Reliable and trusty car
The car only cost £210 so it came with a few faults these are as follows.
Rev counter has not worked correctly since purchase and indicates I am idling at 7,000RPM!.
Water pump failed quite cheap to replace if you undertake the work yourself; the part only cost £25. You have to remove the fan and most of the coolant pipes to do this.
Coolant change required as coolant was very dirty indeed required 5 flushes to remove all the dirt.
Alternator stopped charging this was repaired for £40 Ford dealer quoted £160 to replace this.
The paint work is not perfect on the car and it looks a bit faded.
Gearchange not the best it seems to be a bit sloppy.
Passenger window stopped working played around with the wiring to the switch and then it started working again.
Replaced the timing belt and fully serviced the car shortly after purchase.
There is slight play in the steering rack and the tracking is miles out.
The rear arches are starting to go (typical Ford build)
The car is so comfortable you have to travel in it to believe it.
Perfect driving position and good visibility.
Superb variable ratio power steering.
Superb and powerful brakes which do not fade.
The 2.0i Pinto is a bit rough in lower gears, but on the motorway it is silent the only thing that can be heard is wind noise. 5th gear is perfect for motorway cruising and is very relaxing.
The 2.0i Pinto is still quite swift despite the size of the car, but it has to be worked hard for swift acceleration.
The car delivers around 36MPG on the motorway at 70-80MPH around town this is down to around 25-28MPG.
The best £210 I have ever spent!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th December, 2002