1999 Ford Puma Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1999 Ford Puma Full Optional 1.3 from Italy

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance103000 kilometres

Summary:

Great mix of a compact with a sporty

Faults:

Basically not big problems with it, just since 1 and half year there's a little noise in the front left wheel, but easy to fix it out. Just once it blew warm air instead of air conditioned.

General Comments:

This is a great car. A right mixture between a compact size (it's based on the Fiesta chassis) and a sporty coupe, very quick and fun to drive, even on the highways it gets its respect on speed. Anyway made for a in-city use, I was surprised for its performance to be a 1.3, I think it's enough for this light car, but to have more fun the 1.7 is better. Great handling, even on wet and slippery and a well balanced body. I suggest to take the full optional pack, it's very worth it, expecially today is very easy to find a good deal and easy to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2004

12th Jan 2005, 09:05

I was just wondering about how much does it cost if you get all of the options and where could I find one if I live in the U.S.

1999 Ford Puma LUX 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

A great performing, great looking, superb handling 21st Century BARGAIN!

Faults:

The car goes through tyres fairly quickly, and my air conditioning unit broke, but other than that nothing at all.

General Comments:

This is a seriously good car, just read the write-ups from the magazines.

It's very quick from about 2,500 revs up to 5,500 revs and if you change up at that point the engine is still on song.

I've always averaged about 35 mpg and its extremely cheap to run. In 60,000 miles it has been the cheapest car I've ever had!

The brakes are only average, the traction control non-existent and it doesn't like speed bumps one tiny bit.

It handles like a dream, I've done a lot of single seater racing and rallying and this car is fantastic.

It looks great, costs nowt, goes fantastically and I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2003

1999 Ford Puma 1.7 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles

Summary:

Looks good and goes

Faults:

Fuel oxygen sensor - replaced, after third visits to the dealer who couldn't find the fault the first two times.

Clutch - after 30k.

Various bits of trim.

Front discs (40k)

It leaks in the boot heavy rain.

The rear parcel shelf is made out of lightly reinforced tissue paper.

General Comments:

This car is a revelation. I replaced a MGF with this and it is immeasurably better to drive.

The car handles with a fluency and precision I have never experienced before.

The performance is amazing for such a small non boosted engine.

The car needs to be revved hard to get the best out of it, but it likes to rev so that is OK.

The gearbox is electric switch like in operation with a beautiful easy clutch. This is better than a BMW 'box.

The car is quite cramped inside and visibility is poor in just about all directions.

The instruments and interior trim are cheap - but it is a cheap car!

The lights are poor.

The carpet is worn through on the drivers foot-well after just 50k! The leather trimmed steering wheel is flaking. The alloy gear-knob is still lovely, but very cold in the winter.

The car manages just 250 miles on a tank (about 40mpg) regardless of how it is driven.

The car looks great - why can't other manufacturers have the guts to do this sort of thing?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2002

1999 Ford Puma 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Brilliant handling, road holding and overall performance - a great drivers car

Faults:

Water leak.

Engine mounting bolts came loose.

Brake fluid leak.

Clutch cylinder leak.

Heater stayed on.

General Comments:

Despite have several minor maintenance problems this car is seriously fun to drive. The acceleration is lively through all the gears. The handling and road holding are nothing short of superb making this car fantastic fun to drive. The CD sound system is excellent. There is very limited leg and head room in the rear of the puma however front seat accommodation is good. Boot space is reasonable given this is a sports coupe. The ali gear knob and brush ali dashboard add to the sporty feel of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 21 reviews