1989 Ford Sierra Reviews - Page 9 of 9

1989 Ford Sierra LS Sapphire 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10

Faults:

Cam Oil Feed Tube blocked and wore the Cam out rapidly.

Front Driver Door badly corroded.

Front Passenger Door corroded.

Driver Door Lock failed, Key wore out.

Boot badly corroded.

General Comments:

Nice car to drive and would certainly consider buying a newer model of the same shape, Interior hard to beat on cars of same year..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 1998

1989 Ford Sierra GLS 4x4 2.9 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Clutch started to slip, also a bit juddery so was replaced. Expensive as garage spent time on manifold downpipes [seized].

Broken front spring. New front discs at 70K.

All usual thing such as Tyres, Battery.

Have heard that water pumps don't last, mine replaced at 52K.

Last owner made a mess of changing the plenum chamber gasket so this was replaced at 60K.

F/O/S ABS sensor renewed after car skelped kerb.

Rear drive shaft required stripping and repacking with fresh grease. Exhaust has given no trouble yet but looks like it may shortly - 2nd exhaust since new.

General Comments:

Grips like nothing else and is definitely worth hanging onto as nothing else Uncle Henry makes can replace it.

Would like to buy a late XR4x4 and keep as a possible future classic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 1998

1989 Ford Sierra GLS 4x4 2.9 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Discs replaced at 50k.

Recurring problem with clutch cable, due to repeated poor fitting by 3 different places. Its been fine since *I* refitted it!

I've just blown the engine :-( but that's life (it'd only done 70k - low for an 89). Big end gone, loss of oil pressure, tappets/rockers on one side of V gone. I think engine failure was brought on by induction of water when I drove though a flood the prevoius day.]

But engine was FINE until that point - so I have no complaints.

General Comments:

Great value for money. Seems that 4x4 was on option on the normally 2.0l GLS. But if you specced 4x4 you got the 2.9 V6 XR engine :-) The engine is not terribly refined - but has LOADS of low-end torque. Dunno if this is due to the capacity, or 'V'. Interior and exterior same as normal GLS, so kind of an XR-wolf in GLS-sheep's clothing.

Can't fault the performance for the money. Having experienced 4x4, I'd never go back to 2 wheel drive. Its a REAL grin round corners, and feels SO secure.

Thirsty - but fun!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 1998

1989 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

2nd head gasket at 88k (I'm the 2nd owner).

General Comments:

Good quick car. Faster than my Supra 3.0i turbo was, just!

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

Review Date: 16th August, 1997

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