If you believe it, you can Achieva it!
Owning an Oldsmobile Achieva has been a goal of mine for a long time. As a GM fanatic, and "car guy", I know all the faults (and highlights) these cars have.
I "get" the quirky styling (and love it!).
I was looking specifically at getting a 1994-1995 example. These have the "old style" pre-facelifted interior (that I think is superior to the 96-98).
They also had the great 3100 SFI V6 and 4-speed auto (earlier models had the old 3.3 V6 and 3-speed!).
I spent close to a year and a half looking for just the right car.
In June of 2008 (after lots of candidates), I came across a blue 1995 Oldsmobile Achieva S (Series II) sedan.
It was a second owner vehicle, in pretty good shape, and with relatively low kilometers (170,500).
It was also nearly fully loaded, having keyless entry, power drivers seat, power mirrors, locks, side-view mirrors, AM-FM cassette and working AC!.
The seller was asking only $850 Can. Having set a budget of no more than $3000 Can, I was sold.
The styling is one of the main features I love about this car. It draws heavily on classic Oldsmobile themes with a waterfall style curved dual grille (1970's). Rear wheels have fender skirts (1940s-1950's). There is a blackout panel between the taillights (1960's).
The Achieva has a great interior, with a well executed driver oriented dashboard.
All controls face the driver. It features full instrumentation, including a volt gauge and oil pressure gauge.
The seats are extremely comfortable and easy to adjust.
All passengers get a door pull grip and courtesy lights.
The rear windows lower all the way down (unlike some cars that only go halfway).
Remote keyless entry is a great feature, especially if you are like me, and already carry too many keys!
Keeping in mind that it is a 13 year old (Canadian) car, it is in very good condition. The body is straight (with a tiny patch of rust to the left of the passenger side taillight). The interior is holding together great. I have absolutely no loose trim.
The 3100 SFI V6 is good on gas (I average 10-12L/100K in mostly city driving.)
It has great low range torque, and just the right amount of power for the size of the car. 0-100 KPH can be reached in as little as 8.5 seconds!
It is very reasonable on insurance.
The dash has developed a slight creaking sound when going over speedbumps and potholes. This is very noticeable in very cold weather.
The rear window defroster works intermittently. This is due to a bad connection from the main wiring.
The Aluminum wheels have developed some oxidization. The former owner didn't do a good job with cleaning the car.
The drivers side power window had a bad motor when I purchased it. This is a very common N-body (Achieva, Grand Am, Skylark) problem.
The original gas tank had corrosion, and fuel was seaping out.
Wear and tear items needed replacing:
Battery, Alternator, Belt Tensioner, Serpentine Belt and Water Pump.