1988 Merkur Scorpio 4 door hatchback 2.9 gas from North America
Sporty and Luxury all in one.
Transmission was leaking when I bought it. This was due to it not being driven much and the seals and gaskets dried. I had it overhauled for 1450.00, including a new torque converter. The air conditioner still had R-12 in it. Since it was low on freon, I converted it to 134a. The cost was 79.00. It seems to be cooling OK. I also had to replace the rack & pinion, bellows, and the outer, rear CV boots. They were all torn. As other reviews have stated, the fog/driving lights were gone and I replaced them with more modern type. The rest of the car is in excellent condition. The interior is like new, except for the dash. It is cracked. I have ordered a molded dash cap to install over it. All electrical equipment, switches, gages and leather seats are in excellent condition.
This car is very fast and very solid riding. The seats are very comfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th July, 2003
We used to have an '88 Scorpio, and it had all those same problems (if you got into the throttle a little too hard, transmission fluid would leak on the exhaust, making a thick smokescreen, and the A/C compressor locked up on it), but it was a real neat, very fast car - ahead of it's time.
I discovered a 4-door hatch back in LA @ 89 and the dealer did not even want me try it. I insisted though, and I just drove it around in the lot. Not much of a test drive, but the ease of handling and comfort, not to mention the whole leather interior, caused me to impulse buy it.
I never regretted it. I had no obvious problem with it (save for a couple of speeding tickets) it was serviced by a former pit mechanic who loved to take care of it.
When it died - due to my own fault - I was very upset. It was and remains to date my favorite car.
I wish Ford would revive it somehow.