1991 Ford Sierra Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1991 Ford Sierra sapphire Ghia 4x4 2.0i DOHC from UK and Ireland

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0i DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance119500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

A little pocket rocket

Faults:

The center bearing on the prop had failed when I bought it,£15 from local scrappy, ford dealer wanted £380 for new prop due to "we do not do the bearing on its own"

Heated front screen only seems to work on the passenger side.

General Comments:

This car is very underrated, even though it has the 2.0 engine it still goes like a rocket although fuel consumption does tend to be nearer 20 mpg when thrashed

I bought the car for £40, spent £200 on it and am now going to replace the suspension with bilstein components to get the best out of it.

A pity ford stopped making it

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

Review Date: 9th November, 2004

1991 Ford Sierra Ghia 2.0L DOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Montego

Summary:

Comfortable High Performance Estate

Faults:

Head Gasket replaced.

Drivers side elctric window.

Exhaust.

General Comments:

Luxury motoring at an affordable price. Third Sierra we have owned, and have always been pleased with them. The 2 Litre engine and automatic gearbox make for relaxed and comfortable driving. Easy to drive around town, and comfortable for long distances. The ford badge and ordinary looks, regarded by some people as plain, means it doesn't attract unwanted attention, but it can still pack a punch when required.

Excellent tow car, with not discernible difference in performance when towing my sailing dinghy.

Now getting on in years, so will be retired when next big bill arrives, but will be sorely missed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2004

1991 Ford Sierra LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

Reliable and economical for a Petrol Engine

Faults:

Clutch cable went @ 96,000 due to heavy clutch, hence new clutch also fitted.

Brake and Clutch pedals fell from there pivot making pedals loose and brakes just about usable.

Passenger side electric windows doesn't work.

Driver side lock stopped unlocking with key.

Central Locking only works from passenger door.

Front of exhaust became loose at manifold, 2 nuts had gone missing!

General Comments:

Reliability seems to over ride performance, although the car is ideal for long distance or motorway travel. I seem to get about 40-50 mpg on the motorway @ a steady 70.

A good car to get cheap spares for.

Lots of them on scrap yards for spare (not sure if this is a good sign though!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2003

15th May 2006, 06:03

40-50 MPG sounds impressive, I do blast up the motorway at more than 70 but I recon I get about 29MPG. £40's worth usually lasts 300 miles if I'm lucky, all thanks to the slippery shape.

1991 Ford Sierra GLSi 2.0 DOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Frontera

Summary:

If style isn't priority, a lot of car for little cost!

Faults:

To date, the only problems have been a sicking door lock, which resulted in the manufacturers immobilizer cutting in. Easily fixed with a drop of WD40!

Front wheel alignment slightly out causing uneven tyre wear.

General Comments:

This is the second GLSi I've owned, the first being stolen in 1998.

Seriously underestimated car, very quick although it would benefit from a higher ratio between first and second gears.

Not too expensive to run, but can be a little thirsty if driven hard.

Unfortunatley its starting to look dated now, although used market has plenty of excellent condition examples very cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2002

25th Mar 2005, 10:03

I've owned my 1991 GLSI for almost six years now, and I have to say that it is definitely a lot of bang for the buck. If Ford still made them (a little more rust resistant, longer 2nd and 3rd gears and ABS added) then they'd sell like hot cakes. They're actually very quick, faster to 60 by about 0.1 of a second or something than the RS Turbo, and I beat one flat out, albeit at the cost of a new head due to a tiny retainer pin coming out of the cog that holds the timing chain - a one in a million accident. Mine's a little dated now, and for a laugh I added a 4" back box, induction kit, ecotek valve and FSE valve and I tell you she don't half fly! A great car, very underestimated and bags of fun if you know how to drive it and treat it gently when in the rain and run it hard in the dry. Let's be honest, it's still quite a sexy shape in an odd way, and what the heck did the Mondeo do for image?

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 29 reviews