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  • cavcamcavcam Posts: 1
    I leased a 98 Silo. I have had many problems. Three recalls, Bad lights, broken tach, broken gas gauge, and grinding brakes. Service department took care of everything but the brakes. Now GM is saying it is a wear item and will not cover the problem. After many attempts, the local service manager stated that I should have had the brakes adjusted every 3,000 miles with each oil change. That is not in the service manual. Has anyone else incurred this problem with brakes on their silo. Please let me know. GM stated there is no tech service bulletin.
  • tauberjtauberj Posts: 61
    I too have recently noticed the occasional headlight flicker. My best guess is that it is related to the voltage regulator shifting modes. After reading the various posts regarding intermittent headlight/compass display flicker, I feel it is probably normal for this vehicle. As for the compressor, your van has automatic load leveling. The compressor will kick in when you turn the ignition to "On" to ensure the the van is level. It should only stay on for a few seconds and is normal.
  • I have posted before about our new olds silo. I really love this van. No problems except for a check engine light that keeps coming on and the service department can't or will not figure out why. The code I get from calling Onstar is p0440 which is an emissions problem. They have had the car 6 days out of the 21 that I have owned it..I've called customer service and they said they would look into it.
  • Hello gang,

    I have been reading the posts here for the last
    few weeks and have been very impressed.
    As a Silo owner, I knew the day would come when I
    would have the need to post. So here I am !!

    Mine is a 2000 Silo "GLS" (loaded, except for the
    Ent. Sys)purchased in May 2000. VERY pleased so
    far. Roughly 9400 miles to date. I have had two
    unexpected trips the dealer.
    First one for liftgate adjustment because there
    was a thudding noise every time I hit a bump from the real right side. Problem still exists, however
    minimized since I stuffed rags in the jack
    compartment and had the rear right bench seat
    replaced because the leather had a rip (warranty covered not to mention dealer came to
    the house to replace it).
    Second problem occurred around the same time.
    Rear right tire had a flat. Dealer sent someone to have the tire picked up. Turns out I had a nail.
    Tire plugged and back on the vehicle.

    From day one I have NOT been pleased with these
    Generals. I have noticed in the "2001" models (GLS
    and Premiere), GM is using Goodyear's.
    Admittedly, not the best, however, much improved
    from the current brand.
    Question which I want to throw out to the floor
    is: Do you think we (2000 owners) have a way of
    getting GM to replace the Generals for Goodyear's.If so, at what cost?

    Thanks in Advance,

    P.S. We went on a cross-country journey...
    details to follow soon.
  • Took delivery of car with 113 miles on 10/14. Tuesday 10/17 with 285 miles had to have towed to dealer. Wire harness melted.
    Dealer installed wiring harness, computer and still can not get car to run.
    As of November 7 they still have car (22 days at the dealer for repair, 3 in my house). They are going to try to put in another wire harness.
    I have requested the dealer take the car back. He says he can not since its been titled. Called 1-800- olds number a number of times and requested they take it back. They refuse saying thats what warranty is for. Dealer spoke to his rep and says they refuse to take it back.
    Under state law 30 days in shop in first 12 months or 18,000 miles is a lemon.
    What a great van!!!
  • My van has been in the shop 5 times in the last 6 weeks. The engine makes a noise, kinda like spark knocking. Very loud sometimes, also seems to bog down when making this noise. The first time I took it in the dealer had a small black cap sitting on my paper work, said they found it in my engine compartment........OK?? They have adjusted the washer line...didn't work.....They have all heard the noise.. I'm worried about long term damage. Can't wait to get rid of this one!!!!!!!
  • I am sorry to here that many people are having
    problems with this van. We bought the van 6 months ago. I was a lease vehicle with 19,000 on it. So far, no problems. The engine is a good performer. Power is always there when I need it. And it still gets good MPG.
    The four doors makes it very convenient for my wife and I to strap our three and one year old into the car seats. We usually leave the very back seats folded up for tons of cargo space.

    We have had 2 Chrysler minivans in the past. We bought them because they were cheap in comparison.
    Both had the 3.0L v6. Both of them used. Just o.k. acceleration. The tranny was going out in the first one. The second one, started to make a terrible lifter noise when started up. Most people could here us coming, before they saw us.
    Traded both of them in.

    My other car is a 94 Cavalier with 150,000 miles on it. Still going strong. I bought another GM product because of the luck that I have had with my Cavalier.
  • Picked up my 2000 Premiere on Nov 10 after being towed Oct 17 with 285 miles on it. They replaced wire harness 2 times and new computer. Cost in excess of $2400 which was covered by the warranty. Service engine soon light came on driving home.
    Took car back in on Tuesday Nov 13 with 363 miles.
    I have had this great car in the SHOP FOR REPAIRS 25 DAYS in my first 30 days of ownership.
  • fdrfdr Posts: 1
    I just got a used 98 Silo, and need to get the squeaks and groans coming from the left side door fixed. Does anyone know what to do to fix this problem. It makes me think the frame is twisting everytime you pull into a driveway, but it may just be a misaligned door. Other than that, the only problem is the steering wheel trim not tight enough.
  • Today my 2000 Silo with 18000 miles was towed back to Oldsmobile - would not start then one by one the inside lights, radio went out until nothing worked. On the way back to dealer I looked back at the van while on the hook and the head lights came on. At the dealer the inside lights, radio, doors began working until I tried to start the van then everything aborted again. Sounds like my van has a wiring problem similar to the Still a Lemon post. I'll let you know how things turn out.
  • I read a post where someone had shown seat covers for placing car seats on so they don't damage the seats. We have a 2000 Silo, and would like some additonal info. Does the dealer carry these?
    Any help would be appreciated.
  • Purchased my 2000 GL silhouette (with rear AC/Heat, audio control, key less entry/security system) this october. Picked my van when it had 121 miles and now 515 miles on it. So far the van is great by the grace of God (if any of you guys don't like my phrase, sorry. I always put God's grace first). Me and my wife realy like the van. (By the way I believe I got the best deal -$23K and 0% financing)
  • Well it finally happened, I couldn't convince my
    dad into opt'ing for a luxo-sedan or a SUV - with
    that being said my dad came home with a 2000 Silo
    GL today. Since I'm a 19 year old college student,
    you can guess that I'm not exactly crazy about
    mini-vans (unless it's a party on wheels
    ;-) ). His first response was to get me to drive I took it on the freeway and gunned it (I
    don't think my dad liked that). I was impressed by
    the pick-up it hit 70 relatively easy and I didn't
    notice any lag while I approached it. Also,
    wind/road was relatively low and tolerable. I was
    also relatively impressed by the stereo, RDS, good
    bottom-end for the front speakers (altho lacking
    highs-I'm an audiophile, look at my name). Alot of
    other good things I liked but I'm going to try and
    keep this short.

    I had a few questions/concerns that I hoped
    anybody could help me on.

    While going into the on-ramp to the freeway it was
    alittle rough, with each bump I sometimes heard
    some sort of squeaking noise. Later when I got off
    and made a turn onto a main road I also ran into
    some more squeaking, it seems to occur when the
    road is alittle rough. Has anybody else ran into
    the same problem?

    The silo is used @ 22k, he paid 18.5k for it, can
    anybody provide any insight to if this was a good
    deal or not?

    Thanks in advance,
  • kklotzkklotz Posts: 19
    I haven't posted for a while, but just an update (since there's news today that GM may be dropping Oldsmobile as a division). We bought our 2001 Premiere on August 24 (we had ordered it in June).
    It has 6,500 miles on it today, I've changed the oil three times (once at 1,000 miles and then each 3,000 miles since). We've done a lot of mountain and highway driving and the van's been great. The entertainment system is great at keeping the kids occupied when there's nothing they want to see on the road. The wireless headphones are a god-send! The only problem I had was when I put in a bad CD and it "broke" the player. The dealer ordered a new one and replaced it while I was there in about an hour. The seat warmers in this year's model are great. You never know you "need" something until someone invents it! I do have a couple of gripes, but it wouldn't prevent me from buying this van again. My gripes--I ordered the third row captains chairs--when they're up, they impede rear view mirror vision through the van. I usually have them put down. The new cup holders in the front stack--when you have anything in them you can't reach the buttons for your rear wiper, fog lights, etc.--minor, but annoying. The chrome wheels--don't buy them if you live in a city that gets lots of snow. The stuff they put on the road along with all the dirt makes them dirty all the time. Unless I'm scrubbing them all the time, they look like the alloys! Anyway, I traded in my 1997 GLS with 75,000 miles for this one. I'm glad I did. We'll just see if we all end up with orphan vehicles!

  • bigfigbigfig Posts: 35
    Very disappointed to hear that GM will be phasing out the Oldsmobile Div. We have a 2000 Olds GLS with about 9000 miles which was purchased March 27th. Very impressed with performance and have not had any problems other than a leak around the tailgate which was fixed. Have e-mailed the Oldsmobile Division about GM phasing out the division and suggested that perhaps GM should have put more money into advertising and marketing the Oldsmobile. Also,perhaps that they should have used some of the money they advertise for the Buick Div.through AARP Modern Maturity magazine and put to the Oldsmobile Div.
  • bigfigbigfig Posts: 35
    Very disappointed to hear that GM will be phasing out the Oldsmobile Div. We have a 2000 Olds GLS with about 9000 miles which was purchased March 27th. Very impressed with performance and have not had any problems other than a leak around the tailgate which was fixed. Have e-mailed the Oldsmobile Division about GM phasing out the division and suggested that perhaps GM should have put more money into advertising and marketing the Oldsmobile. Also,perhaps that they should have used some of the money they advertise for the Buick Div.through AARP Modern Maturity magazine and put to the Oldsmobile Div.
  • All,

    My current lease is up and I have taken a look at a Silo. Premiere as a replacement. I am starting to discuss leasing, but the rates I am getting quoted ($598/36 mos., $555/48 mos.) seem quite high. Any comments on whether this is in line with others experiences?

  • kklotzkklotz Posts: 19

    I leased my Premiere in August. The sticker was around $34,500; our price was slightly over $31,000. We traded in our previous van and put down about $3,000 in equity on the 2001. Our lease is 36 months and it's $498/month. We live in Colorado and, at the time, GM was giving a $500 rebate for leasing. If you're putting zero down, these numbers might be in line. I'd be sure to shop them to a credit union, if you're able, to see if you can get a better rate than the dealer.

  • Last Friday I was informed by my lawyer to return my 98 Odds Van back to the Dealer that originally sold it to me. After almost a year and four transmissions CM bought it back. This Van was serviced originally by Rob's OLD & Chevolet in Marysville, Ohio. I can see when mechanical problems happens but the personal treatment I received from this Dealer was very negative and I was told there was nothing wrong. Another Dealer in Columbus Ohio did not agree and worked with me up the very last week I had the Van. If anyone else has had a bad experience with this Dealer please contact me and we can get surport from GM.
  • Olds is giving an extra $1500 rebate if you already own or lease an Olds. That is in addition to a $1,000 Holiday rebate, and a $1,500 regular (2001 Silo) rebate. They are also throwing in a 50/50K bumper-to-bumper warranty. Not a bad time to lease a new van.
  • My 99 Silo is at 75K miles, and owners manual says 100K to transmission service and 150K (or 5 years) to coolant flush.

    I called Olds dealer for service on these (I'm off work like everybody else this week), and the service advisor about fainted when he found out that neither had been serviced yet! He says the coolant turns gray and breaks down well before 100K, and transmissions can't run over 50K between servicing, even with Dexron III.

    My miles aren't the "severe conditions" mentioned in the owner's manual (mostly hours on end on the interstate).

    I've just done oil changes every 5K (about every 6 weeks), and brakes, rotors, and tires at 40K.

    Am I missing something?

  • Anybody know where I can get the inside cabin air filters without going to GM and shelling out 70 bucks?

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Well, you could go to your friendly Nissan Quest dealer and pay ~$65 for theirs:-). It seems to be quite a rip, eh? I washed mine in the dishwasher but it didn't seem to help (or hurt). Next I'm going to try a 24 hour soak in some hot tub filter cleaner I have lying around. I'm too cheap to pay that much for a dust/pollen filter....

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  • we seem to have an excessive buildup of frost on our inside windshield...the heater takes forever to warm up....any suggestions/
  • kgvankgvan Posts: 6
    Been looking at the GAS & was wondering how the prices might be even after the end of year sale end tomorrow? Right now they have between $2-3000 rebates & incentives. Wonder how much one might be able to dicker down cause of lost resale value because it's an old, etc??
    Any thoughts or experiences on this???
  • I think the incentives can only go higher. They are now selling the Olds cars and vans that would have been sold maybe 2 or 3 months down the road.

    Not only that, but in the "RIP Oldsmobile" topic Olds is giving dealers and salesmen a lot of incentives to move any Olds. The 5 year/60K warranties are nice, too.

    Patience is a virtue.
  • We have a 2000 Olds silo that has an annoying front end rattle. It only occurs when the van is travelling at low speed between 5 and 40 mph (on the hiway it's fine). does anyone else have this problem?

    I'm thinking it's maybe a bad strut, but the possibility of it being something more costly (eg. transaxle or transmission) is upsetting. It's intermittent, and doesn't necessarily happen whenever you hit a bump. When I had it in for an oil change at the dealer (~6000 miles) I asked them to look for it. They "didn't find anything". Could you let me know your findings? Thanks.
  • It looks like we are on the right road for the spelling of this topic!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    My gosh, you guys actually read the Discussion titles? :-)

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  • sintrasintra Posts: 15
    Of course we read the titles !
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