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#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.
Sep 19, 2001 (4:09 am)
Congratulations on getting your new vehicle. Just curious if you ordered this vehicle?
I can't even find a dealer who knows when they will even get an AWD model in. I went to a Chevy dealer and they had no idea that the 2002's were going to have an AWD option.
Sep 19, 2001 (5:20 am)
Yes, we did order the van. We placed the order on 21JUL2001, they had not started building the AWD models at that time. Our dealer was told that the van would be built the week of 27AUG. My build date in the previous post was a mistype, the van was built 06SEP2001 (the week after it was scheduled to be). Since they are cleary building AWD Silhouettes, I would assume that the Venture and Montana are being built in AWD as well. The GMBuyPower site lets you search for AWD Ventures on lots, but I could not find any in a limited search around the country. We must have one of the first AWDs off the line, but you can order one, and it will get built. Since the VersaTrak system is still new (Aztek & Rendezvous), the Olds is a good choice because of the 5yr/60k warranty.
Sep 19, 2001 (10:12 am)
Thanks for the feedback. I have a $500 internet coupon if I make a purchase by Oct 1st. I'm hoping some AWD's will be at the dealers by then but time is running out fast.
I've also checked the gm site for dealers inventory and have not found anyone with an AWD. You may have the 1st in the country.
I'm certainly considering the Olds for the extra warranty.
Is there any difference in the ride or handling with the AWD model? The versatrak comes with Independent rear suspension. I'm not sure what type of suspension the standard models have.
#389 of 1309 2004 will be the last model year for Olds
Sep 20, 2001 (9:52 am)
Just read on the USA Today website an article from Sept. 13th, stating that after pressure from dealers, GM finally announced that 2004 would be the last year for the Oldsmobile line. They also stated once again that parts would be readily available for years to come so there should be no worries from anyone regarding vehicle repairs. Still loving our 2001 GLS!
#390 of 1309 More on 2002 AWD
Sep 20, 2001 (9:29 pm)
I have not driven the new van enough to formulate an opinion on the difference between it and the 1999 GLS that we traded in. The AWD Silhouette comes with Goodyear Integrity tires (225/60-16), just slightly more M+S looking than the normal touring tires. The AWD Silhouette has distinctive wheels (no chrome available) and a "VersaTrak AWD" emblem on the rear hatch underneath the Oldsmobile emblem. The factory sticker has no information other than to say that it is a shipping label only, to be replaced by a proper label on arival (it does include the VIN), but since the van was built to order (all of the build sheets state order type "sold") that does not really matter.
#391 of 1309 First Picture of 2002 AWD
Sep 21, 2001 (6:55 am)
A picture of the new wheel style for the 2002 Silhouette AWD is at http://photos.yahoo.com/clairhardesty . Look in the car pictures album. I will post more pictures of the van and the 2002 Aurora soon.
Sep 21, 2001 (7:50 am)
Too bad you didn't wait till 9-20-01 to buy both of your new Old's. GM announced 0% financing on all new 2001 & 2002 GM models. Sure beats 5.9%.
#393 of 1309 New GM Rates
Sep 21, 2001 (10:10 am)
Actually, on the 2002 Silhouette, the rate for the 5yr loan goes from 5.9% to 4.9%, and on the Aurora from 5.9% to 2.9%. We took the $1000 rebate (unchanged) on the Aurora and got other financing. We were unable to wait on the van due to the closeout of our local Oldsmobile dealership. If we had waited until today to sign papers, we whould have had to ship the van to another dealer (at least 40 miles away), they would not have to sell it to us (dealers are not required to do employee sales), and we would have to re-negotiate the trade-in of our 1999 Silhouette. It would be quite possible that a new dealer would keep the van (and not let us have it) as they seem to be chomping at the bit to get the AWD models. In our particular case, our deal is still fantastic, after tax, CA DMV, and trade (only half paid for), we financed $29K on a van with a $37K sticker.
#394 of 1309 2001 Silo GLS Stalling
Sep 22, 2001 (5:47 pm)
Just found this site and I was wondering if any of you out there experienced this problem: The car stalls and won't start in hot weather. I just bought our 01 Silo GLS 2 weeks ago. The first time it died was Tuesday at 280 miles in a hot afternoon here in sunny Florida. Dealer came and towed it. The next morning they said it starts fine and there was no error code set on the computer. So I took it home. It starts fine in the mornings while it was cool. Then on Thursday evening, I went out to dinner with the GM of the company and the car died at the restaurant (how embarrassing!) with 327 miles. I called OnStar and they performed engine diagnostic remotely (cool!) and found no code set. It took them and AAA an hour to arrive and they are not allowed to provide rides home (what was I suppose to do 45 minutes from home?). Since it was late and the outside temperature cooled down, I tried to start it... and it ran. So, yesterday I was on my way home from work, it stalled again in the hot Florida sun at 365 miles. This time in the middle of the intersection. This time it took OnStar and the dealer 45 minutes to pick-up the car. Again, there is no code set on the car's computer.
Needless to say, in my rage I am glad Olds is closing its doors for good. Anyway, am I the only one who has a lemon or are there more of you out there?