Get a good one (not rusty) and it'll serve you well for a long time
Nothing. In 11 years of ownership I just replaced routine service items. I was very meticulous with maintenance, which may have contributed to overall reliability. I think there was one year when I do no maintenance at all, I just put petrol in it and drove it.
Being an old Ford I did some minor mods to improve reliability and efficiency, such as electronic ignition etc... Had to keep an eye on the bodywork and use the Waxoyl to keep it solid.
After 10 years of ownership, I wanted something a bit quicker, but liked the car so much I modified it rather than get another car. There was still nothing wrong with the engine so I used that for another project (which still goes).
I fitted a tuned 2.1 and fitted a full fuel injection system from a Granada. I know now it's not original, but it still runs the original gearbox, suspension and axle etc... Very lively performance, can't see me selling it now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th July, 2003