Maintenance Tips that Will Make Your Chevrolet Beretta More Fun to Drive
The Chevrolet Beretta is evidence that old cars can still perform well and keep up with their modern counterparts. With a great engine and vehicle handling, what more could you ask for, right? But of course, there are still some maintenance checks that have to be done to the Beretta over the years. The fun isn't going to stop though. Here are ways on how you can keep your Beretta in good condition and make your driving even more fun to begin with.
- Keep an eye on your radiator.
With the engine running wild, and giving in to all your whims, you better not forget to keep your radiator properly filled. Your car's radiator keeps the engine in check and makes sure that the engine won't overheat even with all the power being summoned from it. And in order for your radiator to do its job efficiently, it needs to have a clean dose of coolant running through it. But the coolant deteriorates over time and becomes acidic in the process, therefore needing regular flushing and replenishing. Don't hesitate to flush out your degraded coolant because in order for your radiator to work properly, it will really need fresh, clean fluids.
There had been a lot of issues when it comes to the Beretta's bodywork, specifically, its vulnerability to corrosion and consequently a decreased ability to fight off rust. But you can still avoid those issues by giving your car additional protection in the form of car wax. Car wax will protect the paint job, and will serve as your car's first line of defense against wear caused by harmful environmental conditions. Contrary to the common misconception that waxing your car is uncalled for and just a waste of money, your car actually needs it to be extra protected from the sun's searing heat, the rain's penetrating waters, and the salt on the road during winter. The wax has a lot of use and will not just make your car look shiny and new, but it will help ward off those common causes of corrosion.
- Check your wheel alignment.
Your Beretta is already known to be a dependable vehicle that has awesome engine power and handling. But with all the miles piling up, you might want to check on your wheel alignment from time to time. Your wheels can get misaligned if your car hits a deep pothole while going fast, or by getting a direct hit from the curb while parking. But with the way the Beretta runs, you're probably going to have a problem like the first one. Either way, you should have the alignment of your wheels checked when you suddenly start having difficulty with steering in order to drive straight. If your wheels are misaligned, it will be difficult to have control of your car, thus making it more dangerous to drive. If you want to continue having fun and have a great driving experience with your Beretta, don't ignore issues like that.
A Look Back at the Sporty yet Budget-friendly Chevrolet Beretta
A successor to the Chevrolet Celebrity Coupe, the Chevrolet Beretta from General Motors’ Chevrolet division is a front-wheel drive introduced in 1987. It was basically a two-door coupe variant of the four-door Chevrolet Corsica sedan. Initially introduced to the public through rental car agencies, GM was able to test market the vehicle and get feedback on quality problems. The technique was successful, and the public response was noteworthy. During its first year of production, more than 275,000 Berettas were rolled out. What sets it apart from its predecessor is its fuel efficiency and stylish coupe design. Unlike many vehicles that were designed and released in generations, the Beretta models were released as various sporty models throughout its production years from 1987 to 1996.
1987: CL or base
A base Chevrolet Beretta was equipped with a powertrain that was also used in the Chevrolet Cavalier. The default engine was a 202L OHV four-cylinder motor that came with an automatic, three-speed transmission, while the optional engine was a 60-degree V6.
1988: GT and GTU
In 1988, a GT version was released. This was equipped with a 2.8 L V6 with 125 hp. In 1991, it was upgraded with 15-inch steel wheels, a Z51 suspension, and Goodyear Eagle GT tires. Also introduced in 1988, the GTU model was in production until 1990. The GTU version was equipped with 16x7-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, decals, custom trim, and custom ground effects.
1990: GTZ and Indy
Manufactured from 1990 to 1993, the GTZ was released as a replacement for the GTU version. As a high-performance Beretta, it was equipped with a standard 2.3 L Quad 4 14 engine that produced 160 lb/ft of torque and 180 hp, as well as an FE7 suspension and a five-speed, Getrag manual transmission. As proof of its speed, the GTZ posted a 0-60 mph time in just 7.6 seconds. It was one of the fastest slalom speeds posted by any front-wheel drive vehicle.
In 1990, an Indianapolis 500 pace car was designed and was basically a convertible version of the Chevrolet Beretta. Plans for a convertible replica for the mass market were announced, although it never followed through. A coupe version was instead released.
Designed to replace the GT and GTZ, the Beretta Z26 was launched in 1994. The 3.1 L V6 was upgraded to a 3100 V6. However, production ended two years later in 1996 since GM didn’t want the Z26 to compete with the Cavalier Z24 and Chevy Camaro.
Despite its discontinuation, the Chevrolet Beretta is fondly remembered as a fuel-efficient, cheap-to-repair sporty coupe. It may not have earned enough popularity to continue its production, but it definitely was a testament of GM’s foray into the affordable, sporty car segment.