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Oldsmobile Silhouette

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  • kdupraykdupray Posts: 3
    CD changer in 20O1 Silhouette Premier
    Has anyone found an after market CD changer that still allows you to use the radio controls on the steering wheel. I would be interested to know the brand and where you purchased it.
    Thanks!
  • deuce56deuce56 Posts: 46
    '01 Premier on its way

    Mocha Premier (two tone leather) w/ Gold Pkg, Trailer Tow, and 6 Disc changer. Using GM .9% financing - 32,135-1500 loyalty-385 GM VISA = $30,250. Not a GREAT deal, but I think better than a good deal. Please chime in. The .9% seemed like a better deal than the $2000 rebate. $324 in interest over 3 years for using their money (108 per year).
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    GM minivan recall for mechanical defect in sliding door.

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  • hardestyhardesty Posts: 166
    Just rotated the tires at 22,500 miles (built Nov 98, delivered Dec 98). The original tires (General XP2000GTs) look like they will last to at least 50K. The fronts wear more that the rears (expected on any FWD), but wear is even. Since tires for the Silhouette run around $60, this is very good performance. The brake pads look great, should do an easy 60K miles. I think this may be at least partly due to the fact that I do my own tire rotations and carefully torque the lug nuts to spec.

    The van has been a pleasure, no shop time (save for that deer thing), and the power train is first rate. It uses no oil between 7500 mile changes (Mobil 1 0w-30), and gas mileage is very good (20MPG long term, and we live in the mountains), 25MPG+ on the open road.

    Have not yet received the latch recall notice, sounds like a quick fix. We have had zero problems with the power door. I did manage to break the lift gate inside handle, but that was a two minute warranty repair.

    If our finances work out, we will probably upgrade to a 2002 GLS this fall to get some of the new features and extend the warranty for another five years. With trade-in, discounts, low financing, and the $1500 certificate we should be able to keep about the same payments. We also have the luxury of a great dealer (we have purchased 3 Oldsmobiles from them since 1995).
  • deuce56deuce56 Posts: 46
    Picked up our '01 Mocha Premiere on Saturday. I had reservations about the color but now I can say that I "like" it and may grow to love it. I've had many complements on the color in the short time that I've had it. With the gold package and a gold pinstriping the mocha is an attractive color (mauve brown). We have the two tone mocha seats - nice touch! The only glitch is that the video screen does not work properly - they have to order a new "interface." The audio on the VCP works but no picture appears. The 6-disc CD is a nice radio - lots of nice features. Ironically the recall notice for our '98 silo that we traded in came in the mail today. I guess we'll be receiving the '01's recall notice after Olds' records are updated. The back-up sensors, newer cupholders (especially 2nd row), and heated seats are nice additions. I'll try to keep you informed of future developments/pleasures.
  • dhintzddhintzd Posts: 12
    We just traded our 99 Silo GL for an '01 Silo GLS. We started have little things go wrong with the '99 and we were close to end of warranty. So far we really like the '01. We enjoy the leather, heated seats and the 16 inch wheels seem to ride a lot nicer. The chrome wheels combined with the Arctic White color really make the van stand out. Have discovered that the rear parking aid really does work well. The only glitch that we have discovered so far is that the radio is having a lot of trouble picking up radio stations, even those that are local. The dealer checked out the antenna connection, and that appeared fine. So...a new radio is on order. The extended warranty was a big factor in our purchase.
  • tauberjtauberj Posts: 61
    I see a number of you are experiencing the water in the jack compartment problem. I had this last year on my 2000. I noticed that the water was silty (road dirt). This caused me to suspect that the jack well leak was in the wheel well seem. If you look behind the rear tire (either side), you will see that the wheel well is two pieces with a pinched seem running down the middle. My dealer sealed this seem with black silicone sealer. Also, they applied a lot of the same inside the front wall of the jack compartment. I haven't noticed a recurrence of this problem since (yes, I do check occasionally).

    Regarding the power door problem... we just drove from NJ to myrtle Beach and back. The problem occurred once. The door warning buzzer sounded when I left the hotel to come home. After about 5-10 seconds, it stopped. This is the only time I am aware that the door did not fully shut. Yesterday, Olds sent a recall notice to me for this very problem. My van will be in for service next week as the dealer had to order a window latch for the power slider door window, as it doesn't; fully lock. So, when it comes in, I'll have them replace the recalled part as well.

    Other than that, the only other problem I have had in 1.5 years and 14,000 miles is that the driver's seat heater needed to be replaced (took 4 visits to get it right). The old one in the seat back shorted out. Had a pencil eraser-sized burn mark where the element shorted out.

    Still, this van has been great. The video system was my savior on my 1900 mile round trip vacation (3 kids).
  • music287music287 Posts: 116
    I heard somewhere that AWD would be available on the Olds, even with the fold flat rear seat. Does anyone have information about the system, or when it will be available? Although my wife currently drives a DC T&C awd, and it has been satisfactory, I like the extended coverage GM offers and, apparently, the lower price.
    Any opinions or other information out there?
    Thanks!
    Jay
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I own a 99 Silo and am thinking about an Extended Warranty. One company quoted me $767 for 24/24 and $1037 fior 36/36. Any comments on the pricing?

    Also any names and contacts for extended warranties would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    Extended Warranties: Extending The Joys Of Ownership. You can also click-through to 1Source for a quote (an Edmunds partner).

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  • deuce56deuce56 Posts: 46
    Jack, with the 60/60k warranty that Olds is offering on the new Silo and the .9% financing with the 1500 Olds Loyalty this may be the best time to trade that '99 in on a new vehicle. Your '99 should bring a good price and you can't beat the new deals with all the new features.

    I also compared the T&C Limited with the Silo and came away impressed w/ the Silo (2nd Silo) and the money difference was a major factor. From all I've read about the reliability problems of the T&C I couldn't pass up the 60/60k warranty on the Silo.

    I also noticed that our new radio didn't pull in the local stations very well. I'll inquire the next time I'm in for service if they have others saying the same thing.
  • dustmitdustmit Posts: 2
    Or should I try to negotiate on my own? I then hope to apply the manufacturer's rebate.
    Is it reasonable to think I could negotiate lower than $300 over invoice? I'm going to buy the 2001 GL.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I would think that you could do much better than 300 over invoice. Check it out and if not go with the X plan.

    FYI---Last November I purchased a new, 2001 Buick which I got at invoice plus a $2000 rebate....
  • music287music287 Posts: 116
    Does anyone have any information on the rumored AWD option on the Silo? Our DC awd is getting old...I'd love to buy a loaded Silo...

    Jay
  • deuce56deuce56 Posts: 46
    My 2001 Silo's VCP player is still not fixed. The techs put in a new interface module with no improvement. The next step is replacing the screen. If that doesn't work then they'll replace the head-end unit. Disappointed kids.

    Also, as anyone noticed a high pitched whistle coming from the radio on the 6 disc changer units? It's very annoying and alost forces me to listen to CDs exclusively. This will definitely be reported/corrected the next time I'm in for the VCP problem.
  • Just pulled my new premier Silhouette out of the show room. Within a day we had a problem. The traction control service light popped on and automatically turned off the traction control system. Anybody else have this problem? The dealer is getting a call this morning.
  • dhintzddhintzd Posts: 12
    The dealer received the new radio and had it installed, but the same problem arose. They still were not able to pull any AM/FM radio stations. The tech hooked up a non-window based antenne, and the radio worked fine. They called Olds and began trouble shooting the problem. I guess, according to what the service manager has told me, is that the OnStar comms was affecting the signal reception for the radio, since they use much of the same wiring. Olds knows of this problem, and had the techs check 2 wires and a module. 1 wire and the module checked out ok, but the third wire had the problem. I guess they now have to re-do a bunch of coax in the van. I saw the van the other day, and the whole dash area and driver info center on the ceiling is all tore apart. My big fear is now the chance of squeaks and rattles once everyting is put back together. The replacement wire has been ordered and hopefully will be here in a day or two. Will let everyone know how the radio works once the wire is replaced, and give a part number for the wire if I can. As an aside, they gave us an "01 Montana to drive around until ours is fixed, and I sure like our Silo better.
  • cpdcherrycpdcherry Posts: 2
    We took a 2001 Venture LT van out for a final pre-delivery test drive, and the "Service Traction Control" light came on near the end of our drive just after I did a lot of backing up to check out the sonar feature.

    I spoke to the service manager about it. Turns out an ABS sensor in a rear wheel was bad. That was replaced, and I have been assured that the van has test-driven well by the sales manager. We haven't been back yet,though. We already wasted two afternoons at the dealer (one for the test drive, another when they told us it was fixed but hadn't done anything to it yet) and are currently checking out other mini vans.

    I liked the Odyssey a lot (here in Amarillo they're going for sticker plus any options the buyer wants, no high-dollar pinstripes etc.) and we're renting a Windstar on our vacation this weekend. Those GM card rebates sure are twisting my arm for the Chevy though!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    "The Silhouette minivan is a veritable living room on wheels."

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  • kdavis3kdavis3 Posts: 1
    We've looked at the '01 Silo GLS and Premiere and like what we see. Saying farewell to our '94 Villager w/172K miles in the process. Any thoughts on trying to justify the extra $$ for the Premiere? Have 2 kids, but the idea of lugging around VHS tapes on trips seems like a hassle--they take up a fair amount of room. Is there such a thing as a portable DVD player that could be hooked up to the jacks on the SILO? Also, I look at the screen and think it's tiny. Any opinions on this? Do the cordless head phones work well? Thanks.
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