1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 2.4 liter from North America


Mine might have been a lemon, but I'm not sure


The serpentine belt broke at approx. 70,000 miles... just lucky I had the extended warranty.

The steering rack had to be replaced at 88,000 miles.

The front end has developed a very serious-sounding rattle/clunk sound at low speeds. The strut mounts have been replaced three (yes, three) times within the last 20,000 miles.

The lumbar adjustment for driver's seat broke -- the cable is molded inside the foam of the seat, so repair is impossible.

The oxygen sensor has failed twice.

The engine mounts and transmission mount all failed simultaneously, and had to be replaced at approx. 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

When I first got the car, it seemed very nice. The 2.4l engine seems underpowered for the car, and the transmission shifts fairly hard from first to second with the air conditioner on. The seats were not the most comfortable, and now that the lumbar adjustment has broken on the driver's side, I feel like I'm sitting in a bucket. There are a few little picky things wrong, as well, like the carpet beginning to wear near the driver's seat (not near the pedals, where you would expect it), and the paint has begun to come off all the buttons (like the door lock buttons and the radio buttons). The slate gray interior makes the car seem smaller on the inside than it really is. But the biggest problem is with the suspension. It has never been the smoothest ride, but since repairing the motor and transmission mounts, it has been a noisy, rough ride. The strut mounts are always considered the culprit, but after having them replaced three times in the last year or so, I don't think that's the problem. Overall, this is not a car I would take out on the highway with any level of confidence.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd August, 2004

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva LS 2.4 from North America


Hey, it gets me places..


Only a 4 banger.

General Comments:

The car is not that sporty or flashy, but it gets me places. I got it at an auction for $2000. I have driven it from Ohio to Florida with no problem. I have only had to do minor repairs; tires, oil changes, fuel filter...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

30th Sep 2004, 10:56

My 97 Achieva SL was likewise purchased at on auction 0n 9-25-4. The car was a fleet car for a local power company. It has 108,900 miles logged and is in excellent condition both interior and exterior. I am curious to see how mine holds up. I will be undercoating the car and keeping it in the garage. I am glad to hear your car is doing well and hope mine does the same.

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva from North America


Not worth the maintenance.


The biggest problem is the maintenance.

The water pump has broken down 3 times and is was very expensive, about $500 each time.

Electric locks no longer work.

The car runs hot, often coming close to overheating.

Eventhough I have on time maintanence, car just started leaking coolant and transmission fluid.

General Comments:

Love the way the car runs.

Was surprised by how powerful it was.

Very comfortable to ride in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2004

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SC 3.1 V6 from North America


This car is wonderful for whoever owns one


I had to put a radiator on the car when it reached 96,000 miles.

Power window in passenger seat has been replaced twice.

General Comments:

I love this car.

The car handles like a dream in any weather.

It is funny flying by people while they look stunned.

The car looks innocent for having a V6.

I plan on having this car a long time, but I think my next car will also be an Oldsmobile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2004

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 2.4 from North America


Was worth what I paid for


I had the car one week and the altanator went out in it.

The check coolant light came on and wouldn't go off, was told it was a bad sensor.

Had to have new rotors after about a year and new brakes too.

I have had 3 sets of brakes on it and am about to replace them again.

Also have had to replace shocks and struts.

The water pump went out in it and that cost $800.

The timing gasket cover seal now leaks oil and that will cost another $300.

The ignition switch sticks.

General Comments:

Has never left me stranded on the side of the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th March, 2004

6th Jun 2005, 06:56

You can buy a water pump at autozone for 55$