2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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of the 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette. Base trim shown.

2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Similar to the value-priced Chevrolet Venture and the sport-oriented Pontiac Montana, the Oldsmobile Silhouette is the luxury member of General Motors’ minivan trio. All three vehicles carry the same 3.4-liter V-6 engine and four-speed-automatic transmission.

GM announced in December 2000 that the Oldsmobile brand would be phased out, but the Silhouette hangs on for another season. For the 2003 model year, traction control is standard on two-wheel-drive models. All versions get 16-inch wheels, and two new body colors are available.

Available only in extended-body form, the Silhouette comes in three flavors: GL, midlevel GLS and top-of-the-line Premiere. Oldsmobile was the first to offer a backseat video entertainment system, which debuted in the 1998 Silhouette Premiere edition. Current versions are DVD-based, with a letterboxed viewing screen. Versatrak all-wheel drive (AWD) is also available.

Exterior
All Silhouettes ride an extended, 120-inch wheelbase, stand 68.1 inches tall and measure 201.4 inches long overall, which is just slightly larger than the Dodge Grand Caravan. The Silhouette is equipped with a rear swing-up liftgate and sliding doors on both sides. A power-operated door on the passenger side is standard on the GLS and Premiere models and optional on the GL. A power door for the driver’s side may be installed on the GLS and is standard on the Premiere.

Interior
The Silhouette seats either seven or eight occupants on two bucket seats ...
Vehicle Overview
Similar to the value-priced Chevrolet Venture and the sport-oriented Pontiac Montana, the Oldsmobile Silhouette is the luxury member of General Motors’ minivan trio. All three vehicles carry the same 3.4-liter V-6 engine and four-speed-automatic transmission.

GM announced in December 2000 that the Oldsmobile brand would be phased out, but the Silhouette hangs on for another season. For the 2003 model year, traction control is standard on two-wheel-drive models. All versions get 16-inch wheels, and two new body colors are available.

Available only in extended-body form, the Silhouette comes in three flavors: GL, midlevel GLS and top-of-the-line Premiere. Oldsmobile was the first to offer a backseat video entertainment system, which debuted in the 1998 Silhouette Premiere edition. Current versions are DVD-based, with a letterboxed viewing screen. Versatrak all-wheel drive (AWD) is also available.

Exterior
All Silhouettes ride an extended, 120-inch wheelbase, stand 68.1 inches tall and measure 201.4 inches long overall, which is just slightly larger than the Dodge Grand Caravan. The Silhouette is equipped with a rear swing-up liftgate and sliding doors on both sides. A power-operated door on the passenger side is standard on the GLS and Premiere models and optional on the GL. A power door for the driver’s side may be installed on the GLS and is standard on the Premiere.

Interior
The Silhouette seats either seven or eight occupants on two bucket seats up front and two captain’s chairs in the second row. The third row may contain a three-passenger bench seat or a stowable bench that includes a floor-mounted covered storage tray.

A dual-zone front climate-control system, perforated leather seat trim and an eight-way power seat with driver’s memory are standard in the GLS and Premiere editions. Maximum cargo volume totals 141.9 cubic feet. GM’s OnStar communication system and remote keyless entry are included in all models.

Under the Hood
The Silhouette uses the same powertrain as its two GM cousins: a 185-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 engine that mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Versatrak AWD is available on the GLS and Premiere editions.

Safety
Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. A rear parking-assist system is standard on the GLS and Premiere models; this feature gives an audible warning when you come close to an obstacle to the rear while backing up.

Driving Impressions
Although the Silhouette doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a minivan, it serves as a pleasantly luxurious example. You get the added bonus of ample, versatile interior space. The Silhouette is enjoyable to drive. It steers and handles easily and delivers a quiet, confident, civilized experience.

Its acceleration is impressive, and the solid powertrain operates with no annoyances. Ride quality is close to gentle on good pavement, but it can bang around a bit through rougher terrain.

The center-row seats are appealingly comfortable and easy to access, but reaching the third-row bench causes a bit of a squeeze. A net between the front seats is useful, and the video player in the Premiere edition can be a welcome bonus for long trips.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 2/26/03

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(3.9)
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(3.7)
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(3.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great minivan for a family

by someGuy from Chicago, IL on May 25, 2017

This is almost perfect. The only thing I would change about it is add remote start and AWD for the Chicago weather. Read full review

(4.0)

Quite surprised

by Taxi Dad from Washington state on January 9, 2013

We bought this van used just before I left on deployment. Being the typical guy, I was skeptical and quite hesitant on the purchase. C'mon, what guy actually wants to be driving a mini-van? This baby ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette currently has 5 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Silhouette received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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