1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 2.4L from North America
OK budget mid-size, but not great
Struts and strut mounts replaced 3 times.
Heavy clunk in front end.
Brake rotors don't last long.
Lumbar adjust in driver seat broke.
Steering rack replaced at 90,000 miles.
Doesn't hold an alignment.
Interior cheaply made. Trim clips keep breaking.
Engine undersized for car.
Brakes undersized for car.
Speedometer fluctuates wildly.
After replacing the struts and strut mounts three times, heavy clunk sound remains in front end. Now I hear it's possibly the lower control arm bushings? This car has been a money pit.
Fit and feel of the interior is poor. Switch bezels don't fit onto door panels properly, and opaque black paint is coming off of radio buttons. Carpet has a hole worn on driver's side. With floor mats, you'd think it would last longer.
Engine performance is good, with nice responsive acceleration. But handling is mushy, and cruise control doesn't work properly (due perhaps to faulty speedometer?)
Oldsmobile did not build cars to last, and now that 2004 is here, Olds is no more. Connection? Perhaps.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st March, 2004
16th Sep 2004, 08:57
I have the same car and I had the same large clunk in the front end. Your right about it being the lower control arm bushing and you probably just wasted your money on the struts. It was about a year ago, but I think the bushing only ran about $20 at the GM Dealer. I could only find the right one at the Dealer, both Advance Auto Parts and Auto Zone sold me the wrong bushing.
18th Sep 2005, 18:08
I have a 1997 also and it has the same problems with the sounds in the front end. Also the drivers side window motor does not work.
19th Mar 2009, 10:31
I also own a 97 Olds Acheiva with the 2.4l Quad four, right now it has 174,157 miles.
At 83,000 miles I replaced the water pump and thermostat, and also the serpentine belt.
At 100,000 I replaced the front brakes, at 115,000 I replaced the flex exhaust pipe, the drivers side window motor is shot, and now I need another brake job with rotors...
But with all that I'd say the car has treated me well. The engine is solid and runs great, it has just started using a little oil, it was down about a 1/2 quart at last oil change. (3000 miles).
I hope to keep the car about another year, it strictly takes my wife and I to work 5 days a week, we put about 20,000 miles on it a year. We are going to replace it spring 2010.
Agree it's kind of ugly, but it is comfortable to drive, the wife likes it because she can see well out of it. (unlike the Taurus we also have).
If you have one of these cars, good luck to you, sounds like I've been blessed.