Ford Sierra Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1986 Ford Sierra GL 2.0 litre petrol

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Avenir

Summary:

A Triumph of European Engineering

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it. The only thing I have had to do is some minor rust repairs.

General Comments:

I purchased it from an English backpacker. I use it daily to and from work, a round trip of 30 kilometres, and it never misses a beat. It cost me $500.00 NZ to purchase.

The biggest thing I had to learn was to remember was the indicator switch is on the left of the steering wheel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2008

11th Jul 2008, 18:51

Just an add on to my review; I sold the Sierra the other day for $90.00 NZ as it failed its warranty of fitness miserably. I sold it to some young lads to use as a paddock racer.

1988 Ford Sierra 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

Those Pom's got it right this time

Faults:

Alternator, brand new universal replacement, $300. But mysterious because I drove for 2,000k's with warning light on, and with no problem. Mechanic said it was a possible fire risk though.

Fuel supply problem intermittent, could be a bad batch of fuel because only it occured twice in two years.

General Comments:

Real tough wagon. "Accidentally" drove it into a solid brick wall and received a tiny split on the front bumper, and a whole lot of useless bricks. Imagine a Japanese car doing the same!!

Good performance if it's allowed to rev high, keeps up with 2.0 fuel injected double overhead cam cars.

17" mags with low profile 225 tyres, makes good cornering at 130km/h.

Next step, find a Cosworth engine and drop it in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2002

1986 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS 2.0 DOHC 16v turbo

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC 16v turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFiat Ritmo

Summary:

The best car Ford ever made!

Faults:

Idle Control valve stopped working.

Electric window switch died.

General Comments:

Amazing Car - So fast, so good. I have driven porsche's, WRX STi's, etc, they are good, but a Cosworth is so flexible, easy to drive.

They are old cars now, so you must find a good one.

Everybody wants to race you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2002

1993 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x4 2.0 turbo petrol

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Telstar (Japanese Ford)

Summary:

Best Ford ever built

Faults:

Nothing while I've owned it. Previous owner/importer had the engine overhauled Jan 1999 just for maintenance & he went back to the UK for a holiday to acquire hoses, gaskets etc. A couple of parts are hard to get but some bits are shared with Australian models. Some fear that if anything major stops the car, not many people will know what it is let alone how to fix it!!!

General Comments:

Virtually a one off car in Australia. One of the last ones built. Has leather, air, last model upgrades. Absolutely brilliant car that is an unknown quantity to WRX & Evo owner's. They won't come near me.

Fantastic on winding roads, wet days & trips interstate. Absolutely loved this car ever since they were first released in the UK. Never thought I'd own one but you have to be lucky in life sometimes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2000

24th Jun 2001, 00:57

I agree that the Sierra Cosworth is one of the best Fords ever built. Great handling and power. But I prefer the much smaller Escort Cosworth. Using the same engine and gearbox as the Sierra, being remarkably lighter, the Escort is more aggressive during overtaking and acceleration. However I love both, the Sierra for its handling and the Escort for its aggressivity.

N.P.

31st Oct 2001, 05:33

The Escort Cosworth is 200lb's heavier than the 2wd Sierra Cosworth and a little heavier than the sierra cos 4x4, this is due to the materials used in the interior and the fact the Escort Cossie body shell is built like a panzer tank. From my experience, the Escort has to knock out 250bhp before it can convincingly beat a 2wd Sapphire Cosworth, I know because I built the bloody things!!!!!!

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews