2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette Review

A practical purchase to some, but others should look towards a current brands.

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Overview

The 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette is another vehicle in a lineup that would soon depart from the marketplace. Despite its pending demise, it continued to offer a well-equipped line of minivans with plenty of luxury appointments. From the standard safety inspired traction control to the DVD player in the Premiere edition, there are plenty of highlights to take note of; a few updates were made, including optional luggage roof rails to haul extra cargo and standard remote keyless entry on certain models. The last 500 models in production were set to be special Collector’s Editions for those seeking out something unique.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Silhouette GL, Oldsmobile Silhouette GLS, Oldsmobile Silhouette Premiere

What's New

2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette was released with only two minor improvements that would rarely persuade a consumer from opting for a more current and relevant minivan. The first of two includes a remote keyless entry system that was a modern feature for the time. Drivers were just hearing about and becoming familiar with the remote that allowed easy access and became and especially popular feature for families juggling children and cargo. The other update was the optional roof rails suitable for luggage or other large bulky items that would not fit in the already ample truck space. It did continue to offer many luxury features that attracted families, but due to its upcoming disappearing act, it was a hard sale for many dealerships.

Exterior

The 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette was a classic, four-door minivan with all the standard bells and whistles. Its four doors make way for plenty of seating in addition to convenient cargo access. Fully automatic headlights graced the front and reached a total of 201.4 inches in length. Drivers can opt for a power side door on the higher GLS and Premiere editions. The five available color palettes included Sport Red, Sand, Liquid Silver, Arctic White, and Indigo. Although it may appear to be a standard minivan from the exterior, its interior luxury attributes set it apart from the competition.

Interior

The 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette is roomy and could easily sit up to seven thanks to a third row of seating in either a bench or split bench, depending on the model. The front seat offers slightly over 39 inches of leg room along with a six-way power adjustable driver seat. Cloth bucket front seats were standard in all models, with leather upholstery standard on the GLS and Premiere. Available interior color options included Beige and Gray. CD players coupled with cassette players were standard in all models with a capable four speaker audio systems throughout the cabin. DVD players were standard in the Premiere model making it a suitable car for lengthy adventures or trips with the family. Trip computers were also standard in all models keeping it somewhat relevant in terms of technology.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette are outfitted with a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine that climbs to 185 horsepower and releases 210 lb-ft of torque. The standard four-speed automatic transmission provides a comfortable and smooth handling ride. Front drive is also standard on the models along with optional all-wheel drive on the GLS and Premiere. For an SUV in its class, the ride is on par with competition, but the gas mileage is less than favorable, reaching only 17/24 mpg city/highway.

Safety

The 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette is ranked ""poor"" for the frontal offset test, which is the lowest score available from the IIHS Ratings. According to the NHSTA, it achieved four out of five stars for the passenger, driver, and side impact rear crash test results. A full five out of five starts were granted for the side impact front rating. Standard on all Silhouettes are four-wheel ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution, daytime running lights, and a security alarm system. Traction control is also standard in addition to dual front impact airbags and dual front side impact airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Silhouette: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Collector’s edition
  • DVD Player

You Won't Like

  • Extinct brand
  • Resale value
  • Fuel economy

Sum Up

A practical purchase to some, but others should look towards a current brands.

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