1984 Mercury Capri Review

1984 Mercury Capri RS Turbo 2.3 Turbocharged petrol from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 Turbocharged petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69244 miles
Most recent distance69260 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

An odd ball with balls

Faults:

I purchased the car in need of an engine. I was able to find one in no time and installation was easy.

The motor mounts are a constant hassle, but ingenuity will prevail over poor design.

Replaced turbocharger and clutch cable.

I had it painted before I started driving it.

General Comments:

At 14 PSI ".96 Bar" it pulls hard through the first four gears.

The car performs well, and exhibits good handling and stiffness.

The addition of a front mounted inter-cooler helped in the addition of extra horse power.

The interior is nice, but lacks good lighting and has no stock boost gauge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2003

16th Mar 2004, 22:12

Good description of the car; however, other issues need to be mentioned. Lack of the turbo specific parts such as trim and decals. Notorious for exploding in colder climates. Lack of a suitable replacement for sub standard engine mounts.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review