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1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired44224 miles
Most recent distance44560 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Glad I bought it, and happy to have it!

Faults:

Fog lights work sometimes, sometimes not. Side marker lamp is replaced and still does not work. Spoiler mounted brake lights don't work and are unable to be removed. May have to check fuses or test current.

General Comments:

Sporty car, looks nice with 16" rims and spoiler and body effects.

With a few bolt-ons, performance can be extraordinary.

Factory seats not very good.

Factory speakers are lame, but stereo unit is good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2004

1996 Chevrolet Beretta 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance202000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Inexpensive car, lots of little cheap, unpredictable maintenance, rainy day wreck waiting to happen

Faults:

Fuel pump (replaced at 11k miles)

Alternator (replaced at least once a year)

Water Pump (replaced once a year)

Engine (head gasket started leaking around 40k miles, but dealer couldn't or wouldn't find it. It finally blew at 140k miles which leaked coolant into the crankcase ruining the bearings in the engine.)

Power steering (replaced at 150k miles and needs it done again at 200k miles)

Radiator (twice, 90k and 150k miles) the tanks on the sides needed replaced at 50k miles)

Paint chips off easy.

Suspension (200k miles. Besides the transmission its the only thing that lasts on this car)

General Comments:

The car handles like its on ice in the rain at highway speeds even with AquaTreds. Governor limits car's top speed at 110 and no mod chip or reprogram to fix it (this is only with 1996 3.1 engines). When the car was new it had fast acceleration and same when I replaced the engine. Repairs are cheap except the for the engine replacement ($3000 for new 3.1) which isn't too bad for a new engine.

Overall fast car (3 tickets over 100) that corners bad, brakes bad, and leaves me stranded on the road with a bad alternator on homecoming night (hehe...). I would buy again, but replace factory suspension with Eibach and get wheels because the factory setup is a fatality waiting to happen while driving in the rain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2004

2nd Jan 2005, 14:23

I totally agree with you about Berettas, I had a 95 Beretta and had all the problems you did with the fuel pump, radiator and engine. It was very expensive to maintain and everything started going out right after the warranty ran out at 75,000 miles.

1996 Chevrolet Beretta from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles

Summary:

Cheap, relaible car

Faults:

ABS wiring, Alternator, battery, watter leak.

General Comments:

Very nice and cheap car. I got mine for 3400$. Recently I bought 1997 VW Passat and in comparison with my Beretta it's not much better car. Engine is VR6, more powerfull otherwise Beretta is more comfortable and just hassle-free car,

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

1996 Chevrolet Beretta GTZ 26 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles

Summary:

A great car for first time owners

Faults:

There are only a few things that have gone wrong with the car and they are minor. The car wouldn't start for me a few times and I had to let it sit for about 15 minutes before it would decide to start. It sounds rough when idling, and I lose power (lights flicker, radio stops) for a few seconds when I hit my breaks. Other than that the car handles great.

General Comments:

I live in Minnesota and it is great in the snow and slush and can get up our washed out driveway!

I love the sunroof, 12-disk CD changer, and all the options.

This is my first car. I have only had it since February and I love it.

Some people complain about the seats digging into their backs, but I think they are very comfortable.

I would suggest getting a Beretta instead of getting a new car because you can save a lot of money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2003

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