Engine Problems of Oldsmobile Silhouette



Oldsmobile Silhouette owners have reported 10 problems related to engine (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette 1
Failure Date: 02/01/2004

I have had nothing but problems with this van. Brakes prematurely wore out. The tires had to be replaced prematurely as well. The door seals on the car have separated a few times. The tie rods were worn and needed to be replaced. Next came the rear head gasket that was prematurely worn and needed to be replaced. The driver's seat (heater) broke and needed to be fixed. The most concerning problem is the head gasket. I did not realize when I purchased the vehicle that there has been an ongoing problem with the head gaskets caused to fail early from the dex cool antifreeze fluid. If I had known this I would have never purchased the vehicle. I am concerned that the engine has been compromised. I am trying to get the warranty extended on the car but I do not know how successful I will be. Please note this van is less than 3 years old and only has 37000 miles.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette 2
Failure Date: 12/20/2003

2000 Silhouette van - 1ghdx03e7yd215216 - leaked dexcool from a faulty lower intake gasket and shorted out plugs. Repair cost approximately 700 usd. Upon research and advice from our auto mechanic, this is a very common issue with these vehicles however gm refuses to issue a recall. The gaskets are plastic and will fail from 30,000 - 70,000 miles. Our vehicle had 53088 miles at the time. It is difficult to consider buying "american" when the product and support from the american company is so poor.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette 3
Failure Date: 10/31/2003

2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette occasionally dies while driving. Doesn't matter whether it is at 20 mph or 70 mph. It has been in the shop 15 times over the last 2 1/2 years for the same recurring problem. 2 different dealerships have replaced components from this car to try to correct. Has not corrected the situation.

car image   Engine problem of the 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette 4
Failure Date: 05/12/2003

Consumer states that while driving at any speed vehicle would lose acceleration without warning. Consumer would have to wait 2 minutes before restarting vehicle. Vehicle has been to dealer on six occasion s,and problem is reoccurring.

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car image   Engine problem of the 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette 5
Failure Date: 01/27/2003

Faulty intake gasket on 98 Oldsmobile Silhouette (same as Chevrolet venture). Engine v6 3400. 78000 miles.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette 6
Failure Date: 03/25/2002

Engine knock on cold start - we have brought our 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette in several times complaining of an engine knock on cold start. Sometimes the knock will go away in a few minutes, other times it lasts much longer. The most recent visit we were told that gm is aware of the problem, but does not believe this engine knock will cause long term damage. We believe otherwise. We purchased the vehicle knew and began reporting the problem when there was only 20,000 miles on the vehicle. We are continuously told that they are aware of the problem, expect the problem, but do not consider it necessary to fix the problem at this time.


car image   Engine problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette 7
Failure Date: 01/30/1999

When driving at all the component's on the dashboard came on and won't go off, and the vehicle is running rough and shuts down.

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car image   Engine problem of the 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette 8
Failure Date: 05/22/1998

Engine stops and goes dead. When this happens there are no brakes, no steering, the vehicle goes dead with no indication, no matter what speed when driving. The dealer had replaced the fuel injection system along with a variety of replacement to several other parts. After arriving back home in less than one week, the engine was dead again. (occurred approximately seven or eight times on the way. The dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette 9

There was a problem with the engine, however the dealer was unable to determine the problem.

car image   Engine problem of the 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette 10

Vehicle has an odor and heater was not working. Oil and antifreeze mixed together. Took to dealer, and dealer indicated had a blown head gasket. Odor could probable be antifreeze.