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Oldsmobile Silhouette, Van
#1239 of 1308 Re: Silhouette overheating and cracked... [happymom13]
Apr 21, 2009 (8:44 am)
Hopefully you have drained the oil to save the engine. If not the rear bearing are shot and you are looking at a new engine. Probably needs a lower intake gasket or a head gasket or two. How many miles? I would expect with normal mileage with no engine damage you could sell it for $700-$1000. If the engine is shot your looking at under $500.
#1240 of 1308 Clearly the car should be recalled.
Apr 23, 2009 (11:49 pm)
So lets see if I've got this straight.
You drove a 12 year old car that you got for free that is known to overheat up a mountain and it overheated. AND you're put out because it overheated when you drove it up a mountain knowing it has a problem with overheating and it overheated.
That sure sounds like a lemon to me...
It sounds like you cooked the motor so badly that the coolant just dumped into the crank case and it hydro locked. I'm sure it didn't have anything to do with driving it up a mountian with an overheating issue.
I think I need to go outside and have a good scream about now.
#1241 of 1308 Re: Wipers only work on High. [CapeCod]
May 11, 2009 (9:58 am)
I just had the same problem. I took the motor off and pulled of the cover that the ciruit board is in. Seem the Diode came loose. I just went in and fixed that and it works on all speeds again. Just have some problems with the wiper adjustment
#1242 of 1308 Re: Silhouette overheating and cracked... [happymom13]
May 13, 2009 (9:16 am)
To answer you question, yes, dump it now while you can. I can promise you your repair will START at $1,000. I can also promise you that if you can get $800 on a 98 (I think thats what it is) you should run with it. I just finally (yay happy dance!) unloaded mine and the most anyone wanted to give me was $1200, and this was for a 2002 top of the line model in pristine condition. 2nd brand new intake manifold, alternator, battery, a/c compressor, brakes, etc.
This car is a heating/cooling nightmare. Electrical too. Just take a look at all the service bulletins on it.
Run run run!
#1243 of 1308 91 Silhouette Liftgate won't lock when I close it
Jul 16, 2009 (8:30 am)
Hi, I'm having a problem with my liftgate-it should lock automatically when I close it but after this winter it's not working. What can I do to get it to lock? Thanks, Mark
#1244 of 1308 Need head gasket replaced
Aug 04, 2009 (10:23 am)
We have a 2000 Silhouette with 100,100 miles. We took it to a dealer to have it checked out as we are going on vacation. We were told we need new head gaskets costing $2200. How can I verify that we need new gaskets? The person that called not the mechanic said we should think about a new vehicle. I just want to be sure about going ahead.
#1245 of 1308 Re: Need head gasket replaced [storyteller46]
Aug 04, 2009 (11:42 am)
Did they tell you how they found this out? Did they do a pressure test, vacuum test? Is the van overheating or losing coolant? I think they want to sell you a car. I had a dealer do that to me once when I took my Grand Marquis in for a front end alignment. They told me front end was a wreck and would cost over 1K to fix. I told them they are full of it. Took it to Pep Boys and had alignment done with no other work done. I had no problems for 20K after that and I sold it.
#1246 of 1308 Re: Need head gasket replaced [azu]
Aug 04, 2009 (11:48 am)
Talked to the service tech. He said antifreeze was leaking at the rear head gasket. We had noticed a very slow loss of antifreeze. He said it was not serious yet but he could not say how long before it would be major. I decided to go ahead with the work. Thanks for your reply.
#1247 of 1308 Re: Need head gasket replaced [storyteller46]
Aug 04, 2009 (2:17 pm)
I had same problem. I also had too many others to list. GM, I believe is a great product. There are exceptions and this is theirs. My Silhouette, also 2000 has 140,000 miles. I have related to nearly every inquiry on this particular vehicle. Decline the work and sell it as is. Trust me.
#1248 of 1308 Service Traction System
Aug 06, 2009 (8:43 pm)
My 2001 Silhouette has nearly 100K miles and recently the "service traction system" message appeared as did the ABS and "trac off" lights. My local mechanic cleared the ABS history code 1218 pump motor short but the problem reappeared. Anybody experience a similar issue? Also, the fuel gage is bouncing all over the place and I noted an earlier post suggesting a possible fuel level sending unit. Doesn't qualify for "cash for clunkers" but perhaps it's time... Thanks.