I have owned my Puma just over a year now.
I bought it with 95,000 miles on the clock, which I was dubious about, but went ahead as it had a full service history.
I have had no major problems - recently the track rod ends had to be replaced but only cost £20.
It's good on petrol, low tax and insurance and I would definitely recommend it, but it's one for the ladies!
I am 5' 2" and feel a bit restricted, but overall it's a nice looking car.
The car is really great. I brought a one-year-old one in 2003 and kept it for four years. After that i part exchanged it and amazingly got £4500 for the car with 20,000 miles on the clock. Buy if you want a sporty car and great fun!
I owned a Ford Puma for four years. It was great fun to drive. There were a few design niggles, for instance water drips into the boot when opened in the rain, and I found the seats uncomfortable on long journeys, making my back ache.
In the four years I owned the car I had two faults: a radiator pipe burst and some ECU sensor was faulty. The sensor cost me £350 to repair at Ford, which I felt was steep at best.
i would have loved to have kept the car if I could have afforded my next without the part ex value as I believe it will become a future classic.
NB: The 1.7 is a must and the car has decent standard kit considering.
If buying a used version the winter kit, which includes clearing front screen, is great and worth holding out for.
My wife has owned this car for five years - it's a W (2000) reg. It only has 40,000 miles on the clock and has had no problems.
The only costs are for general servicing. It's great to drive and economical, ideal for going to and from work.
The only niggle is the parcel shelf, which seems to fall off at the end of every trip.
The car is highly recommended. The only difficulty is to work out which car to buy to replace it.
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