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Post by leeco » Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:07 pm

Hi everyone we are actively hunting down a puma , we used to own a millennium many years ago.
The car we are looking at is a 2001 with 24k on the clock and looks mint, its not cheap but I am guessing you have to pay for a rust free car?
This car is a 1.6 originally wanted the 1.7 is there a vast amount of difference reliability wise?
Thanks for all the help
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Post by Pumanick » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:53 pm

Hi and welcome. Good luck with the Puma search !
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Post by mad4jags » Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:26 am

Hi and welcome along.
The 1.6 Zetec is a decent engine which has been fitted to many a Fiesta and Focus and has proven to be very reliable over the years...the TiVCT unit fitted to my Focus has never let me down.
However the 1.7 is the engine that suits the Puma the best,it revs more freely than the asthmatic feeling 1.6 and it pulls harder lower down,having a decent slug of useable torque.This is where the 1.6 really lags behind.
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2002 1.7 Ford Puma Moondust Silver..."Bullet"
1999 1.7 Ford Puma Melina Blue...."Gizmo"

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Post by leeco » Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:20 am

Thanks for the replies
Am I right in saying it would have been the same engine as a 02 plate zetec s fiesta we used to own many years ago?
What would be a sensible price with 24k on the clock and just 2 owners with no rust
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Post by mad4jags » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:56 pm

Yes that's the same engine,essentially nothing wrong with it..just not the engine for the Puma..lol.
Price wise that's a difficult question.Prices are starting to creep up on the remaining clean examples,but they're not at the "desirable classic"status...yet.
Personally I wouldn't pay any more than £1500 for the car you're looking at..purely on the basis of it having the less desirable engine.
I think the original 1997-98 analogue dash models with the propeller wheels and fork mount rear shocks will be the ones to keep an eye on..a rust free,low mileage example would be worth tucking away IMO...although nearly impossible to find these days!!
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2000 1.7 Ford Puma Panther Black..answers to the name of "Bramble"
1998 1.7 Ford Puma Radiant Red..."Scarlett"
2002 1.7 Ford Puma Moondust Silver..."Bullet"
1999 1.7 Ford Puma Melina Blue...."Gizmo"

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Post by red » Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:21 am

Looking mint and being mint are very different things, over the years the things I've even seen described as mint have ended up being ropy.

The 1.6 shouldn't be any less reliable than the 1.7 and generally a bit more straightforward when it comes to cambelt change time due to the lack of VCT.

Value is a wide range anywhere between 1000-3000 I'd say depending on condition and service history
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