This week were looking at the Oldsmobile Silhouette and its so sad that it
also comes at a time when Olds, the granddaddy of all automobile manufacturers, is being
phased out of existence. I grew up with Oldsmobile and Ill miss it.
I suspect dad leaned toward Olds because it was one of the early car companies that he
grew up with. He was from the same old school, and when he wasnt driving in those
grand old machines, he was flying around in those other new inventions - airplanes - of
the early 1900s. They were the pioneers who spent cold nights working on all those
new gadgets coming out of the industrial revolution.
Those must have been exciting and exhilarating times. I can visualize them driving
around, sharing dirt roads with horses and buggies. They must have impressed the ladies
with their antics, and surely would have been admired by every little boy they passed.
Today, the technological age keeps those pioneer spirited people indoors with their
fancy new mega gigahertz, gigabyte, rip roaring computers with five-foot flat screens
hanging on the wall to impress other computer nerds, who also rarely see the light of day.
Ive been one of those computer guys for over 25 years and I love it, but the
mystique of the past is somehow more romantic and fun to consider.
Some of us still hang onto remnants of the past, and I guess its time to saddle
up and go for a ride in the backcountry, cut a few cords of wood and feel like a man
again. Ill do that right after I finish mending those fences.
Continuing down memory lane, I think Ill also miss Olds, when I think back to
those days when I'd stop to body surf at Laguna on my way back to the San Diego Naval Base
in my black 1949 Olds 88 hard top coupe. For the life of me I cant see why GM
decided to stop building this history-making car line. Oh well.
This Olds, like other Minivans, is soft riding and comfortable. It has all the power
youll need in this class of utility family car, unless youll be pulling a boat
or have a need to go off road. I can't think of a better vehicle for families and all
those Soccer Moms who have to shuttle the kids to and from.
I really felt at home driving this Silhouette like an old friend. But it helps
when you feel good about what you spend your hard earned money for. This is a very pretty
and classy minivan you can drive to any occasion. And the fit and finish is as good as
As for Conveniences, this thing is loaded, and of course the price reflects it. The
entertainment center is wonderful to keep the kids and grandkids occupied while you listen
to the radio, or simply talk about things they dont care about anyway. The power
sliding door on the passenger side is indispensable. There is no question I'd find a way
to justify the extra money to have this option, especially for the children. Another nice
item is the sensor that audibly lets you know when youre getting close to objects
while backing up.
A recommendation: All minivans cost too much but, relative to the more popular
SUVs, youll get much better gas mileage, and its all around a better
family car. Before you spend all the money, think about whether you really need all the
gadgets. If money is no object, then buy this super loaded family van. I've driven the
Ford Windstar, the Dodge Caravan, and I was very impressed with the Honda Odyssey. But as
much as I liked these other minivans, I still have a love affair with Oldsmobile. By Joseph Mavilia © AutoWire.Net - San
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Column Name: "I still have a love affair with Oldsmobile"
Topic: 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette Premiere Edition
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