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1996 Chevrolet Beretta

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I miss my Beretta!
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By Andielion
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1996 Chevrolet Beretta 2dr Coupe


Review

I had my Beretta as a first car for about 8 years until it was just recently totaled. It was an incredibly smooth ride and had very little maintenance issues. It leaked water into the car the whole time I had it, but that did not matter because it's reliability easily canceled out that minor problem. I would suggest a Chevy Beretta to anyone!


Favorite Features

Very few maintenance issues and was very good to me!


Suggested Improvements

I would suggest a more attractive exterior.


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The Good Cheap Car With Problems
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By Bobbyz26420
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1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 2dr Coupe


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I owned my 1996 Beretta Z26 model for about 7 months. It was a great car, real sharp and it raced decently, (once beating a 2000 Camaro). She ran beautifully for the first three months, but after that I started having oil pressure problems. I ended up having to replace the radiator, ignition switch, engine timing chain set, water pump, belt tensioner, and an oil sending unit, totaling out to a whopping 1350 just for parts, not including labor. I finally decided to give up on her when the engine bearings and rods ended up wearing out to where the engine needed replacing, and the transmission was already slipping and a belt was rubbing off in the transmission oil. Great car, doesn't last long.


Favorite Features

The look, gas mileage (if emissions system works properly), and overall reliability, will work until it overheats, or the engine seizes up.


Suggested Improvements

Nothing, cheap parts for the purpose of regular driving, replacing a few things includes replacing the rest. Throwaway car if problems with oil pressure start, get rid of it immediately to get what you can for it.


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Great Car!
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By Jardaz
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1996 Chevrolet Beretta 2dr Coupe


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Awesome car. I have had mine for 3 years. I haven't had any huge problems just the basic maintenance. The car has gone from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to the outskirts of NYC more times than I can remember. Gas mileage is good and a very dependable car. I wish Chevy still made them. If you come across one and you're looking for a used car, consider it. It's the best car I have ever owned


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96' Z26
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By Chevymuscle218
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1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 2dr Coupe


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I bought this Z26 off my brother and have owned it for about 6 months now. The car currently has 220,000 + miles and it runs great. Never burns oil. Steering is getting stiff. The cup holders in the car are not that great. There is no room in the back seats when there is two people up front. You have to have the seat (for me) all the way back so you have some decent leg room, problem is it takes away from the rear passenger space. The 3.1 motor seems to be very reliable athough blown head gaskets seem to be a common problem with them I have yet had this problem. Even though its a Z- 26 I beleive the car has a sporty apperance, but is far from a sporty car and acceleration is not the greatest.


Favorite Features

Looks, relaibility


Suggested Improvements

Needs more room for people and personal belongings (center console is even small!) more power would be a plus


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Very Strong Running Car
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By 1996Berettaguy90
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1996 Chevrolet Beretta 2dr Coupe


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I have had this car for 3+ years now, and it is running strong. Has the typical engine knock that all 3100 SFI V6's make, most of them come like that from the factory. This car has made it through 3 minnesota winters, and has come with minor repairs done, mainly to the cooling system. Have gone through an alternator, that is a typical repair in 3100's. This car is constantly put under torture due to my lead-foot driving, and it still runs great. Bought this with 167,000 miles about 4 years ago, and $850 for a car that lasts for 20,000 miles and still runs great is definitely worth it. Perfect first car. Low maintenance costs. I plan to drive this car until it gives up, then rebuild it.


Favorite Features

Sporty look, decent handling, good acceleration, great interior design.


Suggested Improvements

A little more horsepower, and a tighter suspension system would be nice, though the Z26 has a sporty suspension.


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