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#944 of 2501 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette GLS
Sep 18, 2001 (6:13 pm)
I owned a 1997 Chevy Venture Extended Wheelbase with the power sliding door and loved it dearly. Decided to go shopping around last month for a trade in and when looking at the 2001 models, came across some new Oldsmobile Silhouettes on the lot. Now as much as I like the Ventures, I soon realized that the Silo's were a step up, very plush. Dealers are trying to move them and even though they sell for about 2,500 more than a Venture, you can get it for the same price as a Venture (with many more options), but the kicker with the Olds is a 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty! I know that some are saying Olds is going out of business in the next few years, but parts will be readily available at any GM dealer for years to come. Heck, they have the same engine! Also, knowing that the Ventures, Silhouettes, and Pontiac Montana's are identical and made at the same plant, decided to purchase the Silhouette. If you are considering purchasing a Venture, you owe it to yourself to at least look at the Silhouettes. As a former Venture owner and 20 year Chevy man, I and my wife are pleasantly pleased with the decision. 60K warranty helps and no more silver grill! Also, the Olds doesn't have the black plastic molding that runs along the sides like the Venture. The Olds has the molding, but it is the same color as the van and blends in. Good luck!
#945 of 2501 low oil level light
Sep 18, 2001 (6:40 pm)
I have a 97 venture with 53000 miles. I have had the low oil level light come on ,I replaced the switch in the oil pan and still the problem persists so I jumped out the switch light still comes on has anyone had this problem ?
Sep 19, 2001 (6:28 am)
The 2002 AWD GM minis are now being built. Our 2002 Silhouette Premiere AWD was built 06SEP2001. AWDs should start showing up on dealer lots soon, and you can order one now. The Olds comes with the 5yr/60K warranty, but it does not look like many will be built, as our dealer (Chevy/Olds) just stopped new Oldsmobile sales yesterday as part of the dealer buyout program. They said that most Olds dealers had already signed up for the buyout.
#947 of 2501 Floor bolts for front seats
Sep 24, 2001 (7:53 am)
Does anyone know how to remove these bolts? I can see the bolt heads underneath the car, but they're smooth; no apparent way to exert any force on them.
#948 of 2501 Floor bolts for front seats by kkollwitz
Sep 24, 2001 (8:30 am)
Are you talking about the ones that the seat itself bolts to? If so those are welded to the body. Normally the bolt is welded to a little pedistal and are about a 1/2" above the floor so they don't interfere with the carpet.
Sep 24, 2001 (12:03 pm)
<Are you talking about the ones that the seat itself bolts to?>
Yeah, those bolts...I hoped to be able to swap them for some about 1/2" taller in front.
Sep 24, 2001 (2:17 pm)
So, has anyone purchased, test driven, or even seen a 2002 AWD van (Venture, Montana, or Silhouette) yet?
#951 of 2501 hardesty - 2002 AWD
Sep 25, 2001 (4:55 am)
Did you not see post #929 above?
Sep 25, 2001 (5:19 am)
OK, I'll bite. I meant does anyone besides us have a 2002 AWD Venture, Montana, or Silhouette. I know it's a strange obession, but I have seen others say that their dealers have told them that AWD won't be out untill mid model-year, but we have one now. I'm just looking for some other opinions, impressions, etc. Just wondering if we are some kind of test case without having been told so.
#953 of 2501 Oldsmobile Dealership buyout??
Sep 25, 2001 (6:55 am)
Don't understand why dealerships are already taking the buyout when Olds will be still be building through the 2004 model year. Was at my Olds dealer yesterday and they are staying put right through to the end. Glad to hear that as they have an outstanding service department. Luckily, the same guy that owns the Olds dealership in Memphis also owns the Chevrolet dealership, so service will not be an issue.