1982 Ford Sierra L 1.6 petrol


A cheap, fairly reliable workhorse


Interior trim very shoddy and fragile, though this had been rectified with a later model I owned.

Leaking rocker box cover (inexpensive and easy to fix.)

General Comments:

This car served me well and was reliable.

Cheap to run and maintain.

Relatively comfortable even for a very tall person like myself.

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

Review Date: 7th January, 2002

1982 Ford Sierra 2.0 Ghia 2.0 petrol


Headlamps needed replacing (both sides had cracked lenses and water penetration - expensive!). Brake discs needed replacing, rear drums needed re-lining.

No major problems otherwise. In spite of the awful ford auto-choke it usually starts... which is unusual for a ford.

General Comments:

Comfy old barge. The 2.0 Pinto engine is still reasonably light on oil (with 120K miles behind it) but still runs like a bag of hammers. You don't rev it if you can avoid it. The 4-speed box is as dreadful as most big-Ford boxes, but still has synchro on all gears.

Seats have held up well - no collapsed springs. Apart from the awful fuel consumption (25-30 mpg, typically) running costs have been low. All the electical bells & whistles still work, amazingly. No apparent leaks.

Conclusion: a cheap (450 UKP) comfy barge. Poor handling but a reasonable ride. Heavy steering (no PAS) but it'll do well enough for a year or two.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th December, 1997