1998 Oldsmobile Achieva S 6-cylinder ?? from North America
It's aight.. but nuttin special
Well, this may not be Oldsmobile's fault, but when I got the car it had a quite a few kinks. The brakes started grinding so I took it in for new brake pads, or so I thought. I got stuck with close to a thousand dollars in repairs. And, I don't know about earlier models, but the 98 Achieva is equipped with a sensor that automatically turns the headlights on when it's dark outside. Well, this sensor didn't work too well. Had some kind of switch replaced twice, and finally it works. The low coolant light currently comes on every month or so. I've just been filling it back up, but there's obviously a leak somewhere. With slightly less than perfect tires, the car is awful at high speeds and not so good with them. The motors for all four of my automatic windows seem ready to die any second, and have, once or twice, experienced brief black outs. Maybe it's not that bad, but man... all I can tell you is that I sure miss my Camry.
I'm sorry, but I doubt GM's ability to make a good, solid economy car. The Achieva, for its size, is quite a gas guzzler. I wouldn't buy it again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th August, 2002
31st Jul 2003, 15:29
I disagree with the review. While my Achieva has its quirks too (like the check engine light coming on when the under carrage gets wet, which lasts about 2 days). I have found the car to be very reliable. Perhaps I got one of the "good ones", but all and all it's a solid driver. The LS features are nice and I agree in part that my rear window motors are slow, but the fronts work. Overall I am very pleased with my Achieva.