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1989 Chevrolet Beretta GT 2.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired327826 miles
Most recent distance402318 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A very dependable, fast car

Faults:

The water pump was replaced before I bought the car at 270,000 miles.

The radiator had been replaced before I bought the car at 279,000 miles.

I was the 3rd. owner of this wonderful car, and the battery has only been replaced four times.

I replaced the alternator at 330,000 miles.

I had to replace the original heater core at 330,000 miles.

I replaced the air conditioner line and recharged the air conditioner at 335,000 miles.

I replaced the headliner when I bought the car.

The dash and door panels were in poor condition. The dash was warped and cracking, and the door panels were falling apart.

The paint (black) had very minor peeling.

The only reason I sold the car, is because at 400,000 miles the car formed a minor oil leak. The leak was coming from a seal located where the distributer would be on the distributer type motor.

That's all for having 402,000 miles on it.

General Comments:

My Beretta GT was a very dependable, and fast car.

This car handled like a pro.

I loved my Beretta GT, and I regret getting rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2003

27th Nov 2004, 14:29

Hi, and thanks a lot for that review. I was kind of hesitant of buying a 91 Baretta Gt, 5 speed, with over 200,000 miles. But with good up-keep, cars can really last along time. Thank U very much, I can't wait to see what it can do. It has the 3.1 v-6 motor. I have driven an automatic with the same motor, and was really impressed with the acceleration. Thanks!

1989 Chevrolet Beretta GT 3.1L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 3.1L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 miles
Most recent distance8945 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Very high

Faults:

To tell the truth I had nothing wrong with the car. Only thing is its falling apart only from the sun. Also it did shut off on me once, but that's just the computer from driving a long time.

General Comments:

I love the car to death it's a sweet car and gets me places fast. I also race it and put it to the test. I raced a dodge and killed it. I've done so much to the car and I still have it.

Its pimped out meaning the rims and all to lights to spoilers you name it. My car made first in a contest. So I'm happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2003

1989 Chevrolet Beretta GT 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired183000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

A high performance, high quality, long lasting, outstanding car

Faults:

Fuel filter was replaced at 189,000 miles.

Fuel pump had to be replaced.

Power steering pump had to be replaced.

Water Pump had to be replaced.

Muffler had to be replaced.

The converter in the exhaust system had to be replaced.

I Had two sensors go out.

The fan in the motor went out.

A couple of hoses had to be replaced.

Interior is falling apart.

Some rust has appeared on the lower sections of the vehicle and underneath side.

General Comments:

For an older car the Beretta GT is very quick.

Also a reliable car.

I complained a lot about the upkeep of this car, but I now also own a 97 Chevy Cavalier Z24 that has given me more problems than my 89 Beretta!

Parts are cheap and labor is cheap, but the car is high in quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th May, 2003

1989 Chevrolet Beretta GT 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance270000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

GM interior and engine build quality ruins a good looker and performer

Faults:

Replacing the 2.8 engine seemed to be regular maintenance. The original engine went at 196,000km,(weak crank shaft), and the second used engine went at 270,000km, (spark plug exploding out of its socket). The car was junked shortly after.

Weird noise started to come from the transmission at around 190,000km. The dealer couldn't find the problem.

The floor-board rusted out and the driver seat became unstable at 265,000km.

The interior trim was the worst I've seen. Bits and pieces that were glued to the car started to come off and rattle.

The HVAC never seemed to work properly. At full fan speed, there wasn't even enough air to defrost the front window properly.

The heat of the engine was unbearable in the summer. The stupid method of the piping the exhaust gas around the V6 instead of underneath, increased the temp. under the hood. Very hot air would waft into the interior even when the fan was off and the temp. setting was set to cool.

General Comments:

I loved the bottom-end torque of the OHV V6. Great handling and brakes to keep you out of trouble.

The Getrag 5 speed was great, but the clutch pedal seemed like an after thought as it was badly placed. I couldn't drive the car properly with my winter boots on.

Excellent fuel mileage for a V6, about 580km on 45 litres.

The digital dash with the on board computer was really cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th April, 2003

18th Oct 2007, 18:15

I recently obtained an '89 Beretta (5 speed) after several years driving Audis and Volkswagens. The handling and cornering is surprisingly good for a GM product and the engine produces more than enough torque to drive up steep grades in higher gears. However, the fit and finish is typical GM: pure crap. The blue paint is cracking all over the car. The dash is completely warped to the point where the defrost vents and speaker grilles won't stay in place, and the doorskins are also warped. The headlight and wiper controls threaten to fall out of their misshapen holes. The signal lever is flimsy and the switch inside the steering column is erratic (and harder than hell to replace). Pulling the dimmer switch works normally, but is not designed to flash the brights - a ridiculous oversight (the lights themselves, though, are quite good for DOT spec). The digital dash (amazingly made by VDO of Germany) is cool to look at, but doesn't light up unless the parking lights are turned on. Also, why does the "unleaded fuel only" label light up as bright as the warning lights? The door-mounted seat belts are just plain stupid, and the plastic covers on the seat belt latch receivers fell off, so if I lean toward the center console, the release is pushed and the belt disengages. At least that little red light comes on at that point. For all my gripes, it's a fun car to drive if you want speed without the hassle of impressing your friends.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 22 reviews