13th Jan 2005, 16:57

I would not expect much help from Ford either.

I think Ford would prefer that the Capri fades into obscurity, along with their other import failures like the Merkur and the Aspire...

7th Feb 2005, 14:10

The sore is Dealer: 18 Car: 6.

You have had one mercury and you say there cars are bad. well DUH mostly all convertibles leak. but I think that you should give mercury another chance because yes I have had a Tracer with a lot of problems, but not with the dealer. And you know what I did I gave Mercury another chance with a Sable and it rocks!

And what a slim jim to open your car?

You should give Mercury another chance!

3rd May 2005, 10:55

I own a 1994 mercury capri, and it runs great. This is the second capri I have owned since 1991. My capri now has 101000 miles on it. No matter what kind of car you have you will have to eventually start replacing things. Its the same with a computer or TV or anything else you own. Nothing last for ever. Just enjoy it why its running good.

I do think it is funny how people will see something all messed up in front of them and buy it anyway then down talk it when it doesn't work right. Capri's Are Great!!

10th Aug 2005, 21:54

I am the owner of a 94 Capri Non Turbo, and it is my baby. I did have a problem with the distributer, and the darn plastic window cracking. but other than that, I have enjoyed it so much, I have an Annual Gathering of Capri Convertible Enthusiasts that is the largest in the world. 33 capri Convertibles from 11 different states made the trip at the end of July to Freeport/Rockford Illinois, for our fourth year, where owners got to drive their car on a real NASCAR 1/4 mile high banked oval.

14th Sep 2005, 11:24

Hi, I just got a 91 Capri to restore, but I'm having problems with lovering the top? how do you do it? I know that it goes in the storage area, but when I try to do that it will not not go in all the way, sticks out and can't close the lid. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks! shortbuz@yahoo.com.

18th Oct 2005, 21:12

I just bought a 91 capri and cannot get the top all of the way down like so many others. Not of the explainations of how to do it, that I have seen so far, don't seem to help.

Could someone how knows how give a more in depth set of instructions.

Thank you.

1st May 2006, 19:52

It's interesting that there are so many comments comparing the reliability and build quality to the Mazda Miata/MX5. The Miata was conceived from the beginning as a convertible, so the body is therefore engineered to be more rigid, giving the car better "handling". The Capri on the other hand is based on the Mazda 323 hatchback. So in fact under the skin both cars are designed by Mazda. The only difference is that one was designed as a roadster, the other is really just a hatchback with a soft top. Both cars however are pretty competent at their intended tasks.

6th Jul 2006, 00:57

I have a 1992 XR2 that has 193,000 miles. It's teal with a tan top that I replaced in late 1990s. It's fun to drive, in fact, it's name is Fun Car. I'm 6 foot 4 inches and get startled reactions when I exit the car.

Lots of work has been done on the car, but nothing major. The motor still runs like a sewing machine and the AC still works with no repairs. I've replaced the struts twice and probably needs replacing again. Plastic parts have been a problem. Outside door handles broke so I reversed them. Inside door pulls came off in pieces. I had the timing belt replaced twice I think. The thermostat stuck open and it felt good to have heat in the winter after I replaced it.

I've had at least three sets of free spark plug wires over the years. The first replacement set was Belden with a lifetime guarantee and I take them back when the engine starts running rough. Engine belts break and one time the radiator burst. Other than the top replacement the radiator was the most expensive repair.

If the Capri would keep running forever I would keep driving it.

18th Sep 2006, 13:12


I have a 93 Mercury Capri that I just bought. It has 65,000 miles and looks and runs great. One thing it does, though, is make a popping noise when I pull out. This is a 5 speed manual trans, and it pops in both 1st and 2nd gears. Is this common? Has anyone else experienced this?

17th Oct 2006, 09:53

I need comments from 1992 Capri (non turbo) owners and the best way to get the alternator out for the engine compartment?

27th Jan 2007, 20:25

I am looking at a 1993 Mercury Capri with the intent to purchase. When I test drove this car it was FUN! The seller as we were going down the hill said these are brand new brakes and you have to really step on them to stop. Well I did and I did and they just did not seem right I think I only slowed down because I down shifted. She then told me well that is just the model of car and how all brakes work. HMM. Can anyone tell me about the brakes on these cute little cars?


4th Mar 2007, 20:07

The brakes on my car are soggy now since it's been siting in the garage for 1.5 years. I think there may be some air in the lines so the brakes need to be bled of air bubbles. The brakes probably are fine on that car, they need to be bled from the sound of it.

I own a 1991 Capri Xr2 with 85,000 miles. I am the second owner of the vehicle. Since I bought it in 1999 I have had to repair the drivers side window motor (cost $0 to repair), radiator (The antifreeze was never changed in 15 years), replaced the brake pads, bought new tires and had an alignment, wipers, a few lightbulbs, changed the oil, battery, fuel and air filters and that's it. Still haven't changed the timing belt or any belts. In all it has been an excellent car. I have put 60,000 miles on it and haven't had any engine, transmission, brakes, or other major issues. It does need a new top, trunk supports, and inside door handle, but all the major stuff still works fine. I think it'll go to 200,000 miles if I wanted to without any major work. Overall these cars have great reliability on the major parts, but a fair amount of pesky small issues.

13th Jun 2007, 18:41

I had my alternator re-built and it was a pain to get out. I ended up removing the coolant lines on the firewall and plugging the holes and then kind of rolling the alternator along under the intake. It was not easy, but it worked. I paid $350 for my capri and drove the crap out of it. It has a medium-sized tranny leak so I just keep my eye on it and re-fill every couple of days. As I'm typing this, it's sitting in my garage waiting for me to replace a rusted and leaking rear steel brake line. Joy.