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I ended up getting a 1995 Olds Achieva S today. I ended up paying $1200 after taxes. It has 123K (now, it had 122,9xx when I bought it), 3.1L V6, o/d auto, A/C, pdl, cruise, tilt, tachometer, etc. All of the accesories work fine, the cruise holds a constant speed much better than the Accord's did.



It runs very well, but the trans seems a little weird. It doesnt slip or anything, but when you give it moderate throttel when its in O/D, it surges a little like it wants to shift to 3rd but is not sure, if that makes any sense, lol. I'm going to have the trans flushed.



The 3.1 makes the car quite brisk. I had no trouble overtaking a Dodge pickup and a Tahoe while driving it home. Twice I looked down and was pushing 80 MPH when I thought I was doing no more than 70.



Other than the trans issue, it seems mechanicly good. Brakes work A LOT better than the Accords, it rides smoother, its a fair bit quicker, and doesnt shift as jerky. Plus, the drivers door works great! LOL (Some may remember that the Accord's door was bashed in, and didnt function).



It was a former Alabama state car, so its been well maintained. The 3.1L is much quieter and smoother than the one I had in my 1998 Lumina, despite the Lumina having over 20K less miles and being newer.



Its too dark to get pics now, but I'll get some up later.



My plan is to drive this car for maybe a year or so, then trade it in on something much newer (probably a M/T Fusion as I've mentioned before).

EDIT to correct misspelled word: "Achieva".
 

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I love the sound of the 3.1 [/b]


I love the sound of my being able to get the hell out of the house whenever I feel like it, LMAO! Really, though, it is so good to have my own transporation again.
 

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Out of the J Bodies from that vintage, the Olds was the best looking IMHO.
 

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N-body, not J-body.

All in all not a bad vehicle.
 

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Acheiva, hell yeah. We had one of those in Auto shop before it got demolished. Quad 4, no exhaust, and beat to hell.

Car was one of my favorites in the Auto Shop (First favorite was a Mercury Topaz), i loved setting car alarms off due to how load the exhaust was on it. I hope this car treats you well :)
 

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N-body, not J-body.

All in all not a bad vehicle.
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My bad. :( I guess I have to go back to school on GM FWD platforms!
 

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I've always had a soft spot for Achievas, and I kinda liked the Skylark as well (but only the later models without the pointed front end, I prefer my Achieva MUCH MORE than those). I would take either over a Grand AM of that gen ('99+ is a different story, though I still prefer the Alero over it).

I found a set of 17" rims on the net for a good price that will fit my car. They have good tires on them, and I'll come out paying about the same as buying brand new name-brand tires for my 14" black steelies with poverty caps that are on the car now. 17" rims will make the car look and drive A LOT better.

(First favorite was a Mercury Topaz), [/b]


Actually, I looked at a '93 Topaz the other day. Base 4cyl with no options, average condition (missing the Mercury "flying M" logo from the lightbar), about 150-160K miles, and the guy wanted $2K firm. I think I came out better with the Olds., though there's no doubt that I love Tempo/Topaz and if that one would have been priced more reasnobly, I'd probably have bought it instead.



Some may say that I paid too much for this Achieva, and according to Edmunds.com, I did (value was $875, I paid $1200 after taxes and title fees), but decent cars for decent money are very hard to find around here.



I guess I could have bought an $1,300 1989 Camaro V6 that needed "either a torque converter or a speedometer, not sure which", according to the ad. :rolleyes: Or, maybe a '95 Blazer 2WD for $2200 that needs trans work. Compared to those shitters, I stole the Olds., lol.



I would have much rather have ended up in a :ford: or :merc: obviously, but I was sick of not having a car, sick of looking at overpriced shitboxes, and finnaly decided to go ahead with the first decent one that crossed my path.



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N-body, not J-body.

All in all not a bad vehicle.
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My bad. :( I guess I have to go back to school on GM FWD platforms! [/b][/quote]



Dont feel bad, I just learned recently that the 1.9 in the 1991-1996 Ford Escort was not a Mazda-designed engine as I had thought for years. Mazda had a lot of influance on those cars, but the engine itself was a Ford product. Now, the 1.8L DOHC in the GT, LX-E sedan, and Tracer LTS was a pure Mazda unit.
 

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Some pics of my Achieva.
Yes, its dirty inside. I'm considoring my options on that, so far I've come up with:

1- work my ass off cleaning the carpet; 2- pay somebody to clean the carpet 3- replace the carpet; 4- do nothing. I'm leaning towards #4, LMAO!



Here they are:
 

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That's a fairly sexy car! :thumb:

Always wondered what a non-raped Achieva looked like (The one in our auto shop was raped brutally by high schoolers, it was eventually junked out my last year there, I got the final drive in it :( )
 

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Good score, John. :thumb:

Oh if only it were an SCX. :eek:
 

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I miss my moms 89 Cutlass Supreme "GST" :icon_cry: :cry: That HO 3.1L refused to run on anything other than 91/93 and had balls to the walls power on tap.
Rest In Peace..
 

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The thing with the gauges that I dont understand, the two most important "secondary" gauges (the four smaller ones, two on each side), are partially hidden by the steering wheel, where as the lesser important ones are in plain view.

You see what I mean? I poked the camera through the spoke of the steering wheel to get those pics (which is why I couldnt get all the gauges in one shot). The fuel and engine temp gauges are hidden, I have to lean up to look at them, where as the oil pressure and volt meter are given a higher priority. Seems kinda stupid. Other than that, the interior is fairly user-friendly. I've never been a fan of right-hand wiper controls, but at least the intermitant wipers work (they didnt in the Accord).
 

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The thing with the gauges that I dont understand, the two most important "secondary" gauges (the four smaller ones, two on each side), are partially hidden by the steering wheel, where as the lesser important ones are in plain view.

You see what I mean? I poked the camera through the spoke of the steering wheel to get those pics (which is why I couldnt get all the gauges in one shot). The fuel and engine temp gauges are hidden, I have to lean up to look at them, where as the oil pressure and volt meter are given a higher priority. Seems kinda stupid. Other than that, the interior is fairly user-friendly. I've never been a fan of right-hand wiper controls, but at least the intermitant wipers work (they didnt in the Accord).
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the freestyle has windshield wiper controls on the right. (including rear wiper) the turn signal is on the left
 

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I think you miss-typed, the turn signal is on the left.

Freestyle's and Five Hundreds had the Volvo-esque right-side wiper controls, but when they renamed it Taurus, they moved it back to where I believe it's supposed to be (on the LH signal stalk).
 
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