1993 Oldsmobile Achieva SC Quad 4 from North America
Great looks and performance for small money - just keep the oil level full!
The stalk controlling the lights, turn signals, and cruise control broke.
The oil pump froze up causing the main bearings in the engine to break - $3000 rebuild.
My mother owned this car from new, and the only thing that ever broke on it was the engine. I owned a Grand Am with the same engine (16-valve 4-cylinder) and had many more problems with that car than we did with the Achieva. The dealer told me that the "quad 4" was known to break down right around 100,000 miles which is what happened to both these vehicles.
The Achieva is very fast, handles like a race-car, gets 30+ miles per gallon regularly, and has a fairly low insurance rate (especially since it's 7 years old now). In my opinion, the SC model is one of the best-looking cars Oldsmobile ever made.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st October, 2001