1995 Chevrolet Beretta 3.1 V6 from North America


Broken, breaking, or you wonder what's next


Over the course of the 10000 miles I put on this car I have:

- Rebuilt the engine, replacing all gaskets.

- Replaced the gas tank.

- Replaced a broken handbrake cable.

- Leaking fuel rail because of poor design and had to redneck repair it to fix it.

- Replaced the ENTIRE front suspension except the struts, Started with the tie rods, and after fixing those the ball joints were bad. Then since everything was corroded and wearing out, we had to replace everything!

General Comments:

I think this had been the most unreliable car. We have put over $1000 into it and I replaced most of it myself to save money. I did the head gasket in the driveway under a tarp in the middle of winter. And the engine is impossible to work on. Everything is integrated into something else, in other words everything has to come off to get at one thing. For example I have to remove part of the engine mount to replace the belt. And the belt tensioner has no nut or arm of any sort to release it, so you need 2 or more people to screw with the belt to get it on.

Overall, when it runs it works great, good mileage and power. But it sees more time on a lift or on a jack getting fixed than it does on the road. You drive it with something broken, something breaking/wearing out, or panicking over every little noise or vibration of pull wondering what the hell is breaking now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd March, 2008

24th Mar 2008, 19:15

I feel I must say this. It's 12 years old with 140,000 miles.

Were you expecting perfection?

5th Jan 2012, 19:35

Yes, the 3.1's need to have the motor mount released to put on a new tensioner belt, but there is a bolt at the base of the tensioner arm that you turn one way to release tension, and the other way to put tension back on.

1995 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 3.1 from North America


It was a great car


My 95 Z26 was a great car! I never had any major problems with my car. It has never left me on the side of the road. Basic maintenance only. Oil change every 3000.

General Comments:

My Z26 had great speed for a 3.1. I have had it at 120+ mph.

The rocker panels are a problem. Both rusted through. That is the only reason I sold it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2007

1995 Chevrolet Beretta 6 Cylinder from North America


Recommended for Starter Car or Everyday Commute


The Service Engine light comes on from time to time probably due to a bad oxygen sensor.

The seat belt won't click. (I feel so safe)

Loose brake pads and warped rotor.

General Comments:

Generally seems like a sound car from what I'm paying. Most of the cars problems aren't at fault of the manufacturer probably just of wear and tear. However, the seat belt thing is an issue, and the Service Engine light could be one of many things. My previous car was practically the love of my life and it's hard to find a car to match it up to, but this Beretta seems to be sound and gets me from place to place although it does like to drink it's share of gasoline.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2007

1995 Chevrolet Beretta 3.1 V6 from North America


The greatest car I've ever owned, period


I had to replace the alternator and battery, which was about $130 combined.

Regular maintenance, like brakes, air filters, fuel filters etc. All were easy to replace by myself.

When the catalytic converter went out, I opted to have a straight pipe with glass packs put on, which only cost me about $90.00. Then it sounded NICE!

General Comments:

After struggling to keep an 85 Ford Ranger (my very first car) running, I decided to fork out 2,500 for a better car. I was sold the minute I took the Beretta for a test drive.

On a curvy, bumpy road, I took the car up to 60 MPH, and felt completely comfortable behind the wheel. It handled like a DREAM!

It got great gas mileage, and was more dependable than I knew at the time.

All of the maintenance was done by me (a complete amateur at mechanics), and everything was very easily accessible under the hood and under the car.

Considering the mileage, the Beretta was the perfect car in the world. It ran without a hitch, and I ran it into the ground -- I went EVERYWHERE in this car, and no distance was too far. I've heard of many Berettas going up to 300,000 when well-maintained.

This is, by far, the greatest car I've ever owned, and if given the opportunity to own another one, I'd take it in a heartbeat. One of the biggest mistakes of my life was selling my 95 Beretta. Take care of this car, and you'll have it as long as you want it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2006

10th Jul 2007, 20:37

I Love my 91 Manual Beretta! I have 286,000 miles on it. it has the original transmission, engine, shocks, gas tank, this thing is a master piece! Ill never give up this car ever, the only things that have been replaced are the main things you do replace... brake pads, oil, spark plugs, and a battery. My dad bought this car when I was a little kid, and I always loved it, so my plan is to fully restore this car now. I wish GM would have discared the Cavilier, instead of the Beretta. Although the Cavilier is a good car, also. The Beretta was the best care ever made, since the 57 chevy.