1990 Ford Granada Reviews

1990 Ford Granada Scorpio 2.9 12v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.9 12v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles

Summary:

Waftmobile

Faults:

Ancient Granadas; expect electrical faults and knackered suspension bushes.

The rear wheel arches will probably be pretty rusty, but that doesn't really matter. Basically, the car is sturdy as you like.

The fuseboxes usually become swimming pools though.

General Comments:

Comfy, fast, cheap, comical. Everything you want in a car!

Makes an amusing whirring noise when you accelerate.

Mechanicals are indestructible.

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

Review Date: 16th December, 2007

1990 Ford Granada Ghia 2.0 DOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Excellent large car with bags of room

Faults:

Heater matrix went just after purchase.

Track rod ends replaced at each MOT.

Lots of tyres.

Idle control valve replaced at 100K.

Serious water loss and cylinder head troubles, solved with short motor replacement.

General Comments:

Good on the juice, but parts are expensive from the dealer.

Bags of room, superb comfort.

Starting to show its age now with rust appearing on the rear arches.

Erratic electrics, especially the 'check control' on the dash, works when it feels like it!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2001

1990 Ford Granada Scorpio 2.9i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.9i petrol Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Omega

Summary:

Not to be missed, at this price, if you are chiefly concerned with comfort rather than performance

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Paid £900 for this in an opportunistic sale and got an absolute bargain to run about in till my insurance money comes through on trashed Omega.

An amazing interior spec for an 11 year old car. Electric windows, electric seats, heated seats, electric reclining rear seats, electric sunroof, electric and heated mirrors, front and rear heated screens, air conditioning, cruise control, full black leather interior, good quality audio, fuel computer.

The main fault is the lack of power from the 2.9i V6 EFI engine. 145 bhp is just not enough for this size of engine and the concessions you have to make on fuel economy.

Averaging about 24mpg with a good mixture of motorway and urban driving.

If I were to have another it would have to be the 2.9i 24V Cosworth engined although it's still a bit underpowered at 195 bhp. Just doesn't cut it on performance and economy with the likes of the Omega, BMW or Mercedes big engined cars.

For comfort, this car is fantastic! On the motorway at 70-80mph with Cruise Control on you could almost go to sleep. Shame it doesn't steer itself too.

But, after all for a £900 runabout I can live with the lack of performance for now!

The ideal car would have to be something with at least another 60-70 horses and this spec of interior comfort.

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

Review Date: 3rd September, 2001

12th Jun 2006, 23:58

You NEED to try the 24v cosworth. trust me, 190bhp doesn't sound much, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.. drive one and then make up your mind. I NEVER found mine lacking in power, and there is no fuel penalty over the 12v due to more efficient better breathing heads.28 mpg is realistically attainable.

1990 Ford Granada Ghia 2.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.4i Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles

Summary:

Superb car in every respect

Faults:

Electric window switches fail to illuminate, but are easy to repair with replacement LED's. Not from Ford who want to sell you new switches at ridiculous prices.

General Comments:

This has to be the most comfortable ride going. Superb engine, easy to service and the fuel costs are about half the cost of a Vauxhall Carlton 2.0i which I used to own, and this is a V6! Go out and get yourself one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2001

1990 Ford Granada Ghia 2.0 DOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carFord Granada mk2

Summary:

Reliable old bruiser

Faults:

Head gasket blown.

Starter motor packed up.

Gearbox failure at 120,000 miles.

Door handle broke off.

General Comments:

A pretty reliable car generally, it has never failed to start in any weather. Servicing is cheap, and easy enough to do yourself.

For a car this size, I think fuel economy is very good - up to 38MPG, much better than the old pinto engine.

Performance lets it down. there is no top gear grunt at all, acceleration measurable with an hourglass.

Two points - the Ford jack is an exceptionally bad design and is best discarded. Also mine seems to have an appetite for front tyres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2000

1990 Ford Granada Scorpio 2.0 EFI from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carFord Capri

Summary:

Nothing's perfect, but for the money this comes pretty damn close

Faults:

Auxiliary warning system intermittent.

Electric window switch bulbs are out (complete switches required to rectify the fault).

Dead rear seat motor.

Steering rack is worn.

Temperamental handbrake warning light.

Air conditioning condenser has had it.

General Comments:

Overall for its age, this was a pretty impressive motor. 2 litre motor was not too gutsy and could only just manage a ton, though this could be to do with the replacement gearbox, the origins of which were questionable.

Only minor niggles to spoil the occasion.

Bodywork holds up well with just a slight hint of bubbling over the rear arches appearing after 10 years of hard graft.

Generally a big, comfy cruiser with plenty of toys to play with and not at all bad on fuel, even on the school run.

Recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2000

18th May 2001, 03:33

Hi, bulbs in the electric window switches can be replaced, 12v 60ma bulbs from Maplins.

Rear seat motor may need a gentle tap with a mallet, then greased.

Both these worked for me.

Cheers,

Clive 91 24v

1990 Ford Granada Scorpio 2.9 24v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.9 24v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

High performance and comfort at a price!

Faults:

Brake discs seized.

Water pump failure.

Switches don't illuminate (intermittent).

Brake lights sometimes fail to work.

General Comments:

A good comfy car to drive, but a bit of a gas guzzler!

It's never failed to start yet and I've done a few thousand miles in it (touch wood).

But if anything goes wrong i.e brakes, water pump, it costs an arm and a leg to put right! I suppose if you want that amount of comfort you have to pay for it!

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

Review Date: 31st August, 2000

1990 Ford Granada Ghia 2.0i DOHC petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 2.0i DOHC petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Auto gearbox failure 127,000 miles.

General Comments:

Big, roomy, carries 5 and dog easily.

Slightly underpowered.

Great on long fast runs, poor on short twisty runs, handles like a barge.

Looks good for its age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 8 reviews