1997 Oldsmobile Achieva User Reviews

1997 Oldsmobile Achieva Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 8 reviews

  • Performance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Appearance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Overall: 3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5

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Joe writes:
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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Decent Gas milage, good solid engine with dohc.

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Not the fastest, not real visually stuning.

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Good A To B Car. — Very reliable, not much HP. Does have some get up and go when you need it, but is by no means a high performance car. It isn't that good looking but also not the worst car on the road, and the fact that it has survived Maine for more than 12 years has to say something about the craftsmanship that went into the build.

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professortemple writes:
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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4

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Unique styling, healthy power in the V6, good interior layout

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Cheaper interior materials (especially for an Olds), uncomfortable seats

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Great Cheap Car (if A Little Old-ladyish) — I was a little afraid before the test drive that I wouldn't fit into this smaller Olds (I am 6'5"), but I just make it in. IT is definitely an old lady car, but I like that so it fits. To me it looks classic, unlike lots of new cars out there, so I was drawn to it. That, and it had 37,000 miles and was only $3,000, so it was too good to pass up. Have been very pleased with it, even through the few storms that we've had lately, it hasn't let me down at all. The only problems I have are the relatively cheap interior, which surprises me from a maker like Olds. The seats are a little thin and unforgiving, and the legroom is a bit of an issue for a taller guy like me, but an extra stop on a longer trip takes care of it. Everything I've found is that you can get a great deal on one if you find it, and I would definitely recommend picking it up if you don't mind being mistaken for an 80 year old on the road. Added - recently had an issue where the car would start, but would shut down and not idle for more than a second. After lots of cursing, a day sitting, and a lot of research online (thankfully BEFORE towing it to the garage for an expensive fix that wouldn't work), I heard that the over-zealous security system sometimes thinks you're stealing the car, so it will shut off the fuel injector. To temporarily fix this problem, put the key in and turn, but don't crank to start it. Leave it in, usually 5-10 minutes, and the red 'security' light will stop flashing, and you should be able to turn it on and run normally. The long term fix involves cutting a wire and mounting a switch to manually engage and deactivate the system, but I have yet to attempt this as it has not happened again as of yet.

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Brandon writes:
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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4

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Its build quality

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the styling is somewhat outdated

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Very Good Car To Start Out In. Very Reliable And Safe. — Great car for elderly folks. Very safe and reliable. Drove like bigger sedans and is built quite heavy. Exterior styling is not the best but not the worst either. It is a very practical car with enough room for taller people. The backseat can be somewhat of a challenge to get out of but is quite comfortable for long trips. Excellent transmission and awesome acceleration for 4-cyl. Very cost efficient in the shop and at the pump.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brad1066 writes:
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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good comfort

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no CD player lamo

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It Was A Great Car... — well, before i had my accident, it was a beautiful car. 1997 olds achieva SL special edition w/ only 57k miles on it. it was a great car and then i picked a bad day to drive it. i give it 5 stars b/c it WAS a great car. the only thing that sucked was the way the front bumper jus disinagrated wen i hit the tree. that's y i rate it so high. i rated it on how it USED to be

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Bryan writes:
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 2 Dr SC Coupe Review
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Strong Build

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Cant think of any

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Comfy — Loved driving this car! Very comfortable to drive as well as sleep in! Takes awhile for the car too catch speed but once it does it gets up their! Car is built very solid. Took front end damage and didnt only cosmetic damage!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Josh writes:
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 2 Dr SC Coupe Review
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Sun roof

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Mechanical Failure

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Good Drive — Good running clean 3.1L V6. For 1997 good sound system stock, Tends to have minor electrical issues. Runs good and clean. Not much except basic maintainence. This thing can throw you back in the seat. The best driver i have ever had.

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Emily writes:
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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great on gas milage

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its an older car so it has some rust and has been in a accident

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Good Old Car — my car preforms great, the bulid is great too bad not many cars are made thie way mine is today. The appearance is not that great it has some rust spots, and its been in an accident so the front bumper is missing some pieces, the cost to own it is great cause the maintence is free( perks of havinga bf whos a macanic) and it has great gas milage.

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Chris writes:
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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What pros??

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EVERYTHING!!

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The Worst Car Ever Built!! — I put a total of 3,000 miles on this vehicle. I owned it 6 months and it spent 4 of those 6 months either in the shop or broken down in my driveway. It is the biggest piece of garbage I have ever owned and I was never happier when the dealership came to repossess it!

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Reviews From Other Years

1998 Oldsmobile Achieva Reviews

Say Whatever You Want, But This Car Has Treated Me Well. By Tom

This car has been through a lot. I bought it in April 2000 with 41,000 miles. Now (mid-October 2011) it has over 226,000. My lifetime gas mileage in this car is 26.5 mpg with highway mileage regula... Read More

My Olds By Daniel

I have a 3.1L V6, with about 180 HP and 170 ft-lb of tourque. I get about 18 mpg. But I am ok with it. I love this care, it may brake down a bit, but the person who had this before me didn't take g... Read More

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1996 Oldsmobile Achieva Reviews

Its Got Almost 175000 And Havent Replaced A Thing On This Car Mechanically By Richard

I like this car a lot. I use it to drive back and forth to work. It gets awesome gas mileage still. I average about 30 mpg. I love this car, it looks good and it is still mechanically sound for having... Read More

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1995 Oldsmobile Achieva Reviews

Great Daily Driver By Paul

I loved this car. It had plenty of power for a daily driver, and I was getting over 30 to the gallon on the highway. I could go anywhere in it, and actually drove through over a foot of snow in a co... Read More

It Is An Alright Car By Adam

I like the automatic usage in it but I do not like the way the transmission goes nor the gas mileage it has I also like the over all look of the car it looks sporty and it looks like a strong car Read More

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1994 Oldsmobile Achieva Reviews

Great First Car And For Long Commutes By Eric

I like Thats its an American car I dont like that it is only a 4 cylinder Fuel efficient Not my dream car Cheap price, Good strong and reliable Low miles Good interior Good stereo but nothing special ... Read More

It Is Ok. Theres A Lot Of Better Choices Out There For The Year. By Rj

Performance was actually ok. Had a V6 and when you tapped the gas, it didnt take off nor did it lag. The breaks werent touchy or too hard either. It looked nice, especially for its year. Quality was... Read More

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1993 Oldsmobile Achieva Reviews

Achieva-maxx By Shawn

Its a 1993 Oldsmobile Achieva SC With the 2.3L quad-4 H.O. The car goes for a 4- cylinder it brakes good and it handles like a sports car. It needs a new motor the i rebuilt just couldnt hold up so im... Read More

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