1986 Merkur XR4Ti Reviews

1986 Merkur XR4Ti 2.3 turbo fuel injected from North America

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles

Summary:

Fast car, but needs overall improvement in every thing and needs to be taken care of right!

Faults:

Engine cooling system is horrible resulting in constant overheating.

Turbo really dirty and in need of a good cleaning or replacement.

Interior wornout.

Weather-stripping Leaks.

Shifting rough.

Bad quality paint.

A/C/ peice of crap.

General Comments:

Fast car.

Good if you're a mechanic and you want a fast cool car that can haul ass when you tweak it right and that gets peoples attention.

Radio still worked well.

Gan be made very comfortable.

European design and feel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2005

9th Dec 2010, 12:03

That dirty turbo may have caused your engine to overheat, if not it could be where they put the grille.

1986 Merkur XR4Ti turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission turbo Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.2 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

The car from the deepest, darkest bowels of hell

Faults:

Everything has gone wrong with this car.

It had an exhaust lead that leaked carbon monoxide into the cabin almost killing me and my passengers.

The power window switches wore out and replacement parts were impossible to find.

A minor electrical problem turned this car into a towering inferno in the parking lot of the local mall almost killing me and my passengers.

Thank God junk yards, but cars by the pound, I was able to get a little over $100 for this piece of scrap.

General Comments:

This car was the worst vehicle ever manufactured.

The car had 64,000 miles on it when I purchased it and looked great, but it was a mechanical and electrical nightmare.

I will never ever buy another German manufactured vehicle. I almost purchased a 2001 Cadillac Catera until it started and backfired just like the Merkur. The thick black plastic and funky smelling interior reminded me of the Merkur. I immeadiately returned this Cadillac to the dealer even though I was able to take it home for the night for free. It was like the ghost of the Merkur was coming back to haunt me.

This car CAUGHT ON FIRE!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

20th Feb 2009, 18:28

These cars are fun to drive when they are taken care of, but everyone I know who owns one beats the crap out of it.

9th Dec 2010, 12:07

Huh, thought someone in Germany would've solved this problem with the old VW fires that would happened.

I had a '75 bug that caught fire twice, once it was the old tape player (it hated Moody Blues) and when my father was cleaning the rear window since VW stuck the battery under the seat. Thankfully, nobody was injured.

German engineering, great when it works, but killer when it doesn't.

1986 Merkur XR4Ti 2.3 turbo (petrol) from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo (petrol) Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles

Summary:

Rare '80's German road rocket

Faults:

Unfortunately, this car's had a very rough life. The engine's been swapped out of an '89 XR, with god knows how many miles on it. Also, most likely been in an accident years ago, because certain things up front aren't exactly a perfect fit.

So far, I've had the alternator, water pump, struts, cylinder head, and fuel injectors replaced.

Also, little leaks and things just keep popping up.

Needs new springs, bushings all around, exhaust manifold, PAINT! as well as other stuff (trans, rotors, etc.)

General Comments:

Even with all of the above listed -- I love it!

It's rare as hell here in the States, is drop-dead gorgeous in that mid-eighties German sedan kinda way, goes pretty quick, and is real comfy. Also, some of the ones that I've seen running around are real Mustang-killers, so it gives me something to strive for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2000

1986 Merkur XR4Ti 2.3 liter turbo (gasoline) from Germany

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 2.3 liter turbo (gasoline)
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10

Faults:

Well, I purchased this car in pretty sad condition from an owner with a large neglective streak. After doing extensive overhauls, I love it!

General Comments:

Parts are hard to locate, and are mid to high priced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2000

Average review marks: 4.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews