1988 Ford Sierra Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1988 Ford Sierra GLSi 2.0i SOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0i SOHC Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

At 60ukp, a bargain!

Faults:

Exhaust rusted shortly after purchase, engine oil sump perforated by rust above x-member (engine out to change), steering rack is due soon.

General Comments:

I bought the car as an insurance write-off for next to nothing. Re-build of rear end quite cheap (I was working in a bodyshop at the time). A few rusty panels but overall cheap to run and maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2000

1988 Ford Sierra L 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

A most excellent car

Faults:

2 sets of tyres.

2 exhaust systems.

Valves replaced in the engine.

Servo replaced.

Battery replaced.

New water pump.

Brake pads and drum pads.

5 oil changes.

2 sets of spark plugs.

1 set of HT leads.

General Comments:

The car has only let me down once in the 7 plus years I've had it.

I feel it's still one of the best looking cars even now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2000

1988 Ford Sierra C Estate 1.6 from Finland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance280000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Good economical wagon

Faults:

Rear door glass broke up without any reason (car was in a garage). Door sides are rusting away. Oil pump disaster caused a totally destroyed engine (fortunately new replacement engine cost only 3000 Marks (=300pounds) with assembly).

General Comments:

I'm pleased with this wagon, at least there is enough room for almost everything. Thing I'm not very happy is the spartan equipment level, because the model C has even less standard equipment (I haven't ever had another car which don't have a clock or low-petrol alarm light). Rear-wheel drive is really enjoyable in winter (You can affect on every little movement unlike with front-wheel drive).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2000

1988 Ford Sierra GLX 2.0i from Sweden

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 kilometres
Most recent distance133000 kilometres
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

A fine car for youngsters

Faults:

Several problems with brakes (rear).

Rusty at some places (doors).

General Comments:

Good car.

Not so expensive to buy.

If you take care of the car it's not so costly to own.

Spare parts easy to find.

The model can be found at low prices these days even though it has some fine equipment (ABS-brakes).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2000

1988 Ford Sierra GL Estate 1.8 Pinto from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Pinto Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

A successor that didn't actually match it's predecessor

Faults:

Worn out steering rack.

Snapped rear spring.

Snapped clutch cable.

General Comments:

MUCH slower than the 2-litre, but very good top speed (I've had 110mph so far).

Doesn't feel as bulky as an estate should.

Mk2 Sierra is nowhere near as nimble as the original model.

Nice ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2000

28th Jan 2002, 17:44

I pressed the clutch pedal down, and it went "ping" and never came back up.

Easy to fix though, a ten minute job. :)

21st Jul 2009, 17:25

I too have snapped a Sierra clutch cable. Unfortunately, my Ford garage here has no idea what a "Sierra" is! Any help in finding a suitable substitute, or perhaps a later-model US Ford swap that would fit??

Mine is some 60 inches in length, so may be less available than some shorter length cables, I suppose.

I have thought of replacing the combination cable/housing with an open cable system and pulleys attached to the frame of my little Westfield, but it would be easier if I could find a direct bolt-on replacement.

Jerry.

1988 Ford Sierra GL 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.8
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10

Faults:

RUST on doors, boot, bumper mountings and bulkhead. This is apparently common if the model was built in Dagenham as opposed to their german counterpart.

Rear wheel drive - very poor handling in frost or snow conditions.

General Comments:

Engine is sound and very cheap for replacment parts, although body work is very prone to rust.

The Sierra loves its fuel, so much so it sucks through the trans siberian pipeline until it's dry.

Ford obviously knew what they were doing by replacing it with the Mondeo, lets hope their body work wasn't built in Dagenham!

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

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

1988 Ford Sierra Sapphire Ghia 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10

Faults:

Oil pump gave out but whole replacement engine including labor only cost £400.

General Comments:

Cool car but a bit expensive on petrol. Only get about 20mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 1998

1988 Ford Sierra LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10

Faults:

General wear & tear e.g. exhaust, tyres, brake pads, valve stem oil seals, recently burned a valve no 3 pot.

General Comments:

Good reliable motor, always ready to jump into and go. It has 129,000 miles on clock, and can still get off its mark.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 1998

1988 Ford Sierra Sapphire GLS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Throttle quadrant broke. Rear spring broke. Otherwise wear and tear for 80,000 miles ie clutch, exhaust, shockers, front brake pads and discs.

General Comments:

A very comfortable, reliable car which I have had from new. Keep away from main dealers though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 1997

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