2000 Ford Puma Racing 1.7 from UK and Ireland
I traded from a pristine Puma Black and bought it for it's image. It just 'oozes' power.
In comparison to the standard Puma it's faster, more stable, more 'masculine' looking with an 'aggressive' sound though the ride is harsher and the fuel consumption is slightly worse.
For a four year old car built in such limited quantities the choice of good examples left is diminishing. I viewed several that had been 'thrashed into the ground' before buying this one.
The seats and steering wheel had wear and tear and all the alloy had slight kerbing however this didn't matter as the engine bay was 'as new', it had had a regular Ford service and the disk/pads had been changed recently.
Maintenance can get expensive on this model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th April, 2004
Sounds like you bought my old FRP. I sold to a Honda dealer in March and it too had "slightly kerbed" alloys and the interior was a tad worn. The engine bay was mint too. I had manifold number 232.
No, sorry mate not the same one.
I think after 4 years most FRP Alcantra/vinyl interior and low profile alloys are going to suffer from wear and tear. I'm planning on replacing all the worn out parts soon.
These cars (up north at least) are very rare. I've only seen one other in 6 months of ownership. Low prices and low number of cars produced mean that this is the car for people who want exclusivity at minimal cost. The car still stands out from the crowd because of it's 17" alloys, wide body and aggressive sounds.
No problems with the car so far. I keep having to top up the oil more regularly than the standard Puma I previously owned.
Fuel economy is good. I commute long distances and get around 42MPG with regularly checked tyre pressures and driving around in high gear.