1989 Ford Sierra Reviews - Page 4 of 9

1989 Ford Sierra XR4x4 2.9 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

One of the best performance cars you can buy for the money

Faults:

Both outer CV boots had to be replaced at around 120,000 miles.

And an oil seal needed renewing in the front diff, which meant the whole front assembly had to be removed!!

A new steering rack was required at around 140,000 miles.

And finally, the sills on both sides needed welding.

General Comments:

It's one of the best handling cars I've ever driven. And with the traction it's got, you don't worry what the weather is doing when you've got one of these!

It's a lovely smooth drive. Once you're out on the open road, it pulls well from even below 2,000rpm with the torque it's got!! The 2.9 is has noticeably more torque than the 2.8.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2004

1989 Ford Sierra XR4X4 2.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 2.9 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 kilometres
Most recent distance82000 kilometres
Previous carFord Granada

Summary:

Great fun and fast, but expensive to run

Faults:

It eats exhausts and they are not cheap.

Three exhausts in 60,00 miles.

The tires last well, but I don't corner too fast, but it pays to get quality makes. It needs a lot of balancing though to keep things shudder free.

The braking system was replaced due to the rear calipers seizing and the front disks had worn to the limits.

The heated front windscreen elements failed quite early on leaving just the passenger side working, which is not very useful on a misty day.

It had new brake and fuel pipes at 9 years due to corrosion.

The inbuilt arial in the rear screen also packed up quickly and the high cost of repair resulted in a normal arial being fitted in the rear wing.

The V6 2.9 engine has been very good except for rocker gaskets which decided to leak and make the car smell of oil all the time.

Its had three batteries in its life.

A partial rewire was needed after the fuse box caught fire when the dip relay packed up. I would have thought that the fuse would blow, but no.

The rear drive shafts had to be re-lubricated after they started to clunk which was a simple and cheap job.

Recent faults have been the failure of the passenger side window motor.

The gear box has a very noisy baring which vibrates through the steering wheel over 3500 rpm. this started at about 60,000 miles, but has not got any worse. The repair quote was very high, so it was not done.

It has an occasional misfire which the local Ford dealer could not cure.

The indicator switch will smoke now and then when you indicate left.

Rust made its face known, with new sills and floor patching at 11 years old.

A combination of rust, paintwork "scab", leaking petrol tank and a host of niggling faults has resulted in the car being scrapped at 13 years old. I could not justify spending any more money on it, as its reliability was so bad, I was scared to go anywhere in it.

General Comments:

The car is great fun and very fast.

The handling is superb and you can throw it round islands at high speeds.

The brakes are good and the anit lock effective.

Comfort is poor as the seats make my back hurt and the car is rather rough over poor roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2003

1989 Ford Sierra Turnier LX 2.3 diesel from Lithuania

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 diesel Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance145327 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Derby

Summary:

Very comfortable car, strong and patient one

Faults:

My gearbox crashed at ~100000 km.

Changed silent-blocks.

Change shock absorbers every 20000 (we have a lot of gravel and other bad quality roads in Lithuania, that I drive trough everyday).

Driver and back doors got rotten.

Roof window doesn't like rain and snow - got stuck.

Changed all bearings.

General Comments:

2.3 diesel engine is unbreakable.

However, diesel engine is very lazy and slow (too slow).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2002

23rd Mar 2008, 15:31

These are great cars. I agree with you, too slow, but the upside of this is that the engine is so unstressed at only 67 bhp that it will reward your patience by running forever! I have a 2.3 D sapphire, they can bury me in it. I absolutely love it.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 37 reviews