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Our old Ford Sierra Sapphire was just one of the very dull looking Ford cars that has darkened our door way. As cars from that late 80's/ early 90's period go it was a big old beast of a car, that trundled along without too many problems for a few years until it developed a rather nasty oil leak, which soon sent it packing.
Yet again its was in that awfully dull dark navy blue colour that Ford seemed to favour so very much. The colour was dull and not something that you could put very much of a shine to, even when using the more expensive car care products. I would have to say that a few years prior to us getting the car this model had been very desirable, but due to some performance issues soon became a cheap to buy secondhand car.
In terms of the over all ride and feel of the car, I have to say that it was a firm ride that offered a good amount of comfort in nice high backed cloth seats. The view of the road was nice and clear as the windscreen was a good size and the front pillars didn't obscure our view too much.
The steering on the car was average for the time at best and nothing in comparison to more modern cars you can buy these days. Fuel consumption was not all that good, but was perhaps to be expected as it was a large car. Obviously fuel prices were cheaper at the time, but as I recall we were getting around 1 mile for every 8 to 9p spent.
The boot space on the car was rather good and much better than the Escort or Orion. You could fit plenty into the boot but as the car was a saloon version, it wasn't as easy to use as the boots on more modern hatchback cars. The leg room at the front was good and the rear seats had adequate room for adult passengers.
As I recall our car didn't come with alloy wheels and rust was certainly an issue on these older Ford models. We had to treat areas of rust by the wheel arches where it became badly corroded and the exhaust also suffered with a rust issue which meant it had to be replaced at some cost.
Driving the car was ok on larger roads and this was where the car performed best. In town as the car had a long bonnet and boot, parking was an issue and you could really only get the car into larger parking spaces. Waiting at junctions where you had a limited view of what was coming around the corner was difficult, as you had to edge forwards into the oncoming traffic, to see over the long bonnet safely.
I have to say that whilst the car was not the best drive in the world it wasn't the worst either. If the car had been a bit more refined in terms of driveability it would have been a nicer car to own and run. The only bonus with overall maintenance costs was that as it was a Ford model, spare parts were widely available and so cheap to buy.
In terms of giving the car an all round rating I have to award it just 3 stars. It was too big and bulky for town driving and a bit too thirsty on the fuel. Giving a return of 8 to 9p per mile all those years ago meant that although parts were cheap, over all running costs when you include fuel were not all that great.
Did I really buy one of those? Well yes,it was a good tool and I needed reliability.After having trouble with my main car at the time a Citroen XM,I decided being different wasn't really all that clever.I thought the new Mondeo,very desperate now,but no,they had only just come out and very new model cars to market fetch a premium I am not prepared to pay on a rep mobile.
I thought Ford or Vauxhall,something ordinary,Cavalier maybe,oh no,how about a Sierra,not sure about that.They had just finished making them but I was reliably told by a bloke down the pub that Ford got the last ones just right before they brought down the axe.Makes sense,unfashionable maybe but bargain territory for me!
Went to a main Ford dealer and looked at the Mondeos all lined up gleaming in the sun as new,this was about 1993/4 you know.Low and behold in the corner a diamond white 1993 K plate 1.8 i Azure estate,low profile alloys,radio casette and very little else apart from a glass slide / tilt sunroof,1 owner and just 17,000 miles.Basic but user friendly I thought and at £7999,it was about £4k+ or so less than a Mondeo of the same year.They were all over me,yes sir no sir,we can give you £4K for the Citroen,yes you should I thought.I did not lose too much on the deal,in fact it was a good honest car that served me well for the next year or so and my father bought it off me who then ran it into the ground covering 100000 miles on one engine,replacing it with a recon motor costing peanuts and carrying on for another 60,000 plus,without too much trouble.
A reliable every day tool,not flash,cheap to run but a bit underpowered even if it did have the "i" badge for important.
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I have a Sierra Saphire 1.8 LX - she will be 20 years old next year. My dad had this car for 12 years and we did try to sell it as it is in absolute pristine condition, for a mere £500 but you know what ebay and such are like - everyone wants something for nothing and was telling us they could get one for £175 - well it must be a roller skate or buggered for that price. We even contacted the Sierra Owners club to see if an enthusiast wanted to buy it but we got no response at all . So I have made it my own - the garage offered to scrap it as no one would be interested they said. That would be sacriledge cos the car is in mint condition. I have now laid to rest my poor old vauxhall corsa ( that has given me nothing but trouble in recent years ) and now I drive " Christine " as I call her. She has only done 70,000 miles - and cruises like a dream - I cannot afford a new car or be accepted for finance so you make do with the hand me downs dont you ? and i'll tell you something - she is fantastic.
Well, I have Ford Sierra 2.0i for about a year now. It's the best car I've ever driven, and I've changed some. It runs smoothly on any surface. It's a little bulky, so you may need some time to learn how to park it or make sharp turns. I went 800km in one run (no stops unless on red traffic lights and pay tolls), and came out fresh as from bed. Very comfortable car, even for five people and lots of baggage. It let me down only once, when clutch broke down. And even then I drove it for 150km while changing gears without clutch, with no damage to gearbox. The car is very stable in turns, unless you are trying to turn at 70km/h on ice . . . It spends some more fuel, but I now drive it on natural gas and waste about 8-9l per 100km of natural gas on a freeway (aprox 120km/h) and about 20l of natural gas (about 8l of unleaded) per 100km of gas in city. Some oil leakage also is a problem (I pour 1l of oil aprox at every 1000km). And venture meter has a tendancy to blow when starting car in winter on natural gas with full throttle . . .
Well, there is my two cents on this car, which at any case I recommend to anyone who needs good family car, and/or durable "packing mule" . . .
Please bear with me, this is my only my second ever car review (from a girls perspective, naturally). Dont worry guys; I have tried to put some facts and figures in that may sway your opinions.
NAME OF CAR: Ford Sierra 1.6
BACKGROUND: As my insurers do not provide a car if mine is unavailable unless they are repairing it and I commute 12 miles to work each day (with public transport very problematic to my place of work), my father lends me his car in emergencies but this cant last long as he needs his car, too. This is a review about his car my spare, if you like. After all, what are dads for!
COLOUR: In my dads case, it is a fire engine red, but I imagine they come in most colours!
FUEL TYPE: Unleaded and my dad usually fills it before I use it but if I need to I put around £25 in which would last me about 7-10 days. As my father just potters in his car, he likes me to take it for a good run now and again to try to avoid having emission problems.
TAX DETAILS: Tax class PLG (Private Light Goods) and according to the DVLA website was £90.25 for 6 months or £175 for 12 months. This is a higher bracket than my previous cars, but dad pays for this one!
WHEEL PLAN: 2 axle rigid body
ENGINE CAPACITY: 1596 CC
TYPE OF CAR: 4 Door saloon
MILES PER GALLON: My dads Sierra manages about 40-50mpg which I thought was very good for a G reg, so depending on mileage I usually put about £25 worth of unleaded in which is about 98.9p per litre at the moment at my local Morrisons.
PRICE: Dads was second hand but I dont know how much as it was a few years ago. He had a previous Ford Sierra same colour and registration (1989) which when he replaced with this one, he stripped for spare parts, including the exhaust!
1. Large boot
2. Has a rev counter (unlike my 1989 Micra)
3. Economical on fuel (see above)
4. Electric windows - although I have never wanted this on my own car (but now have with the Cordoba) as I think it will be expensive to replace/repair if anything goes wrong, I have found it useful to quickly open the front windows including the passenger one in this current hot weather.
5. Glove compartment although it is not lockable (unlike the 1989 Micra).
6. 2 good-sized compartments in the doors which are wide enough so can take my de-icer can, as I like to keep one in the driver door for easy access, when there is ice on the windscreen.
7. The passenger sun visor has a mirror on it
8. Heated rear window and rear wiper (which I had on my Micra and miss on Cordoba).
9. Internal switch for petrol cap but be careful as may open when move seatbelt or open boot
10. Internal switch for boot but be careful as may open when move seatbelt or open petrol cap
11. Steering wheel lifts up or down unlike Cordoba
12. Comfortable chairs very comfy ride.
1. No Power steering harder to drive after using Cordoba now
2. Glove compartment is not lockable
3. Petrol cap opens if seatbelt pulls on lever by accident
4. Dads car has been broken into so he now has 3 keys (1 for ignition, 1 for driver door and 1 for everything else!) which he has tried to colour code to aid me.
5. Higher tax because of engine capacity if my dads car had been made after 2001 it could have had a higher rating still as it goes on emissions.
Go for a comfortable ride in my spare Sierra!
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Made by Ford, their website is at http://www.ford.com/en/default.htm
Ford Sierra Owners club http://www.fordsierraclub.co.uk/ - Please note my father is not a member I found this whilst trying to find an official website for Ford cars.
Last November,needing a car because my much despised Nissan Sunny despite running for months with a bodged carb had finally ground to a halt.I reluctantly put aside £60 for a replacement carb when my mate told me about a trade-in Sapphire that had recently come in.Now being a car fanatic that has had though I've never actually counted over 60 cars the words £50 set alarm bells ringing in my head,the first thing that automatically comes to mind is - what's wrong with it?I had about 10mins to make a decision so checking the state and level of the oil and water,telling my mate to rev it and then to hold it at 3000rpm for half a minute or so to see what came out the exhaust then running my hands along the sills to check for rust bought it. The Ford Sierra was brought out in late '82 as a replacement for the much loved Cortina.The Cortina had been the No.1 best selling car for years and a fleet market favourite since it came out and the Sierra was not that well recieved and probably did more for Vauxhall,their new Mk2 FWD Cavalier had not long been introduced but was already a big hit.The new and maybe unfairly dubbed 'jellymould' styling was a bit too much of a departure for 'the middle of the road' fleet market/private owner who'd bought the Cortina in droves and the management at Ford were no doubt remembering Ford of America and their infamous Edsel.Comparing it to the all new Cavalier the 'jellymould' styling while radical hid what was a very convential chassis with engines/drivetrains lifted straight out of the Cortina parts bin,though the Sierra had independant rear suspension which Vauxhall never used until the introduction of the Vectra,except in the GSi and 4x4 models. Initially introduced in 3 and 5-door hatchback and 5-door estate versions it had the option of 1.3 and 1.6 (standard or economy versions) or 2.0ohc pinto engines with 4 or 5-speed manual g/boxes or a 3-speed autobox these
plus the 2.3 V6 cologne .Then in keeping with the rest of the model came the unusually styled XR4i with plastic mouldings halfway up the doors and wings and bi-plane rear spoiler.Though based on the 3-door shell which had one large rearside window the XR4i had an unusual two window set up.It used the tried and tested engine/drivetrain out of the 2.8i Capri but never really replaced the Capri in the hearts Capri owners until the introduction of the fabulous RS Cosworths. In late '84 an 1800 version of the pinto was introduced soon followed by a fuel injected version of the 2 litre pinto using the Bosch L-jetronic injection system with the Ford EEC IV management system which was far more flexible than the mechanical Bosch K-jetronic mechanical injection system or the KE-jetronic both being used on XR3i's,2.8 Capri's and the XR4i.However the pinto engine while compotent enough was by the mid '80's rather rough and ready and was never a match for the Vauxhall Family II SOHC engines in the contemorary Astra's and Cavalier's.I personally think having owned many Capris,Cortinas,Astras,Cavaliers,Escorts,Fiestas and a few Sierras that when compared Vauxhall make far superior engines to Ford.Although I don't include the Cosworth engine in that statement I do include the Zetec.A badly designed camshaft spraybar,the holes that sprayed the oil on the camshaft were too small and if the oil was not regularly changed would soon block up starving the camshaft of oil which would wear out quickly - when buying any pinto engine Ford though the 1.6's are the worst,listen for knocking from the top of the engine as this is most likely a worn camshaft.The pinto never liked being revved and coupled with the un-nessecarily complicated VV carb on the 1.3 and early 1.6 models could be hard to start,here's a tip though - unlike most auto choke versions which you depress the throttle twice to engage the choke DON'T touch the throttle on VV
carbed version this carb is bad enough(personal opinion) when started normally.Later 1.6's use the Weber 28/30 DFTH carb,1.8's - CVH and pinto - use a Pierburg 2E3,2.0 initially used a Weber 32/36 DGAV but later a Weber 30/34 DFTH and the later 2.0 Dohc used a Weber TLD while the 2.3 used a Solex twin venturi carb -all these carbs being of the twin choke type except the VV which was a single barrelled carb and the Solex is a twin carb not a twin choke meaning both barrels open together whereas only one barrel opened first and once it's opened so far the second opened till they both were fully open at full throttle. The vastly underpowered 1.3 was stopped in '86 and the 1.8 pinto was replaced by the 1.8 CVH in 1987 though the 1.6 wasn't replaced with a CVH until 1991.1989 saw the 2.0 pinto replaced with the I4 Dohc,which though the designation implies a 16V engine it is an 8 valve engine with twin cams.Late '88 saw the 2.8i used in the then XR4x4 replaced by the 2.9 version of the same engine. Early 1987 saw the entire range face-lifted and the 4-door Sierra Sapphire model introduced which gave the car a more complete look,it is a 1991 J plate 1.8 CVH Sierra Sapphire Chassuer that I have recently bought. The car I bought for a massive £50 has turned out to be a revalation.I once owned a 1987 XR4x4 with a 2.8 engine and while I found it a comfortable,well specified and reasonably quick car it was a dissapointment compared to the 2.8 Capri I had previous to the XR4x4.So that and the cheap price I paid for the Sapphire left me not really expecting too much from my new purchase.It is well specified,it has electric front windows - all round tinted windows,comfy seats though I replaced these with a set of half-leather Recaros,slide and tilt manual sunroof,central locking,boot spoiler,dark tinted rear lights and standard 4-spoke alloy wheels. The engine which is the CVH version is suprisingly tractable at s
low speeds and though not a high revving engine (what CVH ever is except for an RS1600i engine) is suprisingly torquey.I think the fact that although based on the American 1.9 version the 1.8 is basically a long-stroke 1.6 is why the engine produces power the way it does.You'll never win a traffic-light drag race unless your against a Metro or something but at wet roundabouts there's plenty of torque to get the car sideways.Motorway driving is relaxed,quiet and smooth and I've seen 120mph out of it though side winds seem to upset the car especially over 95mph.It is when pushing the car down A-roads and minor roads that the engine shows it's limits above 4000rpm it struggles and over 5000rpm there is no extra power to speak of. 1.8(R2A) engine capacity 1796cc 89bhp at @5250rpm 108lbft at @3000rpm compression ratio 9.3:1 The modest peak power output at @5250 rpm and reasonable torque output at @3000 rpm explain it's general behaviour,without the data to verify I believe the car has combination of a high final drive ratio 3.92:1 with a 5-speed g/box where 5th is an overdrive and maybe a close ratio box would make the car more suitable for someone like myself who mostly drives on A roads as opposed to morotway/city enviroments.The g/change is a bit slow and notchy which doesn't like to be hurried but the clutch is light.Curiously,considering the overall set up the car doesn't have power steering which can make it heavy at parking speeds but provides for positive and nicely weighted steering at open road speeds.The limited characteristics of the engine are the only complaint I have with the driving ability of the car because it is with out a doubt the best handling RWD Ford I've ever come across(with the exception of the Cosworths).I far prefer RWD cars and my myriad of Cortinas and Capris leave much to be desired when compared with the IRS of the Sierra
anyone brought up on a RWD Ford would surely not miss that huge live rear axle clattering and banging over every lump and bump in the road,indeed it was the way that the four wheel drive felt on the road that I disliked so much with the XR4x4.In fact the car has superior handling and grip plus nicely balanced steering which inspire much confidence unforetunetly the brakes are just good enough,pulling you up straight but there not that quickly - I have classic disc/drum set up and I'm sure the ABS versions will be far better,funnily enough I have an ABS warning light in my dash. The cabin is airy,light and very spacious which would be a massive plus for long family treks down the motorway.It has the original Ford 2006 radio/cassette with factory speakers that are good enough though the bass response won't win any sound off competitions.The boot space is cavernous taking enormous amounts of luggage/shopping or whatever you need.Behind the wheel everything is in reach and visibility is good and I like the fact that the windscreen washers are independant of the wipers unlike most modern cars which wipe automatically when you use your washers - sounds and probably is trivial but I get annoyed in summer when wanting to clear my dusty w/screen the waters gone in a swipe and the last couple of swipes squeal across a dry w/screen.There's an intermittent setting but it's not changable.The lights are great especially the full beam which has seperate spotlights within the h/lamp and the dash is clear and readable at night and has a standard rev-counter though no low fuel warning light(higher spec cars will have). Despite what the book says you can expect fuel returns of 28mpg combined and on recent 350mile round trips to Glasgow on mostly d/carriage way and motorways about 34mpg a full fuel tank gives about @420-450 miles.Against this it cost me about £300 to insure a year fully comp(I'm 31 with full no-claims but 6 points) while a full
exhaust system costs me from manifold back £40.Overall it is a cheap car to run. I fully recomend the Sierra/Sierra Sapphire range of cars to anyone who needs a good reliable car.I've had mine now for about 2-2.5 months and it's never not started in the morning first turn of the key despite being under 2ft of snow and given me no cause for concern.In fact when I have paid of my debts later this year I fully intend going out and getting the biggest bank loan I can so I can buy myself an Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth and fulfil a long held dream.
I'm only 17, but sierra estates have been in my family for as long as I can remember. I think my dad has a soft spot for them... Not hard to see why, either. Our original sierra estate was an A reg, 1983 or something like that. It was a 1600cc base model, and to be honest, I wasn't too keen on it. That was until the 1.6 litre engine finally gave up at around 200,000 miles and was replaced by a 2 litre granada engine. To this day, I still cannot believe the improvement in performance this created. It went like stink, this was due to the higher geared rear diff that were present on the 1.6 litre cars. Coupled with a two litre lump, this made for impressive acceleration and a top speed of around 115 mph. Dont forget, this engine was even older than the car itself... It wasn't long after this that the car failed another MOT and the rust damage was not worth repairing. The car went to the scrappers for a tenner, which I found very sad as it was a fast motor. Our next investment was into a 1.8 litre estate. However, this car had many problems that were not apparent when we bought it and we soon offloaded it on some other unsuspecting gimp. Our final sierra estate, the one we have to this day, has been going strong for 6 years now, and although the 2 litre DOHC engine is smokey, it still delivers the goods without fail. It has to be said, the MT75 gearbox is shot, and it has been for all the time we have had it. However, it still hasnt given up totally. The suspension on the car is totally knackered too but that doesnt bother us when we are tanking along the motorway at over 100 mph. Not bad for a car thats not worth a tenner to any scrap yard. The car has never had any major faults in the whole time we have had it. The timing chain was noisy after about 90,000 miles but that was sorted before any damage was caused. Other than that, and a noisy exhaust that is on its last legs, there is nothing wrong with the car, apart from heaps
of rust and central locking that works when it feels like it... and not in the rain! A total bargain, as a car like this will cost you about £100 now and a good example will set you back no more than around £600.
After selling my Mondeo TD, I was after a car that would get me around from A to B cheaply, while still offer a decent specification. After hunting up and down the columns in the autotrader I decided that a high spec Sierra would do the trick.There aint many cars I havenot had and I liked my previous Sierra about 6 years ago. However the police seem to like it as well and I was always getting stopped. I had first decided on a Turbo diesel, I know there are slow and very heavy to drive without power steering. The first example I looked at was advertised for £700 and it had power steering on a H Plate. The car was decribed as a mint example and the owner would siad in the advert that a RAC or AA inspection was welcome. The owner said it was given up the car on health grounds, so i thought this is the car for me before I even saw it. First impressions of the car where good, a slightley off colour front wing ( a New wing had been fitted at some time) two just legal tyres and an engine with so much back pressure it was fit for scrap(back pressure is were the cylinders and/or piston rings are worn excessively and compression is lost in the cylinder which escapes into the main part of the engine.If you pull the dipstick slightley out and notice it is puffing smoke, then the engine is worn. The easier it is to see the smoke the worse the wear is).Back pressure on a diesel is bad as lack of compression will make it hard to start and as well as that the exhaust smoke was bad were reveved. The owner had came down to £350 after my offer of £300 which gave me the money to pay for a replacement engine. But I decined the offer after he reveved the engine as he was slightly unset with me by this time and I noticed a big start across the Turbo. This completely put me off and I left. Next I came across a J reg dull metallic blue 2.0GTI estate which looked rather sad in my local car dealers which had been a part exchange.The asking price of £550
seem a little high, but she was tax and tested. Things that where wrong included a blowing exhaust, the exhaust was new but required the joints bodging.A tailgate that didnot lock due to the lock rusting away whcih required welding. I haggled with them and drove the car away for the bargain price of £325.She had all the toys which included PAS and unmarked Alloys with Mint tyres...Yippey.The car came up a shiney colour when slightly polished. The interior is clean and everything works except the radio and the paperwork shows only two owners from new. The car drove nice until you hit 50mph and the car shook very badly that it was unsafe to drive. After testing the rear drive train for excessive wear my friend touched a tyre and give out a cry, problem found!!! One tyre had a bulge on the tread which had resulted in the steel wire caseing coming out of the rubber. One new tyre for £17.00 and she was back in business. Ive now had the car for 1 month, she slightley smokey when hot, but this is normal for 2.0 DOHC engines. the rest of the car is spot on and I can honestly say shes a bit of a bargain.I will use her for 3 to 6 months and then valet her and hopefully sell her for a profit. The car is nice and smooth and averages around 26mpg around the doors and insurance is a group 12. The power steering is still a bit heavy.Space inside the car is massive with it being an estate. Stay away from buying any basic Sierra, unless in first class condtiona and it was made from 1990 onwards when where changed. Make sure it was not had a hard life, excessive worn interiors etc. And stay away from Ex taxis unless the prices is cheap. Prices for work and spares for this size of car are cheap.A bargain of a car if your looking for something about £700
About 6 months ago i was in search for a new car but i didnt have much money. To my surprise i found a brand new looking sierra sapphire classic 1.6 for £800 in a garage foecourt. I bought it and i wasa surprised at the comfort and condition of it. It was a 1990 H registration but as i said it looked like new. Someone had definately looked after this one. I paid £800 for the Sierra, and I hardly had to do anything to it, apart from replacing the fan belt and battery in the last 4 months. Nothing too expensive. It has never broke down on me apart from one time a spark plug lead had torn. The car itself is very spacious, as you can get a lot in it. The main things i like about it is the comfort, fuel economy and the room. It is almost as roomy as the BMW i once owned. The seats are like sitting in an armchair at home. The suspension can seem a little soft at times but compared to some other cars it is fine. Talking about the fuel economy, it has been known to travel from Ballantrae where i live, in south ayrshire, to Edinburgh centre and back, without using the motorways, on only £20. It can be quite noisy with the squeaky plastic dash board but you soon get used to it and the engines can run to over 200,000 miles with a little oil burning, but it is one of the most reliable and comfortable cars i have ever owned. Although the sapphire classic isnt as stylish as some of the other models such as the 2.0 Turbo cosworth they are still very popular, probably because of the cheaper insurance. No matter where you go in britain you will always see one somewhere. They are very popular as taxi's so just be careful that if you buy one that it hasn't got too many miles on the clock, they are usually well looked after but every car only lasts so long before it gives up.
As the owner of three Sierras over the years, I have to say that the Ghia estate was the finest. I spent good money on one a few years ago, and found it to be quality and class. The 2.0i Ghia model was characteristic with it's roof rails and pepperpot alloy wheels, and the unmistakable ghia insignia. The ride was smooth and certain, as was the handling. The gear change solid and convincing along with the acceleration. The stereo, as with most Ford stereos, was exceptional for the day, and provided many hours of great sounds. My Ghia came in mercury metallic, a popular colour, with smooth velour trim on the inside. It was great on the motorway, with good fuel consumption, approx.40 mpg, and had the most comfortable seats. My model lacked air-con, an optional extra I could have done with in the sweltering summer of 1996. Nonetheless, with pas and sunroof I enjoyed summer driving anyway, it was a pleasure. There aren't so many around these days, but if you find one they are usually snapped up quickly. There are more refined cars on the road now, but I will always remember when the Sierra Ghia was one of the most desired family cars of the time. I'm glad I owned such a fine example.
I have had my F-reg Ford Sierra (1.8 LX) for just under 2 years now, passed on from my dad. Dad serviced the car at least once a year and it really shows. I got some stick for having my "cheesy salesman's" car as I am a student but I don't care! The car had done about 80 000 thousand miles when I got it (now it's almost 120 000) but despite that I have never had a day's trouble with it. Despite being old and having an automatic choke it always starts and loves motorway driving, which is good as I mostly use the car for going away at weekends etc rather than in-town driving. Living in Bristol means that you can't drive much round town anyway! The central locking system and all electrics still work even after 12 years and the car still has a luxurious feel. The only criticism of the car is that the bodywork does tend to rust. However if you are looking for a good, cheap large second hard car, I would very much recommend the Sierra, it is a pleasure to drive and lasts well.
I had a Sierra 2.0GL Estate until about 3 months ago, when someone decided to run into the back of it! The car was a 1987 (D) model, and I had it 4 years. I bought it at auction as it had been broken into and the radio stolen and locks damaged. I wanted to get a cheaper car as I was sick of depreciation on £2000+ cars I had bought in the past. I paid £700 for the Sierra, and I hardly had to do anything to it, in the 4 years I had it. Just the usual, battery, alternator, tyres, exhaust etc...which didn't cost to much as I'm a mechanic. It passed the MOT first time every year, and never broke down on me. The estate is very useful, as you can get a lot in it. We used to go camping and got all the gear in without needing a trailer. Then we progressed to a caravan and it towed it okay. It was fairly lively, compared to some cars. My father has a '95 Mondeo 1.8 and my old Sierra used to leave it standing when we used to go out together for the day. Especially when we hit a large bank. (The Mondeo 1.8 seems a bit underpowered). The suspension can be a bit wallowy if pushed hard into corners, but if driven briskly without pushing it, it is fine. Fuel economy isn't too bad, but drops considerably when towing. Basically a good, cheap, reliable car.
I'm not a high flier as yet, so the cheap and road worthy rules apply. This is not so bad as the Ford Sierra models are both of these and more. The space is good for those large objects or the yearly clear out tip runs. I have a Sierra 1.8, it is reliable and the engine purs like a kitten! The main problem can be a bit of rusting to under the window seals, if remedied quickly it can cause no problems to the car. I know that the Mondeo took over from the sierra, but i don't really like the cars. Although the car is comfort lined, it just seems smaller and as for the engine; i've left them behind at the lights! So all in all the Seirra is the perfect young working mans/family car. The parts are cheap and the advantages are good.
As a car trader I have driven many cars in the past. The Sierra is very reliable and parts are very cheap. If you want a cheap car that's reliable then this is the one. A lot of people tend to go for cheap Japanese cars but in my opinion these are expensive to maintain and not sturdy enough. If buying a Sierra then check that it hasn't been a mini-cab all it's life. Check the back seat has not collapsed and mega mileages really. These cars can easily manage 100k and more, my Dad has an 89 F-ref 1.8 LX, done 150,000 miles and still going strong. Only thing it fails the MOT on is a bit of welding underneath each time, other than that it's fine. If anyone is thinking of buying a car soon then I would be happy to guide them in the right direction. Anyway, take my word for it. BigLee
I have been driving seirras for about the last five years now, and I am crying that I have write in the past models page!! They are indestructable, drive for ever and will very rarely let you down. I had to change from a nice white hatchback to a sapphire about three years ago because the ford problem occured, yes it was nicked!! Who would want a six year old car with 110,000 miles I do not know, but obviously some one with taste!!! I got a red saph which had 60k on it and now has 120k in the last 3 years, and nearly all of it has been hassle free. They are a great family car, and certainly now if you have limited funds, you can pick up a great bargain. I must admit when this one finally dies (hopefully in about another 3 years) I will probably upgrade to the Mondeo, another ford I like driving.