A sluggish pain in the 'you know what!'
Always wanted a Capri, now I wish I hadn't!
Within a month of buying, it went ridiculously downhill.
Alternator, starter and clutch all went at the same time. As a result, it barely started, and then the battery went, so it wouldn't hold charge anyway!
Then it started having fuel problems, as the carburettor started to wear out. Wouldn't idle correctly, very erratic, and didn't run without stuttering. Changed the VV to a Weber twin, and helped for a while (also gave it guts and made it very loud over 3000-4000rpm).
However, after this, the engine took a turn for the worse, started missing continually (thought it was plugs or HT's) but tuned out the cam shaft was wearing out and as a result, the valves were not opening and closing correctly.
These were just the mechanical faults. Every component attached to the engine basically went wrong.
Apart from this, the exhaust started blowing in three places, anti roll bar bushes and track control arm bushes all went and as a result the car rolled badly when coming out of corners.
Wheel bearings on both sides started rumbling, the steering rack started to show signs of extensive play in the bushes, and there were various other minor faults that I couldn't be bothered to sort out!
I have sinced changed the engine to a later Sierra 165 block, but am still having all sorts of problems with the ancillaries.
I am still trying in vain to sort many of the car's problems, as I really am sick of the sight of it, and am desperate to get rid.
At first, it was bloody good fun, even though under powered because of its bulk, but on windy roads and roundabout's, you can have some great back end entertainment!
The twin choke weber made top end performance on motorway more acceptable, but trundling around in low revs, it was unbelievably sluggish, and would barely pull its own weight up hills, probably influenced by all its engine problems. I have driven many 1600 pintos, and they are not all this bad. In standard form, it would barely pull itself to 95mph, you'd need to be going downhill, it made a previous 1.3 Astra seem like a supercar.
I loved this car at first, as I am only 19, and I love the way Capri's look. Mine is a lovely car to see, and the only plus point is that the bodywork is fantastic, no corrosion.
I would get another, but only a 2.8 Cologne. I would only get a pinto driven car in a later Sierra as the block was substantially improved, and the engine more efficient.
Fuel economy was also terrible, achieving low 20's most of the time, although I did get 30 out of it, but then I also got 15 out of it!!
I thought having an old Ford would mean easy repairs and cheap parts, and yes, sometimes it does, but don't forget the negative point that old Fords go wrong every day!!
I have since turned to Honda, Toyota and Peugeot for my fun, and am having a substantially better time, although I have to admit I still have a 2.0 pinto Sapphire Sierra as a burnoutmobile!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th March, 2001