1996 Chevrolet Beretta Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1996 Chevrolet Beretta Base 3.1 SFI V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.1 SFI V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles

Summary:

Nice little economy car

Faults:

Fuel Line broke at 120000mi

Rotors Replaced at 118000mi

The Plastic on the back was broken when I bought the car.

Trunk lock replaced at 120000mi

Sway Bar broken at 121000mi

Wheel alignment/routine maintenance

Struts need to be replaced

Driver seat torn.

General Comments:

This is my first car and I love it to death. The V6 provides decent power (not exactly a hot rod) but is good enough for passing/merging. I've beat this car pretty bad and it still runs like a gem. The motor has quite a bit of life left in it. The transmission is a little beat up (neutral dropping the car doesn't help that though) I think with a fluid change and some various transmission chemicals it will last until I get another car. The car was wrecked on the passenger side and totaled, but the car still runs great. The strut was bent, and It needed a new control arm to move again, only about $200 in repairs. Through the abuse and torment I've caused this car I still get 25MPG City and about 32MPG Highway, great fuel economy. I recommend this car to any first driver or someone looking for a little economy car. They are great values and very underrated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2006

1996 Chevrolet Beretta Base 2.3 Litre from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 Litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102345 miles
Most recent distance102789 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Excellent Choice

Faults:

The only thing that has ever gone wrong with this car was the alternator. It was an easy fix and the car has been a dream ever since.

General Comments:

This is basically the best car I have ever drivin. It has torque and with the modifications I've done I pumped out 389 horse power. This is truly a customizers dream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2006

21st Feb 2006, 20:12

This car was awsome. It got me everywhere, and pretty quickly. The alternator went out a few times, and always had a problem with replacing the front drivers side tire that always went flat, but it got me back and forth from Chicago at 75,000 miles, and all over the place at long distances. Had 2 blow outs on the back that caused major body damage by taking out two chunks of the back panel. Loved the rear defrost, and the stock radio was great! Engine rod blew at about 110,000 miles because I didn't change the oil in time. Interior was easy to clean and vaccum, always looked like new after getting detailed!

1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 3.1 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance199000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Under-rated over-achiever

Faults:

Radiator replaced at 70000 miles.

Check engine light (due to exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system) has been on since 80,000 miles.

A/C condenser began leaking freon at 100,000 miles.

Valve pinging / knocking began at about 100,000 miles (only until engine gets up to running temp).

Transmission replaced at 150,000 miles.

190,000 front struts are starting to go bad.

General Comments:

The car has been a great car overall.

The car was / is very sporty in looks and performance. Great handling and plenty of power.

Stainless steel exhaust has never needed replaced to this day.

The 3100 GM engine seems to have been engineered well as it has clearly sufficed its life expectancy for such a meagerly priced coupe.

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

Review Date: 11th November, 2005

11th Feb 2007, 08:47

You know, after 190,000 miles, I'd be happy that's the only thing going wrong... struts can only take so much and 200K is a lot of beating don't you think?

1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 3.1L V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.1L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

A pretty average car that looks great

Faults:

Oil pressure sensor went bad and spewed oil.

Lower intake manifold gasket leaked, expensive repair. Common problem, there is an updated gasket to fix it.

Windshield cracked, probably just due to a stone chip.

Piston slap on startup. This is a known problem with the early 3100 V6s. Its very expensive to repair, but as long as its not severe, it won't hurt the engine at all.

General Comments:

The Chevy Beretta is an all around decent car that can handle most tasks that you throw at it.

With a 160 hp V6, I wouldn't say the car is fast, but it has a good amount of torque and plenty of power for passing and merging.

The sport suspension on the Z26 provides great traction and cornering ability, however, it can get mushy during quick direction changes. The twist beam rear suspension can't quite keep up with fully independent suspensions on cars like the Neon and Civic.

For a sport coupe, the car has better than average room in the back seat, and it has a pretty big trunk.

The interior has a lot of plastic and looks kind of cheap, and there is a lot of wind noise on the highway (might be quieter in Berettas without a sunroof).

Gas mileage is nothing special in the city, but good on the highway: I get at least 27 mpg highway, the EPA estimates 29 mpg.

The only area where this car really excels is its exterior. I think the Z26 is still one of the best looking front wheel drive coupes ever made.

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

Review Date: 1st November, 2005

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 15 reviews