The 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva unquestionably stands on its last legs. With so many new models in recent years, it hardly seems surprising that the 1998 Achieva has reached its last production run. Even then, Oldsmobile only offers the 1998 Achieva as a fleet vehicle. With only one model option left and almost no optional features, the Achieva makes for a very straight forward offering. Most consumers only find them on the used market.
Despite this, the Achieva actually isn’t a bad vehicle. It handles quite well and uses good standard equipment. In fact, it includes more safety features as standard equipment than most passenger sedans on the market during this time. In addition, since it only sells as a fleet vehicle, buyers can scoop up an Achieva for a paltry price. The Achieva might not be able to directly compete with the Oldsmobile sedans that replace it, but it does beat them for value under the right conditions. The Achieva marks a potential steal if a rental car company wants to get rid of lightly used ones.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.1-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Oldsmobile Achieva SL
The 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva does not offer any new features. However, many options, including the coupe body, are no longer available.
The 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva provides the market with an attractive sedan. The Achieva looks a little boxier than some of its peers, but it has enough curves to avoid looking dated. It appears to be a typical sedan, measuring 187.9 inches in total length. A rear spoiler remains an optional feature.
The 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva only comes in one model. Cruise control, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, an anti-theft alarm system, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player mark standard features. Oldsmobile offers no optional features for the Achieva, which seems unusual for the brand. The lack of optional features most likely results from the upcoming cancellation of the Achieva model.
Performance & Handling
The Oldsmobile Achieva offers good overall performance. The 3.1-liter, six-cylinder engine provides 150 horsepower, giving the Achieva reasonably good acceleration and speed. The handling and turning seems good, overall. Traction control is standard equipment on all models, further improving the handling of the Achieva.
All 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva models come equipped with dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control as standard safety equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Oldsmobile Achieva 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 19/30 mpg city/highway
Oldsmobile Achieva 3.1-liter six-cylinder: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Low demand occasionally leads to bargain prices
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- Already replaced by better-designed Oldsmobile sedans
A bargain at its best.
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