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      20.06.2011 22:12
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      A great coupe from Ford that is great fun to drive in the countryside or on the motorway in comfort

      This Ford Puma car was my beloved pride and joy that I used to love driving around the place however a pregnancy and a car that could fit a car seat meant I had to get rid of this joy of motoring delight as it just wasn't going to be suitable for a small baby and child been driven about in.


      What does it look like outside?
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      The Puma that I drove was a Y registered car and one of the things that attracted me to it was its beautiful sleek lines. The Puma sits on Fiesta underpinnings which does not sound very glamorous I know but what this does is give the car a lot of room that is a bit surprising in a 3 door coupe car. The lines of the puma are seamless and the headlights both front and rear are moulded into the cars lines. The front headlights I think are designed to resemble the eyes of a cat with large clear curves going up the bonnet. My car was the a gorgeous metallic green that positively shinned with quality the colour was described as pacific green. The Puma is available in silver, black, yellow and red as well.


      What does it look like inside
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      The interior of the Ford Puma by contrast to the outer sleek lines is quite plain really and is very much designed with function and almost I would say a racing style ethos in mind due to the large dials on the dashboard for revs and speedometer. The materials are all either black silver or grey in color. The version I had came with the add bonus pack of racing seats which I personally find the most comfortable seats in the Ford range as they seem to give your body a hug as it were as you are sat there and it gives me a greater sense of protection. There is plenty of space in the front, though I had to often remind people to duck as they went into the car as it is quite low and my husband would often bump his head .The rear seats are typical coupe style bucket seats the middle bit isn't a proper seat as such and doesn't come with a seat belt. The seats I have been told are comfortable to sit in for journeys but there is a distinct lack of legroom for the taller passenger. The rear seats are also unsuitable for all the baby car seat that we tried in Mothercare. My car was also fitted with both driver and passenger airbags neither of which ever deployed for me as I wasn't in an accident

      The dash board is black in color with matching the door. The carpet throughout the car is black. This means it is nice and easy to keep clean.

      The boot space for a smaller car is just amazing really. I have never had any trouble getting the monthly shopping in the boot. On holidays the boot has taken enough luggage for three people to go skiing along side 3 ski boot bags which I think makes it a great car to take on holiday. We have driven up to Scotland on holiday in this car and it has taken not only our luggage but food and supplies for the journey and the self catering cottage too. The parcel shelf is grey and fits well with the rest of the interior however it often falls out of the holders which are a bit of a pain really when you are loading and unloading the boot.

      The hazard warning light button is on the top of the steering unit and is very easy to depress when needed. The gear stick has a silver gear knob which whilst cute to look at isn't the most comfortable to hold till you get use to its smaller stick compared to most other car makes and models. The glove compartment is fairly standard with adequate room for the CD's maps and other such items.

      Features
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      My car came with air conditioning, power steering, ABS, electric windows and a heated windscreen. This was my first car with a heated windscreen and it is a feature I find so useful in the winter that I would always choose a car with one now. There is a built in immobilizer and alarm neither of which ever seemed to go off by accident for me. There is remote central locking which I find handy when carrying lots of work bags. The wheels are 15in alloys which give it a nice sporty look they are fitted with a locking wheel nut for security. My car also had a 6000 CD player and radio which I always found gave a good sound quality for my needs

      What's it like to drive?
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      The Ford Puma is an excellent drive and this is where this beautiful animal of a car comes into its own. It simple just excels on the winding country roads where the handling is superb the low lines of the car means it just hugs the ground as you take twists on turns on country roads. Often with work I had to take it up into the Yorkshire dales which are full of twists, turns and hills this car always handled them like a dream. My current car a Ford Focus just doesn't hold the road as well as the Puma did and this makes the drive a lot more heavy duty and longer in time. I have also taken this on C roads on the Islands of Mull and Skye in Scotland and no matter what the vertical incline or drop was the car held the road and as the driver I felt low enough down not to get vertigo from looking down the precipice of the climb I was to drive down. The gear changing needed for these drives was very smooth and I never felt the car stall or struggle in anyway. The performance on open roads such as motorways is equally impressive for a small car and the acceleration that it gave was impressive due to the small body and the decent engine size. When cruising on the motorway I always had to keep and eye on the speedometer as it was so easy to go faster than you thought you were as it was such a comfortable drive.

      What's it like to park?
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      Parking is pretty easy due to its small size and it reverse parks into small spaces with easy due to the combination of the small size of the car and the power steering though the rear windows at the side are small visibility is still fairly good all round to allow you to park easily and with confidence.

      Any problems?
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      The parcel shelf is quite badly designed and keeps falling off but this was the only problem I ever experienced with this car. I was also disappointed that the spare wheel was not an alloy just a normal wheel which on the times I got a puncture certainly made it look a lot less attractive.

      What's most practical about your car?
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      It is fairly spacious for a coupe I think and was certainly a lot larger in side compared to the MG I test drove at the same time. Four adults can easily fit in and the boot space is very generous for a coupe giving lots of luggage space for holidays.

      What is maintenance like on it?
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      Now I have to admit I am not car expect and all of the service needs for this car were undertake by a garage. However it did have on the engine some very handy help points for me. Where I needed to add oil water etc the caps for these were in yellow with a picture telling me what goes where. Now I know this makes me sound thick but I have no mechanical knowledge what so ever and I found these little helpful caps to be very handy. Changing a light bulb was very tricky to do and when I would take it to get these put in at the garage you could see them positively groan as doing the front lights especially is a bit fiddly due to the way the lines of the car encompass them into the bonnet.


      Favorite gadget, option or accessory?
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      The heated front screen is excellent for clearing the frost and it certainly reduced the scraping time on those cold winter mornings when all you want to do is snuggle up in the warmth

      How is it on fuel?
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      As my husband is a bit of a statistical nut on the side he worked out that it averaged 41mpg on every day driving and 52mpg on a longer run which isn't the best or the worst a car can do.


      Overall
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      I would definitely recommend this car to people looking for a coupe that holds the road well and has a good storage and luggage space. I would have kept this car if I could and it was only because of the inability of baby seats to fit in the back that I didn't. I think it is a great shame that Ford no longer make this car as it is such a fun drive and looks beautiful. I can see myself in later years becoming the type of person who hunts one of these down again in the same way some people do with Ford Corvets as it was such a comfortable drive with such an icon design.

      The specifications
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      Model: Ford Puma 1.7i three-door coupé
      Engine type: Four-cylinder, 1679cc
      Power: 123bhp
      Transmission: Five-speed manual
      Fuel: 38.2mpg
      Acceleration: 0-62mph: 8.8sec
      Top speed: 126mph
      Insurance group: 25

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        18.07.2009 13:53
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        Nice, quick coupe

        **Exterior**

        On first impressions the ford puma looks like a sleek coupe, and that is exactly what it is. The shape is curvy and stylish and the body sits close to the ground. My Puma is Medium Steel Blue in colour which and is a 1.7 standard car. However Ford made 4 different types of Puma and they can all be found on the road.

        The standard 1.6 16v (which replaced the 1.4) or 1.7 16v range were produced between 1997 and 2002. They are available in the following colours; Moondust Silver, Colorado/Radiant Red, Panther Black, Medium Steel Blue, Melina Blue, State Blue and Jewel/Pacific Green. The special edition Puma Black was produced in 2000, the Millennium Yellow Puma was introduced in 2000 for the Millennium and limited to 1000 in production, whilst the Ford Racing Puma, 1.7 was also limited but to just 500 with 160bhp, it has a greatly enhanced specification which can be researched if you are interested in buying one. Finally the Puma Thunder was introduced to mark the end of Puma production; it too has the 1.7 litre engine but also comes with added extras and come in a metallic grey/silver. I have found that externally my car polishes up well and sparkles when clean. It's a beautiful style which appears to glide across the road.

        The car as I have said is very low, when looking at it from the side you will see that the rear end appears to be higher than the front and some, though not standard will have been fitted with spoilers which tends to increase the height of the rear end.

        **Interior**

        The interior of the Ford Puma is very plain and the materials used tend to be a blue/grey colour and fairly standard. There is plenty of space for me in the front, though I have to repeatedly advise passengers to mind their head as the door sits quite low and you generally have to duck to enter the car. Once in the front seats I find that it is very comfortable, but I haven't got long legs. If you are carrying passengers then there is a lack of space in the rear seats and most adult's passengers will find they are unable to stretch their legs out, especially in my car where the passengers front seat is set back so far to accommodate my partners legs comfortably. The car is a 3 door 4 seat. There is no middle rear seat, thus no middle rear seatbelt. This makes it impractical if you have more than two children and/or are playing taxi regularly.

        The dash board is in a navy blue colour and match the door and door cards. The carpet throughout the car is black and I have fitted mats in all foot wells because I find that it can be quite a tricky material to hoover as dirt and crumbs tend to stick to the carpet.

        What the Puma lacks in legroom for passengers it makes up in boot space for their shopping. I have found that the boot space is more than adequate and I managed to put the seats down and move all my belongings from my student accommodation in one trip. There is plenty of space for lots of bags and you can still manage to put the parcel shelf in place infact it probably fits better when the boot is full (more about that later). The parcel shelf is grey and fits well with the rest of the interior.

        This Puma is my second, it's a 51 plate whereas my previous was a 1997 registration and I love it. The dials (speedometer and rev counter) have a white background which automatically illuminates when you go through a dark area, very handy. All of the key signals such as petrol light, engine light, oil light etc illuminate very brightly when necessary and cannot be missed. The car has twin airbags which is excellent but must be removed if putting a child's car seat in the front of the car. I would advice this is down with instruction and not on a whim. The Steering wheel unit has the indicator stalk on the left hand side and a washer/wiper stalk on the right. The car has front and rear wipers and the speed can be set for the front wipers when on the occasional mode.

        The car has very poor dipped headlights but very good full beams. I would say that the poor lighting available is the main issue with the car. I have had to buy brighter bulbs but am yet to fit them so I am unable to say whether they enhance the car or not. As with the sidelights, they are pretty pointless.

        The emergency lights (4 way flashers) button is on the top of the steering unit and it's a button which turns them on/off when pushed. When buying a Puma make sure that this isn't damaged as replacing the unit costs approximately £75 for the part alone. The gearstick has a silver gear knob which is either hot in the summer or freezing in the winter, but you can change this is you choose too as it just screws on and is replaceable. The glove compartment is very standard and is no larger or smaller than other cars.

        **Features**

        The car comes with a standard 6000 CD player/radio which can be upgraded should you choose to, however the fascia is very large so I don't know how compatible non-ford replacements are. The car comes with air conditioning, power steering and ABS and my car comes with a full luxury (lux) pack, which includes electric windows, electrically operated and heated wing mirrors and a heated windscreen. It has a built in immobiliser, alarm, remote central locking, front driver seat adjustment and 15in alloys wheels as standard.

        Official stats state that the Ford Puma does 0-60 in 9.2seconds with 123.3bhp and a maximum speed of 126mph.

        **Maintenance**

        I find that my Puma drinks fuel but I think that is because I drive for a living. I can get approximately 350miles to a tank of petrol and at the moment a tank of fuel is costing me approximately £40-£45. The fuel tank has a capacity of 40 litres and takes Unleaded petrol.

        The because the car is fairly small and the weight isnt that evenly balanced it is important to regularly check the tyre pressure. If carrying less that three people they should be as follows:
        Size: 195/50 VR 15 - Front - 2.0 (29) - Rear - 1.9 (28)
        Size: 165/65 R 14 - Front - 2.2 (32) - Rear - 1.8 (26)
        (Winter Tyre)

        For a car carrying more than 3 people (maximum 4 safely)
        Size: 195/50 VR 15 - Front - 2.5 (37) - Rear - 2.8 (41)
        Size: 195/65 R 14 - Front - 2.4 (35) - Rear - 2.8 (41)

        I have Pirelli 6000's on my Puma, I had the on my last and I replaced the tyres on this one to Pirelli's because I have found that the car sticks to the road better with these rather than the cheaper alternative (though Pirelli's are not expensive).

        The Puma can have a roof rack attached to it (though it looks daft) but it is recommended that it holds no more than 50kg of luggage so not to overload the car.

        I have my Puma serviced annually. However there is a specific service guide available which tells you any non-standard work which needs doing at specific service intervals. For example the cambelt. A standard service at Ford costs £179 at the moment, thats quite expensive for what could just be an oil change and filter, so I think I may be taking to to a local garage this year.

        **Why Buy**

        Obviously nowadays you will not find a brand new Ford Puma. However you can find some pretty hot and well treated Pumas on the road. Look out for low mileage, good paintwork, lack of rust (especially on the wheel arches) and that it has had its cam-belt changed as this is something which tends not to be highlighted but is really important because Ford changed the specification. I find that my puma handles excellently on the roads; sometimes it loses grip in the rain on sharp corners but as long as I use my gears to control the car its fine. I find that it's a nippy little car, I can if I choose to be well ahead of most other cars at the traffic lights when they go green and that it has a magnificent ability to get enough power behind it to overtake quick and easily.

        I sold my first puma and replaced it with a MGF - big mistake I missed it so much that I kept the MGF for 4 months before replacing it with a newer Puma. It's a shame the production was so short lived, because these cars are great on the road and great fun to drive.

        Prices for a Ford Puma now range between £1000 for a really rough version to £5000 maybe £6000 at a push for an exceptional car. My first 97 plate cost just over £3000 in 2006 and my 51 plate cost £4500 in 2007, both from a dealer. There are some real bargains to be had on second had private sales at the moment, just make sure you know what to look out for when you buy as there are many "boy racers" out there who are more than happy to rip a car around the rounds and sell it on in poor condition.

        Where To Go For Puma Advice?

        I would recommend www.pumapeople.com - I joined this site prior to buying my first Puma and the members were very helpful in advising on what to look for. There is a knowledge area and several forums where you can ask any questions you may need answers to. There is also a gallery where you can view the members cars and those which have been modified and shown at rallies and fairs.

        Also on Ciao under Carysb

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          09.02.2009 21:22
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          Great little car.

          I have owned my current Puma for 2 1/2 years. It is a replacement for my original Puma, which i had for 3 years.
          Both cars have been extremely reliable and loads of fun to drive.
          The lightweight bodywork, combined with the 1.7 litre engine, means that performance is excellent and also economical to run (in my opinion).
          The sporty looking interior and stiffened suspension add up to a great handling and feeling car.
          It has many features including heated front screen, electric mirrors and windows.
          Having done many distant mileage runs, i have found the car to be very confortable and reasonably good on petrol consumption (going from Wolverhampton to Manchester and back on less than one tank of fuel).
          The down side to the Puma is the lack of rear seating space and with the discontinuation of the model on 2002, the only available models are old and tend to have quite high mileage.
          With my car being a 2000 (W reg), in 8 years of running, it is starting to develop small amounts of rust on the rear arches.
          With it being a group 12 insurance motor, the cost of insuring is quite high, compared to similar sized cars.

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            10.11.2005 22:54
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            Fantastic fun to drive, cheap to run. Only treat it as a two seater with extra luggage room.

            I always fancied one and when a friend was selling a 1.7i in red, I had to have it.
            It replaced a 25 year old XR3i, which believe it or not was noticabally quicker accelerating.
            The Puma drives like a go-cart, just turn the wheel and its there. No messing unless the road is wet, then it suffers like all front wheel drive cars.
            The engine has loads of low down torque and revs freely, but it could do with a bit more power, for me anyway.
            The "traction control" is a bit of a joke. Torque control till 18mph, then it switches off and wheel spin sets in. A launch system really I suppose.
            The brakes are good, but fade if your very heavy with them, I now have EBC green stuff pads which are a great improvment.
            The heater control valves jam open or closed for a pass time, very easy to change but expensive and getting in or out of the back seats are for the young or flexible only.

            They do have a bit of the "hair dresser car" image problem.

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              01.03.2003 15:03
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              Well i have had the 1.7 16v Puma for two years now on leasehire and it is due to go back. No, not back to the garage where it has been 6 times in its first year, no not to the bodywork shop where it went after the smallest of contacts by a silly moron in a car park led to £1000 worth of damage, but back to the lease company. Apart from falling to bits in the first 3 months when new (rear tail light fell out as it was only glued in, the rear window leaked, the water pump blew up, the air con leaked all the time internally, oil leaked every time it was parked etc.), the car was fun to drive, as other reviews state. Motorway driving was a breeze, cornering excellent, nippy off the mark. Then one day the traction control went mental and put me into a 720 on a dual carriageway (fortunetly completely deserted) and since then the car has been all over the place. I would say to anyone, don't trust the handling on this car. Despite all this, in the inbetween tiems it has been fun, started every time etc, except hitting my head once a month. At the right price and bedded in gently, this car is a lovely runaround, if you want sporty, get an MR2, Lotus Elise, even a Clio 172. Just please, don't trust this as sporty.

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                25.04.2002 00:40
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                As some of you may already now, I am lucky enough to work for a company that gives me the opportunity to drive many and varied vehicles?from the sublime to the ridiculous! Recently, on one of those spring days when Mother Nature seems to be busy painting the trees and bushes in varying shades of acid green, I had a Ford Puma 1.7 Thunder delivered. This vehicle comes in a fetching shade of silver with black leather interior and the silver exterior is accentuated with aluminium trim surrounding the centre console and instrument panel inside. It also has a ?sporty? leather steering wheel and gear knob and snazzy alloy wheels. Looking at the vehicle from the outside and from the front the Puma has quite an aggressive looking ?face?(sorry, girly car review?has to be a face:-)) with slanting light and angular front foglights but, dare I say it, from the rear it looks like it has a fat bum. This is due to the rounded body styling and overall the look works, despite looking a little like a ?hairdressers car?. Inside, apart from those items already mentioned, you also have a single CD player, heated windscreen and mirrors (to save getting cold on those frosty mornings) and air-conditioning. It also has ABS, traction control and drivers and passenger airbags as standard. If you get inside the car, I?m willing to guarantee that one of two things will strike you. Either the door frame if you are over 5?5? or the lack of room in the front if you are under it! As I am a little on the short side, I only have little legs (I mean, they are in proportion with the rest of me but compared to the giants amongst you, I just don?t rate!). This means that I have to pull my seat towards the steering wheel. Now I like to sit as I was taught, arms slightly bent and relaxed. To do this in the Puma and reach the pedals is an effort, not impossible but an effort none the same. My boyfriend, who is considerably taller, has to perform contortions I would not have believe
                d him capable of if I hadn?t seen it with my own eyes, just to sit in the thing. And don?t even think about putting a passenger behind him. In our household, the Puma becomes a three-seater car, and you had better hope that the third person is short because the headroom is not all that forgiving. Despite this, or maybe because of, the boot is really not too bad, with enough room for a reasonable amount of shopping, as long as you don?t have a family of four! So by now, I am drawing you a fairly negative picture. Well scrap that and we?ll go back to the drawing board?we?re about to go for a drive! First things first, let?s start the engine?sounds innocuous enough with a quiet little purr on idle. Depress clutch, engage first gear, apply pressure to the accelerator pedal whilst easing off the clutch and we?re off. Only don?t apply too much pressure because else you are likely to be off a lot quicker than you anticipated! Without wanting to get too technical on you, the engine features Variable Cam Timing which increases torque at low revs and more power at higher engine speeds (Thank you Ford, for putting it so eloquently!). This gives the Puma a 0-60 time of 8.6 (top speed 126-unverified by myself!), maybe not blisteringly quick, but it feels a lot quicker than that when you?re driving it. I live out in the Buckinghamshire countryside and driving to work is quite an adventure, especially in a Puma. Edging out of my road, I have to accelerate hard as I live on a blind bend. This is when you notice the low down power and the short gearing. I felt like a veritable racing driver just getting out of my village, as you have to change gear rapidly to stop the howling from the engine as it hits the higher revs. Out on the open road, I was able to open her up a little and I reveled in how the engine always felt as if it had more to give, even in fifth gear. The Puma has a strange feeling of weight, by which I mean it felt like it was glued to the r
                oad, lending it an air of surety around corners and over humpback bridges. The suspension is quite stiff but this is some thing I quite enjoy as I like to feel how the car is responding (God, I?m beginning to sound like some idiot on Driven!) although on the more bumpy roads you had to ease up on the throttle a little to ensure that your spine escaped intact! Once on a more forgiving A road, you hardly notice the bumps and can just revel in enjoying the ride. BUT?and there is always a but, you may notice that the old volume control on the radio/cd is creeping up by now because the downside of this low gearing and free revving is that by the time you hit fifth gear, you?ve got nowhere else to go, and while the speedo needle gently climbs upwards, so does the level of engine noise. This happens to the extent that I didn?t drive this car on an almost deserted motorway at any faster than 80, simply because my eardrums couldn?t take it. At eighty, the rev counter was reading just over 4000 rpm, but I had the radio at about 100 decibels trying to drown it out. Once you?re off the fast roads, your mind does that strange thing?and forgets this because you?re having so much fun throwing it around corners and racing young boys off the lights. As long as you?re not doing any long journeys in it, you learn to forgive it and enjoy the very real fun it brings. Good god, the other day I even had a fellow Puma driver wave at me, how often does that happen with a Ford? And he looked like he was having the time of his life too! So how bad can they be, unless you?re a six-foot speed freak (just checking whether you read the rest of the op to understand the reference!). So, if this is a ?hairdressers car? I?d best get me off to college and get training!

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                  18.12.2001 22:25
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                  We bought a puma 1.7i 6 months ago as a car for my girlfriend and I to share, she to do her daily commute, and I for fun at weekends, and the occasional run to the office. As we bought the car the salesman told us "don't go home on the motorway take the scenic route" this is singularly the key piece of advice for any Puma owner. On county roads this car is a dream. The engine is powerful and revvy, the handling is sweet, corners rush up and the turn in is crisp with little body roll. Even when pushed really hard it is difficult to get any understeer, only a little controllable oversteer if you lift off, simply stunning. The layout inside is good with a good level of equipment. We upgraded to the single CD player which sounds great and produces a very competent level from the standard speakers. However I am always switching it off to listen to the engine. The bad bits On the motorway it can be a little buzzy and feels like it needs another gear, 6speed puma next please Mr Ford. The interior is only OK some of the trim is a poor in fit and it feels a little plastic, but if you're going to buy this car to look at the inside then you should think again. On balance it looks stunning , drives like a dream,and is a lot of fun. If you can get to work using only A or B roads this is the car for you. in fact once you buy it you will find the A roads by preference and arrive at work with a huge smile on your face...

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                    Just over four years ago I was fed up with my friends having the best cars etc etc, and jealousy took over. You see they were all older than me but I wanted to be the blonde in the convertible so I considered buying a Renault Megane (Umm). I couldn’t afford the £20k they wanted and didn’t want to go for the cheaper version so I shopped around. Well I test drove a green Ford Puma 1.7 and never looked back, I was in love. At the time the car had only been out a few months and there was a waiting list, but this didn’t bother me – more pose appeal! There were hardly any on the road and it's then unusual looks attracted many an eye. I say all this now quite tongue in cheek because yes my new car brought me lots of attention but it has also won a place in my heart and I love it to pieces, so much so that I don’t want to change it. Why? Well read on….. Aged 23 I was fed up of driving the safe bet – A Sierra Sapphire and previously a Ford Cortina. OK they had got me to many a rave and had plenty of stories to tell but they were oh so average. I wanted something different, something that said I was not a girl but a woman. Something I could drive to Brands for the BTCC with my head held high! And so I went to my local Ford dealer (ok Perry’s but don’t laugh yet). I don’t understand the stats so well but for those that do: Price £15330 – Ford Puma, Moondust Silver Metallic Paint, Air Con, ABS, Airbag, Electric Mirrors, Quick clear windscreen, Mats, Perry’s Gold Card, Alloy wheels with Locking Wheel Nuts and Superguard (a lacquer to help me clean it more easily) Alarm and Immobiliser as standard, remote central locking Engine 1679cc dohc 16V Zetec SE Engine with VCT Power 125bhp Torque 116lb ft Front suspension – MacPherson Struts, coil springs, lower wishbones, anti roll bar Brakes –
                    ; Ventilated discs/drums Tyres – 195/50 R15 0-60mph 9.0sec, Top speed 126mph The car suits me and Paul fine and we love driving around to racing events in it. Unfortunately there is not too much space in the back for more than two people at the very most. The thing is – it’s not really a back seat driver’s car. The controls are all positioned for the driver and front passenger. The aluminium gear knob, the leather steering wheel, white dials etc are all there for us to look at. Puma is available in the following colours: Radiant Red Melina Blue Cuirass (Grey/Silver) Panther Black Jewel Green Moondust Silver The interior trim is Alchemy Blue with a fabric trim. At the time I was unable to get a discount for cash as there were only limited numbers available and I did have to wait three months for it to be shipped over – but this only added to my excitement. There are some negatives though, I have already been affected by a ‘latent defect?’ which causes an oil leak. Also I decided after having three separate tape decks in the car to change to a CD player as the tape drive kept slowing down. Also as it was only the third Uk issue to the country there were a few tiny things that could be improved upon – but even so I still love it. Later models have a break light in the back wing and sportier models have also come out. At insurance group 12, depending on who you speak to, this car costs me between £500 - £600 per year to insure. This is with maximum no claims and includes business use and the ability to drive any other car with the owners permission. Pretty good I think. I also had a Tracker fitted free by the AA due to the high insurance premium for the first year – which can’t be frowned upon. Upon delivery of the car I was given an owners checklist that ensured that all the mod cons were exp
                    lained to me. Ford have kept in touch with me regularly concerning my car and I am very pleased with the service provided. Each quarter receive a silver package containing the latest puma news – this also points me to a yahoo newsgroup especially for Puma owners, this was particularly useful when the oil bug hit me. If I were to sell my car privately now I’d probably get £8K for it – but I don’t want to. It still feels and drives brilliantly and I couldn’t imagine parting with it. The Puma booklet at the time said: “Puma looks, sounds and feels like a sports coupe should” and I can’t disagree even four years later. More info at: www.ford.co.uk Yahoo groups : pumapeople.

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                      04.10.2001 05:18
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                      Unless you have more than £15,000 to spend you really cannot do better than this peach of a car. Hook - my first sight of one driving past. It was racing green and loked amazing from the front. But I was a poor student and was just about affording to run a clapped-out Metro at the time... Line - my first ride in one. Two years later my friend had bought one after seeing it on Top Gear. He drove 120 miles to show it off to us the same day. Three days later... Sinker - the test drive. Wow. There was no way I could resist putting down a deposit. I took proud ownership a month later and never looked back. It is difficult to describe what makes it so special to drive. On paper the 0-60 is not all that impressive (just inder 10seconds), neither are the top speed or BhP, and my (jealous) friends delighted in calling it a souped-up Fiesta. I think it's in the handling and the fact that within a few minutes of first driving you really do feel 'at one' with the road. The steering goes exactly where you direct it, the wide tyres cling beautifully on corners and it is so light that driving it is incredible fun. It's obviously not a family car, although the boot is deceptively spacious, but otherwise I can't see who this car wouldn't suit. It's cool enough to pose but not too conspicuous, fast but safe with its supreme handling and ABS, fun but practical and surprisingly economical with average mpg and low running costs (most parts are standard to Fiesta). I still don't think there's a better Coupe, or indeed car, for under fifteen grand.

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                        01.09.2001 23:54
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                        Help, help, I’ve fallen in love with a Ford! When I was very young, I used to drive a Ford Anglia Estate (remember them? Like the slanty-back ones, but the really boring version – sorry, Anglia fans!). It had a huge steering wheel and rattled and banged and slid around when it was icy. I looked at other manufacturers for my next car, and didn’t consider Ford again………..UNTIL NOW! I saw a beautiful, sexy car on my way to work. No name on the back, but it was a Ford, so I did a little research. It turned out to be a Puma – based on the Fiesta chassis, but with what they describe as a coupe body, and with a generous 1.7 litre engine. My Peugeot 306 was getting on for 4 years old and 80000 miles – was that enough of an excuse to replace it? After all, there was nothing wrong with it – it was a very reliable, economical, safe car to drive. But I spend at least 2 hours a day in the car – shouldn’t I be having some fun? I was now on the JUST THINKING ABOUT A NEW CAR slippery slope. I saw Pumas everywhere! I had to have one! Snag – a Puma is more expensive than many cars of its size. I wasn’t going to get much for the Peugeot, with so many miles on the clock. What to do? Time spent on the Internet was a good investment. I could get an imported Puma with UK specification, for less money than a year-old model from a Ford dealer. What a bargain! I took delivery in February 2001 and have never been so happy with a car. There were no problems with the importing (from Germany), and the car is identical to those bought here, as far as I can tell. The engine starts well and the car accelerates quickly – a good pressed-back-in-your-seat feeling. The petrol consumption isn’t especially good – I get about 32 miles to the gallon (can’t think in litres!), but this is hardly surprising as I’m driving it hard. I&
                        #8217;ve only had one small problem, about 2 days after I got the car – the driver’s window stuck open. This was quickly fixed by the local main dealer. I’m not going to give the technical specs for the car – you can get them from the Ford website. I will tell you what the car is like to drive. FUN! The interior is smart, with lots of cool brushed aluminium. And cool really is the word in winter – the gear knob is freezing! All the instruments are clearly visible except the rear screen heater switch. This does not turn off automatically, so I often find I’ve left it on for the whole journey. There’s a front screen heater as well, which is great on frosty mornings. For the summer, there’s air conditioning. Visibility is not too good – the front pillars make it difficult to see when making a turn, and the rear screen is small. However, you soon get used to it. You have to remember that the front skirt is very low when parking up to a kerb. Driving is a dream. The car handles well in all conditions – it has nice wide tyres and sits down well when cornering. You can overtake with confidence and pull away from the lights smoothly. In traffic, the car can fit through quite small gaps. The driver’s seat is comfortable and the suspension is firm, which suits my preference. You can feel the bumps, though! For entertainment (if any more is needed) there’s a good radio and single CD player. I wouldn’t like to use the back seat for passengers for very long – it looks very cramped! My husband, who has long legs, looks silly driving this car, as his knees stick out to either side, but it’s ideal for me at 5 ft 7 in. He’s fine as a passenger with the seat right back. The boot is actually a lot bigger than it looks – it is very deep, so it’s hard to lift heavy bags out of it. I can easily fit a week’s shopping in there.
                        I know people say that the Puma is a woman’s car, but I think it is a driver’s car – on the small side, so not for tall people. After 8 months, I still love the look of the car and it stands out from the crowd, getting admiring glances. It will be due for its first service soon, at 10000 miles, and there are no little niggly problems to fix. I’m so pleased I made the decision to try a Ford again!

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                          01.09.2001 22:21
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                          Ford haven't had a great time in creating coupe's. Remember the Probe? The Capri was the last great coupe so how pleased was i when the Puma burst onto the scene in 1995. Its aggressive looks and soft lines and its zippy engine made it stand out in a mundane car world. So imagine my shock to hear the Puma is to be no more when the it is ditched and not replaced. I myself am shocked at such a move and plead with Ford for it not to happen. Come on Ford if you really want to be on a winner keep the Puma and keep us happy.

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                            29.08.2001 06:46
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                            • "Small Rust Patches"

                            The look is unmistakable. The driving experience truly unforgettable. I have owned a Ford Puma 1.7 for nearly a year now and am not disappointed. The Puma is a car set-up for those of us who just like to drive fast. Nothing does the Puma like more than to be driven quickly around old country roads with those dangerous tight bends on a nice Summer's day. Sit in the cockpit, start the ignition and just drive and your everyday worries seem to diapppear as you become absorbed with the whole driving experience. Accelerate hard through the gears on the straight and as you approach a tight bend simply go down the gears, turn hard into the bend and slam your foot on the accelerator and be amazed at how well the car grips. The grip on a Puma around bends is simply amazing when you consider that it is a front wheel drive car and I consider that everyone should experience the Puma effect. But be warned, don't be overconfident and respect the car particularly in the wet. I drove the car quickly around a bend in the wet, lost control and spun into stationary cars parked at the side of a road. The car seems to grip so well and all of a sudden you are on the limit and driving on the edge of oblivion. Fortunately, I was unharmed and escaped from the crash with no injuries which is largely due to how well the car absorbed the impact. Other good features about the car are its reliability and its CD Stereo which is excellent. I like the comfy driving position, the colour of the dials and the handy position of the controls. The heated front window and heated mirrors are excellent and the air conditioning is a must on a hot day. On the down side, the interior of the car is a bit plasticy and tacky. The chrome gear knob does look good but unfortunately is too hot to touch in Summer and freezing cold in Winter! My only real disappointment with the car is that I have noticed a small amount of just on the drivers door w
                            hich is unacceptable on a car less than a year old. Can I recommend a Puma to a friend? Definitely - for driving experience, price and value the car cannot be bettered.

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                              24.05.2001 15:48
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                              First off I have to say that in the year that I have owned a puma, I have been more than happy with its performance. It grips the road like a dream and has managed to get me out of many a sticky situation (although I'm not strictly sure this is what it was designed to do!). The only trouble that I can see with this car in the future is that is quickly becoming out of date, it was one of the first concept cars of the late nineties and now it is beginning to show. It is still a great car in all other respects (apart from the horn, which is at best weedy) and tremendous fun to drive, but it has lost that pose value that it used to have. Now I'm afraid it is more a car for middle-aged business women. Which is a shame as I'm not a middle-aged business woman and I'm going to have to start looking for a new car.

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                                08.05.2001 18:46

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                                We purchased a Puma 1.7i with Lux pack three months ago for my wife to use on her daily 60-mile commute. It has proved to be as reliable as any new car should. Its obvious strengths are the looks of the car, which despite being a relatively common site these days still raise comments from friends. It handles like nothing else for the money (except maybe a second hand Caterham 7 - not terribly practical though) and goes and stops very well. In terms of drawbacks, I find the visiblilty appalling. To the front the a-pillars are very thick and restrict vision at t-junctions, to the side and rear it is more down to guesswork and a sort of sixth sense you develop once you have driven the car for a little while. My wife says it is fine if you use it daily. I also find it not terribly comfortable after an hour or so, but that maybe down to a tendancy to thrash it at every opportunity as the Ford/Yamaha derived engine is just so much fun.

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                                12.03.2001 05:41

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                                This car has to be one of the nicest cars around. It has the acceleration that will snap you neck. The handling must be fords best so far. The interior is good and sporty. The lights at the front of the car are really good looking. It makes the car look as if it has spider eyes. The big alloy wheels grip the road and give really good handling. For the price you pay for the car you do really get a sports car. The 1.7-liter Zetec engine produces enough power to accelerate you from 0-60mph in just under 8 seconds. With the 1.7 engine you get VCT which means variable cab timeing. This also help the can become faster. The car doesnt have a big boot and you wouldnt be able to fit a suitcase in it. The car is in insurance group 12. You can easily fit 2 adults in the back and room for 1 small person. Overall the car hast to be one of the best cars to get in its price range and when you buy it you really do get a sports car. The bad things about it are it is a bit small. A buisness man would not like it and if he did there isnt much room for luggage.

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