Ford Capri Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1990 Ford Capri 1.6 single cam

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 single cam Manual
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

An enjoyable car for Ford enthusiasts

Faults:

Front right hand side pop up light would not work.

Dash electrics have failed twice over the time I have owned the vehicle.

Water pump broke within six months of purchasing car.

Gearstick has collapsed twice.

Currently the gear stick is beginning to rattle again.

Engine tappets are making noise.

General Comments:

An enjoyable car to drive and especially in summer (if you live on the coast). Parts can be expensive as a cracked tail light cost me $800 dollars from the Ford dealer.

A bit of money can turn this car into a head turner; although the single cam engine is reliable, the problem is that the engine is slow to accelerate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd August, 2009

1989 Ford Capri XR2 Turbo B6T

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission B6T Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance225000 kilometres
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Hmmm an 89 model, could this be an early "built Ford tough" prototype?

Faults:

Typical cracked exhaust manifold (replaced before problem.

Trim/body falling apart.

General Comments:

2.5' turbo back exhaust, very good dyno tune (S&S racing sunshine west Victoria Australia) unknown engine internals, but 106kw at wheels on 13psi.

It has taken out a bug eyed WRX, s13 turbo Silvia, R32 golf, BA XR8 Falcon; this is a mid 13 sec car!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st October, 2007

1991 Ford Capri 1.6 turbo

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1600000 kilometres
Most recent distance1650000 kilometres

Summary:

Quick for a cheap car

Faults:

The headlights bulb broke numerous times.

The gearbox fell through.

The alternator isn't working properly.

General Comments:

It is a rather sporty car for the time and certainly for a 1600cc turbo fwd car. It is quick around the corners and gets to 100km/h in about 6.5 seconds which is smiler tho the Lotus Elan. The only bad things about the car are really that it is fwd and can't get quick take off and that the parts are starting to fall apart, break etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2006

1991 Ford Capri 1.6 DOHC

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres

Summary:

A rattlebox

Faults:

Shock absorbers at front played up.

Driver's window regulator motor packed up at 160km.

Clock light stopped working.

Many rattles.

General Comments:

Totally gutless car, much worse than I had expected. I usually drive autos because I hate manuals, but this car was seriously slow to go anywhere. Totally depressing to drive with the roof on as one rattle after another could be heard. Take the roof off and the car is a dream. Was a second car and could not bear to drive it at night or on cold days due to sluggish speed and non-stop rattles. No interior light or demister can frustrate with soft roof. Roof has tendency to tear at joins, was replaced once. A lot of interior trim components very cheap and fall off or start rattling. Very disappointed in the general build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th March, 2004

1974 Ford Capri GXL 3.0 V.6 petrol

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired57042 miles
Most recent distance60543 miles
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

A quick classic sports machine

Faults:

My points burnt out at 58,000 miles.

Some rust has recently appeared, under the vinyl roof.

My front wheel bearings required replacement at 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

My Capri is real fast, and holds the road like a new car.

For it's age this car is in mint condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th January, 2004

26th Jan 2004, 17:10

I agree it's a classic beauty, but watch out where her tail goes, when cornering in tight curves!!!

Don't you agree???

1989 Ford Capri

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance157000 kilometres
Previous carFord Capri

Summary:

The poor mans convertible

Faults:

I had to replace the radiator six months after buying the car.

It runs just like any old four cylinder car, and frankly I feel ripped off. I paid Australian $7,500 for what was basically a 13-year-old Ford Laser!!

Considering that is all they are - a ford laser, or a Mazda 323, why are the standard models so expensive? A used Ford Laser made in the same year as my Capri (89) would go for about Australian $3000.

The roof is unbelievably bad. The clips pop open whenever I go over a pot hole in the road.

The suspension is a shocker. I always feel like I am bouncing along on a rocky dirt road - and that is when I am driving in the city.

The locks on both doors have rusted inside, probably due to rain, and the key does not work in them anymore. As a result, I have to leave it unlocked at all times. Not a good idea.

My last Capri was far better performance wise. It was an 1992 XR2 Turbo and was very zippy indeed. However the roof was also a shocker, and the alternator belt went TWICE in the first three months, then a head gasket blew.

I would have kept the car - I loved it, especially the leather seats. But it was stolen.

Has anybody else had problems with the radio? In both my capris the reception was terrible - crackles and has lots of static. In both it was so bad I never use the radio and only listen to Cd's when driving. A friend who used to own one said she had the same problem.

General Comments:

Ford Capri's are only worth the money if you are going to spring for a Turbo model.

I have seen some around town that are really hotted up with sports bumper bars, alloy wheels, etc and they look really terrific.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th April, 2003

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews