I had the Saffire saloon with 1.8 CFH engine from almost new in 1991. 1 electrical fault which Fords new about and corrected. Then it ran for years without any trouble until 2004 when the needle bearing at the rear end of the crankshaft broke up and locked the engine and gearbox together bypassing the clutch. While I was sorting this out I completely cleaned & rebuilt the engine and fitted a new clutch complete, even thouth the engine work was not really necessary it seemed a good idea at the time. 2004 I sold the car to my Sister/Brother in law, still passing mot's & with only minimal problems less than expected with vehicles 16 years old and heading towards 150,000miles.
Built to last, Rear wheel drive, Resembles the Cortinas.
Without ABS they do tend to skid to a halt.
Reviewing a 1990 model.
1.8 CFH Saffire Saloon
Owned for more than 5 years.
Hi! I'm from JHB, SOUTH AFRICA. I own a 1990 Ford Sapphire 3.0 GLX. Previously i owned a VW Golf2 2.0 16v with a 307kw (at wheels) conversion. Now its time for a new project. I am looking at increasing performance. Any suggestions regarding carburation, cams etc? Or any other mods? Or links to places where I can acquire this info.
i own a sierra sapphire azura (last ever built)and this is the best ive ever had.to be honest i would of brought a sapphire cosworth but with them knocking on a bit you dont really know what your buying but with this car i did -remained in the family. its a 1.8 cfi cvh and the body work is mint cond with the original alloys. the engines in need of a recon but the car will be soon a cossie look a like. sierras rule. happy motoring:)
i own a 1988 rwd saff cossie.it's running 380 bhp.green injector's rs500 intercooler,3 bar map sensor,bayjoo chip.it's crystal blue.and i've owned rs fiesta,and a escort turbo.but this one really put's a smile on my face. simon leeds....
Just brought a '92 J Red GLS DOHC hatch, great car, no rust, brought it for £495 with 95k on the clock, goes like stink can play sideways with ease in the wet, little more effort needed in the dry :). It needs a service and thats about it really, good fun cheap car!
I have owned two sierra's. The first one I owned was a monster of a beast. It was the sierra XR6 which I owned in South Africa it had the good old essex engine in it which was rebored to a 3.4. The fuel consumption was terrible but man was it a hatch eater. When I sold the car there where tears comming out of my eyes. Now I own a 1.6 lazer a real let down to the previous but it has some advantages, really good fuel cosumption and still the comfortable ride as before. I love my sierra's and am now on the lookout for a 2.9 XR 4x4.
And let us not forget the monster that South Africa brought out, The good The bad the XR8.
I Have owned my sierra for the last 3 years i bought her for £250 with 130,000 on the clock ran her for 6 months till MOT then cost about £250 to go thru which consisted of 2 bottom arms and a full set of alloys with brand new tyres.
I have recently taken her off from her duty as a taxi which she has been doing for the last 2 1/2 years. she now has 503,000 miles on the clock with the original 2.3D engine in place and running sweet.
In her time as a taxi she has needed the following, 1 gearbox, 1 clutch, 2 new brake calipers, 4 rear wheel cylinders, 8 bottom arms, 1 steering rack + the regular wear and tear items (tyres, disc's, pads, shoes etc)and a lot of tlc.
anyone else out there with an example as travelled as mine. (especially with the original engine)
The sierra was a great car when it came out and can still hold its own today.
I've always had Sierras since I passed my test 5 years ago always looking for a two litre in good nick but no joy.I currently have a J-Plate 1.8 GLX Auto. The woman I bought the car from would not part with it at first, only doing so when her hubby bought her a new Focus.The car is immaculate, easily the best I've had.Don't let the auto put you off either,it's a joy and not that slow either.No oil burning at 99000 miles.This one has power steering fitted(honestly!)Don't buy one without it.No chick magnet but well worth the £900 I paid 3 yrs ago FFSH.
Just one problem at moment,does anyone know why I would have to replace the ignition coil twice in 6 months?Any help greatly appreciated.
I BOUGHT A RED SAPPHIRE 2.3DL FOR £150 BACK IN 1999 AND I HAD IT FOR 3 MONTHS OR SO, DID OVER 3000 MILES & LOVED THE CAR AND WISH ID NEVER SOLD IT! IT GAVE OUT HEALTHY REEK WHEN FIRST STARTED IN THE MORNING, SPAT OIL ALL OVER THE PLACE AND NEVER BROKE DOWN. IN THE END IT USED 5 LITRES OF OIL A WEEK SO I TOOK IT TO THE AUCTIONS & GOT £130. RIP G151WAS (UNLESS URE STILL AROUND?!)
Like Taff I own a sierra 1.8 estate. Use it for same purpose except towing. Brilliant reliable car starts first time and goes like a rocket.But alas some idiot in a POLO crashed into 2 walls along side the drive.The walls and the POLO destroyed the front end near side and the door.POLO squashed.Mine I drove her home rattling like hell. When the insurance is clear ill get another one. Cheap but strong and reliable
FAO Bobby C. If your happy driving a piece of Jap c.....p that's up to you. But you will never know the feeling of well being that owning and driving a Chasseur brings. Hunter by name ...Hunter by nature!
I currently have a J reg !.8 Chasseur estate. What a car! Bags of room, no fuss or frills-does exactly what it says on the tin!! Years of happy cheap motoring. Thankyou Ford and up yours all the mickey takers.
currently own two sierra sapphires 2 ltr gls and a 2ltr glsi what brilliant cars picked both up for less than 500 quid both with 70k on the clock ienjoy using these cars so much i have just got hold of a sierra gt 2ltr what power this car has am not sure of the history of the gt cars can anyone help with some info
i own a sierra sapphy 1.8lx (h reg), had it for free, as it needed a clutch...it now stands me £25!! i am putting a set of xr4x4 alloys on it this week and as soon as me m8 puts a 2.9cossie lump in his, i will be going to scrappy for a granny 2.9 rwd box, and that spare 2.9 will be in this!! fink a set of cossie front brakes and a rear disc axle wil be in order.... might leave the 1.8lx badging on it though.....:)
Bought a J reg 1.8 Chasseur from auction 2 years ago,cost £220.it's flown through 2 mot's, never let me down and all its cost me is tyres and oil changes. I took a bit of stick from my mates at the time of purchase,but theres been a few late night phone calls asking me if i can pack em up " cos there cars broken down " (all of em on finance) So to all you doubters and sceptics....UP YOURS
Owned for 2 years.
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