1988 Ford Sierra Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1988 Ford Sierra LX 1.8 OHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 1.8 OHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles

Summary:

Great fun

Faults:

Exhaust Rear Box. Valve Stem Oil Seals, And the usual tyres and Clutch.

General Comments:

Fortunately the car had a manual clutch adjuster fitted, which slows down the clutch wear. The auto choke didn't let me down once ever.

It was a great car, comfortable, quick and all the fun of rear wheel drive. Unfortunately it was too big and thirsty at the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2003

1988 Ford Sierra glsi 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles

Summary:

Cheap and powerful

Faults:

Discovered a water leak in the front drivers side foot well, still don't no where its coming from. Apart from that the car runs well.

General Comments:

This car loves to go side-wards all the time on private roads of course. with the addition of cossworth bumpers and side sills the car locks the part for a fraction of the insurance cost and half the running cost.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2003

1988 Ford Sierra 2.00 LX 2.0 c.c. O.H.C. from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 c.c. O.H.C. Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance2001460 miles
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

Superb rear wheel drive family saloon now (sadly) the province of B.M.W's.

Faults:

Standard service items. Currently on its third time round the clock.

New petrol tank 200,000 miles.

New brake shoes (rear) 2001390 miles.

On its second set of front discs.

Valve guides worn, but minimal oil consumption.

On second brake servo 100,000 miles. Run on 4* LRP since 1999.

Fourth cam belt.

Third clutch cable.

General Comments:

Always a pleasure to drive although currently shod with Firestone 'fuel economy' tyres whose grip is a little suspect when braking sharply in the wet. Comfortable and spacious inside. Little or no corrosion after 15 years ownership.

Always serviced at home. Run on 'Molyslip' from new hence minimal engine wear. I wish that this model was still available. Value for money? £10,000 1988? Fantastic!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2003

1988 Ford Sierra XR4x4i 2.8i turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8i turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87963 miles
Most recent distance88200 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Devastatingly quick

Faults:

Developed a hot start problem. Diagnosed as the Thermotime switch.

Main bearings worn - replaced.

Camshaft bearings worn - Camshaft replaced.

General Comments:

I bought this in March 2003 from a friend in work.

It's an original Tickford Turbo, but did require some engine work.

I had the block re-bored and had new Pistons and Conrods fitted.

Both heads were re-conditioned and brought up to Stage 3.

I fitted a fast road camshaft and have uprated the oil & fuel pumps.

I have just had it tested on the rolling road and is producing 420BHP.

It has stiffened, uprated suspension and is rather bumpy although it's glued to the road in the rain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2003

22nd Nov 2007, 15:52

I am inclined to agree, the 4x4 transmission was already pretty much on the limit with the standard V6.

1988 Ford Sierra LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired129500 miles
Most recent distance133900 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Cheap as chips to run.Great to drive

Faults:

Need new wiper blades for MOT.

Bodywork has a dent on the front wing and a few other scars, but inside is good.

Replace Radio Tape player Ford one packed up.

General Comments:

This car was given to me and I find it a lovely drive.

It look as rough as sandpaper, but drive like a dream.

It has just sail through the MOT all it need was a new set of wipers. Not bad for a 15 year old car.

It may not impress your friends, but it does its job and does it well.

Quiet inside and comfortable as well very well laid out for the driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2003

1988 Ford Sierra IS 2.0 from Norway

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 kilometres
Most recent distance141000 kilometres

Summary:

A sheep funny wagon from Ford

Faults:

Fuel tank had to be replaced in October for the check.

And my fuel pump had to be replaced too some weeks later.

General Comments:

This is a very funny car that does not cost so much...

With its 115 hp it really kicks ass.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

1988 Ford Sierra GL 2.0 OHC Carburetted from Finland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 OHC Carburetted Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired169000 kilometres
Most recent distance181000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Good car, cheap to maintain

Faults:

Automatic choke went - I changed over to a manual one, as advised by other Sierra users. The ESC II electronic ignition system has been disabled because of this.

Clutch - was easy to replace. Also fixed a leak from the rear main seal at the same time.

The drive axles and the final drive are acting up now - due mainly to a a leaking oil seal and a mechanic who failed to refill the final unit after changing the oil seal. I have a replacement final drive, but in Finland the labour is quite expensive.

The front brake discs seem to have braked - from the other reviews, this seems to be a common problem on the Sierra.

General Comments:

The car is a basic model without any mod cons. Even so, it is very comfortable for motorway driving.

The car is quite torquey compared to the Mazda 626 1.6 that I had before. But the gearing is a bit too tall for city driving, and the car literally drinks petrol. Motorway driving returns a decent 7.5 l/100 km.

The rear wheel drive makes the rear end of the car a bit twitchy in wet weather. Special care required in icy conditions - I am thinking of putting a couple of sand bags in the rear to increase the weight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 31 reviews