BUY­ING TIPS

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Ford put a bewil­der­ing col­lec­tion of en­gines and specs into Sier­ras over the years, so check which one you’re get­ting. Pinto units are re­li­able and long-last­ing, given reg­u­lar oil and cam­belt changes.

Ear­lier gear­boxes can be notchy and jump out of gear, whereas post-1989 cars have a stronger ‘box. Watch out for worn MacPher­son struts, coil springs, and front sus­pen­sion bushes.

Make sure that your Sierra isn’t about to be sac­ri­ficed to rust, be­cause the sills, whee­larches and boot floor can all suf­fer ter­mi­nal tin worm. And re­place­ment plas­tic mould­ings are get­ting rare.

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