1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire 2.0 petrol
New alternator as it was overcharging the battery.
Some interior trim wear and tear.
Regular maintenance such as oil changes and new brakes/suspension when it needed them.
This vehicle was used privately before becoming a taxi later in life. It was in general good condition and taken care of as much as possible throughout its life.
Driving a Sierra is nothing special, but it is a comfortable and well equipped car. The 2.0 petrol engine accelerates adequately enough with some rear wheel slip if you put your foot down hard coming off roundabouts on a rainy day, which I made a habit of because it was fun. Naughty boy, I know. It was a popular sight on UK roads and used by many different drivers, some enthusiasts, some not.
Mine was light blue with a nice set of alloys and looked decent enough. Interior was dated looking even back then however, but it was logically laid out and comfortable.
Economy and reliability were its strong point. So simple to work on even the most inexperienced person with a Haynes manual could tackle major jobs on this car.
The rivalry between this car and Vauxhall's Cavalier still exists today in the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Vectra/Insignia. But back in the 80s and early 90s these two cars were always debated among motoring journalists and public alike as to which is best. After owning both I can comment there is very little in it and it comes down to what you prefer. Both are good reliable cars if you look after them, and I dare say that's the same of modern Fords and Vauxhalls as the years went on, no matter what you preferred.
In conclusion the only Sierras you will see on the road today are much cared for and sought after Cosworth models. Is it old enough yet however to be a called a classic by definition? Maybe not, but I remember a time when these cars seemed to be everywhere. Haven't seen one in years. I'd buy one if I saw an ordinary 1.8 or 2.0 model again though. Some may laugh, but those in the know respect it as a good car. After all, I'd get the last laugh, you can't fail to feel nostalgic for the simplicity of cars from this time period - remember to change the oil, timing belt, battery, at specified periods (most people forgot) - and it won't break down, period. Sorry I can't say the same about more modern cars which seem to be back and forth to the dealers with electronic glitches and injector problems, mostly on diesels I might add. I'm not going to deny modern cars have come a long way in terms of driveability and safety, but I still miss simpler times.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd September, 2016