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  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    Thanks creid! At first I thought it was a poorly installed windshield. The dealer checked it and said no. I was thinking about the cowl area, because I remember experiencing a similar but much worse problem with a couple of Ford Taurus rental cars---about 5 or 6 years ago. I'll have the dealer check it out!
  • I am looking at a 1998 Silo GS with 35000 miles and at a cost of $15,000. We live in upstate NY and the temperature is about 15 degrees. We test drove it for about an hour with the heat on high. The defrosters were working but the passenger windows never defogged. Is this normal in this type of weather or is there a problem? Any help would be appreciated. Than
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I've got a 99 Silo that is "housed" in the Chicago area and have NOT had any significant fog problems during our cold winter. There may be a problem with the 98 you tested. If you are really interested, I'd have a mechanic check it out.
  • Greetings,

    I am in the market for an '01 Premiere, and I would like to hear from anyone who has heard of any good lease deals on it.

    TIA,
    SST
  • I will probably be picking up our new 2001 Silo GLS tonight or tomorrow, is there a list of things that I should make sure to check? Thanks for the help.

    Dave
  • Sounds like you may be having problems with the fuel pump. I have a 1995 Tahoe with the same problem. It's common with GM, especially the trucks. If the fuel pump is wearing, it can not create pressure ( about 60 psi required for fuel injected engines ) as easily as if it were in perfect condition. Thus, it takes longer for the fuel pump to build pressure at start-up. Next time you're ready to start the van, turn the key on and wait about 10-15 seconds to let the fuel pump build pressure in the fuel line. Then start the van. It should start quicker with less cranking. If this helps, you know for certain its the fuel pump. One of these days, it won't start at all as the fuel pump won't be capable of building the pressure at.
  • Thanks for your insight. I had the windshield replaced on my silo and it had the same sound afterwards. I assumed a bad seal also. I'll have to check my cowl also!
  • It could have been the car you were test-driving had just been prepped by the dealer and there was excess moisture in the carpet. But, I have noticed in our 99 the pass will fog up before driver's. I just thought it was my wife! : )
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I am interested to see that more windshield noise problems are out there with the Silhouette. My dealer wanted to replace the window also, but we decided against it. Haven't taken my van in yet, but intend to along with copies of cried's and your post.

    If there are more of "you" out there, please let us know!

    Thanks
  • creidcreid Posts: 54
    I know the frustration with the noise. We took a long trip from Cincinnati, OH to Dallas, Tx & heard that blasted whistling for 3K miles. Took the van to Borcherding in Cincinnati but of course no problem found, then persisted again to Borcherding 2wks later again the same NPF. Tried another dealership then again NPF. Last took the van to a pontiac dealer called Delord about 10 miles away & it immediately diagnosed with the cowl vibrating on the windshield. You know the ironic thing was about 2 mos after the repair a service manager from Borcherding called my voice mail asking if I still had the noise & if it was repaired to call them with my finding for other complaints of the noise. I wasn't nice enough to contact them back I figured they wasted enough of my time.
  • I have been pleased with my 1999 Premier. We've had a couple of problems, the air shocks have leaked, and the electric door molding had come apart. Other than that, performance and comfort have been more than we expected. The kids love the TV/VCR feature! Like most respondents, we are concerned about the chasing out of Oldsmobile product line, but with the $1500 cash, and current $3000 factory offer on 2001 models, we are considering making a trade. The thrashing of the trade in values is a BIG concern! I think maybe CM needs to come up with another plan, say - a guaranteed trade-in value for another CM product over the next 3 to 6 years. Any thoughts?
  • 3000 offer, 1500 cash? What is that about. Currently in the Detroit area, the deal is 2000$ cash back or 3.9% financing, and a 5/60 warranty. Please let me know the details of this, such as your location, and how you shake loose that money! Thanks,

    Dave
  • rileyymarileyyma Posts: 1
    I purchased a silhouette 2001 last December 2000. While dealing with the sales person, I asked about this protection plan that GM is offering. The sales person thought that I was crazy. Suddenly, GM is offering this plan to all 2000, 2001 and 2002 Oldsmobile. Does anybody know if my Silhouette is cover by this plan? I called the dealership to find out and could not answered my question. By the way, after 1700 miles of driving the engine service light came on. The had to replace an emission valve. It took a couple of hours. Thanks
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    I have been looking at 2001 Silhouette GLS and Premier vans in black with chrome wheels and two-tone leather and they look really nice for a minivan. Previously I had a 1997 Grand Voyager that was my first van and it was a great first experiance. Then, back in October 2000 I traded that van in for a 2000 Chrysler 300M. It used to be nice but now it creaks, squeaks, and rattles and drives me nuts and I have been missing the space and utility of a van. The Oldsmobile deals are great and I would like to get rid of my car and do not want another Chrysler.

    I have heard that Venture/Montana/Silhouette build quality was spotty with a lot of squeaks and rattles. Is this true? The Silhouette seems very nice but these annoyances are the last things I need. Any advice?
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I have a 99 Silo, GLS with about 22K on it. It has really been quite good and still is tight. I have had some problem with windshield wind nosie, but it should be fixable and is not that annoying. I'd buy another----! Good Luck.
  • Would be interested in hearing what kind of lease costs anyone has obtained on a GL, especially with the "customer cash" of $2-3,000 that supposedly is available. If agreeable, please also provide how large a initial payment was made, etc. and in general, all the details of the lease. My guess is that since this car line is on its way to "auto heaven", leasing is the way to go because of significant discounts and the fact that I won't have to worry about resale.
  • chrisr3chrisr3 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 gas, been back to the dealer 5 times for a persistent rear water leak in the tire jack panel. the dealer has made several attempts to solve the problem but it has'nt fixed the problem. last trip to the dealer they drilled a hole thou the bottom of the panel for drainage without telling me. it still fills with water and now living in the chic ago area its filled with salt water. I also have power steering problems. hard to parallel park and steering is tight in cold weather. I can also smell belt burning when the steering is acting up. dealer has looked at this twice and insists there is no problem. I am trying to get a new van under the state lemon law act. anybody out there gone this route!
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I own a Silo with the only problem being a windshield noise. No leaks or power steering problems. As I said I don't have the problems, but I remember a few posts back someone mentioning the rear water leak. Check the old posts.
  • hark3hark3 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Silhouette, and I love it. It currently has 9200 miles and has been trouble free. One concern of mine is that about every 5th time I start it it will have an extended crank. On the other occasions, it will start immediately. The extended crank will last for about 2-3 seconds and it will sound almost like a sputter when it starts. It always starts, though. The dealer said that the 3.4 engine has a sensor on the crankshaft or camshaft(I forget which) that must be lined up properly or it has to make a complete revolution before starting. He says that nothing can be done. My brothers' Venture and Montana don't do this. Am I being misled?
  • Anyone having trouble with intermitten locking of the power door locks. Keeps trying to lock while driving. Also locks itself when you get out of car. Doesn't happen all the time. Didn't happen for the service dept. Also, remotes for opening doors have to be closer to car (15 feet) to work.
    My 1998 had more distance with the remote.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    This problem has also been posted on Venture site on and off.It is thought that water comes in around the rubber boots under the back hatch on the top frame of the body.

    As a precaution I got some clear sealant, lifted the boot rim and sealed it that way. So far stays dry. Sometime ago someone posted that 2001 have drainage holes.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I have a 99 Silo and have experienced some longer "cranks", but nothing in the 3 sec. range and not that often.

    I'd double check with some other dealer or GM.
  • hardestyhardesty Posts: 166
    The easiest way to tell if the van has the towing package is to look for the oil cooler between the oil filter and the engine. This is a small water jacket that uses engine coolant to cool the oil. It has small water lines running to it. Not all vans with load leveling suspension have the towing package.
  • My Silo had this annoying rattle in the drivers side sliding door, and it was really noticeable at low speeds going over rough road. I was convinced it was something inside the door rattling around. Turns out, it was the weatherstripping rubbing against the window.
    I sprayed some Prestone silicone lubricant on the weatherstripping (with the window open) and it's been quiet ever since.
    I also had the windshield noise mentioned earlier on another Silo. I put foam tape under the plastic cowl and the noise went away.

    Mikey.
  • hhuahhua Posts: 16
    Thanks, I just went to look at the van. Yes I can see the hoses connected to the water jacket. Thanks again.
  • bigfigbigfig Posts: 35
    I originally posted about water leaking in the rear compartment of 2000 Silo XLS that I purchased last March 27th. We found that it was leaking through the rubber boots where the wires come through for the rear lift gate. The dealer put silicone around and under the boots and have not had any problems since then. We have approx. 10400 miles so far and have really been pleased we our XLS. The service manager at the dealership has been very helpful to me whenever I go to have service, such as oil changes and rotating tires. Gets me and out within 30-45 minutes. Also have been using CM card to get $$$$ off on next purchase which may be within 2 years on another mini-van that I will be getting rid of
    hopefully.
  • bigfigbigfig Posts: 35
    I originally posted about water leaking in the rear compartment of 2000 Silo GLS that I purchased last March 27th. We found that it was leaking through the rubber boots where the wires come through for the rear liftgate. The dealer put silicone around and under the boots and have not had any problems since then. We have approx. 10400 miles so far and have really been pleased we our GLS. The service manager at the dealership has been very helpful to me whenever I go to have service, such as oil changes and rotating tires. Gets me and out within 30-45 minutes. Also have been using CM card to get $$$$ off on next purchase which may be within 2 years on another mini-van that I will be getting rid of
    hopefully.
  • bigfigbigfig Posts: 35
    Am using GM card, no such thing has CM card
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,554
    You have 30 minutes to make any changes or fixes after you post a message. Just click on the Edit button that follows your message after you post it. fwiw, the CM (Comercial Mexicana) credit card is big in Mexico.

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  • Just bought a '98 GLS. Nice change from the caravan. couple of minor problems. water in the headlights and the alarm going off in the middle of the night. I bounced the van around and I couldn't set the alarm off. Can the lights be fixed with silicone or do they need to be replace. Also wondering if there is an easy way to change the air filter.
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