

    My wife and I were given a free Lumina APV upon moving home from getting out of the navy. It was in mint condition too. As ugly as that thing was and a turning radius worse than a school bus, it helped us get on our feet and save for a house and a preowned Honda Odyssey touring. Night and day difference! The crazy thing was that because it was all aluminum body/doors and plastic panels, it had no deterioration or rust in the body whatsoever.

  • ほうじT
    ほうじT Day ago

    This mobile provided by 1990?
    That's too behind time

  • Marco Nesi
    Marco Nesi 2 days ago


  • The Card Boy
    The Card Boy 2 days ago

    If they made it a street cleaner it would be a dust buster

  • Gonzag Vegas
    Gonzag Vegas 2 days ago

    I don’t know why but I like this car

  • Bran don
    Bran don 2 days ago

    @Doug DeMuro since you have already did the grand national and you did this minivan you should do the super rare turbo chrysler minivans they were built to compete with the dodge spirit turbo AND carry the whole family across the finish line lmao

  • Richard Johnston
    Richard Johnston 3 days ago

    I had a Cutlass Supreme and it was a nice car but as Doug said- haven't seen one in decades.

  • Caleb Hensinger
    Caleb Hensinger 3 days ago

    I vote doug interviews a designer that worked on this or any of the quirky card reviews. Id love to hear the creators mindset designing these vehicles

  • Gamingdude2007
    Gamingdude2007 4 days ago

    Dacia Logan MCV 2007 year has those old cheap windows that open with a clip

  • spog
    spog 4 days ago

    *T H I S*

  • comgeek24
    comgeek24 5 days ago

    First production minivan with a power sliding door was the 1994 Pontiac Trans Sport

  • Bob Pierce
    Bob Pierce 6 days ago

    SUV's aren't "cool" either. They had that perception at one time compared to minivans, but not so much anymore. It's like saying Starbucks is 'cooler' than McDonald's at this late date, with more of the former than the latter nearly everywhere. So much for the over-priced, bitter coffee chain's "exclusivity".

  • MrJohnash1
    MrJohnash1 6 days ago

    Great mini van. Lost my virginity in one of those.

  • Chris Papa
    Chris Papa 6 days ago

    I kinda want that shirt. 🌵🌵

  • iron 13
    iron 13 6 days ago

    and that's why my parents got a Mercury Villager (Think NIssan Quest, but Merc badges) because my dad will be damned if he spends a penny on a car he can't fix.

  • TheRealE1337ist
    TheRealE1337ist 7 days ago

    I think it looks handsome

  • Way to Go Paul.
    Way to Go Paul. 8 days ago

    5:19 this was actually done by the Nissan Axxess first in 1990
    Edit 12:49 my Nissan Axxess also has these too...

  • Way to Go Paul.
    Way to Go Paul. 8 days ago

    It’s the Nissan Axxess 2, electro boogaloo

  • Clarimort
    Clarimort 8 days ago

    About that child seat: The idea is awesome but I think it is not being implemented into modern cars because of european laws. I don't know about America but at least in Germany there are laws for child car seats and how old a kid has to be to use a certain seat etc. There are different sizes of seats for different age groups.
    This build in child seat would probably not fit German (and other European countries) laws.

  • 9th gate dim
    9th gate dim 8 days ago

    Technology was too advanced for the consumer back then the consumer had to catch up to the technology

  • Anthony e
    Anthony e 9 days ago

    The same year Honda Odyssey was way better in every way, also can still find driving since they bulletproof.

  • Quicksilver_Cookie
    Quicksilver_Cookie 9 days ago

    To be fair, it did have some strangely unique and useful features you never see in cars today. Built in hidden child's seat? Great idea. AC vents that blow on your neck/back? Seems real nice.

  • Corbin Cox
    Corbin Cox 10 days ago +1

    My family had a Pontiac transport (basically the pontiac equivalent)

  • GrumpyBear
    GrumpyBear 10 days ago

    Thanks for this review. It brings back so many memories. My parents had one when I was growing up and we had a lot of store and church trips in it. Ours had the same cloth seats and lack of power door but it was black and white just like that one. When I drove it as a teenager I remember it would really want to lurch when you first started to press the gas and then everything afterwards was a struggle. If you ever get a hold of a 91 Chevy Lumina or 94 Saturn SL2 my childhood will be complete.

  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan
    Rolls-Royce Cullinan 10 days ago

    Doug when are you going to review me?

  • tydaftpk38
    tydaftpk38 12 days ago


  • That Canadian Guy
    That Canadian Guy 13 days ago

    my pops last vehicle with his fiancee was a pontiac transport. It was a 94, it was a fab van and worked. was old man owned before they got it. could eat off it. not sure what his fiancee did with it. but. i loved it!

  • Shubham Gorade
    Shubham Gorade 13 days ago +1

    😂😂 its a multitasking vehicle and Yaa and you can also use it as a stunt ramp😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Andrew Nicastro
    Andrew Nicastro 14 days ago

    Doug is the only guy that can make someone slowly fall in love with with a minivan

  • Virg of Madness
    Virg of Madness 14 days ago

    Hey, but I have an Olds Ninety-Ei-
    Oh, he said in 'nice shape'. And 'on the road'.

  • OK Jeffy
    OK Jeffy 14 days ago

    4 27's. Doug, Is, Gay, Man,

  • Marc B.
    Marc B. 14 days ago

    I still like these GM vans. The Transport has a better look. But it is still an ahead of its time style. Trying to copy the Previa. GM did it pretty well. Pity people were stupid.

  • Miguel Huerta
    Miguel Huerta 15 days ago

    I had a red 92 red version. I used to sell drugs with that van.

  • Sergeant Seven
    Sergeant Seven 15 days ago

    GM made a lot fo ugly cars back then and did so for a couple decades. Not sure who was working there that had such horrible taste but I'm surprised they worked there for so long. On top of that a lot of GM vehicles from the mid 90s were throw aways and didn't last more then 2 decades... laughable...

  • Sergeant Seven
    Sergeant Seven 15 days ago

    When a vehicle is so rare solely because most of them ended up in a junk yard... lol.

  • SubSoar
    SubSoar 16 days ago

    When we have that side profile at the beginning of the video it looks that RV’s air con is on the silhouette lmao

  • Kevin Webster
    Kevin Webster 17 days ago

    Wasn’t a success?! Back in the day this was all you saw on the road where I lived anyway. Seemed like everyone had one. Never heard it called a dust buster though. We always called it the door stop.

  • Mark Behr
    Mark Behr 17 days ago

    This is really cool. I have a Pontiac Transport.

  • Imran Abbasi
    Imran Abbasi 17 days ago


  • Kevin Emmers
    Kevin Emmers 18 days ago

    Looks like a doorstop on wheels.

  • tamapalagi
    tamapalagi 18 days ago

    You missed a bunch of important features. It was built on a fuselage. The body panels are made with recycled soda bottles. Having a fuselage made the van very rigid and the plastic body didn't dent or rust. Equipped with the 3800 v6 my Pontiac transport was able to tow 3500 lbs. It was also fast enough to get me in trouble with Johnny law.
    The best thing about removable seats is that it made the van lighter. Those 5 seats probably weight close to 300 lbs. This effectively raises the gvrw by lowering the curb weight. That's what Ford did when they used aluminum in their trucks. Lighter means more gas mileage, better handling and brakes and more speed.

  • Lakeshore Strangler
    Lakeshore Strangler 18 days ago +1

    Lot of comments roasting Doug, lmao.

  • Mike P
    Mike P 19 days ago

    My mom still has a 1990 model and drives it's her daily.

  • Ed Fine
    Ed Fine 19 days ago

    styling based on Renault Espace van according to reviews of the day

  • Dusty E
    Dusty E 19 days ago

    Okay Doug if you see this post answer this question... Would you want this mini van brand new? Or the Cadillac Allante brand new? LOL!!!

  • Red Phoenix
    Red Phoenix 20 days ago

    There is a Pontiac version and a Chevy version of this car. Just take a pick. :)

  • Tyler Schwartz
    Tyler Schwartz 20 days ago

    The chevy blazer had that exact same over head console

  • The Normal Boy
    The Normal Boy 20 days ago

    My god it looks ugly

  • Tooploop
    Tooploop 20 days ago

    ahh doug you rebel parking an oldsmobile in front of a no parking sign

  • Lukaaz
    Lukaaz 21 day ago

    We owned one. The alarm was so sensitive that if someone would shut their car door a little hard two spots away our alarm would go off.
    Needless to say New Year's Eve was a lot of fun

  • Max's Raving Music Production's 123469

    More like the door stoppers of minivans, holy shit it's ugly lol

  • Dr. Ray
    Dr. Ray 22 days ago

    Lol "the dashboard continues on like 4 feet from the steering wheel" Doug is always so outrageous with his measurements

  • statikreg
    statikreg 23 days ago

    I'm guessing that a tester or engineer was pretty badly injured once, and instead of redesigning the car, they just said "fuckit - put a sticker on it"

  • Casey Monigold
    Casey Monigold 23 days ago

    I swore you were going to say “ on the key fob a perfect silhouette of the silhouette “ lol

  • mafiadoller
    mafiadoller 23 days ago

    I remember seeing people with these vans ridding around with the door open in the summer.

  • Cassie S
    Cassie S 24 days ago

    Wasn’t this in a cartoon called Bobby’s World??

  • Ant Man
    Ant Man 24 days ago

    I've seen these behemoths driving about in the UK.

  • Isaac Nemis
    Isaac Nemis 25 days ago

    Doug’s the type of guy to film a video in front of a no parking sign

  • Nathan Anderson
    Nathan Anderson 25 days ago

    Its the Hoover Dust Buster.

  • wesley00042
    wesley00042 25 days ago +1

    When I was a teen, I saw one of these painted and stickered to look like a shuttlecraft from ST:TNG

  • Chef Mike
    Chef Mike 26 days ago +1

    That door sounds like a native american flute

  • Ryan G
    Ryan G 26 days ago

    Parents of my high school buddy had one of these. We were picked up from baseball practice everyday in it! They still have it to this day 😂

  • AdamG1983
    AdamG1983 26 days ago

    I can smell the thirty years of cigarette smoke and dog fur

  • AdamG1983
    AdamG1983 26 days ago

    Early 80s GM design: "We don't give a fuck"
    Late 80s GM design: "Fuck it, let's go nuts"

  • antoine mortier
    antoine mortier 27 days ago

    I was just a the "This..." from today McLaren video when my eyes saw the Oldsmobile on the right and thought "I haven't seen that one??" Now Im here, McLaren later :) FYI already 1,5 millions views on this old minivan!!:) Doug DeMuro best internet content!!

  • Víctor Mata
    Víctor Mata 27 days ago

    San Diego viewer here, the test drive is literally a few blocks from my house!

  • Preston Cheap BT headphones test guy

    “ silhouette 👤 “ they gave it the right name! 😐

  • Preston Cheap BT headphones test guy

    I actually like this van for some odd reason.. 👍🏾🥴😐

  • Michaś Bagietka
    Michaś Bagietka 29 days ago

    Looks like the car i drew in pictures when i was 5 😂