Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: West Coast Central Scotland
The MK2 Capri had a lots of different engines, from the 1.3 right up to the 3.0
Because I was young at the time I had to watch my car insurance, so I went for the basic 1.3 engine, and even with that engine is was quick off the start. My brother bought the 1.6. But the suspension was never great and cars back end could swing out very easily (rear wheel drive). They were not sports cars built for speed.
The biggest problem with them all was the Pinto overhead cam engine, as the oil way to lubricate the cam(s) was just a copper pipe above dripping oil from a drilled hole above each cam, and that gummed up every year if you did not change the oil and filter, and then it needed a new camshaft(s). Ford made a fortune on quick turn around replacement camshafts, so never fixed the bad design of the oil ways. I got caught out and had to get a new camshaft.
At least the car was easy to repair other than the camshaft job, and I had to put a new propshaft from gearbox to rear axle and only cost me £30 and a days work to fit it. And in them days you could get the Haynes manual and see how all the mechanics and electric worked. Ford was easy DIY and reasonably cheap to fix.
Unfortunately that is not quite the case nowadays. So best to keep the new cars under warranty if you can.