1999 Ford Puma 1.7 petrol


Fun for one, but not really for a family


Indicators not cancelling.

Knocking from rear over bumps (needs investigating).

Steering wheel peeling.

Rust on rear arches (common).

General Comments:

Not had this car long, but always liked the shape. As soon as I got it, though, the elusive Puma started to appear everywhere.

This car is quick and handles very well. It is a joy to drive and turns heads.

Lack of vision around the 'A' pillar and a few blind spots, which are not covered by the small mirrors, but hey, this is a coupe after all.

Expensive to tax, but the upside is 280 miles per tank (£40), which gives an average of 43 MPG, no matter how it is driven.

The rear seats are for a child, however a small adult will fit in quite comfortably as long as they are not too tall.

All controls are to hand and has lots of toys, which you don't normally get with Ford, like heated screens!

As long as you don't open boot lid too far when wet, everything will stay dry, otherwise the water pours in.

Make sure you keep an eye on the oil level, as mine was very low when I got it, and this affected the cam/valve timing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2012

1999 Ford Puma Racing 1.7 petrol


Future classic, amazing drive, ignore the lack of power


Nothing I wasn't expecting. I have rebuilt the front brake calipers because of advice I was given, although it turned out it wasn't necessary. I've bought a third car for day to day use to keep this nice (my other car's a 70's TVR).

The only things that don't seem to work intermittently are the radio (reception's poor) and the rear wiper (which works perfectly sometimes, but gives up on others).

General Comments:

The brakes and handling are amazing, it's not very powerful, but it's very enjoyable getting the most from the engine.

It drives very much like a slow Porsche 911 GT3 (I've worked for Porsche for 8 years). The down side of this is that the ride is much worse than a GT3 (on uprated RPJ dampers); everyone who's been a passenger in it has complained about the damping, and the fact that although it can take corners and brake faster than almost anything, it is no where near as fast as my old VAG 1.8t was in a straight line.

I intended to use this as my only car, but due to the ride and rarity of the car, I'm after a Fiesta/106/Micra to use during the winter.

The main thing this has above all the other performance cars you'd spend 6k+ on, is that it's incredibly focused on handling/braking, and it is very rare. I love mine, even though it's not very fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2011

1999 Ford Puma 1.7 16v vct


Good fun, a real animal


The brakes are very poor, considering the engine size.

Very small, offers very little room for passengers.

Very back-end-happy, this may be due to the fact that the back sits higher-up.

Headlights are very poor.

Many blind spots-visibility is poor.

Leather steering wheel deteriorating.

Rust on the arches.

Interior very poor and basic.

Parcel shelf sits in the boot, as it's constantly falling of the hooks.

General Comments:

This car is fast, responsive and accelerates with ease.

A lovely natural noise.

Very stylish and sophisticated looking car.

Not very child/passenger friendly.

A very smooth silent ride.

Elegant looking head lights.

Comfortable seats.

Not good handling at high speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2008

31st Oct 2008, 17:37

It sounds to me as if your rear shock absorbers are worn or you have crap tyres. That would explain the poor handling at speed and "Loose" rear end.

1999 Ford Puma 1.7


Fantastic little coupe


Electric mirrors were not working when I picked the car up from the garage. After fighting with the garage to fix them and having no joy – I eventually did this myself by stripping the motors down and cleaning them.

NSF brake calliper sticking. After a set of pads/poor fuel economy and cleaning the calliper several times, I discovered the piston “o” ring was out of position. Once this was cleaned and replaced, no further problems.

Rear parcel shelf does not fit exactly. Used insulation tape wrapped around the spindles to keep them in place, and rubber tap washers to hold the two cords in the correct position.

FOS ABS sensor packed in – bought a second had one.

Leather wheel slowly falling apart.

If raining, water pours into boot if opened too quickly.

ROS light cluster leaking water.

AC smells bad – goes away after a period of time.

Uses oil – must keep an eye on this one.

Rear silencer rots at the tailpipe.

Rear arches starting to suffer from rust.

Drivers door sometimes difficult to open. Once the locks were oiled problem seemed to go away.

Rear view mirror dropped off. Now stuck back on, but still fragile.

General Comments:

Cheap to run.

Great to drive.

Very reliable – only minor niggles as listed.

Roughly 270 miles out a tank of fuel, no matter how it is driven!

Great gearbox. Very nippy and doesn’t mind a good rev.

Heated screen is fantastic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2007

23rd Feb 2009, 17:21

When I read the review I thought it was my car! I agree with everything the reviewer said.