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#376 of 1309 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette GLS
Sep 09, 2001 (7:04 am)
Just purchased a 2001 GLS and love it. Traded in a 1997 Chevy Venture and was going to get another one, but after comparing the two, the GLS was much nicer than the Venture LT package. Kids are older now so got the second row buckets vs. bench I had before, but opted for third row bench vs. buckets in order to get the fold down seat and compartment found behind the third seat. Was very happy to get rid of those General XP 2000 tires. I will never get them again, couldn't stand the "thumping" noise from the liquid in the tires. Glad to see this one came with Goodyear Eagles. Also, realized Olds was the only one of the three triplets (Chevy, Pontiac, Olds) to have 16" tires. Overall nice ride. Would like to hear from other 2001 GLS owners on how yours has been holding up. Taken any long trips with it yet? Thanks. Barry
#377 of 1309 2001 GLS (one other thing)
Sep 09, 2001 (7:09 am)
When comparing the GLS vs. the Olds Premier, the only difference I could find between the one I bought and a Premier is the built in TV/VCR and $2,800? Am I wrong in that assumption?
#378 of 1309 2001 GLS (one other thing)
Sep 09, 2001 (12:51 pm)
The Premier has the Back-up Aid and Heated front seats standard, which are options on the GLS.
#379 of 1309 Engine Noise, 2000 Silhouette
Sep 09, 2001 (8:07 pm)
I purchased my 2000 Silo new in March of 2000. I drove it alot for business, in fact in 16 months I have put 45k on it. I thought I was hearing a noise that sounded like a valve tap last winter, put could never put my finger on it. It started to get worse, so I thought our dealer could hear it and so took it in. It would "knock cold" and after a little warm up pretty much go away. I thought the engine was starting to get a vibration in it too. After having it a week, I learned they had diagnosed "Piston Slap". Was also told this would not affect the durability of the car. I told the service people, that was fine but if I wanted to sell it, and had someone listen to the noise and ask me what it was, did they think if I told them, don't worry, GM says thats just a little Piston Slap and it will run forever that that would go over ok. The service manager said I get your point. The service guy also stated GM has a "kit" to address the problem, which includes new pistons. So I asked for some factory assistance. The car was just 9k out of warranty and just 16 months old. The dealer authorized the repair with minimal trouble and only asked that I provide proof of oil changes.The car is still in the shop, but I have access to another car and am giving them all the time they need so it's done right. The dealer has done a great job in the service area, so I am satisfied.. it's Vic Alfonso
in Portland Or. We really like the van and this does not sour us since we are being taken care of by the dealer and GM. Posted this for confirmation of the Piston slap problem previously reported by others.
Sep 10, 2001 (6:22 pm)
I've had both the second row bench (three across) and the second row captain's chairs on successive Silo's. At first, I was disappointed that the first one didn't have the captains chairs.
I found that the bench seats are much easier to fold down and out of the way up against the front seats if you want to haul something big.
But they were no longer available on the 2001 models (and I suppose the 2002).
Kids liked the bench seats better, too. They could fold the middle one down and have a sort of table between them.
I got the new one, and they didn't like the fact that their table was gone.
#381 of 1309 First Sign of Trouble
Sep 10, 2001 (7:52 pm)
Our 99 Silo has 38,000 miles (bought it at 28,000) and am starting to experience the first round of problems. I'm starting to hear a pop on right turns out of the driveway. I'm expecting cv joint problems, but it seems a little soon, as far as mileage is concerned. Have also been experiencing intermittant loss of power while starting the van. Not sure if the alternator is going, and it doesn't happen all the time. It always starts, but sometimes it's hesitated enough where the power to the clock has been cut long enough so the clock resets. Have also been getting the traction control/abs warning light, but like the power problem, not all the time. Of course this has all happened since the warranty has recently expired. Anyone out there experiencing similar problems with this wonderful van.
#382 of 1309 Lifter tapping 2000 Silhouette
Sep 11, 2001 (7:56 pm)
While on vacation I began hearing a lifter tapping when the engine was first started. After the engine warmed up the noise stopped. Upon my return, I turned it into the dealer to be looked at. I was informed that it "was a tapping noise" and that GM said that it would not be a durability problem, although they didn't know what was causing it. I was offered to have the engine replaced and an extended warranty up to 50K. I now have 35K. I'm undecided on what I should do. Suggestions? I have read post #368
#383 of 1309 Engine Tap, Reply to Artic 1 MSG 371
Sep 14, 2001 (7:05 pm)
I'd take the offer of the new engine, especially since you are still under warranty. This got explained to me that the cause of the problem are two of the parts having to do with the pistons that are "in spec" but at the far opposite ends of the spec. GM knows what is causing it since as I had found out, there is a "kit" to address the problem. I'd think your offer would be the piston replacement and no upper end work, ie valves etc,
but I would for sure take them up on thier offer, which sounds like you are being treated right.
I will post again after I get mine back and get some miles on it to see how the repair is holding up. Good Luck
#384 of 1309 Clicking noise and a/c problems.
Sep 16, 2001 (7:33 pm)
Spoke too soon about loving the Silo Premiere we got earlier this summer. Wife and I took it to the Outer Banks this past week. While down there, the van developed a metallic clicking noise in the steering column. It appears when the van is warmed up and running. Depressing either the accelerator or the brake will temporarily stop the noise, but as soon as you let up on either, the clicking starts again. It definitely sounds like its within the steering column. Any one else have similar problems in a GM minivan? Also, the three zone climate control is acting up. The driver's side temperature never cools down to degree the passenger side or rear does. Any one have ideas on that one? Van is going back to the dealer this week with only 2K on it - yup, just 2K.
#385 of 1309 End of an era ..
Sep 18, 2001 (6:47 pm)
Just did the paperwork today on a 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette Premeire AWD. Yes they are being built! Ours was bulit on 06AUG2001. It is indigo/mocha two-tone and has every option (including the block heater) sticker is $36,780 and our price was $31,703, then we applied the $1500 loyalty coupon and took the GMAC 5.9%/5yr financing. We traded our 1999 Silhouette GLS. This is the last new Oldsmobile to be sold anywhrere near here (we live in the Sierra foothills, gold country) as today was the final day of new Oldsmobile sales here. A truck came and took the remaining new Olds' (six of them) as part of the dealer buy out. The Silo makes our fifth Olds (all from this dealer) and knowing that we have the last two new cars sold (I picked up a 2002 Aurora V8 on Saturday) makes us feel special and sad. Too much emotion about cars seems trivial today, but the loss of an American icon hurts more today than it might have a week ago. Our new cars will display our loyalty, the Silhouette will carry "2K2 OLDS" plates and the Aurora will say "BYE OLDS" front and rear. We have two new cars with 5yr/60k warranties (the company has at most just less than three years left). We will miss Oldsmobile, but nowhere as much as the people who do not own one.