1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 3.1 V6 from North America
Stylish unique car with American-made car problems
The AC Compressor left me stranded.
The alternator went out and left me stranded.
Fuel pump needed replacing.
Heater core needed replacing 2 times.
Radiator hose busted.
Roof liner began to sag.
Had to replace belts.
Etc... Other little various problems.
The front seat had great leg room.
Good gas economy for a V6.
Poor performer in rainy, wet conditions.
Some of the components of the car were not reliable, but the engine was durable and lasted until I sold it at 260,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th June, 2008
30th Jul 2008, 13:19
"Stylish unique car with American-made car problems"
Excuse me, but would like to respectfully point out that all cars have problems. Take a look for instance at all of the very serious problems Toyota has been having recently as documented by Consumer Affairs:
I am not saying this necessarily applies to your review, but for some reason, it just seems that when a problem occurs with an American car, people often use it as a judgment against the entire American car industry, while shrugging off comparable (or often more serious) problems with foreign vehicles.
You bought the car when it was already 15 years old with 120,000 miles. The car now has 260,000 miles and the problems you listed are all minor and/or common for a car of that age. I do not think that is too bad.
I am not bashing your review, but just do not like the unfair stereotype you are giving credence in its title.
17th Dec 2011, 13:28
I have a 1996 Z26 Beretta, and it has been a wonderful AMERICAN car. Foreign cars have their problems, many, many of them. My car is Dark Rose and has 230,000 miles on it. Yes, we have repaired it, but nothing like my neighbor has had with her 2003 Hyundai.