1994 Ford Granada Scorpio 2.0 petrol
Classic 90s executive express
New brake discs and pads, which come under wear and tear, but new calipers all round were a bit costly at one point.
Exhaust back box fell off. Putting this as wear and tear as well though, since it happened when it was nearly 10 years old and probably was the original.
General servicing, oil/fan belt changes, etc.
The Granada on a 1994 model was the last of its kind. Fully kitted out with leather as a top model (Scorpio), this car wanted for nothing and was one of the most comfortable cars I ever had. Electric everything. Huge interior.
The Scorpio trim level became the newer model name plate that replaced this car in 1995. The newer car was unloved though because of its looks, and hence a lot of early 90s Granadas were sought after for a long while even as they got older.
Purchased mines with over 30K on the clock at only a few years old. Looked very nice in dark metallic blue paintwork. Basically it looked like a 'big' Sierra and did not really stand out from the crowd, but those in the know respect it as a good car and a cut above your average Ford. Easily up there with German rivals which to this day dominate the executive car market, however this car's direct rival was Vauxhall's Carlton and Senator models, which were also excellent cars; I can comment as I have owned both. There is very little in what car is best and it just comes down to what you prefer.
The 2.0 engine gave decent performance and economy. Being rear wheel drive it was easy to get the back end to slide out, but I tended to drive slow and just cruise; it was more suited to that. Would have loved the Cosworth 2.9 model, but couldn't afford it at the time. Will always have fond memories of this ordinary 2.0 model however - it was a great car to drive, very comfortable and gave very little problems.
I only scrapped it at 12 years old and nearly 200K on it because it was in an accident (not my fault, got rear ended) and was obviously uneconomical to repair (but was still going strong right up till that point). Would love another one nowadays as a second car to play about with, but they rarely come up these days for sale, your best bet is check AutoTrader and eBay frequently and then find a specialist independent that knows how to keep older cars like this looked after, especially if you get a Cosworth model - Ford dealers are generally OK, but I wouldn't take a car of this age/speciality to one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th October, 2016