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    Thumbs Up Ford puma

    Have been driving the gfs puma for about 3 weeks now and just wanna say what a great car it is! Someone even came up to me today in the car park and started complimenting it (never happened with the astra lol )!

    Its only the 1.4 but still nippy enough especially if only one person in the car. Sits at 90mph no probs even with couple of passengers. Gearbox is sweet with nice metal ball gearstick.

    Handling is awesome, possibly one of the best handling fwd cars I've ever driven in fact.

    Great on fuel even with a lead foot - I did a 220 mile round trip on 20 quids worth of fuel!

    Interior is comfy and I really like the lay out and design of the dash.

    Easy to drive and park around town.

    Cheap parts.

    And possibly one of the best bits for me which was totally unexpected...

    You can fit 2 mountain bikes in the back!!

    The only slight downsides are that its slightly girly (although ours is black which is better) and there is a sizeable blind spot.

    Im definitely going to be keeping it on the road even when the astras back next month so i can use it for the daily slog.

    Would love a go in a 1.7 or even better a 1.7 racing. Anyone ever driven one of these? Has also got me wondering about some other Fords like Fiesta ST....
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    Yep, the are funky little cars for the reasons you have given. Made the Tigra seem rather crude in comparison.

    I've driven both the 1.7 and the Racing and while the racing is the better car for the press on driver, I didn't think the extra cost over a regular 1.7 was worth it (this was on the 2nd hand market).
    I was looking at them a couple of years ago so maybe the gap between them price wise 2nd hand is different now and the 'Racing' more viable?

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    the racing puma is very over priced now but they are a nice car with a good spec

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    Did a lot of reading up on these a while ago when the g/f was interested

    Overall, there wasn't really a bad word said about them it seemed.

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    My mate used to have a racing puma and was a cracking little car. Stuck to the road like you know what to a blanket. Its by far the best handeling car ive ever been in!! Couldnt believe the way it went round corners. The only thing that let it down in my eyes was the power. It was nippy but for a "RACING" puma i was expecting it to be a little more special on the power front. Should have been Turbo'd IMO but hey still a nice motor.
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    I myself wanted a ford puma but insurance was ridicolous!

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    I keep trying to persuade the mrs to sell hers and buy the 1.7 lol she's having none of it though unfortunatley Apparently they give the same sort of mpg as the 1.4.

    Tbh probably a good thing its not the 1.7 as I've had a bit of look around pumaspeed etc and theres quite a few tasty tuning packages around for that engine. I've already got one very big tuning moneypit dont think my bank balance could handle 2 lol
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    I used to have the yellow millenium puma i still to this day say its the best car ive ever had.

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    i remember having ago of the racing puma i was abit dissapointed tbh
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    Cracking little cars to drive, sadly most seem to be getting quite rusty these days. I don't know what it is with ford - I've seen some 52 plate Fiestas covered in rust!
    Previous Astras: 1994 Cesaro 1.8 16v | 2002 SXi 1.6 16v | 2001 Coupé 2.0 Turbo | 1999 LS 1.6 16v
    Other Vauxhalls: 2001 Vectra 1.8 16v| 2003 Vectra GSi 3.2 V6 | 2005 Signum CDTi 150

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