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FORD PUMA Coupe 1997‑2002
109 owner reviews for FORD PUMA Coupe 1997‑2002
One of the best cars that I have driven!
FORD PUMA 1.7i 16V Thunder 3dr (Review date: 5th January '14)
This is one of the best cars that I have driven. It is so responsive, loves corners and roundabouts, its fun to let cars pass you on the straight and be ahead again at the next roundabout and without effort, I have a Thunder, one of the last made and the leather seats make it easy for my aged aunt to get in and out. Also the heated front windscreen is a boon during the winter, no more scraping! I can't understand the reviewer who only gets 18mpg? Does he ever change out of first gear? I regular get well over 40mpg and even managed 47once when I drove it deliberately to see what it would do and this is in a car that has done over 130,########. Regular servicing and oil changes help to maintain this performance and luckily I have a friend who can do this for me. Just two gripes, the rear wheel arches rust, I had these fixed by a local garage for under 300 pounds and there has been no reoccurrence in three years, also the rear parcel shelf is a pain, strange in a car that is generally so good, but I am going to try the tip from one of the earlier contributors.
FORD PUMA 1.7i 16V 3dr (Review date: 7th September '13)
Due to a change of circumstances I needed a cheap runaround and having been used to a DS3 150bhp DSport I was at a loss of what to have that might even come close with an older car. Hubby is a petrol head and suggested the Puma. We have been lucky enough to find a one owner 1.7 model with FSH and only 38k miles on the clock. Yep, there still out there if you look and are lucky. He drove it for the first 6 weeks and commutes 80 miles a day to work and we also had some longer journeys planned so ## miles were put on the ##### ## that time. The Puma managed this effortlessly after having had an easy time of it with the previous owner. 'She' has now become my pride and joy and summing up my review in 3 little words... I love her! This car handles equally as well if not better than my previous car with none of the tram lining that makes a car feel as though it is floating on the road and in turn not stable. The Puma communicates perfectly with the driver and in an instant makes you feel as though you have been driving it forever. In short, it feels safe, but also is great fun. Fuel consumption is good, hubby was averaging 44mpg and pottering about I am achieving 35mpg which we consider to be excellent as neither of us hang around when we drive. Insurance costs for us are minimal but the tax is higher. Do I care about that? No, because the pros of this little car far outweigh the cons.
That said, the Puma is not without it's issues. Ford, for some reason used carpet rear wheel arch liners?? and this has caused rust problems with many. They can however be removed and replaced with adapted plastic ones from other Fords and this is what we plan to do as I want the car to stay in pristine condition and keep longer term. It is important that the cam belts are also changed as per schedule. Clutches seem to be a regular replacement also but that is possibly because the Puma is a real driver's car and therefore driven accordingly.
To conclude, this may be an older car but it still looks slick and if you find a good example that has been taken care of you will realise how wisely you have invested what will be little cash compared to the costs of many other cars and end every journey with a smile on your face.
FORD PUMA 1.7i 16V 3dr (Review date: 3rd September '13)
For years I'd pretty much ignored Ford Pumas, but was looking for a more interesting alternative to a hatchback. From the moment I first drove my Puma, I fell in love. Superb handling and quite sufficient power (1.### to have fun on winding country lanes, combined with great build quality - mine is a 99T and still performs like a car half its age. I was lucky enough to pick-up a low miler. Try one - you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Ford Puma 1.7 - a sheer pleasure to drive
FORD PUMA 1.7i 16V 3dr (Review date: 23rd February '13)
I bought this X 2000 car as a temporary cheap runaround in 2011 and cannot bring myself to sell it. It is now a 3rd car but on loan to a friend who was carless after her car died. All it has needed was a service and timing belt change at purchase and I've not spent a penny since bar my cousin fixing the rust on the two rear wheel arches. Suits a single person or couple with one small child.
(1) Drives like a go-kart and the handling is faultless. Its the best handling car that I have ever driven. Wet roads pose no issue.
(2) I hate manual cars generally as I am not good at changing gears so prefer automatics but this is a sheer pleasure to drive. Best manual gear box I have encountered and this is a 13 year old car.
(3) The 1.7 engine is sheer joy to listen to as it revs and when you stop it gurgles like a mini V6 ( sounds like its saying keep going baby). I always finished a journey with a smile.
(4) Surprisingly economical for such a nippy, gutsy engine.
(5) Still looks modern and turn heads all the time.
(6) Everything works bar Radio/ CD occasionally won't come on.
(7) Decent boot size for a small coupe.
(1) Parcel shelf kept dropping off - simple fix is to use pliers or your teeth and squeeze or bite each eye as tightly as possible without breaking it and it will stay on the hook after that. Believe me it works.
(2) After driving a Volvo V70 I found the interior and plastics to be a bit cheap and bits coming apart but the dashboard, white dials and metal gear knob add a bit of style. Its a shame that the interior does not match the exterior.
(3) Radio/CD sounds limp and tinny. Speaker upgrade would help.
(4) Shame on Ford that the Puma rear wheel arches rust so badly. It ruined the look of my car but my cousin did a good job on fixing that and I paid less than I normally would for the repair as it was a relative.
(5) One rear light mists up in rain and and now has internal film of grime on one side that makes it dull.
(6) Folding side mirrors will break off if folded too often.
Despite the Cons the Puma is generally a great car for £850 that has lost none of its value. A sheer pleasure to drive but seats feel a bit uncomfortable after several hours. Ford - bring back the Puma!!!!!!
2002 puma 1.7 16v
FORD PUMA 1.7i 16V 3dr (Review date: 6th February '13)
owned our puma for 3 1/2 years never had a problem 100% reliable only money we had to spend other than servicing was small plate of welding underneath cost £60 which is bl**dy good as it had done130k, great fun to drive, fuel economy wasn't bad returning around 30 mpg , sold it without telling other half (big big mistake) about a month ago, now looking for another one but now looking for a thunder with leather ..........must admit i miss it too
The MPG reduces drastically after 10 years 35 mpg to 18mpg
FORD PUMA 1.7i 16V 3dr (Review date: 29th August '12)
I have just bought a Ford Puma 1.7 16 V, I got the cam belt and timing belt changed at 100000 miles, but the car still giving me 18 mpg. It's not that I am driving it fast or whatever, I have never driven a car so slow than this before, just to save fuel and still giving me 18 mpg. Some people are telling me that it's normal for a car that is of that age, only ten year old. Ford Puma could have been a better car when was new or less than 50 000 miles on the clock but not at 100 000 miles. Buy this car if want 63 miles from £20 of fuel. I am making a great lost using this car. I have just bought it for £ 900 and changed the belts for £315. Not worth it, there are so many good cars out there. I am going to sell it very soon.
What a Dream
FORD PUMA 1.7i 16V 3dr (Review date: 10th May '12)
I've owned one of these for 5 years. It has been such a pleasure to drive and I still can't get over how slick the shape of the car is.
So easy to park, responsive and powerfull when you need it to be.
No problems with the cluch or gearbox. Still drives like new even after being on the road for 12 years. Absolute dream.
FORD PUMA 1.7i 16V 3dr (Review date: 7th March '12)
Owned the Puma for around 6 months and did 2k in that time.
Considering its just a 1.7 engine, and essentially a Fiesta underneath, its surprisingly quick and agile! Sense of speed is definitely greater than actual speed but it’s still fun! Handling is excellent and you can really throw it about. Tyres grip the road very well and the steering through the chunky little wheel is very responsive.
Interior is pretty decent too. White dials are a nice touch, as is the chrome gear knob. Seats could’ve been a bit more sporty and shaped if you ask me, but the ones supplied are still comfortable. The only downside is the driving position. The seat is too far off the ground. I’d have preferred the seat to be a lot lower, giving it more of a sports car feel. I’m not tall and my head almost touched the roof so for anyone over 5ft 10, this would be an issue.
Back seats are also a token gesture, not big enough to accommodate anyone over the age of 12!
Boot is big though.
Mpg was not amazing, yet still pretty good. Lots of short journeys and coupled with blasts down country lanes (to enjoy the handling!) meant it never got much past 35.
Reliability was spot on, didn’t have any issues with it whatsoever. Rear wheel arches tend to rust but ours never had this problem.
Definitely would recommend this car. Quick, nimble and fun to drive yet also pretty cheap to run and reliable. That’s a good combination!
Mr John Goldsboro
FORD PUMA 1.6 3dr (Review date: 23rd February '12)
For anyone that is looking for cheap affordable fun, look no further
than the Ford Puma. The handling, driving pleasure and sheer enjoyment are breathtaking. You may be considering something modern for moderns sake such as a TT or 3 Series, they just do not come close though. My car is the 1.6 version, and yes in a straight line bigger engined cars will drop you, lead them to the twisty stuff though and say good bye to that TT badge in your rear view mirror. It returns close to 40 mpg however I drive and has been utterly reliable, my only expense being new plugs and air filter at £14 all in. Front end a bit twitchy in the wet but that is down to cheap tyres fitted by previous owner, soon to be rectified. Very comfortable, very affordable and should be close to the top of your list, if just for a test drive.