1999 Ford Puma Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1999 Ford Puma 1.7 VCT from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.7 VCT Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired8500 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

Good fun if you don't have passengers

Faults:

Rear parcel shelf kept falling out when opening the rear hatch. Cured by wrapping insulating tape around locating spindle to make a tighter fit.

Central locking remote required reprogramming. Dealer wanted £35. Got information off the Internet. Took 10 seconds to program for free.

General Comments:

The Puma has such sharp handling and engine response it can often embarrass more expensive and powerful cars, especially on twisty roads.

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

Review Date: 28th April, 2002

1999 Ford Puma 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Stylish and fun car with serious cross country ability

Faults:

Rear lights steamed up.

Gearbox mounting loose on delivery.

Squeak from the back of the car which the dealer could not fix.

General Comments:

This car is simply awesome on the right road. Fast, fun and safe, it will bring a smile to your face every time you drive it.

Engine begs to be reved although the car is not particularly powerful. The chassis is so good it needs more power.

The car is reliable and surprisingly good over long distance. VCT means fuel economy is excellent if you are gentle (however I challenge anybody to be gentle for too long).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2001

1999 Ford Puma from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance17800 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Crowbar the smile from my face

Faults:

My brakes are noisy, but you can live with that.

I lost my wiper caps too.

General Comments:

The best handling car I have ever driven. A real joy to blast down back roads with, and she looks great.

She is very uncomfortable over long distances though and the seats are awful.

But I still love her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2000

1999 Ford Puma Lux 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance6500 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Great fun!!!! Average build quality

Faults:

Parcel shelf kept on falling out when the boot was opened. Replaced by the dealer with an improved design.

Crack in the dash panel meant the dash had to be replaced.

Radio security panel keeps switching the radio off as the contacts do not make.

Gear box sometimes makes a grinding noise at low revs.

General Comments:

Interior quality not too good. Poor trim fit, scratches on trim bits and drip, runs and dirt in the paint.

Water runs in the boot still.

Seat position required by tall people means there are a number of blind spots.

Excellent fun to drive, stiff body and lively engine that always wants to keep on going.

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

Review Date: 17th November, 2000

1999 Ford Puma Full Spec 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Pocket Rocket.......

Faults:

Rattles from the gearbox.

Faulty fuel sensor causing it to look and smell like a two stroke engine.

Windscreen wipers are a joke.

ABS calibrates every time you start up and reach 15-20 mph.

General Comments:

Handles like a dream, Nova SR drivers love to stare.

Best performance car money can buy.

Protected by CLIFFORD.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2000

8th Jan 2005, 04:09

I love the handling of the car!!

1999 Ford Puma 1.7 VCT petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 VCT petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance8800 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

The affordable feel-good car

Faults:

Throttle sensor replaced under warranty.

Some trim rattles around the car.

General Comments:

The best car for the money, provided you don't need the interior space.

Great fun to drive, exceptionally stable at all speeds, albeit with some tramlining on braking on certain surfaces.

Very sweet engine which revs freely and is very economical (30MPG average) given the performance on offer. Outright acceleration is fair, in gear acceleration is very useful and overall spread of torque makes for easy driving about town - no frantic revving unless you want to :)

Ride and handling is unbeatable... firm but extremely well controlled. Brakes are adequate rather than outstanding.

Quality is acceptable and at least Ford have tried to make the interior as lively as the exterior... in fact most other cars interiors are dull in comparison.

Overall the car feels very individual and personal, just as small coupes should.

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

Review Date: 17th August, 2000

1999 Ford Puma 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous carMazda 323F

Summary:

Trouble

Faults:

The usual - water pouring into the boot, front tyres wearing on the inside, interior door light has packed up and I have replaced the bulb and fuse to no effect!

The leather trim on the steering wheel is starting to peel off, and has anyone else noticed that on a trip any longer then 50 miles the power just seems to drain from the engine!

General Comments:

Car is well balanced, good on fuel and looks well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th August, 2000

1999 Ford Puma Lux Pack 1.7 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 16v petrol Don't Know
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4800 miles
Most recent distance5700 miles
Previous carLancia Monte Carlo

Summary:

If this car was an animal it WOULD be a Puma..

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Excellent drive, fast, responsive, not like a Ford at all ! A joy to drive and cheap to own. Perfect for London. Silver is best, get Air Con for the summer as the roll cage prevents installation of a sun roof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th May, 2000

1999 Ford Puma 1.7 16V DOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 16V DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance4100 miles
Previous carFord Puma 1.7

Summary:

It's like go-karting but with a radio in it - what a blast

Faults:

Nothing so far with this one. Paintwork problems on delivery but dealer sorted them very quickly.

Previous Puma only had driver's side mirror fail.

General Comments:

Very nice car. More fun in town that the open road, but then I don't get to drive it that often as the girlfriend likes it too much.

Only problem so far on both cars has been the rear parcel shelf falling out after shutting the boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2000

14th Apr 2001, 18:19

Great car, it drives like a dream and it turns heads but watch out young drivers, I'm 21 and the insurance set me back nearly 4 grand!!! That's with 'no claims' and a clean driving license.

5th Jul 2001, 08:07

I'm 29 and most companies were looking for about 1k. I eventually got insurance with frizzell for 590, with protected no claims ;-) )

9th Aug 2001, 08:17

I'm 20, 2 years no claims and I am insured with Eagle Star for £1040 full comp.

25th Oct 2001, 07:10

You should try Tesco or Elephant.co.uk for insurance. I'm 24 with 5 years no claims, and it's costing me £520 fully comprehensive!

1999 Ford Puma 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

Drivers wiper blade needs replacing, lots of rattles from the back of the car and the ABS callibrates EVERY time you startup and hit 15mph (is it supposed to do this?). Nothing serious to complain about though.

General Comments:

The best car I have ever owned... Handling, acceleration and design are quite brilliant. I thought Ferrari's only turned as many heads as the silver Puma does!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2000

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