Ford Granada Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 4

1982 Ford Granada

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Previous carFord LTD

Summary:

A HOLE lot of fun!!

Faults:

It is really rusted. The vinyl top flew off on the highway one day. The rear passenger door is falling off.

General Comments:

Great car. Gas saver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

1979 Ford Granada Ghia 302 ci 2BBL

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 302 ci 2BBL Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

A stylish, peppy, economical piece of basic transportation

Faults:

The car required a complete exhaust system, complete brake system rebuild including all hydraulic components, power steering pressure hose, radiator, water pump, belts, hoses, major tune up and alternator replacement.

Oil leaks developed soon after the car was obtained because the seals and gaskets had dried out due to the lack of use of it's previous owner.

General Comments:

This was a classically styled vehicle that had the same lines and style features of Ford's larger luxury cars from the mid 70's.

The car was purchased from an elderly owner just as it was about to be sent to the scrap yard as nobody else was interested in purchasing it. The car was 16 years old and only had 45,000 original Kilometers on the odometer. The car had not been well maintained over the previous years of its life due to the little use it saw yearly. Once the problems above were corrected the car was an excellent performer and very reliable. No further mechanical faults developed. Ride, handling, comfort were adequate for a car of this size and cost. Not a luxury car by any stretch, but not a stripper either. The 302 V-8 had more than enough torque to give the car great acceleration. Gas mileage was a bit low, but for a $51.00 car, who cares?

I cannot blame the manufacturer of this car for any of its faults. The repairs that were initially done were not a result of the quality of the car, but its age and neglect.

The only real fault with this car was the inside of the windows would fog up on the inside if there were one or more passengers in the car. Air conditioning would have helped.

Absolutely no rust on the chassis or the body. This was a North American Ford Granada, not the British model!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2004

14th Mar 2004, 21:06

FYI, horsepower is what gives you quick acceleration. Torque is what actually moves the car. So a Honda Civic would have trouble towing a big trailer because it has little torque. The Ford Granada would tow a trailer easily because it has a V8 with lotsa torque. Horsepower is how fast the engine can make that torque, so it means how fast the car goes from 0-60:-)

1982 Ford Granada L 3.8 V-6

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8 V-6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carChrysler LeBaron

Summary:

An inexpensive utility car you don't have to worry about being stolen!

Faults:

Original water pump failed @ 109,000 miles.

Carburetor needs a rebuild.

Cloth seats worn.

Minor structural rust.

General Comments:

Fairly comfortable with a flight bench seat; the split bench in my old '81 was better.

The 232 V-6 easily outperforms the 200 inline-6, but the big 2-bbl carb uses gas like a small-block V-8.

Easy to drive, parts are cheap, and these Fox-platform cars break infrequently. They like to rust, but are inexpensive and reliable.

Plenty of cargo room for a compact wagon, and good passenger space for four people; six could squeeze in if needed :o

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2002

1982 Ford Granada

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles

Summary:

The perfect first car

Faults:

Tires needed to be replaced.

Starter went, but was cheap to fix.

Engine seized, but this was my fault for not putting oil in it on a long road trip.

General Comments:

I absolutely loved my Granada. It was my first car, bought with low mileage and the original stereo, and it was the perfect first car. It did have some trouble around sharp turns, but what big old boat doesn't?

The front seat was a bench seat so however close my seat was to the steering wheel was where my passenger had to sit. But the Granada was roomy so this usually wasn't a problem.

The only reason the car died was because it was my first car and nobody told me you had to put oil in it. I loved that car so much, I cried the day we donated it to the Kidney Foundation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th August, 2001

16th Nov 2002, 05:13

I feel your pain. The same thing happened to me when my grandmother gave me her '86 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Sport Coupe and then I gave it to my cousin who needed a car. He completely trashed it and didn't even tell me thank you for giving to him. Life goes on though.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 11 reviews