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About Oldsmobile Silhouette

As General Motors' first attempt to compete against the Chrysler minivans, truck-based Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari and break Chrysler's monopoly of the minivan market, Oldsmobile Silhouette was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's brand Oldsmobile between August 1, 1989, and March 31, 2004, as a minivan. Originally introduced as a member of the U-body including Chevrolet Lumina APV and Pontiac Trans Sport, Silhouette was the first luxury minivan with mixed sales success. But after being manufactured for two generations, the production of Oldsmobile Silhouette was discontinued as a direct result of General Motors discontinuing the Oldsmobile brand in 2004 and it was replaced by Buick Terraza in 2005.
The first-generation Oldsmobile Silhouette was produced from 1990 to 1996 based on the U-body GMT199 platform. Available as a 3-door minivan, Silhouette could accommodate up to seven passengers. During this generation, Silhouette was powered by a 3.1 L V6 rated at 120 hp, a 3.8 L V6 producing 170 horsepower and a 3.4 L V6. And all these engines sent power through 3-speed or 4-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. The more recent Silhouette arrived at the market in 1996 as a 1997 model and it added a 3-door model. It came in five trim levels: base, GL, GLS, GS, Premiere, GLS AWD and Premiere AWD. Back then, it only got one 3.4 L V6 engine and power was sent through a 4-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels or four wheels.

Oldsmobile Silhouette Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Since the production of Oldsmobile Silhouette has ended, then even though you have the youngest Silhouette, it must be over thirteen years old. And it is the time that these common problems will find it:
First, as expected, engine failure is often the first issue that appears on a vehicle with ages like Oldsmobile Silhouette. In case this issue breaks your vehicle down, you had better be aware of these symptoms and solve them as early as you can. According to experienced Silhouette drivers, this issue often starts with noises from the engine including squealing, whining and squeaking; then it performs worse than before, it may misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues such as hard starting and inability to start. And gradually, you will notice it has slow acceleration response, decreased power and excessive oil consumption. The illuminated Check Engine Light is the best sign to warn you of thorough inspection on Silhouette throttle cable, EGR valve gasket, engine mount, air filter, oil filter, intake manifold gasket and fuel pump.
Second, based on the data from car repair statistics site, transmission failure ranks second among all other issues on Oldsmobile Silhouette. Most Silhouette drivers offer that when the vehicle reaches about 87,000 miles, transmission failure will become a big problem. First of all, you may only hear grinding or clunking noises from beneath the vehicle when driving; then you may notice difficulty in shifting gears, transmission slippage, leaking transmission fluids, the indicator not matching gear, and the vehicle starting in another gear or refusing to go into any gear. This issue is serious enough to kill you if you do not handle it well. You are suggested to make sure the Silhouette transmission assembly, shift cable, automatic transmission filter, transfer case seal and automatic transmission shifter are always in the right order.
You should always put routine maintenance on routine maintenance on your Oldsmobile Silhouette as a priority and your routine work if a safe and comfortable driving trip is what you like. Some auto parts of your Silhouette such as windshield wiper, wiper blade, seat belt, fog light, headlight, door handle, cabin air filter and antenna need to be maintained regularly due to a high frequency of usages and harsh working conditions.
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