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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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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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148K and still going!
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By Joel
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1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 2dr Coupe


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My Z26 has 148K miles on it and it keeps going. She has every options available. I bought my Beretta from my son for $600 with 140K on it. He bought for $450 and changed the upper intake gasket. We changed the water pump before I started driving it. I keep an eye on the coolant level still because it still leaks. I drive it 60 miles one way for work. I have been averaging 30MPG with mostly hwy driving. This car is quick, reliable, and is giving me great MPG's. Gas is at $4.10 a gal in IL now and you can't beat getting that kind of gas mileage out of a sporty and well appointed car. I will drive her to the ground.


Favorite Features

Durability, power features, gas mileage.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the paint. My Z looks like it has spots. Fix the leaky coolant.


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By SWZ26
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1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 2dr Coupe


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Excellent car! And I have owned 4 in the past. Now I own a 1996 Z26 and it is beautiful car. I recently lost my 2002 Chevy Cavalier in a accident and it was a total lost. This car rides so smooth and the seats are so comfortable. I would recommend this car to anyone. It is a well made car and stands the test of time.


Favorite Features

Power everything, sunroof, V6 3.1, color, interior


Suggested Improvements

None


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Love my beretta but...
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By AG_47
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1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 2dr Coupe


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I love my Beretta. It gets through the snow really well - something useful in these Minnesota winters. It has 182,000 miles on it and nothing big has gone wrong with it. I have to sell it because I need something newer. If I could keep it and afford to buy another car I would. It gets great gas mileage - only $30 to fill the tank. It is a little small but it feels a lot roomer than a caviler or a cobalt. The trunk is huge - I recently moved and only had to make a few trips. If you are looking for a great, reliable, dependable car then think about getting a Beretta!) Also, it is really sporty and fun to drive.


Favorite Features

Sunroof, cupholder in the dash, Good gas mileage, Big trunk, Roomy, CD Changer (not standard), Cassette, ABS Brakes, 3.1L V6, Cloth seats, Reading lights under rearview mirror, Fog lights (saved my life a couple times)


Suggested Improvements

I have the sport style seats which are very uncomfortable. It suppose to hug your body but instead pokes into your back. Also the paint is starting to chip on my trunk and there are some scratches on my hood. The paint on these cars could be better.


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