Written on: 25/09/2004 by eelpie (1 review written)
The engine, handling and low cost of ownership are great. The best looking modern day Ford bar none!
Dreadful brakes (actually caught fire once).
Interior trim build quality: I actually found a screwed up crisp packet (dating from the time the car was built) rolling around inside one of the doors!
Water leaking from behind the dash.
From purchasing this Ford Puma 1.7 sports car back in June 2003 my car has broken down once, leaked water from just about everywhere, almost caught fire, blown an exhaust, rattled and squeaked.
From this you may assume that I have not enjoyed my Puma, but you would be wrong. After finding a small lake of algae and mould under the passenger carpet I decided to start from scratch.
I stripped the car down inside removing all carpets and upholstery, all the internal wiring and crisp packets were removed. I then spent about £150 on sound deadening and silicone sealant, lined all the panels and re-sealed all the holes for wiring. The result no leaks and 90% of rattles gone.
My brakes caught fire and clutch assembly shattered after one good ragging, I decided it was time to upgrade them. Pumabuild or Pumaspeed are a good place to start, upgrade brakes to 2000 size EBC's, upgrade clutch and slave cylinder to Helix or AP Racing (about £1000 in all). This may seem like alot but I thrashed a lotus elise last week!
If you want a shopping car buy a KA, If you want a car that can embarrass cars costing 3 times as much buy a Puma. Don't bother with a 1.4 or 1.6 or "special edition" (such as Puma Black) the extras increase the weight too much. If you're loaded get a FRP (Ford Racing Puma) and have FUN!
ABOVE ALL REMOVE THE "FORD" FROM YOUR PUMA AND SHE'LL LAST WELL.