1986 Ford Sierra Reviews

1986 Ford Sierra GL 2.0 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Avenir

Summary:

A Triumph of European Engineering

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it. The only thing I have had to do is some minor rust repairs.

General Comments:

I purchased it from an English backpacker. I use it daily to and from work, a round trip of 30 kilometres, and it never misses a beat. It cost me $500.00 NZ to purchase.

The biggest thing I had to learn was to remember was the indicator switch is on the left of the steering wheel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2008

11th Jul 2008, 18:51

Just an add on to my review; I sold the Sierra the other day for $90.00 NZ as it failed its warranty of fitness miserably. I sold it to some young lads to use as a paddock racer.

1986 Ford Sierra XR4x4i 2.8i V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.8i V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance101500 miles
Previous carLand Rover Defender

Summary:

A fine car to drive, with mechanics a chimp could fix

Faults:

Still putting faults right from the previous owners, including balancing, exhaust, rear discs, leads, plugs, dizzy cap, rotor arm, air filter, and oil service.

Having said all that, whilst I have owned the car, nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

Apart from all the faults, the car is in stunning condition for its year, and is a worthwhile rolling restoration, requiring a small amount of work that a chimp could do.

Being a 4x4 on a spax kit, it handles very well; indeed with just a little over steer if you let off the throttle midway round a roundabout. I have never experienced under steer, and feel the car is very pointy, which I like.

Engine performance is not the quickest I have driven, but with an after market zaust, the V6 has a very nice sounding note to it; the cherry bombs help with this ;) Coupled with the handling and short shift gearbox, the driving experience is very rewarding.

Bodywork, considering the car is 21 years old, is in very good condition, with only one door requiring an new skin because the corner has gone, and only a few little bubbles appearing in the usual places. The car is Diamond White, and if you look at it for to long in the sunshine, you run the risk of getting snow blindness.

Chassis has never been welded and in good nick.

Interior is stock, and could do with a valet, but it is not bogging, just needs a freshen up. Sadly the dash has cracked, but I intend to have it re trimmed in leather anyway.

Fuel economy is poor, but who cares anyway. If you want fuel economy, buy a TDi of some description.

Parts are two a penny and plentiful.

All in all, I love this car, and they are starting to become rare and more valuable. It's not quite my Mazda 323 4x4 Turbo Rally with 275 BHP and mods as long as your arm, but it's a good sound car, and fun to be in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2007

1986 Ford Sierra Ghia 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles

Summary:

Oozes 80's luxury

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The best selling car of its time - the 1980's and 1990's. The 2.0 Ghia and 2.0 Ghia injection were the class acts of the range. The first run for three years was a silver 5dr model, an automatic with a radio cassette, electric aerial, and a glass sunroof, it covered 15k miles with no problems. The 100 hp engine providing good performance.

Replaced by the 2.0i Ghia in metallic blue. This version had one of the first on board computers and a quartz clock. The computer could not do much. It told you what doors were open. A slightly better performer than the 2.0 no I Ghia. It could top 115mph, and do 25mpg or so, as it was an automatic. Add 20% for the manual version.

The strange delayed reaction auto box always kept performance leisurely. It oozed Ford class and was actually little different to drive, if not slightly nicer than the Granada 2.8i Ghia run at the same time. The two had a similar corporate look and feel to them. The Sierra gave good service up hill and down dale, to the shop and back, never breaking down or missing a beat, until one day it was rammed up the back by a boy racer. A new body shell was needed!

This fitted, the car continued to give service. Now given to my sister to drive as her own car. It began to get grubby as horse riding gear was put into it, and was not cleaned much.

Then one day it was gone. Stolen in the night from a country road outside a farm house. Is it safe nowhere for an old car nowadays? It seems not.. Some joy riders had driven down from the North, stolen it, and dumped it with all the doors and windows open after reving the engine till it blew up. In the middle of a wood and too old for any repairs, so it was off to the crusher, even though it was only 10 years old. What a way to go!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2006

26th Jul 2006, 17:22

The door open telltales were not computer controlled. They're just operated by switches in the doors - nothing particularly clever.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 11 reviews