1993 Ford Sierra GLS 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland
Engine failure has shaken my confidence in Ford
Engine suddenly failed after just 38000 miles.
Suspension bushes have to be replaced annually.
Alternator failed after 73000 miles.
Better trim, comfort and ride than earlier models, though better ride at the expense of handling.
Engine performance disappointing for its size.
Still on original exhaust though!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th January, 2002
By suspension bushes I think you mean the anti roll bar bushes. If you replace these with non Ford bushes from a motor factor such as Partco, this should solve the problem as these expand to fit the bush holder.
I replaced by lower track control arm bushes with ones from partco. 2 weeks later the car failed its MOT on the same bushes - far too much movement. I'm going to get a set of Superflex poly bushes next time.
Replacing the bushes using Cosworth parts or the more expensive Polly bushes will improve handling and reliability. The front end may feel a little stiffer afterwards however.
I own a Sierra GLSi myself and think it's a brilliant car.
I wrote the original review above and looking back I have to say that I was a little harsh at the time.
I got rid of the car in March 2003 for a Laguna and while it is an pretty decent motor I have to confess I'm now missing the Sierra. I miss the real wheel drive, all cars in this class should be driven through the back wheels. I miss the comfort, it was one of the most comfortable cars I have ever driven and had a nice plush interior. I miss the ease and simplicity of maintenance, yes it had its faults, but even a novice mechanic could find his way around a Sierra compared to the 'sealed for life' components of newer cars.
Despite the freak engine failure early on I got over 70,000 miles from it's replacement and it could easily go on to do double that. It did require a new cam chain which was fairly easy to replace unlike the Laguna which I had to send to the dealer for its cam belt to be changed.
As for the bushes I tried all manner of heavy duty replacements. Looking back the suspension was probably worn elsewhere causing them to repeatedly fail.