1990 Chevrolet Beretta GTZ 2.3 i-4 from North America
Expensive pocket rocket
Found my GTZ off a guy that wanted 900. Was my 1st time being taken by a private seller. Didn't know much bout cars then, didn't know how to drive a stick either, so I had my friend test drive. I still remember the sound of the quad 4 with NO exhaust system.
Later once I got plates, I learned the loud exhaust was from the manifold not the convertor as originally thought. The turn signals only worked if I flashed the stalk myself, 5th and reverse didn't work, nor did the brake lights. And I was lacking an air cleaner element.
Drove the Beretta for 5 months before the clutch went, partly due to me thinking I was in a Fast and the Furious movie. She'd go from a dead stop to 110 before I even got thru a freeway on-ramp. Garaged her for a year, fixed the clutch, shift linkage, & coil for the same price I paid. Drove her for a couple months til winter, then kept as a project car.
Eventually, my son was born and needed a bigger car. That and the clutch was going AGAIN. So I let her go for once again, $900.
Interior was crappy from day one, the car obviously wasn't taken care of by the previous owners. This being my only GM model car, I can't fairly base my opinion on the company off one small car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th December, 2009
7th Dec 2009, 08:50
"She'd go from a dead stop to 110 before I even got thru a freeway on-ramp."
It is a wonder that you didn't kill someone or yourself, driving so recklessly.
I certainly hope that you have learned to drive responsibly, for your son's sake.
9th Dec 2009, 10:28
Why is it expensive if you sold it for what you paid for it? Also, your most expensive repairs were admittedly caused by you, so you really can't say the car was expensive. In this case the driver was the major expense. Show some restraint and treat a daily driver car, that is sporty but by no means a "Fast and Furious" car, with some respect and care.
You also admitted the previous owner didn't take care of the car, which really reinforces the point about falsely claiming this car is "expensive" in the repair and upkeep departments. You'll go broke with any car you refuse to stay within the limits of it's ability on.
I am amazed at how many reviews are on this site where people complain about cars that are 1. over 100,000 miles and 2. abused by them or previous owners. These reviews are not helpful at all really, and just serve as a gripe session for a jilted owner who lacks the ability to properly drive or care for their car.
17th Jan 2017, 04:53
A "pocket rocket"? These were about the size of a midsize sedan. It's a bit of a stretch to call them small.