Ford Puma Review from Portugal

2000 Ford Puma 1.4 petrol

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance4065 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

You see the face, not the heart

Faults:

This vehicle is very beautiful but the quality of most components is very bad, it has a great engine (made in a joint venture with Yamaha), good metal parts and great head lights but the rest it sucks. My brand new car with full extras has plastic pedals who make a lot of noise, the carpet of the floor is not rigid, needs a new clutch and a new clutch pump. The precision of the steering wheel is nothing like my Toyota, the car starts shaking at 120km and I've tried everything, the brakes don't have a good response and the gearbox appears to be great but it is very loose although it shifts well. The seats aren't confortable at all. You can hear the wind very loud when the car is running. The general quality of the car is very poor, plastics make a lot of noise and are not pleasant to touch.

In my critical opinion, everyone who says that this car is very good doesn't have a valid opinion and they don't know the meaning of the word quality. Puma was my first Ford. I would never buy a Ford again. Toyota is without a shadow of a doubt a great quality car, try it and then you'll know the meaning of quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th July, 2000

12th Feb 2001, 13:24

In my opinion anyone who compares a Ford Puma to a Toyota ANYTHING has no opinion of any worth. Does this person work for Toyota? I wonder...

The Puma is quite possibly the perfect car. As an enthusiastic driver used to much faster cars I just was not prepared for the smile that this little cat put on my face. Cracking drive, just will not give up round corners, fantastic revving engine, neat interior and extremely reliable, I would recommend it to anyone who loves driving and has fun doing so.

5th Mar 2001, 06:17

You should have gone for the 1.7 ! Mine is gorgeous and I wouldnt change it for anything! Least of all a Toyota!

8th Jul 2001, 14:31

Yes, the 1.7's the one to go for. Besides, Toyota have an image about as flashy as pond weed.

Ford have a heritage of motorsport, where as the only thing that comes to mind with Toyota is a dodgy Japanese, Toupee clad chappy!

7th Aug 2001, 07:57

What is this guy talking about....

Toyota what??

Lets be honest with ourselves, for 13 grand they are brilliant!

With all those quibbles you quite clearly wouldn't be happy in an Aston Martin, never mind a crappy Toyota.

31st Aug 2001, 17:44

Toyota Celica GT4 anybody?

1st Nov 2001, 13:52

I've just traded my Toyota for a Puma. All I can say is that I now enjoy rather than tolerate the drive to and from work. The Toyota was well built but I'd rather have fun!

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review