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1997 Oldsmobile Achieva - Consumer Reviews

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva

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What a car!
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By Mabel
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1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought this car looking for something to use for work that was inexpensive and reliable (two family members had brand new ones and they lasted well over 200k with original drivetrain/tranny!) Despite an accident shortly after purchase I have loved this car. Great in every way. It rocks!


Best Features

The styling, looking at it makes me smile. Love it!


Worst Features

Wish I was the first owner instead of the 3rd.


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Perfect First Car
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By eThom07
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1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 4dr Sedan


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I purchased this car on my own when I was 17 [last year] and I never took it in for a single problem. Actually, it'd been through two accidents by the time I got into a third accident where the other party totaled the car. I hadn't ever put any money into it, it's a sound, tight little car, and it gets pretty good gas mileage as well. It's an inexpensive buy and I recommend it to any first-time driver. It made a few weird noises once it got below zero, but nothing serious.


Best Features

It had a very nice sound system. Granted, I bought the car from a private party with an added CD player.


Worst Features

It gets a bit funky in the winter shifting-wise, but nothing else.


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Very Happy with my Old Olds!
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By Very Happy with Olds
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1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SC 2dr Coupe


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I orginally purchased this car with 89,000 miles on it and it is now at 230,000 and still running like a baby. I have had my share of problems, (transmission *put used in for less than 700*, belts, alternator, seals, catalytic converter *less than 200*) but I could not ask for a better vehicle. I have driven it everywhere without any major problems. Every problem is fixable and affordable and it runs better than my other vehicle with half the miles. I also have my Check Engine light and ETS light on constantly, but I chalk it up to one of it's tiny quirks. It runs no better or worse when the lights are on. This was my first vehicle and it will be may "last". I will never buy anything but and Oldsmobiles again.


Best Features

It's extended life, the comfortable seats, and the attractive exterior.


Worst Features

More room for car seat in back. Correcting the sensor errors.


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Great car
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By Matt00002
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1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 4dr Sedan


Review

This car handles great, tight turning,
and great accelleration. I had the
2.4L engine, it had 69k on it when i
bought it, and the water pump goes out
at about 70k miles on almost all
2.4l's. also, the ETS off and the
check engine lights only come on when
it's hot outside, they turn off in the
winter, it's a confessed mistake by
GM. Though there is nothing wrong with
the ETS or engine, the lights do come
on for no reason at times.


Best Features

ABS, Day time running lights, Power Windows, and the car looks funny without the spoiler, if it don't have a spoiler... don't buy it... lol


Worst Features

Water pump is hard to get to and requires dis-assembly of almost the entire engine and is a very costly repair job


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Achieva Review
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By chrisluvsanimals
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1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 4dr Sedan


Review

Car has been an excellent choice for
my son. It has been driven a LOT, and
has had no major problems. The car
handles extremely well, with great
pick-up speed and goes more than fast
enough top end. It gets excellent gas
milage(approx 26mpg), especially for
as fast as it has been driven, but
even though it has been driven fairly
hard, it continues to perform well.For
a mid-sized car,my 6'2" son fits
easily into it with more than enough
head and leg room.


Best Features

Great manueverability.Takes corners well and stays stable. Has great pick up speed so it has more than enough power to get out into heavy traffic, and also has enough reserve power to pass big trucks/cars pulling trailers or boats quickly and safely.


Worst Features

Could use more leg room in back, but most mid sized cars do.


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