1998 Ford Puma 1.7 from UK and Ireland
Great fun, but not built for crashes!
The rear parcel shelf is always coming loose, dealer tried to fix it twice unsuccessfully.
Rubber behind front body skirts was loose, fixed once by dealer, but came loose again, fixed by my boyfriend with 2 rivets!
Rainwater leaks into the boot when opened.
Passenger seat sliding mechanism is awkward.
This is my second Puma - I upgraded from a 1.4 and it is much quicker and fun to drive.
Very economical to run with the Zetec engine being powerful, but not thirsty.
However, my first Puma was a write-off after a sideways impact that caused the air-bag to inflate and I've just had a rear shunt that caused £3,000 worth of damage leading me to believe these are not safe or well-built cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th June, 2002