My 1996 2 door V6 automatic Achieva is a great car, overall it's been very dependable. It was purchased for me about 5 1/2 years ago. If I was to pick a car, this would not be it, but since it was purchased for me I can't complain. It's been a great car, fun to drive with lots of power. The style and look of the car is very "grandparent'ish" but the two door is much better than four door at least. Good back up car to drive to and from work or as a kids first car, nothing to fancy. And gets pretty good gas mileage. Now that its over 12 years old its starting to see some problems with water leaking in, but drill a few holes in the floor and its manageable. Overall, it's been a good ride.
V6 engine with lots of power.
Needs more cup holders, as someone else said. And could look a little better on the exterior.
I've had this car for 8 years and it
has been very dependable. The only real
problems were an air condition problem
that was finally rectified, but I blame
the service department at the
dealership for not fixing it the first
time. It has also required two sets of
brakes. Otherwise it has been very
dependable and still drives and looks
like a new car.
I really like the style (it has a
spoiler), color and dependability.
My husband is a fairly tall man and
finds the seats could be deeper, but it
is perfect for me since I am a small
woman. Would also like door pockets for
maps, etc. and a double cup holder.
I've riden this car hard and soft,
twice back and forth from Maryland to
Florida and it's still my daily driver
and runs great. Bought it with 87K and
now has 99K in 9 months. Also
installed dual exhaust and K&N air
intake. Car pushes ~155hp~ and runs a
15.92 1/4 mile on a 5-spd manual
tranny...not to shabby.
Super comfortable on long drives and
easy to use and drive. Small American
muscle performance...still can't catch
up to a Chevy or Ford V8, but it beats
a lot of foreign motors.
Shorter shifter and clutch and better
I bought my Achieva used with 32,000
miles on it. Today, I have over
164,000 miles and it's still going.
The biggest repair I've so far is I
needed a new power stearing unit.
There is a problem with the ignition-
key release--they key doesn't come out
of the column key release very easy at
times. The Achieva was a good
purchase, very reliable and a great
Peppy V-6, comfortable seating.
The ride isn't very smooth. THe back
seat does not fold flat--I will never
buy another car that does not have a
folding back seat again!