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!
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.