1980 Ford Capri Reviews

1980 Ford Capri 2.8 i 2.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership1982
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles


A boy racer's dream car


Engine blew up at 45,000 miles.

General Comments:

I did own one of these in 1982. It was one year old on a ‘X’ plate. It cost £6750 in those days with 40K on the clock. The salesman assured me the mileage was nothing for an engine like it had, as it was at the height of modern technology. It had 2.8 fuel injection V6 engine with 2 valves per cylinder and a single overhead camshaft. You may be saying that is Transit Van technology and you would be right, but I believed the salesman.

The reason is I had been reading Car Magazine, since I could read by myself without speaking out loud since 1974, and had about as much idea about the real world of cars as a fly up the wall. This would cause me much anxiety over the forthcoming years, but I submitted to it, so it did not be come primordial and concrete. It was my first ever car, and so I did not realise that where cars are concerned people, lie about everything to do with them.

Anyway, back to the two tone green machine. It was of course a boy racer's dream car, and being a boy racer, I made the most of it. It had lovely pepper pot alloy wheels.

Top speed was 142 mph, 0-60 8 seconds according to magazines at the time, and it even did 18 mpg. It would slide sideways when cornering. Turning right with my foot down would produce a wonderful side ways skid and screech of rubber. Also, pulling away, it was possible by dropping the clutch, to wheel spin to the end of the road.

I drove it all over the place for 3000 miles, flat out when possible. It had lovely bucket seats.

Looking over the lovely long bonnet, it really felt like you had made it. This was in the days before ‘celebrity’ life style. But it felt that was what I was living. In my two up two down slum in Luton, the Athens of North London, no one knew what would happen in the future with ‘celebrity’ culture.

Then reality hit - the engine was making a strange noise. I dropped it off at Trim co Dunstable to find later the engine had run out of oil, and needed a new cam-shaft or big end or what ever it was. Some weeks later, it was still waiting for parts when I happened to notice a Jeep Golden Eagle for sale. I of course enquired about a part exchange a deal, it was done and the Capri was no longer mine in reality.

Although it took years for me to recover from ownership, I told everyone I met I once had a Capri 2.8i! They were all impressed until I told a Hells Angel, whom then did a caricature of me boasting like a buffoon.

I noticed the Capri back on sale some time later for £7250 - it had increased in value!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th July, 2006

1980 Ford Capri GL 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carFord Escort


One of the best cars Ford ever produced


Apart from the rust and the heating system which had stopped working, I was very pleased with the car.

General Comments:

We had to get rid of it because it was getting too rusty, and for a family car it was also getting too small. The fuel economy was also poor, but that didn't really matter because it was very cheap to run and parts were also cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2000

1980 Ford Capri Ghia 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10


Brakes, exhausts, suspension, radiator, gear box, - general wear and tear after travelling 350 miles a week for the past 15 months.

General Comments:

Despite all of their criticism, I love the Capri. The car is currently stored up for the winter and shall return to be fully restored in 1999 - when I buy a 2.8!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 1998

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews