2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Performance
  • Easy handling
  • Quietness
  • Luxurious amenities

The Bad

  • Soon-to-be-extinct brand
  • Backseat comfort
  • Resale value
  • Access to third-row seat

Notable Features of the 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette

  • Available AWD
  • Available DVD entertainment system
  • Extended-length design
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Available Collector&amp
  • #8217
  • s Edition

2004 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 is hanging on for its final season in 2004. For the 2003 model year, traction control became standard on front-wheel-drive models and all versions got 16-inch wheels. Remote keyless entry becomes standard for 2004, and luggage rails with crossbars are newly optional. Oldsmobile said the final 500 minivans will be Collector’s Editions.

Available only in extended-length form, the Silhouette comes in three trim levels: GL, midlevel GLS and top-of-the-line Premiere. Current versions of Oldsmobile’s backseat video entertainment system are DVD-based and include a letterbox viewing screen. Versatrak all-wheel drive 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 ...
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 is hanging on for its final season in 2004. For the 2003 model year, traction control became standard on front-wheel-drive models and all versions got 16-inch wheels. Remote keyless entry becomes standard for 2004, and luggage rails with crossbars are newly optional. Oldsmobile said the final 500 minivans will be Collector’s Editions.

Available only in extended-length form, the Silhouette comes in three trim levels: GL, midlevel GLS and top-of-the-line Premiere. Current versions of Oldsmobile’s backseat video entertainment system are DVD-based and include a letterbox viewing screen. Versatrak all-wheel drive 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 seven occupants, with two bucket seats up front and standard 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 climate-control system for front-seat occupants, 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 connects to a four-speed-automatic transmission. Versatrak all-wheel drive 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, standard on GLS and Premiere models, warns of obstacles to the rear.

Driving Impressions
Although the Silhouette doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a minivan, it serves as a pleasantly luxurious example. The Silhouette is enjoyable to drive, and it steers and handles easily and delivers a quiet, confident, civilized experience.

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 comfortable and easy to access, but reaching the third-row bench can be 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.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Final 500 Silhouette

by norbi from union nj on May 1, 2014

I own this car since 2011. It is one of the last ones made since its a FInal 500 Edition with optional badges, special color and fully loaded with DVD, twi zone climate control, heated seats, leather. ... Read full review

(5.0)

owned 7 yrs now only one small repair

by chopper from Winston Salem, NC on August 21, 2011

I agree with first review, all those are true ,great van, also tows well with plenty of power,20mpg city 25 to 28 hwy Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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