23rd Jun 2006, 20:49
Bravo! Yes, my Dad used to tell me when he drove my Beretta how it was such a huge improvement on the concept of the sporty American car. Not only was it a much more refined piece of machinery than the sporty cars of the 1960's that he grew up knowing; it also offered the effortless, yet efficient power that simply was non-existent in the fake muscle cars of the 1970's and 80's. I'm not saying that the old sports cars are not worth having for fun, I am simply stating my opinion on how far GM has come in offering better performance in a more refined manner with six cylinders instead of eight. My new BMW is a terrific car that I love very much, but I still miss the Beretta once in a while.
20th Jul 2006, 20:39
27 MPG minimum? You must mean on the interstate, Dow did you calculate that?
My 94 3100 V6 used to give me a max of 19 MPG (usually 17-19) in the city.
I know this because I put together an excel sheet of the amount of gas I put in each time and the difference in odometer readings.
Its true about the performance though, Car & Driver compared the GTZ to a BMW M3 at that time.
13th Jan 2007, 23:37
When I filled the car up, I took the mileage on the trip odometer and divided that by how many gallons the car swallowed, and the quotient was usually 28 or 29. And yes, I DID reset the trip meter at every fill-up. The engine in my Beretta ran absolutely perfectly, and it used to draw compliments from my friends who owned Japanese/Korean cars on how quiet it was. These engines are quite fuel-efficient when they are in good order. I was a 16-year-old when I owned this car, so the fuel economy truly was remarkable.
18th Jul 2007, 14:34
I still own my 1994 Beretta 3.1L V6 that I bought new. It also gets 27 to 29 mpg combined city/highway driving. I check it at every fill up.
I also had some transmission concerns at about 80,000 miles, and the alternator has been replaced twice now.
Both lower a-arms needed replaced last year due to the bushings separating with age, which is common.
My AC compressor started making a noise and leaking last year, so I replaced that.
The oxygen sensor was replaced last week (also common).
Front brakes lasted until 65,000 miles.
I paid about $10,000 or so for it new, and put less than $2000 in it since I had it for all of the above.
It has 98,000 miles on it now, and runs great, so it has been a great car.
Both of my kids learned to drive on it, and it went to college with my oldest for the last year.
I bought a 1999 Mustang V6 coupe new. The Beretta has always been quick, but the Mustang had lower gears, more horsepower and was faster off the line. I traded it in on a new 2002 Monte Carlo SS 3.8L that was the fastest of all. I still have it also.
12th Sep 2007, 23:06
Wow, such wonderful imaginations about beating cars that are way out of your league. Hey, my Toyota Camry smokes Corvettes all the time. That power to ratio sure makes up for that silly V8 it has..see, I can make believe too.
3rd Aug 2005, 11:11
I also have a 1994 Beretta, and I have also beaten my share of mustangs and camaros including my dad's 1973 SS camaro.