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thinking of buying an Achieva :D

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I am looking at getting myself some cheap wheels for spring/summer.

Maximum price of $3000 CAD

I would really like an Achieva (1994 or 1995 is my preference). :P

I found an ad on Saturday for a 1994 Achieva S sedan with 160,000 Kilometers for $2200. Called, and a lady told me she had bought a Corolla, and wants to get rid of the Olds pronto. I asked over the phone if its a V6 or 4, but she said she didnt know, she would have to look in the manual <_< (haha women driver).

I came to look at it on Sunday, and was mildly dissapointed.

It is a rock bottom base model. It has the 2.3 OHV I4, 3 speed auto, 14inch wheelcovers, and crank windows.

The best part was, it is Purple Pearl Metallic (a super rare color, and the same as our '95 Lumina!).

Car seemed ok mechanicaly, but had some minor rust, and a lot of broken bits inside. The power doorlocks on both doors dont work, the fuel filler release doesnt work, only the front speakers work (rear are toast probably).

I thought "$1000", but offered $1300 to see what she would say. She said "sure, we can do that." It would include certification.

I said I would give it some thought, and left.

Yesterday she calls me up, and says basically: "You seemed like a nice guy, and I just want to get rid of the car, so I will drop the price to $500! :blink:

My question: WOULD YOU DO IT? (or am I crazy)

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well... if it runs well and such otherwise... if you don't like it after the summer or what not... sell it for 1k... make a little bank off it.

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I keep thinking it would be fun to trash around in for a bit. Still contemplating.

PRO: cheap entry price, looks ok, probably mechanicaly fine

CON: fixer upper base model crap, not fast

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Uh... pardon moi, but which Achieva model is fast? :P

If it has no structural rust and a sound drivetrain, what are the real bad points for $500?

These pics have reminded me, this little car has an interesting, horizontal styling motif. It's really not bad looking.

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Usually, I can talk just about anyone out of buying a car. :lol:

Hell, my mother is talking my sister out of a new Cobalt and into a new CRV (my mother has offered to buy it for her.) :rolleyes:

Maybe I should get my mother to email you.....................

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Uh... pardon moi, but which Achieva model is fast? :P

If it has no structural rust and a sound drivetrain, what are the real bad points for $500?

These pics have reminded me, this little car has an interesting, horizontal styling motif. It's really not bad looking.

I love the styling of the Achieva (and also its pointy nosed Skylark cousin). :)

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Once when I was in New York City a woman was about to jump off the roof of an 10 story building, the crowd below looked up and shouted, do it, do it, jump, jump! :smilewide: Plus it's purple, the color (colour for C eh N eh D eh) of royalty, and we all know I love purple. :P

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It's $500, you can easily fix the small stuff inside yourself with a few trips to the junkyard, and when you are done with it sell it for a profit.

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At $500, you can clean it up good and then sell it for $1500. It's an investment.

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Well, here's the question: if tomorrow you came across the same car, but V6 & loaded for $1,000 (which doesn't seem that impossible), would you kick yourself for spending $500 on this one?

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I would. The Acheiva I used to drive at work went to auction and sold for around $1300. I arrived at the auction too late to make a bid, so I didn't get the chance to agonize whether to put in a bid, but for only $500, I would have done it. The car's not sporty or much fun to drive, but it does get from point A to point B.

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Thank you for everyones input :thumbsup:

Well, here's the question: if tomorrow you came across the same car, but V6 & loaded for $1,000 (which doesn't seem that impossible), would you kick yourself for spending $500 on this one?

Thats whats bugging me. I did check out a very nice car not long ago.

It was a blue (royal blue?) 1994 Oldsmobile Achieva SL with the 3.1 V6. 83000 Miles on it (US car). Non smoker car, and loaded. Im talking remote starter, spoiler, fog lamps, alarm system. It had the awesome 17" wheels wraped in Goodyears. It was a mint 1 owner car. The problem was, the engine seemed to idle rough, coughing up some smoke and the suspension seemed out of whack. The guy wanted $2500 CAD firm, and was very unwilling to certify it.

I offered $1700 and walked away.

He attempted to talk me into taking it for $2000, but was still not going to certify, so I said no thanks. :(

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Once when I was in New York City a woman was about to jump off the roof of an 10 story building, the crowd below looked up and shouted, do it, do it, jump, jump! :smilewide: Plus it's purple, the color (colour for C eh N eh D eh) of royalty, and we all know I love purple. :P

I have become americanized because of C&G. Its a lovely colour! :yes:

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For $500 I'd do it just so I could drive it off some sweet jumps...tray sliding too (finally found a good use for fwd.)

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For $500 I'd do it just so I could drive it off some sweet jumps...tray sliding too (finally found a good use for fwd.)

YES!

or just hook up a 150 shot of nitrous and hit it till it blows! :AH-HA_wink:

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I am looking at getting myself some cheap wheels for spring/summer.

Maximum price of $3000 CAD

I would really like an Achieva (1994 or 1995 is my preference). :P

I found an ad on Saturday for a 1994 Achieva S sedan with 160,000 Kilometers for $2200. Called, and a lady told me she had bought a Corolla, and wants to get rid of the Olds pronto. I asked over the phone if its a V6 or 4, but she said she didnt know, she would have to look in the manual <_< (haha women driver).

I came to look at it on Sunday, and was mildly dissapointed.

It is a rock bottom base model. It has the 2.3 OHV I4, 3 speed auto, 14inch wheelcovers, and crank windows.

The best part was, it is Purple Pearl Metallic (a super rare color, and the same as our '95 Lumina!).

Car seemed ok mechanicaly, but had some minor rust, and a lot of broken bits inside. The power doorlocks on both doors dont work, the fuel filler release doesnt work, only the front speakers work (rear are toast probably).

I thought "$1000", but offered $1300 to see what she would say. She said "sure, we can do that." It would include certification.

I said I would give it some thought, and left.

Yesterday she calls me up, and says basically: "You seemed like a nice guy, and I just want to get rid of the car, so I will drop the price to $500! :blink:

My question: WOULD YOU DO IT? (or am I crazy)

If someone has already addressed this, I'm sorry......

That engine was actually an OHC 2.3L.......it was a single-cam version of the DOHC Quad4.......I remember working with it when I was at Buick. Not sure how durable or reliable it was, but I do remember it being quite unimpressive......just as loud and rowdy as the Quad4, but without the power or performance. Of course I'm sure the 3-speed auto doesn't help......

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TED, I too have always liked the Achieva design (btw, the '92 Achieva SC coupe has the distinction of being the very first "new" car I got to take out on a test drive!). The purple one is nice, and for $500/CAD isn't a bad deal, BUT the blue one is so much nicer looking. The aluminium rims, the sportier styling (spoiler, front bumper w/ fog lights), and the color would make me want that one. But you don't want to through your money to waste, and if the seller isn't willing to certify it, must mean that he knows it won't pass. Buyer Beware!

I have a small amount saved up that the wife doesn't know about :booyah: I've been casually looking at each week's Auto Shopper magazine, just browsing. Seeing as how it's extremely unlikely I won't be getting a new 2009/2010 Sierra Crew Cab Z71 4wd, I started looking at early '90s Sierras for sale (I figured one in good condition that I could use for local driving and occasional long-distance runs might work out, while having a family hauler for most of my daily needs). I found a '93 Sierra SL regular cab with 59k on the odo for under $2k. I went to look at it and unfortunately it was 2wd, V6-powered, and was a very base-equipped truck. Though it was nice looking and the dealer was willing to negotiate on the price, I knew if I drove off in it, next week a 4wd/Z71 regular cab SLE would pop up! Patience does pay off in the end, as my dad would say.

Get the one that you truly want is my advice.

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Buy it...if one pops up that is better on a used lot, you will easily get your $500 back on the trade in - OR MORE! Plus - 1 trip to the junk yard will yield you the aluminum wheels and trim bits you need for very low coin.

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Ok, Im gonna do it!

Im calling the lady tonight and setting up the deal.

Any other comments? Last chance to talk me out of it, before Project Achieva comences!

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Does it come with the chick?
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