1982 Ford Granada L 2.0 Pinto
The one car that never failed me
Starter motor went at 530000km, quick and easy fix.
Power steering sprung a leak; fixed with blood, sweat, tears and tape for now. Awaiting replacement.
Rear axle pinion is getting worn, making clunking noises when changing gears, still runs fine though.
Various leaks here and there - engine oil, power steering, brake fluid, rear axle... You name it, it's leaking. Nothing major though, just need to top it off every couple of months.
Most reliable car I've ever owned. It has never failed me (except when the starter motor went, which I forgive seeing how it was 32 years old and all).
A very roomy and comfortable car, with emphasis on comfortable; it gets you where you need to go at a reasonable price. It's old enough to avoid taxes here in Sweden and it only uses 0.8 liters of fuel per 10km - not bad for a 30+ year old 2 ton barge.
The 2.0 Pinto engine is pretty weak for a car this size, making it a bit sluggish at times, and I don't trust its 1600kg load rating for a second, but it runs and takes me to work and back again day after day. I use it as a daily driver, doing about 100km per day, and it never misses a beat!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th May, 2014