This is the Ford Puma Thunder in Moondust. It is on a 51 plate. It is the second Puma we've owned. Previously we had a 1.7-litre Lux pack in red which was my wife's car. We regretted selling it, so now have this as a third fun car. I originally wanted the Thunder, and then saw this one on ebay with one lady owner from new and 13,650 miles on teh clock. That was in April 2007 and I drove 200 miles to view it and then snapped it up. The drive is outstanding and the car is fully equiped. After a full service, cambelt change, a little attention from Dent and Chipsaway and a full valet, it's now pristine again and my wife is very happy.
I have just recently purchased an 02 plate 1.7 in red with 38,000 miles.
Around a year ago I started looking for a new car, and as I am a bit of a Ford girl (owning an Escort at the time), I considered a Puma.
I let my head rule my heart and after considering sensible things like fuel economy and insurance I ended up with a Citroen C3 and hated it for a whole year.
I have had my Puma for only 10 days and absolutely love it. I could kick myself for not getting one sooner.
The handling is superb and I have never driven anything that is as much fun (well, maybe my husband's Mitsubishi Evo 5...). It is a funky looking car that still turns heads and has not dated.
I have been lucky to get one in such good condition also and am looking forward to many years of happy motoring. I would recommend it to anyone under around 5 foot 10!
I bought my 2000 Puma about 2 years ago and I absolutely love it. It had quite low mileage (37k) for 5 years old. I drive to work every day and evry day I arrive feeling exhilirated. The handling is absolutely superb - I read a review saying it was like driving a go-kart and that's exactly what it's like. Sure it has well documented problems - the water running into the boot when you open it, odd spots of rust (though I've got none),etc, but I haven't had any problems with it mechanically at all and I give it a very hard time indeed! The only thing I can think of is a slightly sticky reverse gear. On space - well I've had 4 adults in it many times with no complaints. It's not too bad on fuel either given how hard I drive it.
All in all it's a brilliant car. For the money it's unbelievable and it holds its value. I won't be parting with mine for some time to come!
I bought this car new, and had it all kitted out. First the good points - it's great looking, very responsive, fun to drive and solidly built.
The poor vision I can live with, but the rest is bad - it has a poor brake system - you've got to stamp on the pedal really hard. The electric window repeatedly jammed. The sensor switch malfunctioned in less than two years. The uneven metallic paint job was reprayed under warranty, but eventually faded out and the problem resumed.
There are also noisy wipers - these are also a recurrent problem. Rains pour in from the window and the boot, and air won't stop blowing from the foot position no matter which position you choose.
I've also had extremely obnoxious customer service at Ford, therefore my next car shall be a Japanese car, because the people at Nissan was ever so nice and efficient, and the cost of repair was neglible.
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