Ford Puma 1.7
Coupe - Petrol
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Review of "Ford Puma 1.7"
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 VCTPower 125bhp Torque 116lb ft
Front suspension – MacPherson Struts, coil springs, lower wishbones, anti roll barBrakes – Ventilated discs/drums
Tyres – 195/50 R150-60mph 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:
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 explained 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:
Yahoo groups : pumapeople.
Product Information : Ford Puma 1.7
Manufacturer's product descriptionCoupe - Petrol
Body Type: Coupe
Fuel Type: Petrol
Range: Ford Puma
Range + Engine Type: Puma 1.7
Listed on Ciao since: 12/06/2000