1992 Ford Sierra GLX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Simplicity is key
Suspension knocking, door trim peeling away, exhaust, brakes and usual consumables. Rust got the better of it at an MOT in the end, and suspected head gasket. Was generally a reliable car and never broke down during my ownership, I looked after it well, all oil and belt changes at scheduled intervals.
A great car I had many years ago. The Sierra GLX was mid range and was very basic by today's standards, but I do miss when cars were like this. Interior was also very dated looking even for a 1980's / early 1990's car. Quiet and comfortable though.
The 1.8 petrol could get around 40 miles per gallon on a good day. Performance was not great, but was by no means slow. Rear wheel drive - interesting in wet weather, taught me to respect not taking a corner too fast. Would have preferred the 2.0, or even better, Cosworth, but they were rare and expensive even back in the day.
It was a sad day when it went to the scrap yard, I had good times with this car. Would have kept it and fixed the head gasket, was a cheap and easy job for a good mechanic, but rust had gotten the better of it, so was not worth it. I did know people that had them many years without rust issues however. Mine was originally kept by the seaside by its original owner, so that is interesting; most cars seem to rust in the salty air quicker than cars that have most of their lives further inland.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th April, 2021