For an automobile company that excels in the automotive industry from the beginning, it is easy to imagine their future for the next decades. Founded by Ransom E. Olds, the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing, Michigan that manufacture Oldsmobile vehicles created several models that became very notable in the face of Michigan as well as the streets of America. One of these models is the Oldsmobile Achieva.
The Achieva was first seen as a concept car at the 1991 Chicago Auto show that was said to replace the Calias because they both share the same front wheel drive and same wheelbase of platform. The following year, the Achieva was part of the production line of the Oldsmobile. It was offered in four different trims: S and SL that were both available in two and four-door model, and the sporty SC and SCX coupe. The S as the standard model has a 120-horsepower 2.3-liter OHC 4-cylinder. The SL on the other hand houses the 160-horsepower engine that is made optional to the S model. 160-horsepower 3.3 L V6 engine was optional for the SL. The SC coupe has the 180 horsepower with 5-speed manual transmission or a 3 speed automatic.
After a year, the Achieva reduces its power due to the stricter emission controls. All trims were 5 horsepower lower at automatic transmission. The next year gave the entry of the driver-side airbag as one of the standard features. The 3.3 L version was reduced to a 3.1 L V6. All 1994 models are automatic transmissions.
In 1995 all Achieva trims are reduced to one: S coupe and sedan, which is divided into two groups according to equipment: Series I and Series II. Driver-side airbag, antilock brakes, and an air conditioner are standard to every version. Quad 4 with 150 horsepower and 3.1-liter V6 with 155 horsepower are only available engines for the 1995 model, the other two from the previews years are dropped.
The 1996 models add more features including an all-new interior, standard air conditioning, daytime running light, and a new dash panel featuring revised gauges with passenger-side airbag. The new base engine is the 2.4 L 4-cylinder (Twin Cam) that replaces the 2.3-liter Quad 4. The final year of the Achieva came as soon as its entry. In 1997, its last production was made. The Oldmobile Achieva was soon replaced by the Oldmobile Alero.
Oldsmobile Achieva : Maintenance Tips for Safety
The Oldsmobile Achieva was a surprisingly powerful four-wheel drive vehicle—especially considering it was touted as a compact car. It shared much with its cousins, the Pontiac Grand Am and the Buick Skylark—namely the secure and balanced GM N-body platform. It had a decent run between 1991 and 1998. If you're lucky enough to still have one of these subdued classics in your stable, then here are a few tips you should follow to keep things running smoothly and safely.
- Check the tires thoroughly.
Tires are often very easy to overlook, and this could be very dangerous. Your tires bear quite a great deal of weight—more than any part of your car. And any problems with these parts come safety risks that you can't afford. So first, make sure that they're always properly inflated. For the precise and perfect pressure, crack open your owner's manual—that is, if you're still sporting the stock tires. Otherwise, make sure to consult the manufacturer's instructions if you've long since replaced the originals. The next thing to check for is tread pattern wear. Not only does wear leave you vulnerable to skidding, but it also indicates greater problems with alignment or suspension depending on where the wearing occurs.
Your car's brakes tend to wear out over time. A good test is to get your Oldsmobile Achieva rolling slowly. Start with a light tap of your brakes and notice how your vehicle reacts. Then get it rolling again—keeping the pace and speed low—and try to push the brakes harder. What you're looking for here is quick reactivity. If your car takes longer than a second to react to a brake tap, you're in trouble—make sure to get things checked with a professional at this point.
All mechanically driven machines require a lot of fluids to run smoothly. Whether its lubrication in the engine or transmission fluid in the gearbox, it should always be kept at the right level. Dips in the amount of fluid risk both friction and damage to the components involved. This is especially true if you haven't driven the car for extended periods of time. In cases of hibernation like that, it pays to have things checked professionally just to make sure that everything will start and run very smoothly.
Make sure that your lights are clean and clear. Should your lenses start to display fogging that comes with age, they should be cleaned using a spot of toothpaste. Note, however, that this is a quick fix, and in case this does not restore your lenses' clarity completely, then you'd better opt for a replacement. There are no shortcuts when it comes to safety.
With a little care for the little things, you can ensure that your Oldsmobile Achieva will perform well through the years while keeping you and your loved ones safe all the time. It is really all up to you.