1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL from North America


You couldn't pay me to own it


There is a security system built into the Achieva that cannot be removed, and which defaults to unable to start.

This security system broke 8 times in the 2.5 years I have owned the car. I have spent 2x the cost of the vehicle trying to fix it, to no avail. Apparently it is supposed to stop me from going to the grocery.

Also, it burns through batteries and alternators.

Electrical system is unnecessarily complicated and hard to repair.

General Comments:

It is small, but fairly comfortable. It handles well, and doesn't have any major general problems, but the electrical system is unnecessarily complicated and hard to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2008

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL from North America


I may have gotten lucky but this car is an all around great car


Memory chip fried around 170,000 Miles.

Rear wheel drum at 170,000 Miles.

Radiator at 190,000 Miles.

Front rotors and a front caliper at 205,000 Miles.

And brake pads every six months (I'm a pizza guy, not the cars fault)

General Comments:

I like the styling of this car. It's a very unique car, some might consider it ugly but it has it's own feel not like any other car.

It's also very quick for a little four banger. This thing can go on the highway if you really want to, I've been up to 100mph in mine and it seems to handle better at such speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2008

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 2.4L from North America


Impressed, but sometimes I wonder


I like the car a lot; it's powerful for an I4 and has a different kind of styling that actually can be considered as sexy as a Monte Carlo.

It clicks when it starts for about a second when frozen; here in Alaska it's always frozen, but my Ford, Saturn, Alero and my F150 don't click when they are frozen.

The car makes me nervous; sometimes I'm always worried about the tranny could be flawed or the engine will just die.

Also sometimes it won't start, it will sound like it started, but then it just doesn't go. I think it's me turning the key because with my Ford and the Alero, I stick the key in and it feels as if they just start automatically.

Uncomfortable seat belts.

General Comments:


Great acceleration.

Beautiful car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2008

17th May 2008, 16:20

Best bet, don't put the lowest grade fuel in this. That's why it starts funny.

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 4 Cylinder from North America


It's a mediocre car at best, there are better choices out there


Nothing has really gone wrong with the car it does suck gas however.

General Comments:

Like I stated before, the car generally eats gas like its nobody's business. I have had the oil changed, new gas cap, and put fuel injector cleaner in countless times and I'm still barely getting 275 miles to a 15 gallon tank of gas. The original window sticker rates the car at 22 City 32 Highway. What gives?

It's handles well and accelerates quickly. The 150hp 4-Cyl does its job well.

I have encountered some strange quirks, such as the interior lights on turning off or the highbeams not engaging when I try to turn them on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2007

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SE 3.1 from North America


Worst car ever!



I have put more money into this car than I care to know... this is probably not a complete list, but I'll try to remember everything:

Transmission (at 45,000 miles)

Radiator (twice)

Fuel pump.

O2 sensor.

Map sensor.


Rotors and brake pads (three times)

Two coolant leaks (not related to the radiator)

Electrical short circuit behind the dash.

Both power windows.

Power locks.

Passenger door doesn't open.


All wiring under the hood had to be replaced.

A/c compressor.

Trunk release latch doesn't work (enter through key only)


Alternator (twice)

Shocks and struts.

Spark plugs (three times)

Interior flooring wearing terribly.

Serpentine belt (twice)

Fog lights don't work.

That's everything I can remember. I'm sure I missed a few things. I know that some of the items like tires and brakes are normal wear and tear, but c'mon, this is ridiculous. If I knew then what I know now I would have dumped the thing... but after you put so much money into it, you start thinking that the moment you get rid of it, it will run well cause there's nothing left to fix. Now I get into the thing and I fear that I will end of stranded or that it won't start again.

As soon as I can, I will get rid of it. It's just that I've already put well over $7,000 into maintenance, so now I can't afford to.

117,000 miles.

General Comments:

I'll admit that the engine is nice for it's class. the car is quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2007

16th Jun 2008, 18:45

I just bought my daughter a '97 Olds. Achieva SL, and only because they had just put a new engine in it, and I thought it was a good buy at $1250.00.

Well I am now up to $2200.00 total investment, and have only had the car for a little over a month!! It has actually only started and ran for three days at a time since we got it. After two O2 sensors, one battery, 2 alternators, one chime module, some other engine sensor, and a fuel filter this car STILL won't run!! What a joke this car is!!

Tomorrow its back to the mechanic for some more electrical testing!! I'm sure it will be the ECM this time, along with another alternator... IF, and that is a HUGE if I ever get this car to run long enough to get it to the dealer auction, I will be rid of it forever and cut my losses... it is a worthless piece of JUNK!!!

Oh yeah, the interior does wear very poorly... the carpeting is frazzled and looks horrible. The original poster... EVERYTHING he said is true and we have experienced it ourselves...