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Ford Puma (1997 - 2001)

reviewed by Anonymous on 9 March 2018
reviewed by hhdysjlyfgcc on 18 April 2016


reviewed by Xvolvo on 7 June 2014
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Fabulous Fun. Loves bends.

If you're thinking of buying one of these, there are 4 varieties: 1.4 (you will wish you had the 1.7); the 1.6, (around 102BHP, this engine was slipped into bodies to finish off production in 2001); the 1.7 (this engine was produced by Yamaha, puts out 125 BHP and is the commonest); and the Racing Puma (also 1.7 but tuned to give around 165BHP.) The latter are relatively rare and expensive.

The Puma weighs in at about 1.065 Tonnes and so the BHP/ton is basically, the engine's output.

The varieties were the Black, The Millennium (only produced in bright yellow), the Thunder (the end of the range and, as usual all the accessories were thrown at it.) Basically, they were the same but with varying levels of trim: all seem to have a well laid out dash and a good stereo/CD player; most have electric windows and many air-conditioning.

It is a 4 seater - allegedly - but the back seats are better suited to smaller passengers. Those rear seats fold (some split, some not) but the boot is surprisingly deep, though the lip is very high.

Economy is not bad at all. Driving it like a lunatic will give you about 35mpg and normally 45mpg.

The driving position is good with plenty of leg and headroom.

But why buy one? This car really loves to perform and it does it well. The rev counter has no red line and the Puma sticks to the road as if it were on rails. The close-ratio gearbox allows it to tootle along at 30mph in 5th, or hit 100 in 4th. It is a joy to drive. 0-60 in 8 seconds or drive to the supermarket. Whiz round bendy roads or cruise along a motorway at an effortless 70.

If you want a car to bring a genuine smile to your face and you don't want to pay huge amounts; if you want a practical, economic runabout that is not expensive to insure, then this is what you want.

Did I mention that it is comfortable, quiet, well-behaved? It is.

As I said, these cars went out of production 13 years ago. They have a few problems: rusty read wheel arches, some rust on the floorpan, ingress of water; oil leaks but the engines are really well made and the gearbox rarely gives problems. But think about it: you buy a £10,000 car and, in a year, you have lost £2,000: even the most expensive repair will never cost anything like that in a Puma. If you are at all practically minded, most jobs on the car are simple and there's plenty of help on the net.

I bought this car as a bridge between two sensible newer cars: when I buy my new one, I'm going to keep this Puma as a pet.

Depending upon your luck you can buy a Puma 1.7 with 12 months MOT for about £500 upwards. Good examples range from £1200 to £3000. Racing Pumas start around £2500 to £6000.

The youngest Puma is now 12 years old and all will show signs of wear. The good news is that Fiesta/Ka parts fit and are cheap.

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