1991 Mercury Capri XR2 1.6 DOHC turbo from North America
A budget-beater that tears-up the road!
Rag-top leaks badly.
Exhaust rattles at low rpm.
Broken interior door-handles.
Leaky cooling system.
Power windows stopped working.
Noisy with the top down at highway speeds (Duh!)
A great, 'peppy' little rag-top. I was very pleasantly surprised when I got it out on the interstate. It really takes off when you get up above 3500 RPM's!
I bought this to combat the escalating gas prices this summer.I'm currently getting about 31 MPG, and that's with my foot in the turbo all the time.
Don't go right out and buy a new power-window motor, the driver's-side window switches are possibly the cause, and can be easily disassembled, cleaned, and repaired.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th May, 2004
27th Jun 2011, 20:21
If there is an exhaust rattle at low RPM, I'd look at the install.
I have the rare opportunity to have a 1993 XR2 BASE. That would be the sheep dressed in wolf's clothing.
The research I have done to sales numbers show the '91-'92 as kings of the hill in sales units. When you get to the '93-'94, the numbers drop to under 2000 for each year, and the XR2, both Turbo and base, are less than 10% of those numbers US.
So here I sit with a 1993 NON Turbo XR2, what's the big deal? XR2 base 1993 is the ONLY year Mercury thought this would be a good idea to stir up sales. Sources I used say total US sales numbers were under 140 units. Take the "donor" car aspect to the numbers left, and I have to think that there are less than 70 in country. Not bad for a car that gets out of its own way at 22 plus miles per gallon, and cost me under a grand.
Parts are NOT a problem as of June 2011, and options are still open to expansion of the project. I had a fuel leak problem, turned out to be a Mickey Mouse cheap repair. OEM fuel filter available at my corner parts store, problem solved.
The XR2 had a cold miss when I got it, good 'ol Berrymans B-12 fuel additive at less than 5 bucks, problem solved.
I have to say from getting into the nuts and bolts of this car, it was ahead of its time. Turn it loose today as a newbie??? Who knows??? I think the best compliment I got so far was "Look'in like a Baby Porsche". I don't let it get dusty, as Ferris said.. "If you have the means, I highly recommend it"... PEACE.