1991 Mercury Capri XR2 from North America - Comments

10th Jun 2001, 06:02

The Capri was one of Australia's worst automotive efforts. We made a mistake, but if you want to forgive us, please check out the Ford Falcon ('90-on), or the Middle Eastern Caprice and Lumina (both Aussie made and MUCH better cars). Or even the Mitsubishi Diamante.

18th Jun 2001, 13:36

I love my Capri! Yeah the fuel pump has gone out, but not a problem to replace.

The alternator lost it's bearings, but easy to replace as well.

You need to take into consideration that I've had mine since it was new and it now has about 109,785 miles on it. Original engine, original transmission. Cars are machines, and any machine will eventually have a problem. I'm looking at getting another one to work on.

29th Oct 2001, 06:00

This car is not easy to work on, neither are any other Fords. I am trying to replace the clutch on a '91 Capri and I can't get it apart. All the bolts crumble in my hands when I hit them with my air tools. Parts are not even available anymore for it. I went to two parts stores and they laughed at me when I asked for the parts. They told me the only way to fix was to leave it in a field, wait two days and report it stolen. Ford screwed up big time with this car as well as most of their other cars. And by the way, Chrysler convertibles don't leak at all.

18th Dec 2005, 20:16

I just bought my Capri about 4 mounts ago and I'm lloking 4 a repair manual now. Ha Ha.Timing belt jumped valve bent. Only 20 k on new belt.

5th Mar 2006, 05:12

I bought my Capri new in 1993 (it is a 1994) and this has been the best car I have ever driven. It now has 243,000 miles on her. The engine and transmission are both original. Of course besides usual maintenance, I have only had to replace timing belt, water pump and alternator over the years. If this car was still made I would buy another one today.

15th Aug 2006, 21:21

I simply want to say I love my Capri. I owned 7 V6 73's. They had their problems too!

15th Aug 2006, 21:26

I simply want to say I luv my Capri, I owned 7 v6 73's.They had there problems too! My 91 Capri is now running rough. It started from an idle as I reved it up it would smooth out after 300 miles it's gone to a point of it will hardly run. I changed plugs, did fuel filter, cleaned gas tank filter, replaced air filter, plug wires, everything else I can think off. I was wondering if anyone had any Ideas!!?

3rd Oct 2006, 01:14

Your mechanic may have already checked this, but there's a site called techcapri.com. Go to the how to section, and there is a color PDF guide for regulator repair. If your cable or something got bent or looped, then you can repair it. Or if your RH still works, switch them. Also has most of the service manual.

14th Feb 2007, 10:54

This is my first Capri it is a 1991 XR2 it runs and handles well. I am hoping with care it will be a great summer car. I've owned this car for only 6 month and have driven it only three months do to the Minnesota winters, but it looks to be one of the good ones. With only 89K I have had to replaced the top and tires, but I found a good deal on Ebay for the top $100. I think Mazda has a great reputation so I will go with that until I can't afford the major repairs if any.

16th Apr 2007, 14:03

I'v had my capri for 2 months she runs good we have taken her to texas twice already and put 4,000 miles a very good and fun.

10th Sep 2007, 15:56

I had one for 6 days. It was a pile. I will never drive a Mercury again. I mean the thing was turbo and my stock 16v 92 Jetta would just walk by it...

It was and always will be a pile.

24th Sep 2007, 22:11

September 24, 2007.

I absolutely love my 93 Capri XR2 Turbo. I bought it new and couldn't stand the thought of getting rid of it. It has over 178,000 miles.

I am having a problem I'd like to get some advice on. It is having a missing problem.

It does not miss and runs smooth as silk while idling. But anywhere from 25 mph up it starts missing really bad then surges and picks up again.

I have replaced the fuel pump, fuel filter, oxygen sensor, PVC, plugs and wires. Also just replaced radiator for another problem.

Could the oil from the valve cover gasket have gotten down in the holes?

Any suggestions?

12th Oct 2007, 11:23

I have the same problem with my 91 XR2.

My mechanic traced it down to the throttle position sensor. At least, that's what he thinks. I have yet to track one down and replace it, however.

25th Jan 2008, 10:56

I own a '91 XR2 and I've had it for 3 years. I really do love it, but I find that it is so hard to get help on finding things for it. Due to the engine compartment being so tight, its hard to work on, but being a woman, my hands fit better than most. I have a lot of questions about the car and it would be great to talk to someone. tish_bball@yahoo.com I love the car, but my husband is trying to talk me into selling it since it is so hard to get help and parts for it.

It has 170K miles, but still runs like a champ. To be an older car it really hasn't given me a hard time. The biggest problem I've had with it is keeping the alternator belt tight enough. It has broken twice, but I'm sure that's my fault, not the car's fault.

11th Jul 2008, 14:08

For those who have had problems with the XR2's power fading in and out while driving or "sputtering" if you will, I may have the answer to the problem.

I own a 91 XR2. I love the car, and while I will be replacing the engine for a third time, the sputtering problems of mine stemmed from the crank shaft pulley and the keyway of the crankshaft. It is a faulty design on early model Capris that was corrected after 1991. Mazda knew about the problem, but did nothing to correct it, as the problem did not occur until high mileage, after the warranty had expired. I hope this helps.

5th Sep 2009, 18:02

I have a 93 Mercury Capri XR2 and it won't start now. It cranks just fine but won't fire. It all of a sudden did this as it was running just fine and then "poof".

Here is what happened, I cranked it like I always did with the key and the RMP gauge shot up all the way and stuck there. I reset the battery and it then went back down to 0. Now it does not start at all.

The fuel filter, Spark plugs, are new.

I do notice that there is coolant pouring out of the overfill container even when the engine is off after I filled the radiator.

I reset the fuel whatever in the trunk.

I put the car on a flatbed and took it to the garage, and they said there is no codes that are failing.

Please, do you have any ideas?