Ford Capri Reviews from North America

1991 Ford Capri

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired131000 miles
Previous carMercury Capri

Summary:

I like the car because with its relatively small engine, it is peppy and economical on gas

Faults:

My Capri had not been used for approximately 8 months. The gas tank had to be removed and replaced with a rust free one, and a new fuel pump.

The computer was bad and replaced with a used one.

Brakes were locked up from sitting, and we used a "C" clamp to push the brake pistons back to free the wheels to turn.

Alternator is apparently bad, and I have it off the engine, but am having trouble getting it out of the engine compartment. Not enough room!

I could not get the top down until I read several answers on how to do it. I release the top at the front by opening the two hold down handles, then lift front of the top slightly with left hand and push the rear of the top back toward the trunk until it slides out of the groove that retains it. Raise the section, the one with the window, up and lay it on the rearmost bow.

Open the storage compartment lid, using the lower release on the drivers door post. Open the storage cover all the way. Lower the top window into the storage compartment, and the rest of the top, until its almost in. IT WON'T GO ALL THE WAY DOWN UNTIL YOU MOVE THE ROUND TOP BOW CLOSEST TO THE FRONT OF THE CAR TO THE REAR!!! THE TOP CAN THEN BE LOWERED THE REST OF THE WAY INTO THE STORAGE COMPARTMENT. The secret is moving that front top bow to the rear. Then close the storage compartment lid and you're done.

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

Review Date: 27th October, 2008

1977 Ford Capri II 2.3

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1986
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carFord Ranchero

Summary:

Great looking car I would like to have again, and build a suitable powertrain from the ground up

Faults:

Catalytic converter died at about 80K.

Timing Belt died at about 90K.

Lost several transmissions (4) due to aggressive driving style of teenager.

Drivers seatback bolts bent/broke twice (faulty design).

Floor pan seams rusted / wore through at about 110K - welded back in place.

General Comments:

Fun, fabulous, good-looking car that has lots of potential.

As equipped by Ford, it's performance is lackluster.

Balance / feel of handling great, slight amount of under-steer at the limit.

Great visibility and easy to work on.

Parts tremendously expensive, due to German manufacturing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2006

1976 Ford Capri II 2.8

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1985
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles

Summary:

I'm a sucker for beautiful looking Babes like this Black Beauty

Faults:

The shift lever snapped at 36,000 miles.

The half-shafts in the rear differential started to leak at 50,000 miles.

The Electronic Control Module failed at 70,000 miles.

Electrical systems were always under par.

General Comments:

The looks on this car, Blacks S Cat Capri II were hot stuff in the mid to late 1970's.

It chirped between all gears when it had good compression (2.8 liter manual).

It was an excellent car to build up on -- headers, suspension, rims, etc.

The lack of these cars in California (easiest of all climates on autos) does demonstrate it's lack of durability though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2005

1974 Ford Capri GT 2.8 Cologne V6

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 Cologne V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

Classic styling, a Mustang for Europe

Faults:

The first transmission jammed in 2nd gear. Do yourselves a favor, replace with a T5 from a Mustang.

General Comments:

Extremely fun to drive.

Classic European sports car. Very beautiful.

Extremely tough and well built, whenever I break something I'm always able to drive it home and fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2004

1992 Ford Capri XR2 1.6 turbo

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 miles
Most recent distance146542 miles

Summary:

Perfect, quick, little sports car

Faults:

Clutch had to be replaced two months after I got it.

I needed a new timing belt at about 145,000 thousand miles.

Power windows do not always work.

Valve cover gasket leaks.

Tires go bald very fast - my fault.

Headlights do not go up after I put them down.

Soft top has a lot of wear and tear and leaks in the rain.

Brakes went bad at 145,650 thousand miles.

Shifter dropped to the floor, fixed with a zippy tie.

Windshield has three spider cracks around the rear-view mirror.

Engine just started knocking at 146,000 thousand miles.

General Comments:

The car is awesome and is very quick.

It beats most of the cars in my town.

The parts are cheap, but they are hard to find.

The car itself is very affordable.

Perfect little sports car.

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

Review Date: 7th December, 2001

1992 Ford Capri XR2 1.6 L turbo

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 L turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance34400 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Outperforms cars costing five times as much!

Faults:

Driver's side headlight motor.

Leather steering wheel peels in heat.

General Comments:

Although the turbo lags in first gear, overall acceleration is excellent. For a cute rag-top, this car has serious muscle.

Suspension and handling are remarkable, but occasionally rough at low speeds.

Altogether, this car is eye-catching, and ferociously fast when opened up. Two thumbs up for the Aussie born Ford!

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

Review Date: 3rd October, 2001

1992 Ford Capri XR2

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles

Summary:

The Capri is a great vehicle

Faults:

I had to replace the headlight motors.

I also replaced the ball-bearings on the vehicle.

General Comments:

I enjoy my Capri XR2 very much, it is quick and I have surprised many racers.

The stock turbo helps out my performance.

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

Review Date: 8th July, 2001

1974 Ford Capri 2.8

Year of manufacture1974
Engine and transmission 2.8
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10

Faults:

Rear axle bearings are a weak point. Waterpump.

Manual rack & pinion unit.

General Comments:

Please note: This car has been turned into an ITA Racecar per the SCCA's rules. Therefore it gets driven fewer miles than most cars, however those miles are VERY hard on it. Very fun and unique car to race. The Sexy European.

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

Review Date: 28th July, 1999

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 8 reviews