Oldsmobile Silhouette - First Generation (1990–1996)

First Generation (1990–1996)

First generation
Production 1990–1996
Assembly North Tarrytown Assembly Plant, North Tarrytown, New York, United States
Body style 3-door minivan
Layout FF layout
Platform U-body/GMT199
Engine 3.1 L LG6 V6
3.4 L LA1 V6
3.8 L L27 V6
Transmission 3-speed 3T40 automatic
4-speed 4T60-E automatic
Wheelbase 109.8 in (2,789 mm)
Length 1990–93: 194.2 in (4,933 mm)
1994–96: 194.7 in (4,945 mm)
Width 1990–93: 73.9 in (1,877 mm)
Height 1990–91: 65.2 in (1,656 mm)
1992–96: 65.7 in (1,669 mm)
Curb weight 3,599 lb (1,632 kg)—3,899 lb (1,769 kg)
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The very first 1990 Oldsmobile Silhouette rolled off the assembly line on August 1, 1989. Assembled in General Motors' now-closed North Tarrytown Assembly Plant assembly facility, these U platform vans consisted of a galvanized steel space frame wrapped in composite plastic body panels that were impervious to rust and minor dents and dings, a manufacturing technique developed on the Pontiac Fiero and also used extensively on General Motors' Saturn line of vehicles.

The Silhouette was available with seating for seven, with the five lightweight (34 lb (15 kg)) rear seats being individually reconfigurable and removable. In 1994 built-in child seats were added to the option list, which provided the ability to switch two of the rear seats between adult and child seating with the pull of a seat-mounted tab.

Included with the level ride package, which utilized a compressor and air-pressurized rear shock absorbers to maintain vehicle height regardless of load, was a control panel and air hose kit that allowed the vehicle to be used to inflate tires, air mattresses, sporting equipment and such.

In 1994, a remote-controlled power sliding door feature was added, a General Motors innovation.

For the 1994 and 1995 model years, traction control was available with the 3800 engine option.

The first generation Silhouette was not available in Canada.

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